Part 35: My Oscar Night Predictions

Well it’s officially that time. Hollywood’s biggest night kicks off in less than an hour, I’ve watched as many nominated films as I could squeeze in these last couple of weeks (along with the Olympics), and I’m breaking it down by category right here, right now.

I’ve ranked these in order of my personal preference, so these aren’t technically “predictions”!  If I was not able to watch the movie you’ll see a “dnw” next to it and I have dropped them to the bottom of my list for my own sanity.  I did not watch any of the Foreign Language films (sadly) or the Live Action Shorts as I ran out of time and couldn’t find many of them…so I am not including them below.

Best Visual Effects

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  2. War for the Planet of the Apes
  3. Blade Runner 2049
  4. Kong: Skull Island
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Best Costume Design

  1. The Shape of Water
  2. Beauty and the Beast
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. Victoria + Abdul
  5. Phantom Thread

Best Makeup & Hair

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. Wonder
  3. Victoria + Abdul


Best Original Song (I listened to all the songs, but did not watch all the movies)

  1. Mighty River – Mudbound
  2. My Story of Love – Call Me By Your Name
  3. This is Me – The Greatest Showman
  4. Remember Me – Coco
  5. Stand for Something – Marshall

Best Original Score

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. 3 Billboards
  4. Star Wars
  5. Phantom Thread

Best Production Design

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. Beauty and the Beast
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. Blade Runner

Best Sound Mixing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Baby Driver
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. Blade Runner

Best Sound Editing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Star Wars
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Baby Driver
  5. Blade Runner

Best Documentary Short Subject (tough category; I thought all were excellent!)

  1. Heroin(e)
  2. Traffic Stop
  3. Knife Skills
  4. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
  5. Edith + Eddie

Best Documentary Feature (really a toss up on my top 2)

  1. Icarus
  2. Last Men in Aleppo
  3. Strong Island
  4. Abacus
  5. Faces Places – dnw

Best Film Editing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. 3 Billboards
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. I, Tonya
  5. Baby Driver

Best Cinematography (very tough group)

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Mudbound
  5. Darkest Hour

Best Original Screenplay (this is honestly a 5-way tie for me; I don’t know how you pick!)

  1. The Big Sick
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. 3 Billboards
  4. Lady Bird
  5. Get Out

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. The Disaster Artist (as much as it pains me lol)
  2. Mudbound
  3. Logan
  4. Call Me By Your Name
  5. Molly’s Game – dnw

Best Animated Short

  1. Dear Basketball
  2. Revolting Rhymes
  3. Negative Space
  4. Garden Party
  5. Lou

Best Animated Feature

  1. The Breadwinner
  2. Coco
  3. Loving Vincent
  4. Ferdinand
  5. The Boss Baby

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Sam Rockwell
  2. Woody Harrelson
  3. Richard Jenkins
  4. Willem Dafoe
  5. Christopher Plummer – dnw

Best Supporting Actress (this is a 3-way race for me – top 3 were fantastic)

  1. Allison Janney
  2. Mary J Blige
  3. Laurie Metcalf
  4. Octavia Spencer
  5. Leslie Manville

Best Lead Actor (easiest race to call!)

  1. Gary Oldman
  2. Timothee Chalamet
  3. Daniel Kaluuya
  4. Denzel Washington
  5. Daniel Day-Lewis

Best Lead Actress (2-way tie at the top for me on this one)

  1. Frances McDormand
  2. Sally Hawkins
  3. Saorise Ronan
  4. Margot Robbie
  5. Meryl Streep (sorry Meryl!!)

Best Director

  1. Lady Bird
  2. Get Out
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Dunkirk
  5. Phantom Thread

Best Picture (this is TOUGH!!)

  1. The Shape of Water
  2. 3 Billboards
  3. Lady Bird
  4. Dunkirk
  5. Darkest Hour
  6. Get Out
  7. The Post
  8. Call Me By Your Name
  9. Phantom Thread

Dang some of these categories arena brainers and some are so so tough.  Excited to see how it plays out given I have never watched this many of the nominees in advance.

Enjoy the show…hopefully the get the cards right this year and we don’t have another Warren Beaty situation again.

One thought on “Part 35: My Oscar Night Predictions

  1. I have enjoyed this series on the Oscars simply because you explained the categories so well,and why each nomination fit the category! Some of the movies I had seen, will got to see, or will pass them up. I learned where to find the documentaries and now know some interesting things to look for when I go to watch movies! Thanks, I learned a lot and enjoyed the input and enlightenment!

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