HC Fordham's Oscar Predictions

The 90th Academy Awards are almost here, and we're breaking down our guesses for which of the year's biggest films will take home the most sought-after awards. For clarity, our pick for winner will be bolded from the categories below. 

Best Picture: 

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

Let's cut to the chase. This past year was an incredible year for movies. There are so many amazing films up for Best Picture, it is anyone's game. As much as I'd love to see Call Me by Your Name or Lady Bird take home the biggest award of the night, I think the safest bet would be to say that Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" has this one in the bag. 


Lead Actor:

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

Again, would love to see fan-favorite Timothée 'Timmy' Chalamet take this one home for his heartbreaking performance in Call Me by Your Name, but based on how the awards have been going so far, Gary Oldman's portrayal of Winston Churchill could win him this award. 


Lead Actress:

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

If you didn't already know it, Margot Robbie proves she is a total powerhouse in I, Tonya. She portrays the complicated and disputed story as well as anyone, and even learned to skate to make the film that much more realistic. 


Supporting Actor:

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

Three Billboards has been sweeping all the major awards, and this one seems only right that Sam Rockwell takes home the Oscar for his performance in the drama. 


Supporting Actress:

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

Fun-loving Allison Janney has won over hearts across the country through her role on popular sitcom Mom, but her portrayal of Tonya Harding's no-nonsense mother is something we've never seen from her before. Her comedic chops are perfect for the role, and really lets viewers in on the shocking nature of Tonya's childhood. 



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

I'm going to be bold and give this one to Greta Gerwig. In her directorial debut, Lady Bird garnered much critical acclaim, and really proved the worth of women telling women's stories.