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Predictions for the Academy Awards, 2018

Time to make a few bets on which films I personally think will take home the big award at the 2018 Academy Awards, as well as the other nominations they have.

The 90th Academy Awards are coming up this Monday. And even though I know it’s decided by these ‘For Your Consideration’ campaigns – or to use an honest term, bribery – I thought it would be fun to give my personal top four films that I think would be in the running to get Best Picture. I will also be mentioning any extra awards that these top four deserve to get as well.

4 – Lady Bird

Originally titled Mothers and Daughters, this is a great nostalgic coming-of-age trip that centres on the complex and fantastic chemistry between the rebellious teenage Lady Bird and her mum. There are some fantastic characters in this film, and it brings a great nostalgic feeling of being teenagers heading into college or university. Unfortunately, I have this film as the runner up for Best Supporting Actress (behind Allison Janney in I, Tonya), Best Actress (behind McDormand in Three Billboards), and Best Director (behind Jordan Peele in Get Out). But if this wins one of those, I’ll still be happy for it.

3 – Dunkirk

This film does make the entire Dunkirk evacuation event as a character, thanks to some amazing cinematography and sound editing. However, aside from little characterisation with the soldiers and people involved, the problem is that this can only be enjoyed in an IMAX environment. If you have a widescreen TV or surround sound system, this would be more enjoyable. Furthermore, because there isn’t a lot of characterisation with the soldiers or the pilots, it’s hard to be connected or interested in them. As a result, it only comes across as World War II dramatisations for a documentary. I will say it deserves a good shot with Best Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Cinematography.

2 – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

This film was a close second to being my pick for Best Picture. What makes this film great is that it’s between Frances McDormand’s character Mildred, and the rest of the town – and the viewer would find it difficult to stick to one side. This film explores the impact of anger, with each of these characters making unpredictable bad choices and suffering the consequences. I reckon McDormand will be awarded Best Actresses for her fantastic performance as Mildred. She’s harsh and brutal as she wants answers for her daughter’s murder, and she has to live with the grief from their last moment together. Also, I have it as a runner up for Best Original Screenplay, being behind…

1 – Get Out

The thriller film that came out early last year, it was also the directorial debut of Jordan Peele, one half of the comedy duo Key and Peele. Not only was this film incredibly suspenseful and entirely original, but it was also smart in terms of being a social commentary about racial relations from a different perspective. I can’t stop praising this film enough for its amazing journey filled with Hitchcock type thrills, unexpected twists which make sense provided the environment they are placed in, and the suspenseful chills. Furthermore, not only do I think it will get Best Picture, but also Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

This is just my opinion. But I do feel these four films are the best out of the nine nominated for the massive film award. Regardless, I wish the best of luck to all the films nominated.

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