One part drama, one part adventure and all parts fantasy, the critically-acclaimed Guillermo del Toro drama, The Shape of water, picked up a leading 13 Oscar nominations when the awards nods were disclosed Tuesday in Beverly Hills. After being released in selective theaters across the country, the love story between a merman and a mute young woman in a super-secret scientific laboratory will open wide this weekend. Fox Searchlight, the studio behind the film, is counting on word of the bevy of Oscar nords to bolster attendance that a highbrow indy-type film might otherwise find hard to gain. Aside from its best picture nomination, the film picked up nominations for star Sally Hawkins (best actress), Richard Jenkins (best supporting actor), as well as Octavia Spencer (best supporting actress). Del Toro also snared a nomination in the best director category.
Following on the heels of The Shape of Water were the WWII war drama, Darkest Hour with eight nominations and the dark dramedy, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with seven. All three picked up best picture nods.
Rounding out the nominations for best picture are Darkest Hour, Call Me by Your Name, The Post, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, and Get Out.
Joining Hawkins in the category of best actress are Meryl Streep (The Post0, Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards), and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird).
Nomainated for best actor are Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), and Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.).
Guillermo del Toro is joined in the category of best director by Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Jordan Peele (Get Out), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), and Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread).
The Academy Awards will be broadcast March 4 on ABC hosted once again by Jimmy Kimmel.