Final predictions for the 90th Academy Awards


It all comes down to this. The Oscars are this weekend, so the moment is now to publish final predictions for the show. This awards season has been unlike any in recent memory, so expect a potentially surprising Academy Award ceremony on Sunday evening. I’ve more or less had my picks locked in since early this week, but gave them a final once over last night. Now, they’re set in stone. Below you will see how I think the Oscars will turn out, including the big category that’s as competitive as we’ve ever seen. It’s really something, isn’t it? No shortage of excitement, that’s for sure.

As you all know, we have a three horse race for Best Picture that’s neck and neck in the home stretch. Get Out has seemed like the trendy upset pick as voting opened, with potential to catapult to a big win due to that WGA Best Original Screenplay victory. At the same time, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has a ton of love, including that SAG Ensemble win, so much so that had Best Director not been a snub, they’d seem like all but a lock. Then, there’s the nominations leader in The Shape of Water, which has come back on strong, potentially even enough to take the win in the end. You’ll see what I decided upon next, but that’s the big race to keep a close eye on, of course. Ready or not, the reveal is only days away…


Here now are my final Academy Award predictions:

BEST PICTURE

1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
2. The Shape of Water
3. Get Out
4. Dunkirk
5. Lady Bird
6. Phantom Thread
7. The Post
8. Call Me By Your Name
9. Darkest Hour

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
2. Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
3. Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
4. Jordan Peele – Get Out
5. Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread

BEST ACTOR

1. Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
2. Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
3. Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
4. Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
5. Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel Esq.

BEST ACTRESS

1. Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
2. Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
3. Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
4. Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
5. Meryl Streep – The Post

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
2. Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
3. Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
4. Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
5. Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Allison Janney – I, Tonya
2. Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
3. Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
4. Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water
5. Leslie Manville – Phantom Thread

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

1. Get Out
2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
3. Lady Bird
4. The Shape of Water
5. The Big Sick

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

1. Call Me By Your Name
2. Mudbound
3. The Disaster Artist
4. Molly’s Game
5. Logan

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

1. Coco
2. Loving Vincent
3. The Breadwinner
4. Ferdinand
5. The Boss Baby

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

1. The Shape of Water
2. Blade Runner 2049
3. Dunkirk
4. Beauty and the Beast
5. Darkest Hour

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. Blade Runner 2049
2. The Shape of Water
3. Dunkirk
4. Mudbound
5. Darkest Hour

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

1. Phantom Thread
2. The Shape of Water
3. Beauty and the Beast
4. Darkest Hour
5. Victoria and Abdul

BEST FILM EDITING

1. Dunkirk
2. Baby Driver
3. The Shape of Water
4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
5. I, Tonya

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

1. Darkest Hour
2. Victoria and Abdul
3. Wonder

BEST SOUND MIXING

1. Dunkirk
2. Blade Runner 2049
3. Baby Driver
4. The Shape of Water
5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST SOUND EDITING

1. Dunkirk
2. Blade Runner 2049
3. Baby Driver
4. The Shape of Water
5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1. Blade Runner 2049
2. War for the Planet of the Apes
3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
5. Kong: Skull Island

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

1. The Shape of Water
2. Phantom Thread
3. Dunkirk
4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

1. Coco – “Remember Me”
2. The Greatest Showman – “This Is Me”
3. Call Me By Your Name – “Mystery of Love”
4. Mudbound – “Mighty River”
5. Marshall – “Stand Up For Something”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Icarus
2. Faces Places
3. Strong Island
4. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
5. Last Men in Aleppo

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

1. The Insult
2. A Fantastic Woman
3. The Square
4. Loveless
5. On Body and Soul

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

1. Dear Basketball
2. Lou
3. Revolting Rhymes
4. Garden Party
5. Negative Space

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

1. Edith+Eddie
2. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
3. Traffic Stop
4. Heroin(e)
5. Knife Skills

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

1. DeKalb Elementary
2. The Eleven O’Clock
3. My Nephew Emmett
4. Watu Wote/All of Us
5. The Silent Child


Stay tuned to see how takes home Oscars this weekend!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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