Oscars are around the corner and I thought it was the right time to post my predictions for the same. We saw some brilliant films in 2017. It was good to see the Academy appreciating Science Fiction and Fantasy after a very long time. Let’s hope they don’t change their views in the future. Talking about this list, I have excluded certain categories as I have not seen most of the films in those categories.

Best Picture

The toughest category to judge this year. There are so many strong contenders. I want Dunkirk to win as it was the most unconventional film this year. It was something new, something never-done-before. But The Shape of Water and Three Billboards are front-runners. These two movies were much more accessible.
Winner – The Shape of Water / Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
May Surprise –  Dunkirk / Get Out

Best Director

I can see Del Toro winning for The Shape of Water but Dunkirk also stands a chance. Nolan poured his heart and soul into this film.
Winner – Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water)
May Surprise – Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)

Best Actor –

It’s high time Academy recognized Gary Oldman. He is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. It’s sad that most of the people know him because he played Commissioner Gordon in Batman. His performance in Darkest Hour is one of his best performances ever.
Winner – Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
May Surprise – Daniel Day-Lewis for Phantom Thread.

Best Actress –

Frances McDormand. Her performance in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri blows everything else away. She deserves it, without an iota of doubt. The girl from Fargo has come a long way.
Sally Hawkins may surprise with her portrayal of a mute janitor in del Toro’s The Shape of Water. She acted brilliantly. I would not be disappointed as long as any one of them wins it.
Winner – Frances McDormand (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)
May Surprise – Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)

Best Cinematography –

Finally, Roger Deakins is going to win his first ever Oscar. He is one of the best cinematographers in the industry. However, despite getting nominated 14 times, he has not been able to convert the nominations to wins. Blade Runner 2049 is a great chance for Deakins. The cinematography in this film was gorgeous. Another strong contender for Best Cinematography is Hoyte Hoytema. The Ariel shots in Dunkirk were breathtaking.
Winner – Roger Deakins  (Blade Runner 2049)
May Surprise – Hoyte Hoytema (Dunkirk)

Best Supporting Actor

Sam Rockwell. period.
Winner – Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
May Surprise – Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)

Best Original Screenplay

Martin McDonagh has done a great job writing the screenplay for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. But The Shape of Water has an equal chance. Though the accusations of plagiarism may hurt its chances. Get Out may also surprise.
Winner- Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri) / Jordon Peele (Get Out)
May Surprise – Guillermo Del Toro and Venessa Taylor (The Shape of Water)

Best Animated Picture

Coco without an iota of doubt. Pixar has delivered another great film.
Winner – Coco
May Surprise – Loving Vincent

Best Visual Effects

There are two strong contenders – War for the Planet of the Apes and Blade Runner 2049. Both were visually stunning.
Winner – Wars for the Planet of the Apes
May Surprise – Blade Runner 2049

Best Original Music Score

There is no competition.
Winner – Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water)

Best Production Design

My heart says – Blade Runner 2049. My mind says – The Shape of Water
Winner – The Shape of Water
May Surprise – Blade Runner 2049

Best Film Editing

Winner – Dunkirk
May Surprise – Baby Driver

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Winner – Dunkirk
May Surprise – Baby Driver
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