THE OSCARS

The Oscars

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It’s that time of year again; the time when Hollywood’s great and good don their sparkling gowns and dinner jackets and prepare their speeches – that’s right, it’s Oscars time. Ahead of the 90th Academy Awards, which take place next month, we take a look at who’s tipped to be taking home that all-important statue trophy.

The standout film this year has to be The Shape of Water, which leads the pack with a total of 13 nominations including best picture, best director, and best leading actress for Sally Hawkins.

Christopher Nolan’s World War II film Dunkirk has eight nominations – including a first best director nomination for Nolan – while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri received seven.

Darkest Hour and Phantom Thread both picked up six nominations, with British actors Gary Oldman and Daniel Day Lewis nominated for their respected leading roles.

The Golden Globes are often seen as a pre-cursor to the Oscars, with the finalists tipped to go on to receive Academy Award nominations. However, this year here have been some surprises – In the Fade, the winner of the Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language category in the Golden Globes failed to get an Oscars nod. And, despite a nomination for Best Director in the Golden Globes, Martin McDonagh, director of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri missed the same level of recognition in the Oscars – although the film itself is nominated for Best Picture.

Here, we take a look at some of the nominations and the predicted winners…

BEST PICTURE

• Call Me By Your Name
• Darkest Hour
• Dunkirk
• Get Out
• Lady Bird
• Phantom Thread
• The Post
• The Shape of Water
• Three Billboards

WHO WILL WIN IT?
This could be a close call – the bookies are offering Three Billboards and The Shape of Water at equal odds, but Lady Bird is also a strong contender. Many film experts reckon The Shape of Water will be triumphant, but Three Billboards and Lady Bird were both Golden Globe winners (Three Billboards for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Lady Bird for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy) so time will tell…

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BEST DIRECTOR

• Jordan Peele, Get Out
• Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
• Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
• Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
• Guillermo del Toro, The Shape Of Water

WHO WILL WIN IT?
The bookies’ favourite is Guillermo del Toro, who also won the Golden Globe. But, Greta Gerwig is the first female director in eight years to be nominated – could she scoop the award?

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BEST ACTOR

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

WHO WILL WIN IT?
Denzel Washington was a surprise nomination ( James Franco was hotly tipped to receive recognition instead) so he has the highest odds. Gary Oldman, who’s nominated for his role as Churchill in Darkest Hour is thought to be the likeliest candidate, and also won the Golden Globe.

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BEST ACTRESS

• Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
• Frances McDormand, Three Billboards
• Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
• Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
• Meryl Streep, The Post

WHO WILL WIN IT?
She took home the Golden Globe for her role in Three Billboards and it’s expected that Frances McDormand will achieve another win at the Oscars. Sally Hawkins and Saoirse Ronan also have low odds though, so perhaps there’ll be a surprise win in this category?

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

• Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
• Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards
• Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
• Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
• Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards

WHO WILL WIN IT?
Film experts and the bookies are tipping Willem Dafoe to take home the award. However, Sam Rockwell won the Golden Globe and has fairly low odds so could be a strong contender.

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

• Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
• Allison Janney, I, Tonya
• Leslie Manville, Phantom Thread
• Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
• Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

WHO WILL WIN IT?

Allison Janney is the hot favourite to win, and the fact that she won the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award and Hollywood Film Award would suggest it’s a likely triumph for the I, Tonya actress.

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ORIGINAL SONG
• Remember Me (from Coco)
• Mystery of Love (from Call Me By Your Name)
• This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman)
• Mighty River (from Mudbound)
• Stand Up For Something (from Marshall)

WHO WILL WIN IT?
Everyone we’ve spoken to has been raving about This is Me from The Greatest Showman, and as it was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who won for La La Land ’s City of Stars last year, could they do the double and win again?