Oscars 2018 Early Predictions : Who Will Likely Win In Each Of The Primary Categories

This Tuesday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the nominations for the 90th Annual Oscar awards with few snubs such as the complete omission of critically and commercially acclaimed “Wonder Woman” as well as Steven Spielberg for “The Post” and James Franco for “The Disaster Artist”. But still, rest of the nominations were pretty much locked since October. The Oscars will take place in Los Angeles, California on March 4, 2018, and will be hosted again by Jimmy Kimmel.
Now based on the early analysis and frontrunners among the awards circuit, here are our early predictions for the Oscars.

Best Picture

Nominees

  • The Shape of Water
  • Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale

  • Darkest Hour
  • Tim Bevan, Anthony McCarten, Eric Fellner, …

  • Dunkirk
  • Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas

  • Phantom Thread
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi, …

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin

  • Get Out
  • Jordan Peele, Jason Blum, Sean McKittrick,

  • The Post
  • Steven Spielberg, Amy Pascal, Kristie Macosko Krieger

  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Luca Guadagnino, Peter Spears, Emilie Georges,

  • Lady Bird
  • Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill

    Potential Winner

    The Shape of Water

    Why: It has already got 13 nominations, means Academy members love it. The unlikely romance between two outsiders will resonate with Academy voters plus Guillermo del Toro is long overdue for his first win.

    Dark Horse

    Lady Bird
    Why: In a all male field, this is coming in the middle of #metoo and #timesup campaign, which might push voters to vote in its favor.

Best Actor

Nominees

  • Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Phantom Thread

  • Timothée Chalamet
  • Call Me by Your Name

  • Daniel Kaluuya
  • Get Out

  • Gary Oldman
  • Darkest Hour

  • Denzel Washington
  • Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    Potential Winner

    Gary Oldman
    Why: Gary Oldman is the “Greatest actor” of all time, a living legend with a long history of greaat roles. Plus this season he is been unstoppable force at all the awards be it Golden Globes or SAG Awards.

    Dark Horse

    Daniel Day-Lewis
    Why: Never underestimate Daniel Day Lewis when it comes to winning awards. He is the only actor ever who has won Oscars for a leading role. Plus this is his last performance as he announced last year that he will be retiring from acting after Phantom Thread. Only thing going against him, he won last time just 5 years back.
     
     

Best Actress

Nominees

  • 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

    Potential Winner

    Frances McDormand
    Why: Frances McDormand is pretty much locked for the award after winning at Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Also if she wins, this will be exactly 20 years after her last win for “Fargo”.

    Dark Horse

    Saoirse Ronan
    Why: She has already got Golden Globes although in a romantic or comedy category. But she has been giving solid performances since the start of her career and was nominated just for Brooklyn in the same category just 2 years back.

Supporting Actress

Nominees

  • Mary J. Blige
  • Mudbound

  • Allison Janney
  • I, Tonya

  • Lesley Manville
  • Phantom Thread

  • Laurie Metcalf
  • Lady Bird

  • Octavia Spencer
  • The Shape of Water

    Potential Winner

    Allison Janney

    Dark Horse

    Laurie Metcalf

Director

Nominees

  • Christopher Nolan
  • Dunkirk

  • Jordan Peele
  • Get Out

  • Greta Gerwig
  • Lady Bird

  • Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Phantom Thread

  • Guillermo del Toro
  • The Shape of Water

    Potential Winner

    Guillermo del Toro

    Dark Horse

    Christopher Nolan

Adapted Screenplay

Nominees

  • James Ivory
  • Call Me by Your Name

  • Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
  • The Disaster Artist

  • Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
  • Logan

  • Aaron Sorkin
  • Molly’s Game

  • Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
  • Mudbound

    Potential Winner

    James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name

    Dark Horse

    Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game

Original Screenplay

Nominees

  • Greta Gerwig
  • Lady Bird

  • Martin McDonagh
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  • Jordan Peele
  • Get Out

  • Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
  • The Shape of Water

  • Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
  • The Big Sick

    Potential Winner

    Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Dark Horse

    Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Cinematography

Nominees

  • Roger Deakins
  • Blade Runner 2049

  • Bruno Delbonnel
  • Darkest Hour

  • Rachel Morrison
  • Mudbound

  • Dan Laustsen
  • The Shape of Water

  • Hoyte van Hoytema
  • Dunkirk

    Potential Winner

    Hoyte van Hoytema, Dunkirk

    Dark Horse

    Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049

Film Editing

Nominees

  • Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
  • Baby Driver

  • Lee Smith
  • Dunkirk

  • Tatiana S. Riegel
  • I, Tonya

  • Sidney Wolinsky
  • The Shape of Water

  • Jon Gregory
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Potential Winner

    Lee Smith, Dunkirk

    Dark Horse

    Sidney Wolinsky, The Shape of Water

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