Oscar Results – 90th Academy Awards

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I’m on top of the world! 20 out of 24 categories correct for an overall accuracy rate of 83%! That’s a colossal improvement over last year’s dismal performance. What makes it even better is that my only misses were for small pickup categories that most people don’t care about anyway. I got all the big ones correct and all the technical categories too! This was a fun night at the Oscars!

Main Categories:

Best Picture: The Shape of Water
Best Actor: Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour
Best Actress: Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney for I, Tonya
Best Animated Feature: Coco
Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049
Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
Best Editing: Dunkirk
Best Makeup and Hair: Darkest Hour
Best Original Score: The Shape of Water
Best Original Song: “Remember Me” from Coco
Best Production Design: The Shape of Water
Best Sound Editing: Dunkirk
Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk
Best Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049
Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory for Call Me By Your Name
Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele for Get Out

Other Categories:

Best Documentary Feature: Icarus
Best Documentary Short: Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Best Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman
Best Animated Short: Dear Basketball
Best Live Action Short: The Silent Child
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Oscar Predictions – 90th Academy Awards

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Two hours before the show and I’ve finally nailed down all my predictions! This was a fun season with a bunch of fantastic films and performances. Unlike last year, I haven’t gone all in on a personal favorite, which is kinda nice actually. I’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the show. Even if I’m wrong about some of these, the competitors were all so good that I’ll be happy to see most anyone win. But enough dithering! Here are my predictions:

Main Categories:

Best Picture: The Shape of Water
Best Actor: Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour
Best Actress: Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney for I, Tonya
Best Animated Feature: Coco
Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049
Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
Best Editing: Dunkirk
Best Makeup and Hair: Darkest Hour
Best Original Score: The Shape of Water
Best Original Song: “Remember Me” from Coco
Best Production Design: The Shape of Water
Best Sound Editing: Dunkirk
Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk
Best Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049
Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory for Call Me By Your Name
Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele for Get Out

Other Categories:

Best Documentary Feature: Icarus
Best Documentary Short: Heroin(e)
Best Foreign Language Film: The Insult
Best Animated Short: Negative Space
Best Live Action Short: DeKalb Elementary
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Best Picture Nominees Ranked

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Now that I’ve seen all the best films of the year it is time to see how they stack up against each other. This was a difficult year because there was no clear standout. All of these films are good and any one of them could win the top spot without me getting bent out of shape (unlike last year; I’ll never get over that). A good deal of this ranking is based on my personal preference, but I also try to look at things holistically in terms what I think is most likely to win. So let’s get started!

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Call Me By Your Name – Playing Things Straight

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Call Me By Your Name isn’t my kind of film, but I appreciate the fact that it exists. Indeed, the fact that it exists is what is most noteworthy about it. Historically speaking, positive depictions of gay relationships in cinema aren’t exactly commonplace and they’re rarely the central narrative focus. It seems that Moonlight winning Best Picture last year may have changed things. Call Me By Your Name clearly skated into the Best Picture category in the wake of it’s spiritual predecessor’s success, but aside from the superficial similarity of them both featuring romantic relationships between two men, these are very different films. Moonlight is about prejudice and the struggle of minorities against a judgmental society, but Call Me By Your Name eschews the big picture and instead looks inward, exploring the insecurities and doubts that accompany self-discovery.

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Phantom Thread – Oddly Endearing

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Phantom Thread, in the most laughably on-the-nose casting we’ve seen this year, stars Daniel Day-Lewis as an obsessive artist who has difficulty separating his work from his personal life. The renowned method actor best known as President Lincoln may be playing his retirement performance a bit closer to home, but he’s certainly playing it no less well. Phantom Thread is a beautiful character portrait that oozes with honesty and authenticity.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – Perfect Drama

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Expect this one to scoop up the acting awards. Three Billboards is the best drama on the list of Best Picture nominees this year. With wonderfully complex, morally ambiguous characters walking the fine line between heroes and villains, this film presents a gripping narrative filled with humor and tragedy in equal measure, one which earned all three of it’s lead performers Oscar nominations.

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Get Out – Unnerving and Sinister

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I admit it. I’m late to the party on this one. Get Out was the surprise hit of the year. I don’t think anybody expected Jordan Peele, a man best known for his comedic Obama impersonation, to churn out a horror film about racial tensions in America, let alone that said film, his directorial debut no less, would actually achieve critical acclaim, box office success, and even a Best Picture nomination. Now that I’ve finally seen it, I’d say all the praise is well earned. Get Out is on my very short list of horror films I actually like.

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