The frontrunners for the big 2018 Oscars

The frontrunners for the big 2018 Oscars
By Robert Hackwill
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All the hottest tips for the major awards, ahead of Hollywood's biggest night, on Sunday.


Oscars time is upon us again, with the voting by the over 7,000 Academy members concluded last Tuesday. The envelopes are ready to be opened for the over 120 Oscars to be given out in various categories

The romantic fantasy film "The Shape of Water", despite accusations of plagiarism, is leading with 13 nominations including Best Actress for England's Sally Hawkins, Best Picture, and a nomination for Guillermo del Toro as Best Director

The World War II Drama "Dunkirk" has 8 nominations - among them, Best Picture, a nomination for Hans Zimmer for Best Original score, and Best Director Nomination for Christopher Nolan.

The pitch-black comedy drama "Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, has seven nominations, inlcuding Best film, Best actress for Frances McDormand, and Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson as Best supporting actors

The Winston Churchill biopic, "Darkest Hour" swept up six nominations including Best Picture and Gary Oldman, overdue for an Oscar, as best actor for incarnating Winston Churchill

Also with six nominations is the romantic period drama "Phantom Thread". Among the nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson

The American horror film "Get Out" is nominated for four Oscars; Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor for Englishman Daniel Kaluuya and Best Director for Jordan Peele.

"Lady Bird" gets five nominations: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director for Greta Gerwig.

"Call me by your name" is vying for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for its American lead with French roots, Timothée Chalamet.

Steven Spielberg's "The Post" gets only two nods:, one for Meryl Streep for playing the New York Times owner who published the Pentagon Papers, and Best Picture.

Actor Denzel Washington is never far away at Oscar time. He has a best actor shot for his idealistic defense lawyer in "Roman J. Israel, Esq."

Australian actress Margot Robbie is also in with a shout for Best Actress for playing Tonya Harding in the biographical film about the figure skater

The winners of the Oscars will be announced this Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles

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