By: Joseph Kathmann with a special contribution in the animated features section from Peter Kosanovich
It's Oscar season! My favorite time of year, and I'm glad it's in full swing. This year's batch of Oscar nominees were a pretty solid overall list, (check out my initial reactions here) but now it's time to talk about my favorites within each category. So sit back, take notes, (least with the "who's the favorite" part....the "who deserves it" section doesn't mean much) and enjoy my complete list of predictions for the 2018 Academy Awards!
As usual, this list goes in reverse alphabetical order, (up through the acting/directing/picture awards) and each award has two picks: a "who deserves it" pick, which is my favorite in the category, and a "who's the favorite" pick, which is based off Vegas odds found at this site. Those guys out in Vegas look at who won at the awards shows preceding the Oscars and do have a pretty good success rate, so if you want to win your local Oscar pool, take a look at those. See? Being way too into this has its benefits, right?
Writing: Original Screenplay
Writing: Adapted Screenplay
Short FIlm, Live Action
Short Film, Animated
Makeup and Hairstyling
Foreign Language Film
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Well, friends, there you have it! My complete predictions for this year's Academy Awards! Hope you enjoyed the ride. While I do have way more fun than I should writing these predictions, I think it's important to remember that, at the end of the day, these awards do not matter. I can barely remember who won Best Actress in 2017, (It was Emma Stone. I remembered after about 20 seconds. I know who won Best Actor because he was accused of sexual harassment and poor Brie Larson, who won for portraying an abused woman the year prior, had to hand him the award. Least Casey Affleck won't be presenting this year!) and I'll be saying the same thing next year. It's all for fun. Just.....don't give the award for Best Actor to Gary Oldman, PLEASE. Let's not go 2 straight years with giving Best Actor to men with questionable pasts, can we? Please? Thank you. Anyway, thanks for reading, guys. Y'all rock! My full recap of 2017 will continue tomorrow with my favorite movie moments of the year, so stay tuned!
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