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The 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 Shape Of Water”
“Call Me By Your Name”
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.