The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has announced this morning the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards, which are lead by Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water in 13 categories—just one short than the record for the most in Academy Awards history—including for Best Motion Picture.
Del Toro nabbed his first nomination for Best Director, which marked the fifth time a Mexican filmmaker was nominated in this category after Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel in 2016, Birdman in 2014 and The Revenant in 2015, and Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity in 2013. If Del Toro wins the Oscar, he would become the fourth win by a Mexican director in the last five years. Del Toro also received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Chile earned its second Academy Award nomination in the foreign language category with Sebastián Lelio's A Fantastic Woman, hoping for its first win. Disney Pixar's Coco, based on Mexico's Day of the Dead celebrations was nominated for Best Animated Film—and for Best Song—alongside Ferdinand, directed by Brazilian filmmaker Carlos Saldanha.
The winners of the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on March 4.