Split Screen: Oscars 2018 Predictions

Split-Screen: Oscars 2018 Predictions

Split-Screen: Oscars 2018 PredictionsSplit Screen is a regular feature on Unreel in which our editors put side-by-side their takes on a specific topic. These come in a variety of forms, including award predictions, quick-take reviews, festival coverage, and more. For more Split Screen posts, click here.


[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he 90th Academy Awards is upon us—literally hours away from now. And as is customary among cinephiles, it’s time to spit out our final rounds of predictions.

We have already expressed our disdain over this year’s heinous snubs—Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” and Michael Stuhlbarg’s performances across three Oscar-nominated films pop up to mind—and we’re no longer straddling on that horse here. For this edition of Split Screen (the first ever that’s published), we’ve had to make do with what make of the list of this year’s nominees. Of those, there are some that are seemingly locked-in, like the hair and makeup work in Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour”, but also races that are tight as tight can be, like the Best Leading Actress Awards, Best Director, and heck, even the Best Visual Effects category between the effects work in “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Blade Runner 2049”.

The biggest discussion appears to be that of the Best Picture, which lists nine films, all seemingly deserving of the said award. I’d like to see any of these films to win: Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird”, Jordan Peele’s “Get Out”, and Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name”. But if things go their usual way, it’d be unsurprising to see Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” or Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape Of Water” to win.

With all that out of the way, let’s take a look at our official ballot. I’ve collected Geoff’s votes and listed them side-by-side with mine. The full list follows.

Awards CategoryGeoff Ledesma’s votesArmando Dela Cruz’s votes
Best Picture“Call Me By Your Name”“Get Out”
DirectorGuillermo Del Toro, “The Shape of Water”Guillermo Del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
Lead ActorGary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”
Lead ActressSally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Supporting ActorSam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Supporting ActressLaurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”Alisson Janney, “I, Tonya”
Original Screenplay“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig“Get Out”, Jordan Peele
Adapted Screenplay“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
Animated Feature“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
Best Foreign Language Film“The Square” (Sweden)“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
Best Documentary Feature“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda
Original Score“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
Original Song“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin PaulSufjan Stevens’ “Mystery of Love” (from “Call Me By Your Name”)
Sound Editing“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
Sound Mixing“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
Production Design“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau
Cinematography“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel“Blade Runner 2049”, Roger Deakin
Makeup and Hair“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
Costume Design“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges
Film Editing“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
Visual Effects“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist
Best Documentary Short Subject“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
Best Live Action Short“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk
Animated Short“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant

The Oscars conclude tonight, March 4th, 2018.

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