Oscar statues. Photo: Brian Vander Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning on the heels of what might be an unforeseeable, politically charged awards season.

The backdrop: This year’s Oscars comes at tumultuous period for Hollywood and the movie industry, after dozens of women last year made accused renown film producer Harvey Weinstein of making unwanted sexual advances. (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted overwhelmingly to expel him).

Oscar winners such as Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman were also accused of sexual misconduct. You can expect this year's ceremony defined by stirring speeches about sexual harassment, including the political turmoil in Washington.

Key highlights from the nominations:

  • Top nods: “The Shape of Water” leads the field with 13 nominations, including best picture.
  • Best actor nominees: Timothée Chalamet for "Call Me By Your Name," Daniel Day-Lewis for "Phantom Thread," Daniel Kaluuya for "Get Out," Gary Oldman for "Darkest Hour," and Denzel Washington for "Roman J. Israel, Esq."
  • Best actress nominees: Sally Hawkins for “The Shape of Water,” Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Margot Robbie for “I, Tonya,” Saorise Ronan for “Lady Bird,” and Meryl Streep for “The Post.”
  • Netflix’s film Mudbound received four nominations, including a nod at Mary J. Blige for Best Supporting Actress. The film has been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song ("Mighty River") and Best Achievement in Cinematography (Rachel Morrison). Morrison is the first woman to receive a nomination for Best Cinematography by the Academy in its 90-year history.

The Oscars are scheduled for March 4 on ABC and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

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