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Ok. Here they are people – after a ton of movie-watching and flip-flopping back and forth, I finally put my picks together for the Oscars tonight (in red below). And I’m still not 100% on the Best Picture (torn between Three Billboard and Shape of Water), but time has run out so here we are.

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BEST PICTURE
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST DIRECTOR
Paul Thomas Anderson (“Phantom Thread”)
Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”)
Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”)
Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”)
Jordan Peele (“Get Out”)

BEST ACTOR
Timothée 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.)

BEST ACTRESS
Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”)
Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”)
Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”)
Meryl Streep (“The Post”)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”)
Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”)
Richard Jenkins (“The Shape of Water”)
Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”)
Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”)
Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”)
Lesley Manville (“Phantom Thread”)
Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”)
Octavia Spencer (“The Shape of Water”)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Molly’s Game
Mudbound

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mubdound
The Shape of Water

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria and Abdul

BEST FILM EDITING
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Darkest Hour
Victoria and Abdul
Wonder

BEST SOUND MIXING
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST SOUND EDITING
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Call Me by Your Name (“The Mystery of Love”)
Coco (“Remember Me”)
The Greatest Showman (“This Is Me”)
Marshall (“Stand Up for Something”)
Mudbound (“Mighty River”)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“A Fantastic Woman” (CHILE)
“The Insult” (LEBANON)
“Loveless” (RUSSIA)
“On Body and Soul” (HUNGARY)
“The Square” (SWEDEN)

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Dear Basketball
Garden City
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Edith+Eddie
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Herion(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Deklab Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us

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(Updated Mar 3rd: I got 21 out of 24 right (red ones below are wrong)! Pretty good! :))

After much movie-watching and reading up on what the critics are saying (they even have Vegas odds on these categories…), here are my picks for tonight’s show:

  • Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Best Documentary Short: The Lady in No. 6: Music Saved my Life
  • Best Director: Afonso Cuaron (Gravity)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Best Animated Feature Film: Frozen
  • Best Animated Short Film: Get a Horse!
  • Best Foreign Film: Italy – “The Great Beauty”
  • Best Original Screenplay: American Hustle
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Makeup: Dallas Buyers Club
  • Best Short Film (Live Action): The Voorman Problem
  • Best costume Design: The Great Gatsby
  • Best Original Score: Gravity
  • Best Documentary: 20 Feet From Stardom
  • Best Film Editing: Gravity
  • Best Visual Effects: Gravity
  • Best Cinematography: Gravity
  • Best Sound Editing: Gravity
  • Best Sound Mixing: Gravity
  • Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby
  • Best Original Song: Let It Go (from “Frozen”)

I have a soft spot for American Hustle and the cast but after watching Dallas Buyers Club, I think the votes for the men will go that way. For the women – Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence did a remarkable job in American Hustle but Cate was amazing in Blue Jasmine and supporting actress usually goes to a newcomer so I’ve chosen Lupita there.

I was able to watch several of the nominees in the various categories: Dallas Buyers Club, American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Wolf of Wall Street, Gravity, Captain Phillips, The Great Gatsby, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, Star trek Into Darkness  and Frozen.  I still want to see 12 Years a Slave and August: Osage County.

We’ll see what happens. 🙂 Good luck in your Oscar pool!

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