By Kam Williams
If you’re planning on entering an Oscar pool at the office or online, you might want to check out my picks first. After all, given my immersion in movies, movie biz and movie buzz, this is the one time each year when my otherwise useless font of film trivia knowledge can actually prove profitable to readers.
Fair warning, my past performance, including a perfect score in 2014, is no guarantee of future results. That disclaimer out of the way, look for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” to win thrice Sunday night, for Best Picture, Lead Actress and Supporting Actor.
But “Shape of Water’s Guillermo del Toro is still the favorite for Best Director, since he won’t have to compete with “Three Billboards’” Martin McDonagh who wasn’t even nominated in the category.
Despite landing 13 nominations, “Shape” is likely to take home only a couple of additional trophies. And don’t waste a vote on perennial nominee Meryl Streep. Frances McDormand’s a shoo-in.
As far as snubs, this year it was less a case of actors being overlooked by Oscar than their being torpedoed by the #MeToo movement.
For instance, after winning a Golden Globe for “The Disaster Artist”, James Franco wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar when several devastating sexual abuse allegations were leveled at him.
Similarly, “Baby Driver,” this critic’s favorite film of the year, was only nominated in three technical categories after Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual harassment.
Spacey’s fall from grace ostensibly affected not only his own prospects this awards season, but also those of his co-stars Ansel Elgort and Jamie Foxx, as well as the picture’s writer/director Edgar Wright.
For decades, producer Harvey Weinstein has been a fixture on the aisle at the Academy Awards.where his pictures have been nominated a total of 341 times, netting 81 Oscars.
How many times have we seen the camera cut to him as a grateful winner paid homage during a gushing acceptance speech?
Well, Harvey won’t be there this Sunday.
In fact, the Academy’s Board of Governors revoked his membership in the wake of rape allegations, and the Weinstein Company has zero nominations this year, with the riveting thriller Wind River being the most obvious casualty of its producer’s series of sexual assaults.
The 90th Academy Awards, set to air on March 4th on ABC, will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
Will Win: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Deserves to Win: “Lady Bird”
Overlooked: “Baby Driver,” “Wind River”
Will Win: Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”)
Deserves to Win: Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”)
Overlooked: Edgar Wright (“Baby Driver”), Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”)
Will Win: Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”)
Deserves to Win: Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”)
Overlooked: James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”), Ansel Elgort (“Baby Driver”)
Will Win: Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”)
Deserves to Win: Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”)
Overlooked: Sally Hawkins (“Maudie”), Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”)
Best Supporting Actor
Will Win: Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”)
Deserves to Win: Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”)
Overlooked: Armie Hammer (“Call Me by Your Name”), Michael Stuhlbarg (“Call Me by Your Name”)
Best Supporting Actress
Will Win: Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”)
Deserves to Win: Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”)
Overlooked: Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Wind River”)
Best Original Screenplay
Will Win: Jordan Peele (“Get Out”)
Deserves to Win: Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”)
Overlooked: Edgar Wright (“Baby Driver”), Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Will Win: James Ivory (“Call Me by Your Name”)
Deserves to Win: Dee Rees (“Mudbound”)
Overlooked: Allan Heinberg and Zack Snyder (“Wonder Woman”)
Predictions for the Balance of the Categories
Animated Feature: “Coco”
Foreign Language Film: “A Fantastic Woman”
Documentary Feature: “Faces Places”
Cinematography: Blade “Runner 2049”
Costume Design: “Phantom Thread”
Production Design: “ The Shape of Water”
Film Editing: “Dunkirk”
Makeup and Hairstyling: “Darkest Hour”
Original Score: “The Shape of Water”
Best Song: “Remember Me” (Coco)
Sound Editing: “Dunkirk”
Sound Mixing: “Dunkirk”
Visual Effects: “War for the Planet of the Apes”
Animated Short: “Dear Basketball”
Documentary Short: “Edith + Eddie”
Live Action Short: “DeKalb Elementary”