BREAKING NEWS: I, Tonya, Get Out and The Darkest Hour among big winners as Academy Awards nominations 2018 are announced
The Shape Of Water, Dunkirk and Darkest Hour all received early nods as the announcements for Academy Awards Nominations 2018 were made in Los Angeles.
Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey at the very last minute, received an Oscar nomination for his part in All The Money in the world.
Other shock names included, musician Mary J. Blige who received her first Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category, and Octavia Spencer who became the first black woman to received mulitple-nominations at the awards.
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Replaced: Kevin Spacey (pictured right) was pulled from production of All Of The Money In The World at the very last minute, but his replacement Christopher Plummer scored an Academy Award nod for the part during Tuesday's nominations
Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis made the announcement from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, just under six weeks before the ceremony is due to take place.
The 90th annual Academy Awards will be held live from Los Angeles' Dolby Theater on March 4, 2018 and hosted by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.
The Shape Of Water received nominations in Cinematography, Costume Design, Production Design and Sound Editing.
Two early nods went to Darkest Hour for Cinematography, Hair and Make-up and Costume Design.
Intriguing: Fantasy film The Shape Of Water has been praised for an original portrayal of a big screen love story
Dunkirk was best recognised in four categories, including Film Editing, Original Score and Sound Editing.
Fantasy drama The Shape of Water has been the subject of much awards season buzz.
Set in the 1950s, the film follows a strange and beautiful relationship between an amphibious creature and a local janitor.
Octavia (who plays Zelda Fuller) and Sally Hawkins (in the role of Elisa Esposito) are the standout stars from the production.
In 2017, Octavia became the first black actress to get a follow-up Oscar nomination after winning.
Cinematic brilliance: British wartime flick Darkest Hour, along with its lead actor Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, has been tipped for great things
Thrilling wartime film Darkest Hour follows the early days of Winston Churchill as the British Prime Minister.
Considered one of the biggest and best-received films of the year, Darkest Hour is already the talk of awards season.
British lead actor Gary Oldman is also hotly tipped to win the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Churchill.
Meanwhile, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is said to be 'steamrollering' through awards season.
The film surrounds grieving mother Mildred Hayes (by actress Frances McDorman) who seeks justice for her daughter's rape and murder.
Dissatisfied with the work of the local police department, enraged Mildred constructs three unmissable billboards on the road leading out of Ebbing, designed to ask the major questions about the lacklustre investigation.
Biopic I, Tonya, which premiered in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday is the much-talked about skating film starring Margot Robbie.
Several films, and their stars have already experienced runaway success in the start to the 2018 awards season.
Still no arrests: Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing, Missouri and, pictured, actress Frances McDormand have been tipped for Oscars glory all along
Oscars buzz: At the weekend, the film was the runaway winner of the Screen Actors Guild Awards
Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards belonged to the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
As well as taking the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, castmembers Sam Rockwell and Frances McDorman took the gongs for Male Actor in a Supporting Role and Female Actor in a Leading Role.
Before that, the Golden Globes once again highlighted the success of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which won Best Motion Picture - Drama
Lady Bird took home Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, and the film's star Saoirse Ronan won Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
So far, Darkest Hour actor Gary Oldman has won the Golden Globe award and the Screen Actors Guild for his role as Winston Churchill and is therefore hotly tipped for Oscars victory.
Controversially, James Franco won Best Performance by an Actor - Musical or Comedy for The Disaster Artist, yet his attendance at the Oscars has been called into question, after harassment claims lodged against him.
Similarly, Aziz Ansari - who earned Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his work in Master Of None - has since been named in a sexual harassment case.
As of this year, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinsetin is banned from the ceremony, after being dropped as a member of the Academy.
This is the second time that Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the ceremony for the second year in a row.
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