Word of the Nerd Guide to the 2018 Oscar Nominations

It’s a Sci-Fi-Heavy Year for Oscar Nominations

With the Academy Awards a little under a month away, let us take a look at the genre-specific/sci-fi/comic-book films that were nominated for an Oscar (or 13) this year. Traditionally, superhero comic-book and other genre-specific films receive recognition for technical categories. This year the Academy took an outside-the-box approach as genre-specific films received 26 total nominations. And that’s not counting the horror/thriller film Get Out, which received four nominations.

The sci-fi/horror/fantasy mashup that is The Shape of Water leads all films with an impressive 13 nominations. Another notable film on the Oscar nomination list is Blade Runner 2049. The sequel to 1982’s Blade Runner stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, and earned five nominations. Also newsworthy was Logan receiving a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. This is the first time a superhero comic-book film has received a nomination for excellence in storytelling.

Below is a list of the genre-specific/sci-fi/comic-book films and their Oscar nominations.

The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Shape of Water

  • Best Picture
  • Lead Actress – Sally Hawkins
  • Supporting Actor – Richard Jenkins
  • Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer
  • Director – Guillermo del Toro
  • Original Screenplay – Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
  • Cinematography – Dan Laustsen
  • Film Editing – Sidney Wolinsky
  • Sound Editing – Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
  • Sound Mixing – Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
  • Production Design Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau
  • Original Score – Alexandre Desplat
  • Costume Design – Luis Sequeira

Blade Runner 2049 Columbia PicturesBlade Runner 2049

  • Cinematography
  • Sound Editing
  • Sound Mixing
  • Production Design
  • Visual Effects


 Star Wars: The Last Jedi posterStar Wars: The Last Jedi

  • Sound Editing
  • Sound Mixing
  • Original Score
  • Visual Effects



  • Adapted Screenplay – Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green




Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 posterGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  • Visual Effects



Kong Skull Island posterKong: Skull Island

  • Visual Effects



War for the Planet of the Apes movie posterWar for the Planet of the Apes

  • Visual Effects




The 90th Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Sunday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.


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