Oscars 2018 nominations reactions and way too early predictions

The Oscars 2018 nominations have been revealed. Which films were snubbed? Who shouldn’t be there and who should win?

No need to call for an #OscarsSoWhite 2018 edition. There’s solid representation this year for black actors. Too bad no Latinos, Asians, etc. made any movies last year. Hopefully 2018 offers more opportunities for all minorities to have a legit shot at nominations. Here’s my take on all the big awards.

Best Picture

Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Reactions/Predictions: Mudbound seemed to be the most obvious snub here. That’s no shocker given the slights throughout award season. The Big Sick was criminally underrated as well. I’d easily replace Dunkirk and The Post for them. On a lesser snub note, Wonder Woman checked off all the boxes of a dark horse choice, but that omission wasn’t surprising. Three Billboards seems like it’s the odds-on favorite as it’s been a consistent winner in various categories. It might have the momentum at this point. The Shape of Water and Get Out are probably in the next tier of likely winners.

Lead Actor

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Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Reactions/Predictions: There hasn’t been a lot of times where two black actors have been nominated for Best Actor so that’s huge. This seems like Oldman’s award to lose although Day-Lewis’ pending retirement might tip the scales in his favor.

Lead 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

Reactions/Predictions: McDormand has dominated the field throughout. She’s not taking the L on the big stage even if she’s going against Streep. I wish there was a place for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman here, but there’s no denying the field.

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Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Reactions/Predictions: No real argument with these choices. I’m pulling for Dafoe, but the safe money is on Rockwell.

Supporting Actress

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Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Reactions/Predictions: The Big Sick’s Holly Hunter is the most egregious snub here. Blige seemed a nomination lock, but Manville was the surprise. Janney and Metcalf have been back and forth in getting awards so this might be the closest race.

Production Design

Beauty and the Beast

Blade Runner 2049

The Shape of Water

Dunkirk

Darkest Hour

Reactions/Predictions: I think this is where Dunkirk starts its awards run. This is a safe category for a win and a way to reward the visual experience.

Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Mudbound

The Shape of Water

Reactions/Predictions: Mudbound and The Shape of Water looked great, but Blade Runner 2049 was a gorgeous movie no matter the setting.

Visual Effects

Blade Runner 2049

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Kong Skull Island

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

War for the Planet of the Apes

Reactions/Predictions: Don’t get excited. War for the Planet of the Apes got slightly in other areas and this is the most sensible, Oscar friendly choice. Sorry Groot.

Film Editing

Baby Driver

Dunkirk

I, Tonya

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Reactions/Predictions: Baby Driver would be my choice, but I can’t see Dunkirk failing to get its second win in this category.

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Animated Featured

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

Coco

Ferdinand

Loving Vincent

Reactions/Predictions: Solid choices here, but Coco is my pick.

Adapted Screenplay

Call Me By Your Name

The Disaster Artist

Molly’s Game

Mudbound

Logan

Reactions/Predictions: Logan is a shocker just because it seems like Academy voters don’t seriously consider comic book movies for anything especially those based on comic book stories. Molly’s Game stands out here as a way to honor Aaron Sorkin, but Mudbound would be my pick.

Original Screenplay

The Big Sick

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Reactions/Predictions: I want The Big Sick to get something, but Get Out seems undeniable here.

Best Director

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Jordan Peele,Get Out

Greta Gerwig,Lady Bird

Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Reactions/Predictions: Peele or Gerwig winning here would be amazing. Mudbound director Dee Rees was slightly again and Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) really was overlooked here for making a comic book movie with heart. I’m thinking del Toro takes this one.

OK so that’s my thoughts on these Oscars 2018 nominations. What’s yours?

Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures

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