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2018 Oscar Predictions

Joe Bozzella, Staff Writer

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Best Picture

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Could Win: Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Should Win: Get Out or The Shape of Water

Will Win: Get Out


Best Director

Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread)

Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)

Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)

Jordan Peele (Get Out)

Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)


Could Win: All but Anderson (even though he is totally deserving)

Should Win:  Guillermo Del Toro

Will Win: Guillermo Del Toro


Best Actor

Timothee 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.)


Could Win: Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Kaluuya, Gary Oldman

Should Win: Daniel Day-Lewis or Gary Oldman

Will Win: Gary Oldman


Best Actress

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)


Could Win: All but Streep

Should Win: Sally Hawkins or Margot Robbie

Will Win: Frances McDormand


Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)

Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World)

Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water)


Could Win: Willem Dafoe, Sam Rockwell

Should Win: Willem Dafoe 100% should win

Will Win: Sam Rockwell


Best Supporting Actress

Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)

Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread)

Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)

Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)


Could Win: Allison Janney, Laurie Metcalf

Should Win: Allison Janney

Will Win: Allison Janney


Best Adapted Screenplay

Call Me by Your Name (James Ivory)

The Disaster Artist (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber)

Logan (Scott Frank, Michael Green, & James Mangold)

Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin)

Mudbound (Dee Rees & Virgil Williams)


Could Win: Call Me by Your Name, Molly’s Game

Should Win: Logan, The Disaster Artist, or Call Me by Your Name

Will Win: Call Me by Your Name


Best Original Screenplay

Get Out (Jordan Peele)

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)

The Shape of Water (Guillermo Del Toro & Vanessa Taylor)

The Big Sick (Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)


Could Win: Get Out, Lady Bird

Should Win: Get Out or The Big Sick

Will Win: Get Out


Best Animated Feature



Loving Vincent

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner


Could Win: Coco

Should Win: Coco

Will Win: Coco


Best Documentary Feature

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Faces Places


Last Men in Aleppo

Strong Island


Could Win: Icarus, Strong Island

Should Win: Icarus

Will Win: Icarus


Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman


On Body and Soul

The Insult

The Square


Could Win: The Square, A Fantastic Woman

Should Win: The Square

Will Win: The Square


Best Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049 (Roger Deakins)

Darkest Hour (Bruno Delbonnel)

Dunkirk (Hoyte van Hoytema)

Mudbound (Rachel Morrison)

The Shape of Water (Bruno Delbonnel)


Could Win: Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049

Should Win: Blade Runner 2049

Will Win: Dunkirk


Best Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast (Jacqueline Durran)

Darkest Hour (Jacqueline Durran)

Phantom Thread (Mark Bridges)

The Shape of Water (Luis Sequeira)

Victoria & Abdul (Consolata Boyle)


Could Win: Phantom Thread, Beauty and the Beast

Should Win: Phantom Thread

Will Win: Phantom Thread


Best Film Editing

Baby Driver (Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss)

Dunkirk (Lee Smith)

I, Tonya (Tatiana S. Riegel)

The Shape of Water (Sidney Wolinsky)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri  (Jon Gregory)


Could Win: Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, Baby Driver

Should Win: Dunkirk or Baby Driver

Will Win: Dunkirk


Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Darkest Hour (David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick & Kazuhiro Tsuji)

Victoria & Abdul (Daniel Phillips & Lou Sheppard)

Wonder (Arjen Tuiten)


Could Win: Darkest Hour

Should Win: Darkest Hour

Will Win: Darkest Hour


Best Original Score

Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (John Williams)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Carter Burwell)

The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)

Phantom Thread (Jonny Greenwood)


Could Win: Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, Phantom Thread

Should Win: The Shape of Water or Phantom Thread

Will Win: The Shape of Water


Best Original Song

“Mighty River” (Mudbound)

“Remember Me” (Coco)

“Stand Up for Something” (Marshall)

“This is Me” (The Greatest Showman)

“The Mystery of Love” (Call Me by Your Name)


Could Win: “Stand Up for Something,” “This is Me”

Should Win: “Remember Me”

Will Win: “This is Me”


Best Sound Mixing

Baby Driver (Tim Cavagin, Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater)

Blade Runner 2049 (Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill, Mac Ruth)

Dunkirk (Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Mark Weingarten)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Stuart Wilson)

The Shape of Water (Christian Cooke, Glen Gauthier, Brad Zoern)


Could Win: The Shape of Water, Dunkirk

Should Win: Anybody besides Dunkirk

Will Win: Dunkirk


Best Sound Editing

Baby Driver (Julian Slater)

Blade Runner 2049 (Theo Green & Mark Mangini)

Dunkirk (Alex Gibson & Richard King)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Ren Klyce & Matthew Wood)

The Shape of Water (Nelson Ferreira & Nathan Robitaille)


Could Win: Dunkirk, The Shape of Water

Should Win: Dunkirk

Will Win: Dunkirk


Best Production Design

Blade Runner 2049  (Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola)

Beauty and the Beast (Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer)

Darkest Hour (Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer)

Dunkirk (Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis)

The Shape of Water (Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau)


Could Win: The Shape of Water, Dunkirk

Should Win: The Shape of Water

Will Win: The Shape of Water


Best Visual Effects

Blade Runner 2049 (Richard R. Hoover, Paul Lambert, Gerd Nefzer, & John Nelson)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick, Christopher Townsend & Guy Williams)

Kong: Skull Island (Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus, Stephen Rosenbaum, & Jeff White)

Stars Wars: The Last Jedi (Chris Corbould, Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, & Neal Scanlon)

War for the Planet of the Apes (Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri & Joel Whist)


Could Win: War for the Planet of the Apes, Blade Runner 2049

Should Win: War for the Planet of the Apes

Will Win: Blade Runner 2049


Best Animated Short

Dear Basketball (Kobe Bryant & Glen Keane)

Garden Party (Victor Caire & Gabriel Grapperon)

Lou (Dave Mullins & Dana Murray)

Negative Space (Mac Porter & Ru Kuwahata)

Revolting Rhymes (Jan Lachauer & Jakob Schuh)


Could Win: Dear Basketball, Lou

Should Win: Dear Basketball

Will Win: Dear Basketball


Best Documentary Short

Edith+Eddie (Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright)

Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (Frank Stiefel)

Heroin(e) (Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin James Sheldon)

Knife Skills (Thomas Lennon)

Traffic Stop (Kate Davis and David Heilbroner)


Could Win: Edith+Eddie, Heroin(e)

Should Win: Edith+Eddie

Will Win: Edith+Eddie


Best Live Action Short

DeKalb Elementary (Reed Van Dyk)

My Nephew Emmett (Kevin Wilson Jr.)

The Eleven O’Clock (Derin Seale)

The Silent Child (Chris Overton & Rachel Shenton)

Watu Wote/All of Us (Katja Benrath & Tobi)


Could Win: Watu Wote/All of Us, The Eleven O’Clock

Should Win: Watu Wote/All of Us

Will Win:Watu Wote/All of Us


Photo Credit: Goldderby.com

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