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
Cloverfield has become the latest motion picture to try to build excitement and word-of-mouth via the Internet. An informal poll of movie-goers has indicated that anyone who spends more than an hour per day surfing the web is more aware of ...
The Lost Art of Sneaking
October 1982. My seventeenth birthday was nearly two years in the future and, unlike many of my contemporaries, I looked younger than my age. On that fateful afternoon, I was standing in the lobby of a single mega-theater (2000 seats), awaiting my ...
Fearless Oscar Predictions, 2016 Edition
For the most part, I present my picks without commentary but there are two points I'd like to make.1. The Best Picture category is more of a muddle than usual this year. At various times, three films have clung to the "favorite" ...