The Academy released the complete list of nominations for the 90th Academy Awards bright and early this morning, causing many to make their predictions. But, what does the general audience believe? Below are the 2018 Oscar nominated films and performances in each major category. Respond to each poll to see which 2018 Oscar nominated films and performances rightly deserve to walk away from the ceremony with a shiny, gold trophy!
Nick’s Take: Roger Deakins better win or I might throw something hard and cause a lot of property damage.
Best Visual Effects
Nick’s Take: War for the Planet of the Apes tricked many audiences members into believing that those were real, incredibly well-trained monkeys onscreen. Although a win in this category wouldn’t necessarily give Andy Serkis his Oscar, it might be the closest thing to it (for now).
Best Adapted Screenplay
Nick’s Take: As a lover of Logan, my heart points towards the writers behind that film as the winners for best adapted screenplay. However, my mind says the winner is James Ivory for Call Me by Your Name. When the writer of the book says that the screenplay managed to improve upon the source material, I’d say that’s enough for the trophy (not to mention that Call Me by Your Name is a beautiful meditation on the feeling of true love).
Best Original Screenplay
Nick’s Take: This category might well be the most difficult to predict out of any of the major categories. The most heartwarming choice is The Big Sick and the favorite is probably The Shape of Water, but my choice is Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird.
Best Animated Feature Film
Nick’s Take: Let’s be honest, we all know the correct answer here is Coco. I mean c’mon, The Boss Baby?
As a side note, where’s The Lego Batman Movie? Anyone have any ideas? Anyone? Bueller?
Best Supporting Actress
Nick’s Take: The obvious choice for a lot of people here will probably be Allison Janney as a tiger mom in I, Tonya. However, my pick goes to the more subtle performance from Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird. She was nasty like Janney, but you understood the love she had underneath that tough exterior.
Best Supporting Actor
Nick’s Take: My pick is definitely for Michael Stuhlbarg in Call Me by Your Name. What he did was so profound and…wait. He’s not nominated? That’s ridiculous! I refuse to choose from such a tainted category…
…ehh, I guess I’ll pick Willem Dafoe.
Nick’s Take: Other than the obligatory nomination thrown to Meryl Streep because she’s Meryl Streep, there’s a lot of deserving candidates here. The frontrunner is definitely Frances McDormand, but I’d have to pick Saoirse Ronan. She was just so darn pleasant as Lady Bird but also managed to appear very vulnerable and hilarious. Also, it be pretty funny to see whatever Golden Age actor they have announcing the category stumble over the pronunciation of her name.
Nick’s Take: It appears as if this category is becoming a two-horse race between Gary Oldman and Timothee Chalamet with Oldman in the lead. However, my choice goes to Daniel Day-Lewis for Phantom Thread. Day-Lewis showed how understated he could become as Reynolds Woodcock, operating without a pulse until he would explode on co-star Vicky Krieps.
I’ll probably get accused of being too artsy for that choice. Oh well…
Nick’s Take: Although I desperately would like to see Greta Gerwig walk away with a win here, I think the right choice is Jordan Peele for Get Out. His work crafting some incredibly subtle moments, creating a great theater-going experience, and getting great performances out of lesser known actors are unbelievable feats.
Who would have thought that the guy who did a great Obama impersonation would ever become an Oscar-nominated director?
Nick’s Take: This one comes down to personal preference more than any of the other categories. As for this critic, Call Me by Your Name transcended the medium into something truly special. That being said, it’s still a toss-up between that film and Lady Bird with Phantom Thread in third place.
Maybe I’ll just vote three times to avoid the added stress of choosing between the 2018 Oscar nominated films.
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