Oscar Winner Predictions

Saturday, 17 February 2018

With all the Oscar predictions buzzing around the internet, I thought that I should give it a go. I mean, I like shit movies so I am definitely not the highest-brow of film critic out there (believe me, far from it), but some of the movies up for the contention this year are truly spectacular so I thought I'd throw my hat into the ring. So here we go, in a perfect world, these would be my winners.

Best Picture
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Lady Bird
  • Get Out
  • Darkest Hour
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 
  • The Shape of Water
  • Dunkirk
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post

I just really, really want Call Me By Your Name to come away with all of the awards, alright? Every single one of them, even Best Original Song if someone can work out how to put them in contention for it. One of the best films I have seen in years, it was beautiful, wonderfully acted and directed, and filmed in a way where you could really feel the rolling heat of the Italian summer. It felt like a European indie flick and by god, I love European indie flicks.

Best Director
  • Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
  • Jordan Peele (Get Out)
  • Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread)
  • Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)

Of course I am picking Greta Gerwig to win this one. She is a female director breaking through glass ceilings and putting forth amazing female-led movies that actual females want to see, and even putting gender aside, Lady Bird is a fucking fantastic film and she really deserves endless recognition for the direction of the piece.

Best Actor
  • 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.)

As much as I would love to say that Timothée Chalamet or Daniel Kaluuya may win, Gary Oldman is pretty much guaranteed to pick up the Best Actor statuette on the night. The Academy Awards LOVE tasking physical-transformations and all the special effects that it took to turn Gary Oldman into wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill, definitely fits the bill.

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)

After Lady Bird and the fabulous Brooklyn a few years ago, Saoirse Ronan has firmly stamped her arrival on the world of critically-acclaimed cinema and an Academy Award would be the cherry on top of a superb movie. Saoirse and her on-screen mother, Laurie Metcalf, really do carry all the weight and emotion of the narrative and  if I was the one picking, I wouldn’t be able to choose anyone else.

Best Supporting Actor
  • 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 )

Beside wanting him to win purely as a massive fuck-you to Kevin Spacey, the sheer speed in which Christopher Plummer turned out the role of J.Paul Getty in All the Money in the World shows how much he deserves to win the Best Supporting Actor award. I mean, if it does happen, it will probably be totally out of left-field, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop hoping and wishing that it will.

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)

This year, the Best Supporting Actress category that one that I have the most difficultly with. I think my top picks for the award would be Laurie Metcalf, Allison Janney and Mary J. Blige but each and every single one of these performances were amazing and honestly, I will be pleased whoever this award goes to.

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