The 90th Academy Awards Ballot, Berardinelli EditionFebruary 26, 2018
Every year I present my guesses as to what will win at the Oscars. This is all done in fun, of course and (even though I run a contest), I do not consider myself an expert. I have only once run the table with a perfect ballot and, most years, I miss between three and five categories. This year, I fully expect to miss four: two of the three genuine “toss-up” (those are Picture, Original Screenplay, and Visual Effects) and two that come out of left field. When it comes to most of the technical categories, I play the odds. Sometimes, for the majors, if something isn’t a “lock”, I play a hunch.
For those who are curious or want to laugh at me when I miss something
obvious, here are my fearless predictions. (Because of the contest, I can’t
wait until the day before to post them.)
Frances McDormand (Three Billboards)
Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards)
Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
Animated Feature Film
Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman
Call Me by Your Name
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water
Makeup and Hair
War for the Planet of the Apes
Coco (“Remember Me”)
The Shape of Water
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