Predictions for the 2018 Oscars

The Oscars are taking place on March 4th. Here are some predictions on who or what is going to win in some of the most discussed categories.


by Anna Ronan, Writer

The Oscars will take place on March 4th, and there are many conspiracies as to who will win each of the awards. These are a few predictions, but not every category is on this list.

Best Picture: “The Shape of Water”

I was originally going to choose the genre-bending thriller “Get Out,” but I chose “The Shape of Water,” directed by Guillermo del Toro, to be the 2018 Best Picture winner because of the sheer amount of nominations and high praise it’s been receiving. “The Shape of Water” is a love story between a mute cleaning lady and a creature living in the lab she works at. I know, sounds quite odd, but it was very highly praised by major outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post. Though I personally have not seen the film yet, I think that it will surprise me in many ways and open my eyes to having more than just an intense or sad story win the title of Best Picture.

Best Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Based on many online accounts, Kaluuya has totally encapsulated the hearts of many film gurus. Even as a breakout star, he was able to portray his character, Chris, so well that he is very high in the rankings for the Best Actor Oscar.

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, “The Post”

It is a well known fact that Meryl Streep is a legend. Even though I haven’t seen “The Post” yet, I already know that Streep did an outstanding job portraying Katharine Graham, a publisher on the Washington Post staff during the time of the release of the Pentagon papers.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Rockwell has played incredible supporting roles in movies like “Conviction” and “The Way, Way Back,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is no different- His character, Jason Dixon, is a modern-thinking sheriff in the movie. “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” is about a woman trying to take revenge for the sheriff’s office not prioritizing her daughter’s murder.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

If Janney wins this Oscar, it will be her first. Janney plays Tonya Harding’s mother in the movie, and even Harding herself said that Janney’s portrayal was incredibly similar to what her mother was actually like. According to Harding, her mother was very abusive to her and ruined her self-image. Janney also won a Golden Globe for her role, so she is a front-runner in the race.

Best Director: Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”

I heard an interview with Gerwig on NPR while on my way to school one morning. Her explanation of why she made this film and how it ties back to her teenage years really struck a note with me. “Lady Bird” is a coming of age story about a struggling relationship between a high school senior and her mother. The story seems to be very insightful, and I sincerely hope that she wins the award for Director of the Year.

Best Animated Feature: Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson, “Coco”

I saw Coco over Thanksgiving with my family and was absolutely blown away at the work put into this movie. Everything about it was heartbreakingly beautiful, from the story of Miguel’s adventure in the underworld to the vibrancy of the colors shown all throughout the movie. Pixar did an amazing job with Coco and I am fairly sure that it will win the Oscar because of it.

Best Adapted Screenplay: “Call Me by Your Name”

After “Moonlight,” the story of being both gay and black in America won Best Picture in 2017, the Oscars have certainly warmed up to LGBTQ+ movies being nominated or praised highly. “Call Me by Your Name” is nominated for both Best Picture and for Adapted Screenplay, and I do believe that, in an effort to appeal to the viewers of the awards show, “Call Me by Your Name” will win.

Best Original Screenplay: “The Big Sick”

“The Big Sick” was actually in the running to be a Best Picture nominee but was topped by other movies at the last minute. The story follows the relationship between an Indian man and a white woman. In honor of that, I really hope that this sweet and socially aware love story wins the original screenplay Oscar.

Best Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel, “Darkest Hour”

I am a huge fan of really intense, dark cinematography and “Darkest Hour” certainly delivers that. The way that Delbonnel intensifies Winston Churchill’s words through the movie is honestly incredible and makes it just that much better.

Best Documentary Feature: “Icarus”

Though many associate the word “Icarus” with the Greek fable of flying too close to the sun, the documentary “Icarus” is about doping in the athletic world and flying too close to the sun in terms of getting caught by officials. Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan turned the informative documentary into a thriller story, telling of the most extreme cases at the biggest sporting events, like the Olympics.

Best Film Editing: “Baby Driver”

It takes a lot to make fast-paced scenes like ones in “Baby Driver” look good, and Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss made that happen. The driving scenes looked like they could be real and seriously made me want to drive a car super fast.

Best Sound Editing: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

“Star Wars” is definitely going to win something, and sound editing should be the win. Both the sound and the absence thereof made the movie even more exciting and powerful than it originally would be.