The 90th annual Academy Awards are coming up on March 4. For some, it’s another Hollywood gimmick to reel in viewers, and for others, it’s a show worth devoting their Sunday to.
Either way, 2017 started off with a bang, thanks to popular movies like “Get Out” and “Split,” and ended on a strong note with films like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “The Shape of Water” and “The Greatest Showman.” Over summer and autumn, blockbusters like “Dunkirk” and “It” raked in high box office revenues.
An alarming number of these films received awards and recognition from fans and critics. A few of these films will leave a mark in cinema history and many will stay close to our hearts.
Here are Oscar-winning predictions for fifteen categories, from “Best Picture” to “Best Original Screenplay.”
- Most likely — Lady Bird
- Should be — Lady Bird
“Lady Bird” is a grungy, yet humor-induced coming-of-age film that captures the audience’s attention, with heart and soul poured into each character.
- Most likely — Guillermo del Toro (Shape of Water)
- Should be — Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
Guillermo del Toro, the director of “Crimson Peak,” gained attention with “Shape of Water” in 2017 and won the Golden Globe for Best Director, but Christopher Nolan created a stellar film that left me in awe, with his beautiful screenplay that divides the story between land, sea and air.
Best Actor in a Leading Role:
- Most likely — Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
- Should be — Bruce Willis (Split)
Gary Oldman leaves a powerful impression with his role as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” but Bruce Willis has to get credit. He reveals 24 distinct personalities through the character of David Dunn in “Split!”
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
- Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
- Should be — Steve Carell (Battle of the Sexes)
Woody Harrelson provides remarkable tension in the film as Chief Bill Willoughby, but my favorite was Steve Carell, who portrayed a sexist joker as Bobby Riggs in “Battle of the Sexes,” doing a phenomenal job integrating humor into the film.
Best Actress in a Leading Role:
- Most likely — Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)
- Should be — Jennifer Lawrence (Mother!)
Saoirse Ronan won hearts this year in her role as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson and gained significant recognition from her fruitful expressions. Jennifer Lawrence, however, had a killer, raw performance in “Mother!” that brought me to tears and left me with goosebumps.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
- Most likely — Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
- Should be — Sarah Silverman (Battle of the Sexes)
Allison Janney nailed her role as LaVona Golden, an abusive skating mom who tears her daughter’s world apart, but Sarah Silverman’s role as a heavy-smoking manager cues laughter at the best times throughout the film.
Best Animated Feature:
- Most likely — Coco
- Should be — Coco
“Coco” accurately depicts Mexican heritage and culture, while kindling the importance of “familia” and “amor” with gorgeous animation by the one and only Walt Disney Animation Studios. “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” and “A Silent Voice” were runners-up, both produced by Japanese animation studios, but they lack the visual details “Coco” manages to implement.
- Most likely — Dunkirk
- Should be — Dunkirk
“Dunkirk” is impactful. It is visually stunning and jaw-dropping, even though practically the only colors present in the film are hues of blue and brown.
Best Film Editing:
- Most likely — Baby Driver
- Should be — Baby Driver
The majority of the actions and movements in “Baby Driver” are aligned with the soundtrack. Walking, gun shooting, tapping … all of it.
Best Costume Design:
- Most likely — Beauty and the Beast
- Should be — The Beguiled
Belle’s vivid yellow dress is sure to win judge’s hearts, but “The Beguiled” is filled with marvelous cream-colored lace dresses.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
- Most likely — Wonder
- Should be — The Mummy
“Wonder” accurately creates face deformity on ten year old August only using makeup. However, “The Mummy” introduces unique makeup techniques, utilizing black symbols and yellow double-iris contacts, that may change Hollywood standards.
Best Original Score:
- Most likely — Hans Zimmer (Dunkirk)
- Should be — Hans Zimmer (Dunkirk)
Hans Zimmer, the composer for big films like “The Lion King (1995)” and “Interstellar,” nails creating a dramatic score for “Dunkirk,” using a thrilling string orchestra.
Best Original Song:
- Most likely — “This is Me” (The Greatest Showman)
- Should be — “Remember Me” (Coco)
Though “The Greatest Showman” was entirely an impressionable musical, “Remember Me” in “Coco” infuses major scenes with warmth and heart.
Best Adapted Screenplay:
- Most likely — Call Me By Your Name
- Should be — My Friend Dahmer
“Call Me By Your Name,” an adaption of the novel written by Andre Aciman, is finished with magnificent cinematography and a beautiful screenplay, but “My Friend Dahmer,” adapted from the graphic novel written by Derk Backderf, wins it all with the character’s eerie movements.
Best Original Screenplay:
- Most likely — Shape of Water
- Should be — Get Out
“Shape of Water” redefines “beauty and the beast” romance, but “Get Out” creatively tackles racial inequality within the film by incorporating horror and hilarity into the screenplay.