And they're off! The 2018 Oscar nominees were announced Tuesday morning, ramping up the final stretch of awards season as Hollywood gets ready to hand out its most prestigious hardware of the season.
Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water dominated the Oscar nominations with a whopping 13 nods, including ones for Best Director and Best Picture. It also fared well in the acting races, nabbing nominations for Sally Hawkins for Best Actress, Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress, and Richard Jenkins for Best Supporting Actor.
It wasn't the only genre film to score big Tuesday morning: 2017's breakout hit Get Out snagged plum nods for Best Picture, with helmer Jordan Peele in the running for Best Director and Daniel Kaluuya up for Best Actor. It also made the cut for Best Original Screenplay. Peele is only the third person in history after Warren Beatty and James L. Brooks to snag all three nominations in those categories for a directorial debut. This rare but strong showing for horror hasn't happened since The Silence of the Lambs won Best Picture in 1992.
As expected, genre fare had a good showing in the technical categories, with Beauty and The Beast, Blade Runner 2049, and The Shape of Water scoring nods for Best Production Design; Blade Runner 2049 and The Shape of Water for Best Cinematography; Beauty and The Beast and The Shape of Water for Best Costume Design; Blade Runner 2049, The Shape of Water, Star Wars: The Last Jedi for both Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing; and The Shape of Water and Star Wars: The Last Jedi for Best Score.
The visual effects category includes nominees Blade Runner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and War for the Planet of the Apes.
Pixar darling Coco also pulled in nods, as expected, and will figure in the races for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Remember Me").
Although basically shut out during awards season, Logan nabbed a well-deserved and surprise nomination for its script, making history to become the first superhero film to earn a nod for Best Adapted Screenplay.
For the full list of nominees, go to oscars.go.com/nominees.
The nomination ceremony was hosted by Andy Serkis (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles. They were joined by special guests including Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Rosario Dawson (The Defenders), and Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), who appeared in pre-recorded videos introducing the categories.
Early genre favorites heading into awards season included The Shape of Water, Get Out, and Coco, which have scooped up their fare share of kudos — most notably Shape of Water, which led this year's Golden Globe nominations and snagged a trophy for director Guillermo del Toro.
All three have also reaped both nominations and prizes from the Gotham Awards, Critics' Choice Awards, Directors Guild Awards, and Producers Guild Awards, among others. And although genre fare hasn't typically dominated at the Oscars, there has been precedent: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won a record-tying 11 Oscars in 2004, including Best Picture.
The 90th annual Academy Awards will be telecast from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 4, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting for the second year in a row, although he'll have his work cut out for him to try to make this one memorable after last year's snafu, when La La Land was incorrectly announced as the winner over Moonlight.