Academy Awards 2018: Predictions

The prestigious Oscars will find new winners on  March 04. This edition is my attempt to see the future this year. You can also have a look at my predictions in the previous years here: 2017 , 20162015 and 2014.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

Who Will Win: A close call between ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and ‘ The Shape of Water’. My vote is for the former.

Who Should Win: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Honourable Mention: The Shape of Water

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Who Will Win: Gary Oldman for being Churchill in ‘The Darkest Hour’

Who Should Win: Gary Oldman

Honourable Mention: Daniel Day-Lewis

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Who Will Win: Frances McDormand who has all but sealed her win. She has been unbeatable this awards season.

Who Should Win: Frances McDormand

Honourable Mention: Meryl Streep is a permanent fixture in this category and received some undeserved nominations in the last few years. Her performance in ‘The Post’ is a far more nuanced one than anything she has produced in recent times but her permanence in nominations makes people overlook a truly creditable and memorable performance.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Who Will Win: Sam Rockwell for the screwed up cop in ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing , Missouri’

Who Should Win: Sam Rockwell

Honourable Mention: Willem Defoe gave his best performance in years, in ‘The Florida Project’

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Who Will Win: Allison Janney for the uncharitable mother in ‘I, Tonya’

Who Should Win:Allison Janney

Honourable Mention: Laurie Metcalf for ‘Lady Bird’

Best Achievement in Directing

Who Will Win: Guillermo del Toro for ‘The Shape of Water’

Who Should Win: There is no other movie more influenced by its director’s vision than ‘The Shape of Water’. Guillermo del Toro will finally have his day in the sun.

Honourable Mention: Jordan Peele should get something for ‘Get Out’, maybe it will in the Screenplay section.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Who Will Win: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ in a field of no outstanding movies but a bunch of competent ones.

Who Should Win: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ because it is the one screenplay which is difficult to write, purely from a writer’s perspective.

Honourable Mention: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Lady Bird’

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Who Will Win: ‘Call Me by Your Name’

Who Should Win: Nothing stands out in a weak field of passable movies in this category.

Honourable Mention: ‘Mudbound’

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Who Will Win: ‘Coco’

Who Should Win: Nobody in this category deserves an Oscar. All are pedestrian movies.

Honourable Mention: ‘Loving Vincent’

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Who Will Win: With ‘In the Fade’ not making it to the shortlist, this category is wide open. ‘A Fantastic Women’ seems to be the frontrunner but ‘The Square’ and ‘Loveless’ could spring a surprise. Especially ‘Loveless’ because it captures in a single word the current state of US-Russia relations.

Who Should Win: ‘A Fantastic Woman’

Honourable Mention: ‘The Square’

Best Achievement in Cinematography

Who Will Win: Roger Deakins for ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Who Should Win: Roger Deakins

Honourable Mention: Hoyte van Hoytema for ‘Dunkirk’

Best Achievement in Editing

Who Will Win: My vote is for ‘Dunkirk’ but ‘Baby Driver’ has a real chance of winning.

Who Should Win: Dunkirk

Honourable Mention: I, Tonya

Best Achievement in Production Design

Who Will Win: The Shape of Water

Who Should Win: The Shape of Water

Honourable Mention: Dunkirk

Best Achievement in Costume Design

Who Will Win: ‘Phantom Thread’

Who Should Win: ‘Phantom Thread’

Honourable Mention: ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

Who Will Win: ‘Darkest Hour’

Who Should Win: ‘Darkest Hour’

Honourable Mention: ‘Wonder’

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

Who Will Win: Alexandre Desplat for the magical score of ‘The Shape of Water’

Who Should Win: Alexandre Desplat

Honourable Mention: Hans Zimmer for ‘Dunkirk’. Without the music, ‘Dunkirk’ would be a series of images.

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

Who Will Win: ‘Remember Me’ from ‘Coco’

Who Should Win: ‘Remember Me’ from ‘Coco’

Honourable Mention: ‘This is Me’ from ‘The Greatest Showman’

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Who Will Win: Blade Runner 2049

Who Should Win: Star Wars: Blade Runner 2049

Honourable Mention: Kong: Skull Island

Best Documentary, Feature

Who Will Win: A wide open category this year. The safe bet and my favourite is ‘Faces Places’ but ‘Icarus’ had a much bigger impact. Above these two for grittiness alone, is ‘Last Men in Aleppo’

Who Should Win: Faces Places

Honourable Mention: ‘Last Men in Aleppo’

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