Nomination: Actress in a Leading Role, The Shape of Water
British actress Sally Hawkins has received much acclaim for her role in The Shape of Water as Elisa, a mute custodian who falls in love with a captive fish-man creature (yes, really). One of the 41-year-old's first notable film roles was in the 2002 movie All or Nothing, portraying unemployed teenager Samantha in the family drama.
Nomination: Actress in a Leading Role, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
For her leading role as Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Frances McDormand seems to be the one to beat—she's already won the Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA for the part. McDormand, who's also a five-time Oscar nominee, made her movie debut in the Coen brothers' first feature film, Blood Simple. (It's also where McDormand met Joel Coen, her husband of more than 30 years.)
Nomination: Actress in a Leading Role, I, Tonya
Australian actress Margot Robbie has been everywhere for a few years now, but her turn as figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya is her very first Academy Award nomination. One of her earliest acting jobs was the Aussie thriller I.C.U. in the role of one of three teenagers being targeted by a serial killer.