Social Underground’s 2018 Academy Awards Predictions Extravaganza
It’s that time of year again, everyone! Celebs dressing in their best, red carpet interviews, and the ever present awkwardness of the #MeToo movement that will have every winner have a round of applause with a hint of squinty eyes suspicion.
There will be all of that before, during and to come after, but were’ just here to try to predict who will win from a bunch of good movies given to use in 2017, and maybe some that shouldn’t have been nominated.
Here are Social Underground’s 2018 Academy Awards Predictions:
“Call Me by Your Name”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Yeah, the movie about a deaf janitor who bangs a Merman in some weird laboratory will probably win it all. As much as I want to make fun of it, it was a great movie. Were the other films in the list better than it? Almost all of them except for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. That movie was so bad to the point where I question all movie critics opinions on film. But yeah, the movie where a girl bangs a Merman will win. That’s where were are in 2018.
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.”
Gary Oldman in a fat suit will take this one. He stars as arguably one of the worst adaptations of Winston Churchill, but I guess it’s good enough to beat DDL in his last film, and Daniel Kaluuya in his breakout performance.
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”
Francis will win, and she will look super pissed about it. Just like every award she wins, she’ll walk to the stage like she’s walking into the principal’s office after he kids got caught tossing firecrackers into the toilet and flushing them. She kinda reminds me of an Aunt I tell a joke to, and she stares at me until I make up an excuse that my phone is buzzing in my pocket.
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”
The movie was garbage water, but Rockwell stole every scene. I think there should be a musical where it’s just him dancing the entire time. If a scene requires depressing dialogue, just have him dancing and doing the splits. He’s majestic.
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”
Janney will take this one without a doubt. I love her so much, but she is a scary monster in this one. Why? She makes you feel bad for Tonya Harding. You probably should feel bad, but she really made you feel bad. Leave her alone, C.J. Cregg!
“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro
Although I want Nolan to win because of his beautiful looking Dunkirk, del Toro will win. Sometimes a person dreams of directing a woman having sex with a fish man. He dreams his weird fetish will win him and Oscar. 2018, everyone.
“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman
Coco is a lock. The Boss Baby being nominated for anything other than a Razzie is humiliating to the entire industry. It’s not just a bad movie, it’s incoherent crap. What, the baby is in the Mom’s stomach, then he disappears with no birth, and he appears at the door wearing a suit? Not to mention this weird baby hierarchy where the babies run the world in a huge office? Are there baby stores? Baby janitors? Baby accountants? Sorry, Coco wins.
“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
This is a tough one. The Disaster Artist is an incredible book that the movie only scratched the surface of. Molly’s Game is a good book, but it suffers from Aaron Sorkin’s predictable writing and cliches. Logan was awesome, but it doesn’t really adapt anything except for Logan being older and having trouble healing. Going to have to give this one to Call Me By Your Name.
“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh
No!!! Four of these are so good. I honestly want The Big Sick, I think it will go to Lady Bird, but Get Out will snagit. I’m just psyched about Kumail Nanjiani finally getting recognized for his talents on such a stage. And Jordan Peele. And Greta Gerwig. Who to root for!?
“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen
Although I loved Dunkirk, Blade Runner 20149 was stunning throughout. Every scene was jaw dropping. Deakins outdid himself. He could take the worst movie script possible and still make it look good.
Best Documentary Feature:
Best Foreign Language Film:
“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)
They’re all great films, but this one really starts simple, then spins out of control. I loved it.
“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory
Baby Driver and Dunkirk because of the incredible narratives. Dunkirk weaves 3 timelines that crash into each other. Baby Driver is a monumental undertaking in editing to time everything just right. It’s a film made to be a music video where every beat of music goes with every piece of dialogue. This is tough. Baby Driver.
Side note: It’ll probably go to The Shape of Water for some odd reason.
“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood
“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick
I think Dunkirk has the sound portion locked. Nolan always seems to get the best people to do that for him. It shows.
“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau
An entire strange world was created in this film where you’re not really sure what year you’re in. The sets and look of the film really makes you appreciate what these people can do.
“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell
As much as I want Dunkirk to win, it won’t. The Shape of Water will win, even though I found the music to be a bit off putting and not matching what was happening in the film.
“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
It’s such a good song. You’ll see when they mostly likely will have a hue show of it at the awards.
“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
The whole movie is about costume design. If this loses, that’s a huge kick in the balls.