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Oscars 2018: Predictions


Now that we’ve had the nominees revealed to us and discussed some of the snubs and surprises, there’s only one thing left to do, predict the winners. The ceremony may still be over a month away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make some informed picks now. With a few award shows down already, that seems to be as good a place as any to look and get a feel for what the Academy might do, although the Academy could always go off and do it’s own thing. Either way, here’s our Oscar predictions.


Best Picture – The Shape of Water

Best Director – Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

I’ll take the easy way out and go with the film that has overwhelmingly the most nominations this year at 13, and seems to be riding some buzz as Awards Season continues on, as my winner for both these awards.


Best Actor – Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour 

Best Actress – Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actor – Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actress – Allison Janney, I, Tonya

This foursome has won at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards and the Critics’ Choice Awards, so it’s hard for me to pick against them. They were also four really strong performances so even if past wins don’t give away who might win, I’d still stick with them.


Best Original Screenplay – Get Out

Best Adapted Screenplay – Call Me by Your Name

I’m going with two films here that I edged out in the other categories they were nominated in. Seems like a good spot to reward two highly praised films.


Best Animate Feature Film – Coco

What a shock, I went with the Pixar film.


Best Foreign Language Film –  Loveless

Best Documentary – Feature – Last Men in Aleppo

Best Documentary – Short Subject – Herion(e)

Best Live Action Short Film – My Nephew Emmett

Best Animated Short Film – Lou

To be honest, I probably shouldn’t even be picking these awards, since I’m basically just guessing based off of what I’ve read about all the nominated films. Don’t say I didn’t warn you if I end up going 0 for 5 here.


Best Original Score – Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water

Best Original Song – “Remember Me” from Coco

Yes, another two safe choices.


Best Sound Editing – Baby Driver

Best Sound Mixing – Baby Driver

These two awards always seem to confuse people because it’s hard to get what makes them different just from the name alone. I’m not sure Baby Driver will actually win both, but the way sound was used in the film was interesting enough that it should get one of them.


Best Production Design – Blade Runner 2049

I’ll give it to the movie set in the future.


Best Cinematography – Dunkirk

They strapped cameras to planes and flew them around. Sounds like an obvious choice.


Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Darkest Hour

Did you see how they transformed Gary Oldman?


Best Costume Design – Phantom Thread

Seems fitting that the movie about a dressmaker should win this.


Best Film Editing – I, Tonya

This was such a tightly put together movie that knew how to use it’s unique structure to maximum effect, or simply, I really enjoyed how this movie was edited together.


Best Visual Effects –  Kong: Skull Island

Going with this one mostly because it was a personal favorite of mine this year, along with of course the fact that the visual effects were stunning.


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Oscars 2018: Snubs and Surprises


Once the Oscars nominations have been revealed, the next move is of course to start complaining about them. What did they get wrong? Who should’ve been nominated instead of someone else? No award show is ever going to be perfect to everyone, and they do generally get most of their nominations correct, so let’s take a look at some of the snubs and surprises from this years Oscar nominations.


Snub – Martin McDonagh, Best Director

With the amount of buzz that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has had coming into Awards Season and with how well it did at the Golden Globes, it’s interesting that while the film got 7 total nominations, it’s director wasn’t one of them, though he was nominated for Best Original Screenplay so he at least has that. McDonagh was nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, and is nominated at the upcoming British Academy (BAFTA) Film Awards and Directors Guild of America Awards.


Surprise – Jordan Peele, Best Director and Greta Gerwig, Best Director

Ok, this isn’t actually a surprise. Maybe I should’ve called this pleasantly surprised instead. Not that I thought they didn’t have a shot, but the Oscars hasn’t always been the awards show that gets things right. After both were snubbed at the Golden Globes, it certainly seemed like a possibility that we could see it happen again at the Oscars. But they were both nominated at the Critics’ Choice Awards and are nominated at the Directors Guild of America Awards. Who I really should have listed as the surprise in the Best Director category is Paul Thomas Anderson, who wasn’t nominated at any other major award show in this category.


Snub – James Franco, Best Actor

The star of The Disaster Artist came into Awards Season red hot and with his win at the Golden Globes, plus nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, he looked to be a shoe in. I could probably make a whole section devoted to The Disaster Artist in general, since the movie looked like a good bet coming into Awards Season, but walks away with only one nomination, for Best Adapted Screenplay.


Surprise – Logan, Best Adapted Screenplay

Speaking of Best Adapted Screenplay, one of the films that’ll be competing with The Disaster Artist is surprisingly a comic book movie. It’s nice to see a comic book movie that took a chance by straying from what have become the standards of the genre get some recognition. It’s also always nice to see the Academy recognize a film in a genre that they normally don’t, the same way horror and fantasy are getting some nice recognition through Get Out and The Shape of Water respectively.


Snub – The 10th Best Picture Slot

Yes, this isn’t really a specific snub, and yes, I know the Academy doesn’t have to have ten Best Picture nominees, but it’s interesting that the Academy didn’t end up maxing out the category this year. The Disaster Artist, I, Tonya, or even The Big Sick all could’ve easily taken that tenth spot and no one would’ve been surprised. All three were nominated at other major awards show, but I guess whatever formula the Academy uses to come up with nominees had these three all short. Doesn’t mean they didn’t deserve it.


Surprise – The Post isn’t the Oscars juggernaut it looked to be

Not that I necessarily want The Post to be nominated in every category or think it deserves to be, but after coming away with 6 nominations at the Golden Globes and 8 at the Critics’ Choice Awards, bested at both only by The Shape of Water, it seemed like it would again rack them up at the Oscars. There was even a joke at the Golden Globes about how The Post was that kind of film that seems like it’ll inevitably win a bunch of awards. But even after being shut out at both those awards shows, it’s still surprising that it only came away with two Oscar nominations, Best Picture and Best Actress for Meryl Streep. Nothing for the screenplay. Nothing for Spielberg. Nothing for Tom Hanks. Did any of them really deserve it more than those that were nominated? According to the Academy, no.


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Oscars 2018: Here are Your Nominees


Now that Awards Season is underway, the wait is on for the big one, the Academy Awards. We got our first taste of what’s to come when the Oscars kicks off on live on ABC March 4th with the announcement of the nominees. As with any year, there were surprises and there were snubs, but we’ll get to those, and our predictions, later. For now, check out the nominees for some of the major awards this year at the 90th Academy Awards. For the full list of nominees, check out the official Oscars site.


Best Picture: The Academy decided to go with nine films this year, featuring such genres as two coming-of-age films, to two war films, and two usually underrepresented genres at the Oscars, horror and fantasy. 

Call Me by Your Name   

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Best Director: All of the nominees directed a film up for Best Picture, and only one has been nominated in this category before.

Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk

Jordan Peele – Get Out

Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird

Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water


Best Actor: Here we get a mix of two newcomers and three familiar faces, four of the five coming from Best Picture nominees.

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out

Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.


Best Actress: Only one of the actresses is a first time Oscar nominee, but it’s understandable that people might miss that when the titan of Academy Awards is once again up for this. Four of five come from Best Picture nominated films.

Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie – I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

Meryl Streep – The Post


Best Supporting Actor: Here we get two actors from films not nominated for Best Picture and two actors from the same film. Only one of these actors is a first time Oscar nominee.

Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Best Supporting Actress: We also get two actresses from films not nominated for Best Picture here. Only one of these actresses is not a first time Oscar nominee.

Mary J. Blige – Mudbound

Allison Janney – I, Tonya

Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water


Best Original Screenplay: Four of the screenplays nominated come from a film nominated for Best Picture. Three were written by their director who is also up for Best Director.

The Big Sick

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Best Adapted Screenplay: Only one of the screenplays nominated comes from a film nominated for Best Picture. For three of the films, this is their only nomination.

Call Me by Your Name

The Disaster Artist


Molly’s Game



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