Oscars 2018: Predictions to Watch

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Awards show season is just beginning, and with an average of 40 million viewers each year, the Oscars is easily one of the most anticipated. We’re all excited to see the eye-catching red carpet outfits and watch some of our favorite performers take the stage, but we’re even more excited to find out which films were deemed the best of 2017 by the voting members of the Academy. Nominees for all 24 Oscar categories were announced on January 23, and movie fanatics everywhere have been talking about which movies they think will take home Academy Awards ever since. We won’t know anything for sure until the show takes place on Sunday, March 4th at 5:00 p.m. PST, but that doesn’t stop experts from making their best predictions. Here are the official nominees in the Big Five Academy Award categories, along with the most common predictions of who will win:

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”

Prediction: “The Shape of Water”

Best Lead Actor

  • Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
  • Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
  • Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
  • Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Prediction: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Best 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”

Prediction: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Director

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

Prediction: Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

Best Original Screenplay

Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani, “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: “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

While we found that most experts and film critics predicted these nominees to win, we can see any one of the nominations taking home an Academy Award. If there’s one thing we do know for sure, it’s that the 90th Academy Awards ceremony will be another one for the books!