The nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards are out, and already office pools are being formed and the professionals are weighing in with their Oscar odds and picks. Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War fantasy The Shape of Water led the way with a whopping 13 nominations, followed by Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk with 9 nods, and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, with 7.
In a relatively weak year, the Oscars recognized films going back as early as February 2017, and remembered the brilliance of Get Out with a Best Picture nod, Best Actor nom for Daniel Kaluuya, and Director and Screenplay nominations for Jordan Peele. Legendary composer John Williams received his 51st Oscar nomination for the score to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, his own record that he continues to increase at the age of 85. There were some notable omissions: Martin McDonagh for Best Director, nothing whatsoever for Wonder Woman, and Dunkirk inexplicably not making the cut for Visual Effects. However, Oscar nominated a Wolverine movie for screenplay, so the world has gone a little upside down in an interesting sort of way.
Despite leading the way with nominations, I don’t think The Shape of Water is currently poised to dominate the awards. The current momentum is with Three Billboards for the big honors. I think Dunkirk’s victories will come in the technical categories, and Shape of Water’s big win will be for Guillermo del Toro as Director. Of course, all of this speculation comes over six weeks before the actual ceremony. The Winter Olympics have pushed the Oscars back to March, so we have a long way to go before we find out who will be going home with awards. I’ve weighed in with my picks for most of the categories below: who will win, who should win, and who is missing from the nominees.
We’ll find out how accurate my picks are when Jimmy Kimmel hosts the ceremony Sunday, March 4, 2018, live on ABC. (Note: I don’t have any expertise in Foreign Film, Documentary or Short Film categories, so omitted them from my predictions.) Continue reading 2018 Oscar Predictions! Who Will Win? Who Was Snubbed?