MNA Entertainment Desk: Fantasy romance “The Shape of Water” topped the Oscar nominations list on Tuesday with 13 nods, as the Academy also gave a rare nomination to a woman in the directing category.
Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-set fairy tale scored nods for best picture, best director, best actress for its star Sally Hawkins, and supporting acting nominations for Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer.
It was also nominated for best original screenplay, with the rest of its nods coming in technical categories.
The haul fell one short of the record for most nominations ever, held jointly by “La La Land,” “Titanic” and “All About Eve.”
“This nomination is for every one of us who brought our hearts to this film,” Hawkins said in a statement re-tweeted by the movie’s official Twitter account.
“I’m here because of the greatness of others. I stand on the shoulders of giants.”
In second place was tense World War II movie “Dunkirk,” with eight nods, while crime drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” generally thought to be the favorite in the best picture category, picked up seven nominations.
The 90th Academy Awards — the climax of Hollywood’s awards season, to be hosted by late night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel — will be held on March 4.