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The Hudsucker Takes on the 90th Annual Academy Awards: Predictions, Hopes and Snubs

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It’s that time of year again! The 90th Academy Awards take place this Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Last year’s telecast gave us one of the biggest award show snafus of all time, and who knows what this year has in store. Once again, The Hudsucker tries its hand at predicting the winners in each of the major categories.

For the sixth year in a row, our resident cinephiles — Nicole Drum, Katherine Hernandez, Tania Hussain, Alex Keobke, Meg Quinn, and Elizabeth The  — share their thoughts on the nominees, as well as who they feel was snubbed and who they’d like to see win each category.

Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

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

Predicted Winner: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Hudsucker’s Choice: Get Out (also receiving votes: The Shape of Water)

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. 

Predicted Winner: Gary Oldman
The Hudsucker’s Choice: Daniel Kaluuya (also receiving votes: Timothée Chalamet and Gary Oldman)

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

Predicted Winner: Frances McDormand
The Hudsucker’s Choice: Saoirse Ronan (also receiving votes: Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, and Margot Robbie)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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

Predicted Winner: Sam Rockwell
The Hudsucker’s Choice: Richard Jenkins (also receiving votes: Willem Dafoe, Christopher Plummer, and Sam Rockwell)

Image Credit: Neon

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

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

Predicted Winner: Allison Janney
The Hudsucker’s Choice: Laurie Metcalf (also receiving votes: Allison Janney and Octavia Spencer)

Best Director

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

Predicted Winner: Guillermo del Toro
The Hudsucker’s Choice: Jordan Peele (also receiving votes: Christopher Nolan, Greta Gerwig, and Guillermo del Toro)

Image Credit: Disney Pixar

Best Animated Feature

The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Predicted Winner: Coco
The Hudsucker’s Choice: Coco (also receiving votes: The Breadwinner and Loving Vincent)

Best Original Song

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

Predicted Winner: “This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman)
The Hudsucker’s Choice: “This Is Me” (also receiving votes: “Remember Me” and “Stand Up for Something”)

Snubs

The Big Sick

Meg says:

I was really hoping to see “The Big Sick” sneak into Best Picture and get an acting nomination or two. I’ve been a fan of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s for a long time and would’ve just loved for the movie to get some more nominations. I think they’re fabulous. But I will accept its nomination for Best Original Screenplay, thank you very much!

Logan

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Katherine says:

Without a doubt, “Logan” is one of the best superhero movies ever made and deserved much more awards show recognition than it received. Though it got a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart more than deserved acting nominations for their incredibly moving portrayals of Wolverine and Professor Xavier, respectively. The movie should have been nominated for Best Picture as well, as it held its own among the best of the year. Also, “The Disaster Artist” should have been nominated for more than just Best Adapted Screenplay. The acting performances were phenomenal, and the movie balanced heart and humor perfectly. Plus seeing Tommy Wiseau on stage at the Oscars would have been kind of amazing.

Molly’s Game

Elizabeth says: 

The odds were stacked against Jessica Chastain’s favor this Oscars season, as her leading role in Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game” got unfortunately lost in the shuffle in a year stacked with strong Best Actress contenders. That said, I felt that luck should have been on her side this time around for her portrayal of Olympic athlete turned Poker ringleader Molly Bloom, which was one of her career’s best performance thus far.

The Post

Alex says:

Tom Hanks has previously won Academy Awards for his performance in both “Forrest Gump,” as well as “Philadelphia.” It’s a travesty that he didn’t receive at least a nomination for perhaps the best performance of his career in “The Post.” The film is nominated for both Best Picture and Streep also received a nod for Best Actress. We’re sure the nicest guy in Hollywood didn’t take it too personally, but nobody would blame him if he was upset.

Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Tania says:

I really enjoyed Tom Hanks in “The Post” and believe he was snubbed for a Best Actor nomination. I thought his portrayal of Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee was superb, but for the Academy to skip it over, makes me think they were not too impressed. Especially since the last Bradlee performance that was considered by voters was Jason Robards’ portrayal in the iconic, “All the President’s Men.” Another major snub that I have to mention really disappointed me was the lack of “Wonder Woman” despite it being one of the best reviewed films by critics in 2017. I know Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot didn’t make the movie for critical acclaim fame, but it could have been considered for the craft categories, including Best Visual Effects, Costume, Sound Mixing, etc. I know superhero films have a hard time breaking into the Oscar race, but “Logan” was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, so “Wonder Woman,” an obvious superhero contender, could have definitely made its move into the Oscars.

Some Final Thoughts on the Nominees Before the Show:

Tania says:

While “Coco” is proving it is unbeatable in its Best Animated Film category by critics and Oscar experts, “The Breadwinner” is a movie worth seeing and knowing. At the root of it, it’s a film about family and faith. On the surface, the film is politically charged, centering around a young girl whose father is imprisoned by the Taliban. But it’s about strength and hope too as the young girl dresses up as a boy to make money, while conforming to the Taliban’s oppressive and radically charged religious laws. It’s incredible and in the times we live now, definitely one worth understanding.

Katherine says:

I know the Best Supporting Actress Oscar already has Allison Janney’s name engraved on it, and while she was great in “I, Tonya,” I’ll be sad if Laurie Metcalf doesn’t win for her spectacular performance in “Lady Bird.” While she’s primarily remembered for her role in “Roseanne,” Metcalf is an incredibly underrated actress and is finally getting some of the recognition she deserves. It’s too bad that Janney and Metcalf can’t both win the award.

Alex says:

I’ve been following the career of Allison Janney for as long as I’ve been interested in the world of television and film. Janney received critical acclaim for her role on “The West Wing,” but her film career has never been in a stronger place after her performance in “I, Tonya.” While Margot Robbie is tremendous in the leading role, Janney’s performance of the abusive mother will stick with audience members even longer than Robbie’s. This is her first Academy Award nomination and at the age of 58, is well overdue for the biggest prize in show business.

Image Credit: Universal Pictures

Elizabeth says:

I believe the Best Actor and Best Actress awards should go to the emerging performers leading the charge in Young Hollywood — I’m talking about Daniel Kaluuya, Timothee Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan. Best Actor nominees Kaluuya and Chalamet had huge breakout moments in 2017 and have been hailed as the ones to watch by both critics and audiences alike. Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan has been praised for her natural acting abilities for years and is one of the most luminous leading ladies on the silver screen, as proven by “Lady Bird,” “Brooklyn,” and of course, her film-stealing role in “Atonement.” It’s time for these young and promising talents to get the recognition they deserve for being the voices of the new generation.

Meg says:

Nobody should speak to me all of Sunday night into Monday if “Get Out” gets shut out. I really need it to get at least something. Jordan Peele is an absolute genius (okay, yes, I have been a fan of his for a long time too) and everything about the movie was creative, relevant, and hilarious that I think it should be appreciated.

Nicole says:

I will personally be upset at nearly any award won by “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” I thought the movie was terrible, and I really don’t feel like it deserved to be nominated. There are far better films and roles nominated this year.

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Now that we’ve given you our thoughts, it’s time to give us yours! Who do you think will take home the golden statue at the 90th Academy Awards? Think we got it right? Or think our predictions are all wrong? Will there be any major gaffes or memorable moments? Leave us a comment and let us know who you think will win big at the Oscars this year! And please come back on Sunday after the show to discuss the results with us.

The Oscars air live on Sunday March 4th at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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