Oscars finally here on Sunday

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The 90th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air live Sunday on ABC 30

The Shape of Water leads the nominees with 13 nods. Dunkirk (eight nominations) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (seven) follow. The smart money is on The Shape of Water to win Best PictureBest Director and Music, while Three Billboards’ Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell are favored to take Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor.

Presenters include Emily Blunt, Sandra Bullock, Dave Chappelle, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Ashley Judd, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Rita Moreno, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Tiffany Haddish, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez and Zendaya.

The 90th Oscars kicks off at 8 p.m. ET, live from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center.

Here are the nominations in the major categories.

Best PictureCall Me by Your NameDarkest HourDunkirkGet OutLady BirdPhantom ThreadThe PostThe Shape of WaterThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best DirectorChristopher Nolan, DunkirkJordan Peele, Get OutGreta Gerwig, Lady BirdPaul Thomas Anderson, Phantom ThreadGuillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best ActressSally Hawkins, The Shape of WaterFrances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMargot Robbie, I, TonyaSaoirse Ronan, Lady BirdMeryl Streep, The Post 

Best ActorTimothee Chalamet, Call Me by Your NameDaniel Day-Lewis, Phantom ThreadDaniel Kaluuya, Get OutGary Oldman, Darkest HourDenzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq. 

Best Supporting ActressMary J. Blige, Mudbound Allison Janney, I Tonya Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Supporting ActorWillem Dafoe, The Florida ProjectWoody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriRichard Jenkins, The Shape of WaterChristopher Plummer, All the Money in the WorldSam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best ScoreDunkirkPhantom ThreadThe Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last JediThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Original Song"Mighty River" - Mudbound (Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq)"Mystery of Love" - Call Me by Your Name (Sufjan Stevens)"Remember Me" - Coco (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez)"Stand Up for Something" - Marshall (Diane Warren, Lonnie R. Lynn)"This Is Me" - The Greatest Showman (Benj Pasek, Justin Paul)

Best Animated FeatureThe Boss BabyCocoFerdinand The BreadwinnerLoving Vincent

Best Original ScreenplayThe Big SickGet OutLady BirdThe Shape of WaterThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Adapted ScreenplayCall Me by Your NameThe Disaster ArtistLoganMolly's GameMudbound

Veteran actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway will return this Sunday to the Oscars.

They rehearsed presenting the Academy Award for Best Picture. That’s the same Oscar they announced last year, but totally botched by reading from the wrong envelope.

  • Last year's mix-up occurred backstage because the guy handling the envelopes was too busy tweeting selfies with the stars.
  • The Academy promised new measures have been taken to avoid a similar mistake. For one, they fired that guy
  • Hollywood insiders say there is no clear favorite for Best Picture. Possibly The Shape of Water, maybe Three Billboards or possibly long-shot Lady Bird.
  • Ratings are likely to be down because so few people have seen the nominated movies. There’s a strong correlation between box office totals and Oscars viewership.

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