Who I Think Will Win and Who I Want to Win the Oscars

The 2018 Oscar nominees were announced this past Tuesday and everyone and their brother is jumping at the chance to make their predictions. So, of course, I have to jump on the bandwagon and put in my two cents on the Oscars conversation. Here are my predictions for the big six categories for the Academy Awards.

1. Best Picture

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The One I Think Will Win: Considering how well both The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri have done in the previous award shows such as The Golden Globes and The SAG Awards, I would be shocked if one of these two didn't win. If I had to choose one, I’d put my money on The Shape of Water.

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The One I Want to Win: I will be a worthy predictor and admit that I have only seen three of the nine pictures nominated, and with that limited knowledge I really hope that Lady Bird comes out of left field and takes the statue. I’d love to see a movie with a female director win Best Picture.

2. Actress in a Leading Role

The One I Think Will Win: I am very impressed with the impeccable cast of women that were nominated this year for this award.  Yes, Meryl Streep was nominated (because, at this point, when is she not nominated), but I actually think the winner of the prize this year will be Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.  So far, she has won the Best Actress award at The Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, so it would be a shocker if she didn’t come through at the Oscars as well.

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The One I Want to Win: I am all for the underdog. I love a winner that would shake things up and be a shock to everyone watching, both in the audience and on TV. For this category, I think it would be amazing if Margot Robbie took it for I, Tonya. Apparently, she is amazing in the film—and I can agree with the few clips I have seen—and out of all the women nominated I could see her being the least likely to win.

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3. Actor In a Leading Role

The One I Think Will Win: Similar to the Leading Actress category, I would be shocked if Gary Oldman did not win the Best Actor Oscar as he has swept every preceding award show. In The Darkest Hour, Oldman creates a fantastic portrayal of former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. He is almost unrecognizable through the incredible prosthetics he wears and, honestly, while the other nominees are of course very worthy, I cannot see Oldman not winning this.

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The One I Want to Win: As a big fan of Call Me By Your Name, I’d love to see Timothée Chalamet take the Oscar home. It would also be really cool to see such a young actor win at the dawn of his career.

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4. Actress In a Supporting Role

The One I Think Will Win: In my opinion, the Supporting Actress category might be the strongest category this year. Every nominee put in a stellar performance and, to me, this is the hardest category to choose. On the big night, I think it will be no surprise to see Allison Janney walk away with the prize for her ridiculously good performance in I, Tonya.

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The One I Want to Win: Allison Janney. CJ CREGG FOREVER.

5. Actor In a Supporting Role

The One I Think Will Win: Another strong category, this one is a little up in the air. While Sam Rockwell has won both the Golden Globe and the SAG Award for his work in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Willem Dafoe is also getting a whole lot of buzz for his work in The Florida Project. I think it would be an interesting move if the award went to Dafoe, giving the Oscars a varying flavor from the rest of the award shows.

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The One I Want to Win: In all honesty, I have not seen any of the movies the men in this category are nominated for and it’s definitely the acting award I am least invested in. Anyone could take this home and I would be totally fine with it.

6. Best Director

The One I Think Will Win: Considering all the buzz and all the awards he’s already received, I think it would be pretty surprising if Guillermo del Toro did not win for The Shape of Water. The film is being praised for both its story and visual interest, both of which he had a large hand in producing.

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The One I Want to Win: I would live for a tie between Jordan Peele for Get Out and Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird. It is far past time for the first African American director and/or the second woman to take home the directing award. At least if del Toro is the one to take it away from them it’s not another white man.

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So those are my picks and predictions for the 2018 Oscar Awards for the big six categories! Do you think I’m on the right track or horribly wrong? What are your predictions? Leave them in the comments below and make sure to watch the Oscars on March 4 on ABC.