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Hank Johnson, Staff Writer

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Well it’s that wonderful time of the year that most only care about for a few days. No it’s not Tejun Cajun. IT’S THE OSCARS! Below is a list of the nominations of the 90th Oscars and my predictions for them.

Production Design

  • Beauty and the Beast- Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer
  • Blade Runner 2049- Dennis Gassner and Alessandra Querzola
  • Darkest Hour– Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer
  • Dunkirk– Nathan Crowley
  • The Shape Of Water– Paul Denham Austerberry

Prediction: Although I hope Blade Runner 2049 wins it because the industry needs more weird movies but I think Shape of the Water is going to clean up the Oscars


  • Blade Runner 2049- Roger A. Deakins
  • Darkest Hour– Bruno Delbonnel
  • Dunkirk– Hayte van Haytema
  • Mudbound– Rachel Morrison
  • The Shape Of Water- Dan Laustsen

Prediction: Blade Runner 2049. From its jaw dropping lighting to its awe inspiring visuals this movie is bound to pick up this win

Costume Design

  • Beauty and the Beast– Jacqueline Durran
  • Darkest Hour- Jacqueline Durran
  • Phantom Thread– Mark Bridges
  • The Shape Of Water- luis Sequeira
  • Victoria And Abdul- Consolata Boyle

Prediction: N/A

Sound Mixing

  • Baby Driver– Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H. Ellis
  • Blade Runner 2049– Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill and Mac Ruth
  • Dunkirk– Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker and Gary A. Rizzo
  • The Shape Of Water– Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern and Glen Gauthier
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi– David Parker, Michael Semanick

Predictions: Dunkirk. Oscars love a good historical movie.

Animated Short

  • Dear Basketball– Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant
  • Garden Party– Victor Carie and Gabriel Grapperon
  • Lou– Dave mullins and Dana Murray
  • Negative Spaces– Max Porter and Ru Kuwahta
  • Revolting Rhymes– Jacob Schuh and Jan Lachauer

Predictions: N/A

Live Action

  • DeKalb Elementary– Reed Van Dyk
  • The Eleven O’Clock– Derin Seale and Josh Lawson
  • My Nephew Emmett– Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton
  • Watu Wote/All of Us– Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen

Predictions: N/A

Original Score

  • Dunkirk- Hans Zimmer
  • Phantom Thread- Jonny Greenwood
  • The Shape Of Water- Alex Desplat
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi- John Williams
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri- Carter Burwell

Predictions: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Classic Soundtrack that pays homage to past Star Wars but staying original.

Visual Effects

  • Blade Runner 2049– John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2– Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick
  • Kong: Skull Island– Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi– Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
  • War For The Planet Of The Apes– Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joe Whist

Predictions– Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Tough between this and Blade Runner but the Academy is kinder to these types of movies.

Film Editing

  • Baby Driver– Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
  • Dunkirk– Lee Smith
  • I, Tonya- Tatiana S. Riegel
  • The Shape Of The Water – Sidney Wolinsky
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri- Jon Gregory

Predictions: Baby Driver.

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Darkest Hour– Kazuhiro Tauji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick
  • Victoria And Abdul– Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
  • Wonder– Arden Tuiten

Predictions: Darkest Hour. Gary Oldmans transformation is one for the books

Supporting Actress

  • Mary J. Blige- Mudbound
  • Allison Janey- I, Tonya
  • Lesley Manville- Phantom Thread
  • Laurie Metcalf- Lady Bird
  • Octavia Spencer- The Shape of Water

Predictions: Allison Janney. She has been sweeping the floor at other award shows so this would be no surprise.

Supporting Actor

  • Willed Dafoe- The Florida Project
  • Woody Harrelson- Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
  • Richard Jenkins- The Shape of Water
  • Christopher Plummer- All the Money in the World
  • Sam Rockwell- Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Predictions: Willem Dafoe. Or Christopher Plummer because he quickly filled the role after the child molester Kevin Spacey was expelled from the role.

Foreign Language Film

  • A Fantastic Woman– Chile
  • The Insult– Lebanon
  • Loveless– Russia
  • On Body and Soul
  • The Square– Sweden

Predictions: N/A

Documentary Short

  • Edith+Eddie- Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wright
  • Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405- Frank Stiefel
  • Heroin(e)– Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon
  • Knife Skills– Thomas Lennon
  • Traffic Stop– Kate Davis and David Heilbroner

Predictions: N/A

Documentary Feature

  • Abacus: Small Enough To Jail– Steve James, Mark Mitten and Julie Goldman
  • Faces Place- Angès Varda, Jd and Rosalie Varda
  • Icarus– Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan
  • Last Men in Aleppo– Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed and Søren Steen Jespersen
  • Strong Island- Yance Ford and Joslyn Barnes

Predictions: Strong Island. Though Last Mens cultural importance could sway the Academy

Original Song

  • Mighty River– Mudbound- Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
  • Mystery Of Love– Call me by your Name- Sufjan Stevens
  • Remember Me– Coco- Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • Stand Up For Something– Marshall- Diane Warren, Lonnie R. Lynn
  • This is Me– The Greatest Showman- Benji Pasek and Justin Paul

Predictions: Remember Me.

Animated Feature

  • The Boss Baby-Tom McGrath and Ramsey Naito(it hurts me physically to write that)
  • The Breadwinner– Nora Twomey and Anthony Leo
  • Coco– Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson
  • Ferdinand– Carlos Saldanha
  • Loving Vincent– Dorota Kobila, Hugh Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart

Predictions: Loving Vincent. This all oil painting film getting a win would show the industry that yes we want more of these artsy films.

Adapted Screenplay

  • Call Me By Your Name– Screenplay by James Ivory
  • The Disaster Artist- Screenplay by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Webber
  • Logan– Screenplay by Scott Frank and James Mangold and Michael Green. Story by James Mangold
  • Molly’s Game-Written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin
  • Mudbound– Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Predictions: Call Me By Your Name.

Original Screenplay

  • The Big Sick– Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
  • Get Out– Jordan Peele
  • Lady Bird– Greta Gerwig
  • The Shape Of Water- Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor. Story by Guillermo del Toro
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri– Written by Martin McDonagh

Predictions: Lady Bird.

Leading Actor

  • Timothèe 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.

Predictions: Daniel Day-Lewis. I hope they end Lewis’s career on a high note.

Leading 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

Predictions: Frances McDormand. Lots of buzz and awards around her and this movie.


  • Dunkirk– Christopher Nolan
  • Get Out– Jordan Peele
  • Lady Bird– Greta Gerwig
  • Phantom Thread– Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Shape Of Water– Guillermo del Toro

Predictions: Guillermo del Toro

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

Prediction: Lady Bird

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 4th on ABC.