We Predict: An Early Oscars Preview

Luis Arias, Chief Movie Critic

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On March 4, the 90th Academy Awards will be showcasing wannabe winners for best pictures, best supporting roles, and much more.

Below I’ll show you a sampling of the many nominees in select categories and share with you who’d I vote to win an Oscar.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

In this category, we have Timothee Chalamet in “Call Me by Your Name,” Daniel Day-Lewis from “Phantom Thread,” Daniel Kaluuya in “Get Out,” Gary Oldman from “Darkest Hour,” and finally Denzel Washington from “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”. Now, this is a pretty good selection of actors, but if I had to choose one for an Oscar, I’ll go with Daniel Kaluuya.

Kaluuya, who is British-born, would become only the third black actor to win this award, joining Sidney Poitier and Denzel Washington.

Daniel Kaluuya created one of the most memorable characters in movie history.

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Now for this category, we have Sally Hawkins from “The Shape of Water,” Frances McDormand from “Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri,” Margot Robbie in “I, Tonya,” Saoirse Ronan in “Lady Bird” and finally Meryl Streep in “The Post”. All the nominees are enormously talented. But, sadly, we do have to choose one.  

I’m voting to win is Saoirse’s performance in Lady Bird! If that happens, there will be some celebrating at a certain Sacramento High School – St. Francis – where Saoirse’s character, Christine “Lady Bird” attended class. Of all the nominees, this is one of the few roles in many years that gave an accurate portrayal of what it’s like to be in high school.

Flowers are nice but Ronan should be holding an Oscar.

 

Best Directing

In this category, we have some well-known as well as some new directors nominated for Oscars. So let’s hit it.

First up we have Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk,” Jordan Peele for “Get Out,” Sacramento’s Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird”, Paul Thomas Anderson for “Phantom Thread”, and finally Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water.”  I don’t know about you, but I would definitely choose Guillermo “Hellboy” del Toro, the auteur behind “The Shape of Water” to win an Oscar.

This is the same guy who wrote “Hellboy” and “Hellboy 2. ” Of course he should get an Oscar.

 

Best Picture

Now for Best Picture, we have “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” I honestly believe “Call Me by Your Name,” a coming-of-age film should win an Oscar.

Best film in the category.

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of great categories with a lot of great movies, directors, actors and actresses. These choices are just my opinion.

Who do you think will win an Oscar?

Was your favorite movie nominated?

Tells us in the comments below or tweet at us @WestoRancho

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