Z at the Movies: 2018 Academy Award Nominations Predictions (Get Out, Lady Bird)

I’ve been in love with the Academy Awards for over two decades, and I get really excited about the nominations every year. I used to call my mom from the pay phone in my high school lobby in the days before the internet to check out the nominees. The year 2017 has been an unusually great year for cinema, with so many great films worthy of recognition, it will be interesting to see who makes the cut and who gets left out. I refuse to use the word “snub,” except to say that I refuse to use it.

Let’s check out my predictions: Since we don’t know how many Best Picture nominees there will be, I’ve ranked them in order of likelihood.

Best Picture
1. The Shape of Water
2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
3. Get Out
4. Lady Bird
5. Dunkirk
6. Call Me by Your Name
7. The Post
8. I, Tonya
9. Darkest Hour
10. The Big Sick

Best Director
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Watern
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best Actor
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best 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

Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Original Screenplay
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Adapted Screenplay
Call Me by Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Molly’s Game
Mudbound
Wonder

Best Animated Feature Film
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
The LEGO Batman Movie
Loving Vincent

Best Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
Foxtrot (Israel)
In the Fade (Germany)
The Insult (Lebanon)
The Square (Sweden)

Best Documentary – Feature
City of Ghosts
Faces Places
Icarus
Jane
LA 92

Best Documentary – Short Subject
Edith + Eddie
Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
116 Cameras
Traffic Stop

Best Live Action Short Film
DeKalb Elementary
Facing Mecca
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
Watu Wote / All of Us

Best Animated Short Film
Cradle
Dear Basketball
In a Heartbeat
Lost Property Office
Lou

Best Original Score
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water

Best Original Song
“Evermore,” Beauty and the Beast
“Mystery of Love, Call Me by Your Name
“Remember Me,” Coco
“Stand Up for Something,” Marshall
“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

Best Sound Editing
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Shape of Water
War for the Planet of the Apes

Best Sound Mixing
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Wonder Woman

Best Production Design
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

Best Cinematography
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Darkest Hour
I, Tonya
Wonder

Best Costume Design
Beauty and the Beast
The Greatest Showman
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria and Abdul

Best Film Editing
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
Get Out
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

~A2Z Analysiz~
It should be a big day for The Shape of Water, which could tie or conceivably (though not likely) break the nominations record. Also look for a big nomination tally for Dunkirk, and plenty of praise for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Check back tomorrow morning and see how I did!

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