91st Academy Awards: Early As Hell Predictions

Continuing the tradition that I began last year, I’ve put together my first set of predictions for next year’s Oscars, far too early. At this point, we’re able to see what many producers, directors, actors, writers and technicians are working on and what is planned to be released in 2018. If we look to the set of predictions I put out this far ahead of the 90th Academy Awards, Dunkirk, which is currently the front-runner in 6 categories (including Best Picture and Best Director) was already predicted in many categories. Looking back, that is exactly what I was hoping for, that at least one predicted nominee would survive and possibly end up nominated, if not winning. So take a look at what’s I’ve foreseen as nominees, and prepare yourself to see them in theaters in 2018!

Best Picture:

  • Beautiful Boy
  • Bohmian Rhapsidy
  • Boy Erased
  • First Man
  • The Little Stranger
  • On the Basis of Sex
  • Widoews
  • The Women of Marwen

 

Best Director

  1. Lenny Abrahamson – The Little Stranger
  2. Damien Chazelle – First Man
  3. Steve McQueen – Widows
  4. Bryan Singer – Bohemian Rhapsody
  5. Robert Zemeckis – The Women of Marwen

 

Best Lead Actor

  • Steve Carell – The Women of Marwen
  • Domhnall Gleeson – The Little Stranger
  • Ryan Gosling – First Man
  • Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased
  • Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

 

Best Lead Actress

  • Cate Blanchett – Where’d You Go Bernadette
  • Viola Davis – Widows
  • Claire Foy – The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  • Felicity Jones – On the Basis of Sexes
  • Rooney Mara – Mary Magdalene

 

Best Supporting Actor

  • Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
  • Russell Crowe – Boy Erased
  • Armie Hammer – On the Basis of Sex
  • Liam Neeson – Widows
  • Will Poulter – The Little Stranger

 

Best Supporting Actress

  • Kathy Bates – On the Basis of Sex
  • Nicole Kidman – Boy Erased
  • Diane Kruger – The Women of Marwen
  • Ruth Wilson – The Little Stranger
  • Kristen Wiig – Where’d You Go Bernadette

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • First Man
  • The Little Stranger
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette
  • Widows
  • The Women of Marwen

 

Best Original Screenplay

  • Ad Astra
  • Bohimian Rhapsidy
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Moral Engines
  • On the Basis of Sex

 

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Early Man
  • The Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

 

Best Cinematography

  • First Man
  • The Little Stranger
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • The Women of Marwen

 

Best Costume Design

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2
  • The Little Stranger
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Film Editing

  • Bohmian Rhapsidy
  • First Man
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  • The Little Stranger
  • Widows

 

Best Makeup and Hair

  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Production Design

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • The Women of Marwen
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Sound Editing

  • The Little Stranger
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Sound Mixing

  • The Little Stranger
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Visual Effects

  • Dark Phoenix
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2
  • Pacific Rim Uprising
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Original Score

  • Christopher Robin
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Widows

 

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91st Academy Awards: Early As Hell Predictions

Early October Oscar Predictions

Now that it is October, autumn is here and thus the beginning of the minor film festivals, which have the final say on who will be nominated for an Oscar. Within the next month or so, the Academy will be releasing the individual submission lists for various categories such as Foreign Language Film, Best Original Song and Animated Feature Film. Once these lists are out, we’ll have a better idea about who will actually eligible in every category. It was at this point last year when Kubo and the Two Strings was included on the list of eligible films for for Best Visual Effects, which led to it being one of 5 nominees in that category. 

Best Picture

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. The Post
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. Call Me By Your Name
  6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  7. Get Out
  8. Lady Bird
  9. The Florida Project
  10. The Big Sick

 

Best Director

  1. Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
  2. Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water
  3. Steven Spielberg – The Post
  4. Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
  5. Joe Wright – Darkest Hour

 

Best Actor in a Lead Role

  1. Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  2. Daniel Day Lewis – Phantom Thread
  3. Timothee Chalamet – Call me By Your Name
  4. Tom Hanks – The Post
  5. Jake Gyllenhaal – Stronger

 

Best Actress in a Lead Role

  • Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
  • Francis McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Meryl Streep – The Post
  • Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
  • Kate Winslet – Wonder Wheel

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  • Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name
  • Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
  • Mark Rylance – Dunkirk

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Allison Janney – I, Tonya
  • Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
  • Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
  • Melissa Leo – Novitiate
  • Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Mudbound
  • Molly’s Game
  • Last Flag Flaying
  • The Disaster Artist

 

Best Original Screenplay

  • The Shape of Water
  • Get Out
  • The Post
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Lady Bird

 

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Coco
  • The Breadwinner
  • Ferdinand
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • The Boss Baby

 

Best Foreign Language Film

  • The Square – Sweden
  • In the Fade – Germany
  • 120 Beats Per Minute – France
  • A Fantastic Woman – Chile
  • Happy End – Austria

 

Best Cinematography

  • Dunkirk
  • Blade Runner 20149
  • The Shape of Water
  • Darkest Hour
  • Wonderstruck

 

Best Costume Design

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Darkest Hour
  • Wonderstruck
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Greatest Showman

 

Best Film Editing

  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Get Out
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Darkest Hour

 

Best Makeup and Hair

  • Darkest Hour
  • The Shape of Water
  • Beauty and the Beast

 

Best Production Design

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • The Shape of Water
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • The Greatest Showman

Best Sound Editing

  • Dunkirk
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Baby Driver
  • Coco

 

Best Sound Mixing

  • Dunkirk
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • The Shape of Water
  • The Greatest Showman

 

Best Visual Effects

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water

 

Best Original Score

  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • The Post
  • Darkest Hour
  • Wonderstruck

 

Best Original Song

  • “Evermore” – Beauty and the Beast
  • “Come Alive” – The Greatest Showman
  • “Remember Me” – Coco
  • “Truth to Power” – An Inconvenient Sequel
  • “Stand Up for Something” – Marshall

 

Early October Oscar Predictions

Late August Oscar Predictions

Best Picture:

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Papers
  3. Call me By Your Name
  4. Phantom Thread
  5. Darkest Hour
  6. Last Flag Flying
  7. The Shape of Water
  8. Downsizing
  9. Get Out
  10. Wonderstruck
  11. Mudbound
  12. Detroit
  13. The Greatest Showman
  14. Blade Runner 2049
  15. Mother!

 

Best Director:

  1. Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
  2. Steven Spielberg – The Papers
  3. Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
  4. Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread
  5. Joe Wright – Darkest Night
  6. Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
  7. Alexander Payne – Downsizing
  8. Jordan Peele – Get Out
  9. Dee Rees – Mudbound
  10. Todd Haynes – Wonderstruck

 

Best Actor in a Lead Role

  1. Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  2. Daniel Day Lewis – Phantom Thread
  3. Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman
  4. Tom Hanks – The Papers
  5. Denzel Washington – Roman Israel
  6. Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
  7. Bryan Cranston – Last Flag Flying
  8. Matt Damon – Downsizing
  9. Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here
  10. Jake Gyllenhaal – Stronger

 

Best Actress in a Lead Role

  1. Meryl Streep – The Papers
  2. Kate Winslet – Wonder Wheel
  3. Annette Bening – Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
  4. Judi Dench – Victoria and Abdul
  5. Francis McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  6. Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
  7. Jennifer Lawrence – mother!
  8. Carrie Mulligan – Mudbound
  9. Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes
  10. Claire Foy – Breathe

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  1. Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name
  2. Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  3. Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
  4. Mark Rylance – Dunkirk
  5. Laurence Fishburne – Last Flag Flying
  6. Michael Shannon – THe Current War
  7. Ed Harris – mother!
  8. Steve Carell – Battle of the Sexes
  9. Jason Mitchell – Mudbound
  10. Idris Elba – Molly’s Game

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  1. Melissa Leo – Novitiate
  2. Michelle Pfeiffer – mother!
  3. Kristin Scott Thomas – Darkest Hour
  4. Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
  5. Michelle Williams – THe Greatest Showman
  6. Mary J Blige – Mudbound
  7. Julianne Moore – Wonderstruck
  8. Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water
  9. Hong Chau – Downsizing
  10. Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Call Me By Your Name
  2. Wonderstruck
  3. Mudbound
  4. Last Flag Flying
  5. Victoria and Abdul
  6. Molly’s Game
  7. Lean on Pete
  8. The Death of Stalin
  9. Blade Runner 2049
  10. Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

 

Best Original Screenplay

  1. The Shape of Water
  2. Wonder Wheel
  3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  4. Get Out
  5. Downsizing
  6. Phantom Thread
  7. Darkest Hour
  8. The Papers
  9. Suburbicon
  10. Dunkirk

 

Best Animated Film

  1. Coco
  2. The Breadwinner
  3. Ferdinand
  4. The Boss Baby
  5. The LEGO Batman Movie
  6. The LEGO Ninjago Movie
  7. Despicable Me 3
  8. Mary and the Witch’s Flower
  9. In this Corner of the Sky
  10. Birdboy, The Forgotten Child

 

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. Happy End – Austria
  2. Loveless – Russia
  3. Thelma – Norway
  4. Where Life is Born – Mexico
  5. The Square – Sweden
  6. 120 Beats Per Minute – France
  7. A Fantastic Woman – Chile
  8. Ishmael’s Ghost – France
  9. Wild Mouse – Austria
  10. I Am Not Madame Bovary – China

 

Best Documentary Film

  1. An Inconvenient Sequel
  2. Last Men in Aleppo
  3. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  4. Chasing Coral
  5. Aida’s Secret
  6. Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
  7. Oit
  8. Strong Island
  9. City of Ghosts
  10. Icarus

 

Best Cinematography

  1. Blade Runner 2049
  2. Dunkirk
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. Wonderstruck
  5. The Shape of Water
  6. Mother!
  7. Call me By Your Name
  8. The Greatest Showman
  9. Phantom Thread
  10. The Lost City of Z

 

Best Costume Design

  1. Victoria and Abdul
  2. Phantom Thread
  3. Wonderstruck
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. The Greatest Showman
  6. Murder on the Orient Express
  7. The Shape of Water
  8. Blade Runner 2049
  9. Beauty and the Beast
  10. Wonder Wheel

 

Best Film Editing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Detroit
  4. The Papers
  5. The Shape of Water
  6. Wonderstruck
  7. Get Out
  8. Darkest Hour
  9. Call Me By Your Name
  10. Downsizing

 

Best Makeup/Hair

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. Logan
  3. The Greatest Showman
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. The Shape of Water
  6. Murder on the Orient Express

 

Best Production Design:

  1. Blade Runner 2049
  2. The Greatest Showman
  3. Dunkirk
  4. The Shape of Water
  5. Darkest Hour
  6. Wonderstruck
  7. Beauty and the Beast
  8. Phantom Thread
  9. Star Wars
  10. The Current War

Best Sound Editing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Detroit
  4. Star Wars
  5. Wonder Woman
  6. The Shape of Water
  7. War for the Planet of the Apes
  8. Phantom Thread
  9. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  10. Coco

 

Best Sound Mixing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Detroit
  4. The Greatest Showman
  5. The Shape of Water
  6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  7. Baby Driver
  8. Beauty and the Beast
  9. Get Out
  10. Coco

 

Best Visual Effects

  1. War for the Planet of the Apes
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Star War: The Last Jedi
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  5. The Shape of Water
  6. Spiderman: Homecoming
  7. Dunkirk
  8. Kong: Skull Island
  9. Beauty and the Beast
  10. Wonder Woman

 

Best Original Score

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. The Papers
  5. Wonderstruck
  6. Blade Runner 2049
  7. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  8. Murder on the Orient Express
  9. The Greatest Showman
  10. Mother!

 

Best Original Song

  1. “Come Alive” – The Greatest Showman
  2. “Evermore” – Beauty and the Beast
  3. “Remember Me” – Coco
  4. “It Ain’t Fair” – Detroit
  5. “Truth to Power” – An Inconvenient Sequel
  6. “This is Me” – The Greatest Showman
  7. “Tell Me How Long” – Chasing Coral
  8. “How Does a Moment Last Forever” – Beauty and the Beast
  9. “I Don’t Want to Live Forever” – Fifty Shades Darker
  10. “Chase Me” – Baby Driver
Late August Oscar Predictions

90th Academy Awards, Early AUGUST

It is now August, which means we’re closer to the Oscars now than we were two weeks ago. But surprisingly, these past two weeks have been buzzing with changes. Now contenders are fighting to become nominees, which formally established nominees, Dunkirk and Detroit, are fighting to stay in the lead.Through it all, Gary Oldman remains the hard lock for Best Lead Actor as Winston Churchill, and Annette Benning began her campaign to newest campaign to finally win her Oscar.Find out who’s on top, who’s broken in, and who’s falling away from their front runner status. (This just became Game of Thrones, the Oscars Nominees edition).

BEST PICTURE

  1. Dunkirk (My pick)
  2. Darkest Hour
  3. The Papers
  4. Call Me By Your Name
  5. Last Flag Flying
  6. The Shape of Water
  7. Wonderstruck
  8. Phantom Thread
  9. Detroit
  10. Blade Runner 2049
  11. Downsizing
  12. Get Out
  13. Mudbound
  14. Mother!
  15. Battle of the Sexes

BEST DIRECTOR:

  1. Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk (my pick)
  2. Steven Spielberg – The Papers
  3. Joe Wright – Darkest Hour
  4. Kathryn Bigelow – Detroit
  5. Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
  6. Dee Rees – Mudbound
  7. Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread
  8. Jordan Peele – Get Out
  9. Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
  10. Alexander Payne – Downsizing

BEST ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE

  1. Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour (My Pick – Gary Oldman’s Churchill seems to be the strongest potential of any role this year. All other nominees are obsolete (Yes, even Daniel Day Lewis))
  2. Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman
  3. Daniel Day Lewis – Phantom Thread
  4. Tom Hanks – The Papers
  5. Bryan Cranston – Last Flag Flying
  6. Matt Damon – Downsizing
  7. Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here
  8. Jake Gyllenhaal – Stronger
  9. Denzel Washington – Roman Israel Esq
  10. Chadwick Bozeman – Marshall

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE

  1. Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water (who I have pegged as #1. I think her acting without speaking will be a plus for her, think Holly Hunter/The Piano/1993.)
  2. Annette Bening – Film Starts Don’t Die in Liverpool (She’s begun her latest campaign to finally win her Oscars).
  3. Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes (Her consistent ranking in the Top 10 could be good for her to move up later in the season. The Academy might think she’s likable enough to niminate back to back with her first win.)
  4. Meryl Streep – The Papers (She’s Meryl Fucking Streep)
  5. Judi Dench – Victoria and Abdud (Judi Dench + Stephen Frears = Oscar for Judi. Think Philomena/2013.)
  6. Jennifer Lawrence – mother! (She’s the new Meryl Streep, she’s be the next person to receive 20 nominations for acting. If not this year, than next year.)
  7. Kate Winslet – Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen might be at it again, but not as strong as with Blue Jasmine or Midnight in Paris.)
  8. Francis McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Support seems to be waning.)
  9. Claire Foy – Breathe (She’s Emmy nominated for The Crown, but still a fresh face. Think Felicity Jones/The Theory of Everything/2014)
  10. Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game (Not much info about this movie, even now. Jessica Chastain seems to be the new low rent Anne Hathaway, the actress trying too hard to appeal to the most people as possible. Not her year.)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  1. Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name
  2. Jason Mitchell – Mudbound
  3. Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  4. Mary Rylance – Dunkirk (The darling of Broadway theater over the last decade and the London West End veteran offers most of the dialogue in DUNKIRK itself. His performance essentially proves that there was a script written for the film at all. (That is meant to be a compliment to how the film worked without constant dialogue.)))
  5. Steve Carell – Battle of the Sexes (My Pick – Like Foxcatcher/2014, Steve Carell is truly showing he has some real acting chops aside from comedy. He has a strong year, with the third Despicable Me film and Last Flag Flying, he’s strong performance in this film across Emma Stone could be Oscar Gold for Steve.)
  6. Armie Hammer – Call My By Your Name (Might be pushed Lead, though might get pushed Supporting because it lead performances in Supporting categories always seem to win Oscars –> Christoph Waltz/Django Unchaines/2012, Alicia Vikander/The Danish Girl/2015.
  7. Laurence Fishburne – Last Flag Flying (Along with Bryan Cranston and Steve Carell, Last Flag Flying is looking like a real ensemble project. With Carell getting good reviews for Battle of the Sexes, Fishburne might be pushed more than Carell for this film.)
  8. Oscar Isaac – Suburbicon (A big ensemble cast for this film. Oscar Isaac is one of those actors who has yes to be nominated, so this might be his Oscar breakthrough.)
  9. Ben Mendelsohn – Darkest Hour (This film might end up being a Oscar vehicle for Gary Oldman, so other roles in the film might pale in comparison.)
  10. Michael Shannon – The Shape of Water (Support for Shannon seems to be slip between The Shape of Water and The Current War. Shape of Water is picking up more steam since the first trailer was released, so this might become his third nomination in the coming weeks.)

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  1. Melissa Leo – Novitaite (Winning in 2010 after heavily campaigning for herself (not so much the movie) Leo might be back for a redemption nomination with her role as a border line evil nun. Her strong and meaty role could get her pushed to Lead.)
  2. Kristin Scott Thomas – Darkest Hour (My Pick – Not sure if the film is all about Gary Oldman, or if Scott Thomas will hold her own against his powerhouse performance.)
  3. Michelle Pfeiffer – mother! (The former Hollywood darling, she hasn’t been nominated since 1992. With her Emmy Nominated performance in The Wizard of Lies, she’s walking back into the spotlight at the perfect time, and could end up nominated for her fourth Oscar.)
  4. Holly Hunter – The Big Sick  (She seems to be getting most of the praise for the film. She’s a past winner and nominee and might be a familiar face for the Academy to vote for.)
  5. Julianne Moore – Wonderstruck (Another familiar face for the Academy, Julianne Moore seems to be getting most of the critical attention for this film. I could see one of the younger actor getting nominated. Todd Haynes also has a good track record of getting his actress nominated for Oscars.)
  6. Mary J Blige – Mudbound (To be honest, this intrigues me. Mary J Blige does not often come to might when I think about music to movie cross overs. After awkwardly singing in Hilary Clinton’s face about American safety, I’m shocked that she’ll even show her face at all.)
  7. Hong Chau – Downsizing (Alexander Payne’s newest project. Chau could be in the running because she’s a minority face in a mostly white cast.)
  8. Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water (Octavia Spencer seems to be another of the Academy’s new darlings, after landing her second nomination last year with Hidden Figures and winning for The Help.)
  9. Margot Robbie – Goodbye Christopher Robin (She seems to be a star on the rise. Giving a strong performance in Suicide Squad drawing parallels to Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. Unfortunately, Suicide Squad wasn’t as strong and dragged her down.
  10. Michelle Williams – The Greatest Showman (Not sure if this is going to be a Hugh Jackman show or if she’ll have a chance to shine.
  11. Leslie Manville – Phantom Thread

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Call Me By Your Name
  2. Mudbound
  3. Wonderstruck
  4. Last Flag Flying
  5. The Death of Stalin
  6. Victoria and Abdul
  7. Molly’s Game
  8. Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
  9. Lean on Pete
  10. Blade Runner 2049

Best Original Screenplay

  1. The Shape of Water
  2. Darkest Hour
  3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  4. Get Out
  5. Downsizing
  6. Phantom Thread
  7. The Papers (There seems to be a debate over there this film is Original or Adapted. Otherwise, this would be much higher.)
  8. Suburbicon
  9. Detroit
  10. Novitaite

Best Animated Feature Film

  1. Coco
  2. The Breadwinner
  3. Ferdinand
  4. The Boss Baby
  5. The LEGO Batman Movie
  6. Despicable Me 3
  7. The LEGO Ninjago Movie
  8. Mary and the Witch’s Flower
  9. Cars 3
  10. In this Corner of the World

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  1. Happy End – Austria
  2. Loveless – Russia
  3. Thelma – Norway
  4. Where Life is Born – Mexico
  5. The Square – Sweden
  6. 120 Beats Per minute – France
  7. A Fantastic Woman – Chile
  8. Ishmael’s Ghosts – France
  9. Wild Mouse – Austria
  10. I Am Not Madame Bovary – China

BEST DOCUMENTARY

  1. An Inconvenient Sequel
  2. Last Men in Aleppo
  3. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  4. Aida’s Secret
  5. Untold Tales of Armisted Maupin
  6. Obit
  7. Casing Coral
  8. Strong Island
  9. Icarus
  10. Kedi

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  1. Blade Runner 2049
  2. Dunkirk
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. Wonderstruck
  5. The Shape of Water
  6. mother!
  7. The Greatest Showman
  8. Detroit
  9. Call Me By Your Name
  10. The Lost City of  Z

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  1. Victoria and Abdul
  2. Darkest Hour
  3. Wonderstruck
  4. Phantom Thread
  5. The Greatest Showman
  6. Murder on the Orient Express
  7. The Beguiled
  8. Beauty and the Beast
  9. The Current War
  10. Blade Runner 2049

BEST FILM EDITING

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Detroit
  3. Blade Runner 2049
  4. The Papers
  5. The Shape of Water
  6. Wonderstruck
  7. Get Out
  8. Darkest Hour
  9. Phantom Thread
  10. Mudbound

Best Makeup/Hair

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. Logan
  3. The Greatest Showman
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. The Shape of Water
  6. Murder on the Orient Express

Best Production Design

  1. Blade Runner 2049
  2. The Greatest Showman
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. Wnderstruck
  5. The Shape of Water
  6. Dunkirk
  7. Beauty and the Beast
  8. Murder on the Orient Express
  9. Phantom Thread
  10. The Current War

BEST SOUND EDITING

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Detroit
  4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  5. The Shape of Water
  6. Wonder Woman
  7. The Greatest Showman
  8. War for the Planet of the Apes
  9. Darkest Hour
  10. Baby Driver

BEST SOUND MIXING

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. The Greatest Showman
  4. Detroit
  5. The Shape of Water
  6. Star Wars
  7. Get Out
  8. Baby Driver
  9. Beauty and the Beast
  10. Coco

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  1. War for the Planet of the Apes
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2
  5. Kong: Skull Island
  6. Spider Man Homecoming
  7. Dunkirk
  8. The Shape of Water
  9. Beauty and the Beast
  10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Have no Chest , or some shit like that

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  1. The Shape of Water
  2. Dunkirk
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. The Papers
  5. Wonderstruck
  6. Blade Runner 2049
  7. Murder on the Orient Express
  8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  9. Coco
  10. The Greatest Showman

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BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  1. “How Does a Moment Last Forever” – Beauty and the Beast
  2. “This is Me” – The Greatest Showman
  3. “Come Alive” – The Greatest Showman
  4. “Remember Me” – Coco
  5. “Evermore” – Beauty and the Beast
  6. “Tell Me How Long” – Chasing Coral
  7. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” – Fifty Shades Darker
  8. “Chase Me” – Baby Driver
  9. “Friends are Family” – The LEGO Batman Movie
  10. “It Ain’t Fair” – Detroit

 

 

 

90th Academy Awards, Early AUGUST

Early June Oscar Prediction

It’s June now, and that means more Oscar predictions are coming. Next month, the first of the contenders for Best Picture, Dunkirk will be released, putting this season into a bit of a premature start. For now, this season is looking a lot like 2015, with Star Wars’s next chapter being a hot contender, and a squeal of a 1980’s Sci-Fi film, Blade Runner 2049, possibly getting in the Best Picture race, like Mad Max: Fury Road. And now, here are the predicted nominees for the 90th Academy Awards:

 

Best Picture

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. Dunkirk
  3. Mudbound
  4. The Post
  5. Detroit
  6. Blade Runner 2049
  7. Call Me By Your Name
  8. Wonderstruck
  9. The Greatest Showman
  10. Phantom Thread
  11. Get Out
  12. Downsizing
  13. Suburbicon
  14. The Current War
  15. The Glass Castle

 

Best Director

  1. Joe Wright – Darkest Hour
  2. Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
  3. Kathryn Bigelow – Detroit
  4. Dee Rees – Mudbound
  5. Steven Spielberg – The Post
  6. Todd Haynes – Wonderstruck
  7. Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread
  8. Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
  9. Denis Villeneuve – Blade Runner 2049
  10. Reginald Hudlin – Marshall

 

Best Actor in a Lead Role

  1. Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  2. Daniel Day Lewis – Phantom Thread
  3. Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman
  4. Chadwick Boseman – Marshall
  5. Tom Hanks – The Post
  6. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Current War
  7. Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here
  8. Andrew Garfield – Breathe
  9. Bryan Cranston – Last Flag Flying
  10. Matt Damon – Downsizing

 

Best Actress in a Lead Role

  1. Judi Dench – Victoria and Abdul
  2. Francis McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. Meryl Streep – The Post
  4. Brie Larson – The Glass Castle
  5. Rooney Mara – Mary Magdalene
  6. Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes
  7. Jennifer Lawrence – Mother!
  8. Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game
  9. Claire Foy – Breathe
  10. Kate Winslet – Wonder Wheel

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  1. Jason Mitchell – Mudboune
  2. Michael Shannon – The Current War
  3. Woody Harrelson – The Glass Castle
  4. Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name
  5. Sterling K. Brown – Marshall
  6. Steve Carell – Battle of the Sexes
  7. Steve Buscemi – Lean on Pete
  8. Javier Bardem – Mother!
  9. Ben Mendelsohn – Darkest Hour
  10. Idris Elba – Molly’s Game

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  1. Kristin Scott Thomas – Darkest Hour
  2. Michelle Pfeiffer – Mother!
  3. Nicole Kidman – The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  4. Melissa Leo – The Novitiate
  5. Julianne Moore – Wonderstruck
  6. Michelle Williams – The Greatest Showman
  7. Naomi Watts – The Glass Castle
  8. Margot Robbie – Goodbye Christopher Robin
  9. Mary J Blige – Mudbound
  10. Allison Janney – I, Tonya

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Mudbound
  2. Call Me By Your Name
  3. Wonderstruck
  4. Molly’s Game
  5. The Glass Castle
  6. Victoria and Abdul
  7. Lean on Pete
  8. The Beguiled
  9. Last Flag Flying
  10. The Death of Stalin

 

Best Original Screenplay

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. Detroit
  4. Phantom THread
  5. The Killing of a Scared Deer
  6. Downsizing
  7. Get Out
  8. The Post
  9. Dunkirk
  10. Suburbicon

 

Best Animated Feature Film

  1. Coco
  2. The Breadwinner
  3. Despicable Me 3
  4. Cars 3
  5. The LEGO Batman Movie
  6. Ferdinand
  7. Loving Vincent
  8. The Boss Baby
  9. Animal Crackers
  10. The Star

 

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. 120 Beats Per Second – France
  2. A Fantastic Lady – Chile
  3. The Square – Sweden
  4. Loveless – Russia
  5. The Day After – South Korea
  6. I Am Not Madame Bovary – China
  7. Wild Mouse – Austria
  8. Ana, Mon Amor – Romania
  9. On Body and Soul – Hungary
  10. Zama – Spain

 

Best Cinematography

  1. Blade Runner 2049
  2. Dunkirk
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. Wonderstruck
  5. Detroit
  6. Mother!
  7. The Current War
  8. Mudbound
  9. Call Me By Your Name
  10. The Mountain Between Us

 

Best Costume Design

  1. The Greatest Showman
  2. Phantom Thread
  3. Victoria and Abdul
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. Wonderstruck
  6. Murder on the Orient Express
  7. The Current War
  8. The Beguiled
  9. Beauty and the Beast
  10. Mudbound

 

Best Film Editing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Darkest Hour
  3. Blade Runner 2049
  4. Detroit
  5. Phantom Thread
  6. Wonderstruck
  7. The Post
  8. Get Out
  9. Downsizing
  10. Suburbicon

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  3. Loga
  4. The Greatest Showman
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  6. Murder on the Orient Express

 

Best Production Design

  1. The Current War
  2. Darkest Hour
  3. The Greatest Showman
  4. Blade Runner 2049
  5. Wonderstruck
  6. Beauty and the Beast
  7. Murder on the Orient Express
  8. Dunkirk
  9. Phantom Thread
  10. The Beguiled

 

Best Sound Editing

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Dunkirk
  4. Detroit
  5. The Greatest Showman
  6. Alien: Covenant
  7. War for the Planet of the Apes
  8. Annihilation
  9. Transformers: The Last Knight
  10. Beauty and the Beast

 

Best Sound Mixing

  1. The Greatest Showman
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  4. Dunkirk
  5. Detroit
  6. Beauty and the Beast
  7. Transformers: The Last Knight
  8. War for the Planet of the Apes
  9. The Current War
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

 

Best Visual Effects

  1. War for the Planet of the Apes
  2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol.
  4. Blade Runner 2049
  5. Spiderman: Homecoming
  6. Dunkirk
  7. Transformers: The Last Knight
  8. Wonder Woman
  9. Kong: Skull Island
  10. Alien: Covenant

 

Best Original Score

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. Dunkirk
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Wonderstruck
  5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  6. Blade Runner 2049
  7. Murder on the Orient Express
  8. Phantom Thread
  9. The Greatest Showman
  10. Suburbicon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early June Oscar Prediction

Film Review: ZOOTOPIA

The latest film from Disney Animation Studios, Zootopia,  is not your typical Disney movie. To begin with, leave you’re fairytale expectations at the door, there is none of that in this movie. Instead, we have Judy, a young female bunny who’s determined to make the world a better place as a police officer. She’s not looking to be rescued, she’s not looking for love, she’s looking to make her dreams come true, no matter what it takes. But she’s a little bunny trying to make a difference in the world of giant predators. That leads us to her partner in crime, Nike, a sly fox con man who gets pulled into a missing person’s investigation by Judy, and thus begins a story that blends together Chinatown and In the Heat of the Night with a splash of Breaking Bad, all with talking animals. The result turns out to be a surprisingly smart film with heartfelt emotion that keeps you guessing at every turn. And you can bring the kids along too because they’ll love it just as much as you will.

What makes Zootopia a well made film is two factors: the story and the voice cast. The story is unlike anything that’s ever been told in a Disney film before. What makes it unique is the mystery aspect, that keeps the viewers guessing at every corner. The plot and commentary in the film are also very relevant to today’s issues. The idea of making all the characters animals (all mammals) and having them divided between prey and predators, as a parallel to racial divisions allowed the writers to address today’s issues head on without taking sides. The result was film highlighting what divides us and what brings us together, the fact that we are stronger together. The villain in the film used xenophobia and the ignorance of the general population to gain and maintain power in Zootopia, a lot like how Donald Trump seems to be campaigning right now for President.

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Then there’s the vocal cast. let’s start with the two leads, Judy voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin and Nick Wilde voiced by Jason Bateman. These two brought so much more that their voices to their roles. Goodwin’s vocal performance was so much more than just being a woman. She made Judy Hopps a determined yet vulnerable and lovable. She brought out the parts of Judy that made her relatable and human (even though she’s a bunny). Jason Bateman as the cool Nick Wilde sit like a glove. His performance seemed natural and give true meaning to the phrase “sly as a fox.” He made Nick into the con man he was, and the perfect foil to Goodwin’s Judy, and brought out the tenderness that hides underneath the cool as a cucumber persona that Nick projects to the world. The rest of the cast is a filled out by the vocal talents of some actors you wouldn’t expect to hear in a Disney movie, such as Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons and Jenny Slate playing Bogo the water buffalo Police Chief,  Leodore Lionheart the lion mayer of Zootopia, and a sweet and very sour Dawn, the Assistant mayor of Zootopia. The vocal cast brought everything that makes them fantastic actors, and left their egos at the door, which made for a very well acted [animated] movie.

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For Zootopia, I give a grade of very well deserved and solid A.

 

Film Review: ZOOTOPIA