Oscars: "Shape of Water" Leads With 13 Nominations

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Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday morning amid a competitive awards season.

Far from being awarded, for many actors, directors and films, being nominated by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for an Oscar in itself is a big honour.

At 5:22 am PST (1:22 pm GMT), the nominees will be announced in the following categories (listed here in no particular order): Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Production Design, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. Darkest Hour, I, Tonya, The Florida Project, Mudbound, Wonder Woman, and Molly's Game haven't done quite enough to launch them into favorite status, but they've all won enough to remain in the conversation.

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"The Shape of Water", a 1960s-set fairy tale about a mute government laboratory janitor falling in love with a merman-like creature, was deemed best movie by the Producers Guild and picked up best director for Del Toro at January's Golden Globes.

The ceremony will take place at Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles on March 4.

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Oscar voters put forward nine best-picture nominees: "The Shape of Water", "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", "Lady Bird", "Get Out", "The Post", "Dunkirk", "Call Me By Your Name" and "Phantom Thread".

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The mark is 14 - and it was reached previous year by "La La Land". Movie attendance hit a 24-year low in 2017 despite the firepower of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2".

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It's the only film now handicapped for a best-picture nomination with a protagonist who is a person of colour.

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