On Mar 4th celebrities and stars will converge on the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles for the 90th edition of the Academy Awards. Here are the nominations and my takeaways for each major category.
“Call Me by Your Name”; “Darkest Hour”; “Dunkirk”; “Get Out”; “Lady Birdy”; “Phantom Thread”; “The Post”; “The Shape of Water”; “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
After winning the ACE Award for Best Edited Comedy Feature Film, “I, Tonya” is the biggest film missing from the nominees for Best Picture. Predicting this category is tough as different films have been taking home the top prize from different award shows. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won Best Ensemble cast at the Critics’ Choice Award and the SAG Awards, and “The Shape of Water” won Best Picture at the Golden Globes. However, my prediction for Best Picture comes from the ACE Award winner for Best Edited Dramatic Feature film, where nine of the past 13 winners have gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, “Dunkirk”.
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”; Jordan Peele, “Get Out”; Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”; Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”; Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
Unlike the Golden Globes, women were not shut out of the Best Director category as Greta Gerwig scored a well-deserved nomination for “Lady Bird”. But the Best Director category may be the easiest to predict at this year’s Oscars. Guillermo del Toro has won this category at Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, and will probably take the statue home at the Oscars.
Prediction: Guillermo del Toro
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”
The biggest name missing is the winner of Best Actor in a Comedy at the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards, James Franco for “The Disaster Artist”. Franco seemed a sure in for a nomination, but after reports of Sexual Harassment serviced against Franco his name was left off the list. However, one man has been cleaning up all the award shows, and that is Gary Oldman’s performance in “Darkest Hour”. Oldman’s performance as former Prime Minister has been winning him awards this entire season, and expect more come this March.
Prediction: Gary Oldman
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”; Frances McDormand, “The Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”; Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”; Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”; Meryl Streep, “The Post”
As much as I want to say Margot Robbie will win this award for her stunning performance as disgraced Olympic Figure Skater, Tonya Harding, she won’t. Frances McDormands powerhouse performance in “Three Billboards” is a shew in for the win. After winning at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards and the SAG Awards, McDormand is in line to win her second Oscar.
Prediction: Frances McDormand
**Article First Appeared In The Torch Roosevelt Student Newspaper**