The Producers Guild named it one of the year's best films, prompting pundits to ponder its chances for Costume Design, the Sound categories, and even Best Picture.
Martin McDonagh, the writer-director of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, missed out in the directing category - although he was recognised for the film's original screenplay.
"The Shape of Water" will vie for best picture honors with eight other films, including "Dunkirk", "Three Billboards", coming-of-age movies "Call Me By Your Name" and "Lady Bird" and Winston Churchill saga "Darkest Hour".
Elsewhere, Rachel Morrison has become the first woman to get nominated for the cinematography award. This is Washington's sixth lead actor nomination (he's won twice).
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This is published unedited from the PTI feed. I would have been delighted to see The Big Sick crack the Best Picture race (though the Best Original Screenplay nod is a pretty good consolation prize). "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins was the only Best Director nominee in 2017 who isn't a white male. It's insane that The Shape of Water, with its 13 nominations, didn't get a nod for Best Makeup.
Also nominated for best director was "Get Out" director Jordan Peele. In an emailed statement, the actor is quoted as saying, "THIS DOES NOT MAKE SENSE". He's also the first black filmmaker ever nominated for directing, writing and producing in the same year. Oldman is already the victor of the 75th Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Drama Award and the Outstanding Male Actor in a Motion Picture of the 24th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards in this Hollywood awards season for his stunning portrayal of Winston Churchill in the British biographical war picture "Darkest Hour". Washington joins Kaluuya in that category, although the favorite remains Gary Oldman (SAG and Golden Globe winner) for, also nominated for best picture.
"I'm thrilled that our film has received seven nominations from the Academy, and that the attractive work of our editor Jon Gregory, our composer Carter Burwell, my gentle brothers-in-arms Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, and our fearless leader Frances McDormand, have all been recognised so wonderfully".
Franco's The Disaster Artist was praised by critics, but that was before the actor was accused of "sexually exploitative behaviour" by five women who spoke to the Los Angeles Times. Netflix also scored with Icarus (Documentary Feature) and Heroin (e) (Documentary Short), two prestigious nominations that should bolster the company's longstanding embrace of quality nonfiction.
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In response, Serkis addressed fan reaction to his most recent Star Wars film, saying, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi could use a bit of a hand, as well!" Get Out came out in January, and Dunkirk came out in July, and The Shape of Water came out in December.