« Back to article: CultureMap film critic's guide to the 9 Best Picture Oscar nominees

Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Actress for Frances McDormand. Photo by Merrick Morton
Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in The Shape of Water
Both Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer are nominated for The Shape of Water, which leads the way with 13 nominations. Photo by Kerry Hayes, courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures
Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird
Saoirse Ronan is nominated for Best Actress for Lady Bird, which earned five nominations. Photo by Merie Wallace, courtesy of A24