My PREDICTIONS for the
90th Academy Awards.
Tomorrow is the announcement of the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards. Since it’s the Oscars, I wanted to make a list of who I think will be nominated, the outsiders and who I think will win. This isn’t for all categories just for the main four which are Best Director, Actor, Actress, and Film. So, here are my predictions, which may change in a few weeks’ time.
- Guillermo Del Toro (Shape of Water)
- Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
- Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
- Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
- Jordan Peele (Get Out)
- Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread)
- Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049)
- Steven Spielberg (The Post)
My Pick: Guillermo Del Toro
It’s a close one for me, it’s a race between Del Toro and Nolan, both deserved to win this Oscar long ago, which means whoever wins out of these two deserves it a lot, but my pick is Del Toro. Dunkirk is as visceral as cinema gets, but Guillermo took an original theme mixed with an unusual context and melded it together with his specific storytelling sensibilities. Greta and Martin deserve to be nominated and I would swap Spielberg out for Jordan Peele because his debut film was so masterfully directed, as if it was directed by a seasoned director.
- Frances McDomand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
- Sally Hawkins (Shape of Water)
- Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)
- Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)
- Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game)
- Meryl Streep (The Post)
My Pick: Frances McDormand
This race is between Frances, Saoirse and Sally. All three women deliver amazing performances in their respective movies but ultimately, I chose Frances. If I’m being totally honest the decision was more like a coin toss because each performance is fantastic. I swapped out Meryl Streep (ooooohhhhh) with Jessica Chastain because to be honest, I thought Chastain is phenomenal in Molly’s Game while Meryl was more pedestrian in The Post and wasn’t as spectacular as she is in other films.
- Gary Oldman (The Darkest Hour)
- Timothy Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name)
- Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
- Daniel Day Lewis (Phantom Thread)
- Tom Hanks (The Post)
- James Franco (The Disaster Artist)
- Hugh Jackman (Logan)
- Christian Bale (Hostiles)
My Pick: Gary Oldman.
Is there any doubt? Yeah, maybe, because it’s the Oscars of course. This award is Gary’s to lose, and if there’s anyone I think the academy might vote for other than Oldman, it’s Chalamet. Kaluuya is going to be nominated, not because he’s black but because his performance in Get Out is amazing. The academy loves Day Lewis, and since this is his supposed final film before his retirement, he’s bound to be nominated. I struggled to pick a fifth nominee, ultimately, I have Hanks over Franco because of the recent allegations coming out against Franco that might hurt his chances, but that depends on whether they’re true and if the voting has already closed which I suppose it has.
- Shape of Water
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- Lady Bird
- Get Out
- Call Me by Your Name
- Phantom Thread
- Big Sick
- Florida Project
- Molly’s Game
My Pick: Lady Bird
This was a hard one, because there’s ten slots rather than five like every other category. Every film deserves to be on this list, but my heart says Lady Bird is going to win, even though my head is saying the obvious choice is going to definitely be Three Billboards. Lady Bird is definitely not the most obvious choice to win but I feel the academy is going to go that way and surprise everybody, it may seem too small a film to win this award, but Greta knocks it out of the park and considering this is her directorial debut, she’s still probably near the top of the most ‘overdue’ person in the film industry. For the outsiders I had Logan because it was released so long before most of the other films and it is one of my favourite films of 2017. In a couple weeks’ time my opinion might change to Three Billboards though.