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Oscar Predictions


The Oscars are coming up this Sunday! There were a lot of amazing and groundbreaking movies that came out this year. If you’re a movie buff like me, you’re probably pretty excited about who will take home all the awards this year. Right now, let’s take a look at some of the main categories for the Oscars this year and predict who takes what award home.

Best Actor

  • Daniel Day Lewis - "Phantom Thread"
  • Timothee Chalamet - "Call Me By Your Name"
  • Daniel Kaluuya - "Get Out"
  • Denzel Washington - "Roman J. Israel, Esq."
  • Gary Oldman - "Darkest Hour"

The bias in me wants Daniel Day Lewis to ride off in the sunset with a golden trophy. That being said, I believe Gary Oldman will get the award for Best Actor this year. I discussed this with some of my friends. Everyone of these actors put on amazing performances this year. However, I feel like the Academy tends to favor actors who make a physical transformation for their roles. It lets them stand out. Almost like bonus points. Gary Oldman has always been an acting legend. Don’t be surprised if they call out his name from reading the envelope.

Best Actress

  • Sally Hawkins - "The Shape of Water"
  • Meryl Streep - "The Post"
  • Frances McDormand - "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
  • Margot Robbie - "I, Tonya"
  • Saoirse Ronan - "Lady Bird"

I can say with absolute certainty that Francis McDormand is a lock for this one. Meryl Streep can go win another Oscar next year. This year belongs to Francis McDormand, and rightfully so.

Best Supporting Actor

  • Sam Rockwell - "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
  • Woody Harrelson - "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
  • Christopher Plummer - "All The Money In The World"
  • Willem Dafoe - "The Florida Project"
  • Richard Jenkins - "The Shape of Water"

Sam Rockwell went deep into the murky waters for this role. He played a racist cop who decides to change his ways, as best he can. Watching his performance, I started out really hating Rockwell’s character. He was just a total scumbag. But later on, I felt sorry for him, and then I began to be on his side. I feel like Sam Rockwell doesn’t get the appreciation that he deserves. He’s an underrated actor that deserves his moment to shine, and this is that time.

Best Supporting Actress

Allison Janney as LaVona Golden in "I, Tonya."  Photo via The Los Angeles Times

Allison Janney as LaVona Golden in "I, Tonya." Photo via The Los Angeles Times

  • Lesley Manville - "Phantom Thread"
  • Allison Janney - "I, Tonya"
  • Laurie Metcalk - "Lady Bird"
  • Mary J. Blige - "Mudbound"
  • Octavia Spencer - "The Shape of Water"

Allison Janney seems to be the favorite for this category. She was excellent in her role as the complicated mother of Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya.” With her lead role in the CBS hit comedy “Mom,” “I, Tonya” lets the audience see a different side of her that many are not accustomed to.

Best Director

  • Guillermo del Toro - "The Shape of Water"
  • Jordan Peele - "Get Out"
  • Greta Gerwig - "Lady Bird"
  • Christopher Nolan - "Dunkirk"
  • Paul Thomas Anderson - "Phanthom Thread"

This next one is really hard for me to pick. In fact, I’m not really sure who’s going to win this award. It’s impossible to compare each unique director and what they bring to the table. These guys are legends behind the camera. However, if I was a betting man, I’m going to go with Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk.” The man created a thrilling masterpiece, and I feel like it’s time for him to get his due. If I’m wrong, though, Guillermo del Toro. Only he could have made “The Shape of Water” and no one else.

Best Picture

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

This category is ripe for an upset this year. It will be a very close race but my money is on “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." That movie was a masterpiece. Three Billoards with filled with stellar performances from the whole cast. The experience of watching “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is emotional and exhilarating. This movie will stay with you long after the credits roll. However, if we see another upset like we did at last years Oscars, the runner up will be "The Shape of Water."

Post by Josh Wolske. Josh is a C3 Marketing Committee member who fancies himself a movie buff extraordinaire as well as a washed up, or to be put more kindly, semi-retired rugby player.

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