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Oscars Predictions 2018

  • Published at 10:19 pm March 2nd, 2018
Oscars Predictions 2018

Best Picture

The Shape of Water Other nominees in this category: “Call Me by Your Name” “Darkest Hour” “Dunkirk” “Get Out” “Lady Bird” “Phantom Thread” “The Post” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Just as Oscar experts last year were convinced that “La La Land” was the most logical Best Picture winner, critics this year are putting their bet on “The Shape of Water.” The film, however, is facing stiff competition from “Three Billboards,” which won Best Picture at Bafta and secured 7 Oscar nominations. Tailored decisively for #MeToo, the movie just might be the “Moonlight” of 2018. In any case, audiences should stick around after the winner is declared on March 4 in case there’s another Steve Harvey moment.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Call Me by Your Name (James Ivory) Other nominees in this category: “The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber “Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green “Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin “Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees James Ivory, not only won this year’s Writers Guild Award for adapting André Aciman’s gay romance novel, he has been nominated for Academy Awards three times before. At the ripe age of 89, he is both the critics and the audience favourite in this category.

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water” Other nominees in this category: “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan “Get Out,” Jordan Peele “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig “Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson This might not be the “Pan’s Labyrinth” director’s best work, but he sure has the momentum on his side, withstanding the plagiarism allegations. Since “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” failed to secure a Best Director nomination, Del Toro has this one in the bag, leading the Oscars race with 13 nominations.

Best Actor

Gary Oldman ‘Darkest Hour’ Other nominees in this category: Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread” Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out” Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Playing a grave historical figure and winning key precursor awards, Gary Oldman is expected to win Best Actor this year. Although fans of Daniel Day-Lewis might be heartbroken to see his last ever silver screen appearance go underappreciated, Oldman’s performance in ‘Darkest Hour’ truly reached perfection. While both Day-Lewis and Denzel Washington won the Oscar multiple times before, surprisingly, the versatile Bram Stoker’s Dracula actor never did.

Best Original Screenplay

Get Out (Jordan Peele) Other nominees in this category: “The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh Tackling the timely issue of covert racism with a horror twist, Comedy Central alumnus Jordan Peele is leading this race having already won at the Writers Guild Awards. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” could however upset “Get Out” for taking on another time-sensitive issue, sexual harassment, told through impeccable finesse.

Best Actress

Frances McDormand ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Other nominees in this category: Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water” Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya” Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird” Meryl Streep, “The Post” Frances McDormand plays a grieving mother whose unrelenting pursuit for justice for her raped and murdered daughter turns her sorrow into deep-seeded vengeance. She is up against some strong contenders in this category, but having already won Bafta, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, McDormand has this one in the bag.   The writer is a screenwriting graduate from UCLA and has worked in Hollywood in film development. She's a member of the International Federation of Film Critics.
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