From ‘Get Out’ to ‘Phantom Thread’: The 2018 Oscars Buzzmeter
It’s that time of year again when the multiplexes are crowded with prestige movies hoping to keep building that all-important buzz on the way to the 90th Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 4.
Here, our Buzzmeter panelists -- six of the most qualified Oscar pundits, film writers and critics – predict which of the nominated movies and performers will come out on top at this year's Oscar race. The winners won’t be revealed until March 4, so check back often to see who’s up and who’s down on the Buzzmeter.
Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Nicole Sperling (Vanity Fair), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Glenn Whipp (The Envelope), Justin Chang (L.A. Times), Kenneth Turan (L.A. Times)
Here are their picks in the key categories, with the top vote-getters highlighted in red:
Best picture | "The Shape of Water"
“‘Lady Bird’ is an out-on-a-limb hunch based on two things: The academy has split on picture and director four times in the last five years, and I expect it to kill on the preferential ballot.”
— Justin Chang
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": O'Neil
"The Shape of Water": Turan, Whipp, Thompson, Sperling
"Lady Bird": Chang
"Call Me By Your Name"
Best director | Guillermo del Toro
“Voters have consistently rewarded wildly imaginative and ambitious work in this race. It would be a jaw dropper if Guillermo del Toro didn’t win.”
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”: Chang, Turan, Whipp, Thompson, Sperling, O'Neil
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out"
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Best actor | Gary Oldman
“With only his second career nomination, Gary Oldman will take the win for his impossibly great incarnation of an all-too familiar leader, Winston Churchill. On the outside: young Timothee Chalamet, who is likely to return to Oscar contention many times over.”
— Anne Thompson
Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour": Chang, Turan, Whipp, Thompson, Sperling, O'Neil
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Phantom Thread":
Timothee Chalamet, "Call Me By Your Name":
Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel, Esq.":
Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out":
Best actress | Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
“Frances McDormand is the front-runner even without campaigning. But the fact that she is showing up and graciously accepting her prizes suggests there is no way she can lose.”
— Nicole Sperling
Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird":
Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water":
Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards": Whipp, Thompson, Oneil, Chang, Sperling, Turan
Margot Robbie, "I Tonya":
Meryl Streep, “The Post”:
Best supporting actor | Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“Sam Rockwell has the momentum, but Christopher Plummer could be a potent darkhorse.”
— Kenneth Turan
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”:
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards”: Whipp, Thompson, O' Neil, Chang, Sperling, Turan
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”:
Woody Harrelson, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Christopher Plummer, "All the Money in the World"
Best supporting actress | Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"
“Somehow, Allison Janney is going to have to find room for an Oscar amid all those other awards.”
— Glenn Whipp
Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird" : Chang, Turan, Whipp, Sperling, O'Neil
Allison Janney, "I, Tonya" : Thompson
Octavia Spencer, "The Shape of Water"
Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"
Lesley Manville, "Phantom Thread"
Original screenplay | "Get Out"
“A very tight three-way race among ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Get Out’ and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’ My pick could and probably will change tomorrow.”
— Justin Chang
“Get Out”: Whipp, Sperling, Chang, Thompson
“The Shape of Water”:
“Three Billboards”: O'Neil
“Lady Bird”: Turan
“The Big Sick”
Adapted screenplay | "Call Me by Your Name"
“Great movie and great story – at age 89, James Ivory will finally win an Oscar, for ‘Call Me By Your Name.’”
— Glenn Whipp
“Call Me by Your Name”: Whipp, Thompson, Chang, Sperling, Turan, O'Neil
“The Disaster Artist”
Animated Film | "Coco"
“I have a soft spot for ‘The Breadwinner’ but it’s not going to happen. ‘Coco’ will win.”
— Kenneth Turan
“Coco": Thompson, Chang, Turan, O'Neil, Sperling, Whipp
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