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posted Friday, March 2, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 09
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2018 Academy Awards Predictions
The Shape of Water and Three Billboards expected to dominate 90th annual Oscar telecast by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

90TH ACADEMY AWARDS
DOLBY THEATRE
ABC TV
Sunday, March 4
3:30pm Red Carpet
5pm Awards Ceremony


For a year as wide-open and eclectic as 2017 was from an awards perspective, with around 15 credible films competing for top prizes, now that the 90th annual Academy Awards are finally here predicting the winners feels oddly easy at this point. Outside of another La La Land / Moonlight Best Picture mix-up, easily one of the greatest moments in Oscar telecast history, all four of the acting categories feel locked up at this point, as does Best Director, while Best Picture looks to be a two horse race between Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water and Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.

You never know, of course. Could Lady Bird or Get Out still sneak into the mix and snag the top prize? Is Gary Oldman as much of a lock for his performance in Darkest Hour as we all assume him to be, or will someone like Daniel Day Lewis, purportedly giving his final performance in Phantom Thread, or young Call Me by Your Name upstart Timothée Chalamet surprise? Is the race closer between beloved actresses Allison Janney (I, Tonya) and Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) than most of us think it is? Or will the former continue her impressive march to winning an Academy Award? Will Roger Deakins finally win an Oscar (14 nominations in his career; zero wins so far) for his incredible Blade Runner 2049 cinematography? Is Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, a critical sensation and a box office smash, as much a sinking Oscar ship as it has appeared to be throughout awards season? Or, after losing every Best Picture battle it has been involved with up to now, is a last second, completely unexpected victory to end the war on a positive note shockingly at hand? Finally, will the year's two most critically acclaimed nominated movies, Get Out and Lady Bird, for all of the historical significance of their respective nominations in a number of categories, go home entirely empty-handed? And, if so, will there be any sort of backlash against the Academy if this turn of events, which appears to be very likely, indeed comes to pass?

From a show standpoint, I'm genuinely curious how returning host Jimmy Kimmel, who in my opinion did a fairly decent job last year, especially considering the wild and wacky snafu right at the very end, handles his hosting duties. With #MeToo, #TimesUp and the Florida high school shooting tragedy still so fresh and on just about everyone's mind, it will be interesting to see just how far he'll be willing to take things from a comedic standpoint. Hosting the Academy Awards is typically a pretty thankless task where if the response afterwards is, '[insert hosts name here] did okay,' it is considered a victory, so in a year as fiercely political as this one is the spotlight on Kimmel this year is going to be especially bright.

Anyhow, here are my predictions in every category. Not to toot my own horn, but I'm usually pretty good at this, much better than I am in attempting to predict the nominees. If you've got a workplace ballot you're turning in, I'm not saying you'll win if you copy mine, but I feel pretty secure saying you'll likely finish pretty near the top if you do. Without further ado, I believe the Oscar will go to:

BEST PICTURE
Nominees: 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

Prediction: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
If There is an Upset: Lady Bird

BEST 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)

Prediction: Guillermo del Toro
If There is an Upset: Christopher Nolan

BEST ACTOR
Nominees: Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Daniel Day Lewis (Phantom Thread), Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.)

Prediction: Gary Oldman
If There is an Upset: Timothée Chalamet

BEST ACTRESS
Nominees: Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Meryl Streep (The Post), Sally Hawking (The Shape of Water), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Prediction: Frances McDormand
If There is an Upset: Saoirse Ronan

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Nominees: Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World), Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water), Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Prediction: Sam Rockwell
If There is an Upset: Willem Dafoe

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Nominees: Allison Janney (I, Tonya), Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Lesley Mannville (Phantom Thread), Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)

Prediction: Allison Janney
If There is an Upset: Laurie Metcalf

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Nominees: James Ivory (Call Me by Your Name), Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber (The Disaster Artist), Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green (Logan), Aaron Sorkin (Molly's Game), Dee Rees, Virgil Williams (Mudbound)

Prediction: James Ivory
If There is an Upset: Aaron Sorkin

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Nominees: Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), Jordan Peele (Get Out), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Prediction: Greta Gerwig
If There Is an Upset: Greta Gerwig (Martin McDonagh is considered the frontrunner, but I'm predicting a surprise in this category)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Nominees: The Boss Baby, The Breadwinner, Coco, Ferdinand, Loving Vincent

Prediction: Coco
If There is an Upset: The Breadwinner

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Nominees: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Faces Places, Icarus, Last Men in Aleppo, Strong Island

Prediction: Faces Places
If There is an Upset: Last Men in Aleppo

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Nominees: A Fantastic Woman, The Insult, Loveless, On Body and Soul, The Square

Prediction: A Fantastic Woman
If There is an Upset: The Square

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Nominees: Blade Runner 2049, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Mudbound, The Shape of Water

Prediction: Blade Runner 2049
If There is an Upset: Mudbound

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Nominees: Beauty and the Beast, Darkest Hour, Phantom Thread, The Shape of Water, Victoria & Abdul

Prediction: Phantom Thread
If There is an Upset: The Shape of Water

BEST EDITING
Nominees: Baby Driver, Dunkirk, I, Tonya, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Prediction: Baby Driver
If There is an Upset: Dunkirk

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
Nominees: Darkest Hour, Victoria & Abdul, Wonder

Prediction: Darkest Hour
If There is an Upset: Wonder

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Nominees: Beauty and the Beast, Blade Runner 2049, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, The Shape of Water

Prediction: The Shape of Water
If There is an Upset: Blade Runner 2049

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Nominees: Hans Zimmer (Dunkirk), Jonny Greenwood (Phantom Thread), Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water), John Williams (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Carter Burwell (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Prediction: Alexandre Desplat
If There is an Upset: Jonny Greenwood

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Nominees: 'Mystery of Love' (Call Me by Your Name), 'Remember Me' (Coco), 'This Is Me' (The Greatest Showman), 'Stand Up for Something' (Marshall), 'Mighty River' (Mudbound)

Prediction: 'This Is Me' (The Greatest Showman)
If There is an Upset: 'Remember Me' (Coco)

BEST SOUND EDITING
Nominees: Baby Driver, Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Prediction: Dunkirk
If There is an Upset: Blade Runner 2049

BEST SOUND MIXING
Nominees: Baby Driver, Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Prediction: Dunkirk
If There is an Upset: Blade Runner 2049

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Nominees: Blade Runner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, War for the Planet of the Apes

Prediction: Blade Runner 2049
If There is an Upset: War for the Planet of the Apes

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Nominees: Dear Basketball, Garden Party, LOU, Negative Space, Revolting Rhymes Part One

Prediction: LOU
If There is an Upset: Negative Space

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Nominees: Edith + Eddie, Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, Heroin(e), Knife Skills, Traffic Stop

Prediction: Traffic Stop
If There is an Upset: Knife Skills

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Nominees: DeKalb Elementary, The Eleven O'Clock, My Nephew Emmett, The Silent Child, Watu Wote: All of us

Prediction: DeKalb Elementary
If There is an Upset: Watu Wote: All of us


OSCARS 2018: Telecast begins a half-hour earlier, Jimmy Kimmel returns as host, Mary J. Blige, Sufjan Stevens, Common performing nominated songs - Gaysha Starr at Purr Cocktail Lounge for Oscar Party
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

90TH ACADEMY AWARDS
DOLBY THEATRE
ABC TV
Sunday, March 4
3:30pm Red Carpet
5pm Awards Ceremony


If you don't want to miss a second of Sunday evening's Academy Awards, then be sure to have dinner made early, or better yet, plan on eating somewhere that'll be showing the three-hour ceremony. The Oscars will begin at 5pm this time, following a pre-show with red carpet arrivals that begins at 3:30pm.

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel returns as host for the second consecutive year and you can expect his monologue will include mentions of President Trump and current politics, just as it did in 2017. But a mystery is whether the name Harvey Weinstein, a fixture at the Oscars, or the whole topic of sexual harassment will resurface from last month's Golden Globes, where top celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Natalie Portman used the stage as a platform to voice their bold opinions on the pandemic, which exposed Hollywood as a not-so-glamorous and classy place on the inside as we see it on the outside. Considering protesters took to the red carpet at the BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards just two weekends ago, it's quite possible it'll come up again.

Mary J. Blige, a rare acting and music nominee this year, Sufjan Stevens, Keala Settle, Common with Andra Day and Gael Garcia Bernal with Natalia LaFourcade and Miguel will perform the nominated Best Original Song numbers. Blige will sing 'Mighty River' from Mudbound, Stevens will play 'Mystery of Love' from Call Me By Your Name, Settle will belt out 'This Is Me' from The Greatest Showman, Common and Day will duet on 'Stand Up for Something' from Marshall and Garcia Bernal will join forces with LaFourcade and Miguel on 'Remember Me' from Coco.

As of February 26, no new presenters had been added to the list that already includes Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali, Armie Hammer, Greta Gerwig, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner, Mark Hamill, Laura Dern, Gina Rodriguez, Zendaya, Kumail Nanjiani, Eva Marie Saint, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, Margot Robbie, Gal Gadot, Oscar Issac, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Wes Studi and Kelly Marie Tran. Additionally, Daniela Vega, the lead star of Best Foreign Language Film nominee A Fantastic Woman (from Chile) will make history when she becomes the first ever transgender presenter at the Academy Awards. Expect a final wave of presenters to be added to the roster down the homestretch.

For the 75th Oscars, back in 2003, a reunion of 59 previous acting winners were collected on stage near the finale to commemorate the occasion. No word yet on whether show organizers are attempting another reunion, or waiting for the centennial celebration in 2028. What we do know is that the stage itself will be dazzling with 45 million Swarovski crystals, in the form of a new custom-built proscenium that can be viewed in the background; the previous proscenium featured a mere 27,120 crystals.

ABC will televise the Oscars ceremony and the pre-show, which will include interviews with many of the nominees and presenters, and a first look at what everyone is wearing. The Academy Awards will be seen in 225 countries and US territories around the world.

Purr Cocktail Lounge will host a free Oscars viewing party at their new digs in the Montlake district. Their address is 2307 24th Ave. E., Seattle WA 98112. Besides watching the telecast on multiple screens with emcee Gaysha Starr, guests can enjoy drink specials and delicious food, plus prizes. Arrive early to fill out a ballot and to stake out a good seat. Remember that the red carpet arrivals begin at 3:30pm with the ceremony starting at 5pm.








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2018 Academy Awards Predictions
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