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Oscars 2018: What we think will win and what should win at the 90th Academy Awards tonight

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As I mentioned in my write-up of the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, for the past four years, the winner of Best Feature at the Spirit Awards has gone on to win the prestigious Best Picture at the Oscars. This trend began with 12 Years a Slave in 2014 and continued with Birdman, Spotlight, and Moonlight in subsequent years.

With Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out winning Best Feature at the Spirit Awards yesterday, it should certainly be interesting to see whether or not the film continues this trend tonight at the Oscars, despite many industry experts predicting that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri or The Shape of Water will pick up Best Picture.

Ahead of what is inarguably the biggest night in Hollywood, below are my final predictions (and who I think should win) for all of the major categories. We’ll find out how accurate these picks are when the 90th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.

Get Out

Best Picture

Will win: Get Out

Should win: Call Me by Your Name

Guillermo del Toro directing Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in "The Shape of Water."

Best Director

Will win: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water

Should win: Jordan Peele for Get Out

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Best Actor

Will win: Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour

Should win: Timothée Chalamet for Call Me by Your Name

Best Actress

Will win: Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Should win: Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird

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Best Supporting Actor

Will win: Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Should win: Richard Jenkins for The Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actress

Will win: Allison Janney for I, Tonya

Should win: Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird

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Best Original Screenplay

Will win: Jordan Peele for Get Out

Should win: Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird

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Best Adapted Screenplay

Will win: James Ivory for Call Me by Your Name

Should win: James Ivory for Call Me by Your Name

Best Animated Feature Film

Will win: Coco

Should win: Loving Vincent

Best Foreign Language Film

Will win: A Fantastic Woman

Should win: A Fantastic Woman

Best Documentary Feature

Will win: Icarus

Should win: Faces Places

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Best Cinematography

Will win: Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049

Should win: Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049

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Best Costume Design

Will win: Mark Bridges for Phantom Thread

Should win: Mark Bridges for Phantom Thread

Margot Robbie in I, Tonya.

Best Film Editing

Will win: Tatiana S. Riegel for I, Tonya

Should win: Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos for Baby Driver

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Will win: Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick for Darkest Hour

Should win: Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick for Darkest Hour

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Best Original Score

Will win: Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water

Should win: Jonny Greenwood for Phantom Thread

Best Original Song

Will win: “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman – Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Should win: “Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name – Music and Lyrics by Sufjan Stevens

Best Production Design

Will win: Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer for Blade Runner 2049

Should win: Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer for Blade Runner 2049

Best Sound Editing

Will win: Richard King and Alex Gibson for Dunkirk

Should win: Richard King and Alex Gibson for Dunkirk

Dunkirk

Best Sound Mixing

Will win: Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, and Gary A. Rizzo for Dunkirk

Should win: Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin, and Mary H. Ellis for Baby Driver

Best Visual Effects

Will win: Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon, and Joel Whist for War for the Planet of the Apes

Should win: John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, and Richard R. Hoover for Blade Runner 2049

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Matt Damon is reteaming with his ‘Ford v Ferrari’ director James Mangold for ‘The Force’

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Nearly 14 years after starring in Martin Scorsese‘s brilliant Infernal Affairs remake The Departed, Matt Damon is set to head back into crooked cop movie territory with his Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold.

According to Deadline, Damon is attached to play the lead role of Denny Malone in Mangold’s adaptation of Don Winslow’s 2017 best-selling novel The Force, which is a pretty damn good read if you haven’t gotten around to it yet.

In the book, Malone — a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant — is the dirtiest of dirty cops, having stolen millions of dollars worth of cash and narcotics in the wake of one of the biggest heroin busts in the history of New York City.

Little does Malone know, though, that the feds are hot on his tail “and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the job, his family and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all,” as the book’s official synopsis puts it.

David Mamet wrote and turned in the first draft of the script for The Force in 2017, but Mangold is currently in the middle of a rewrite with his Logan collaborator Scott Frank, so I suppose we’ll see how that turns out.

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Production begins on Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett

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Production is officially underway on Guillermo del Toro’s star-studded new project Nightmare Alley, which features one hell of an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in the leading roles.

An adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley follows Stanton “Stan” Carlisle (Cooper), a young and ambitious con man who teams up with a female psychiatrist (Blanchett) for a mentalist act, only to realize that she’s even more corrupt than he is.

Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, David Strathairn, Jim Beaver, and Mark Povinelli round out the film’s cast, with del Toro alumni such as Ron Perlman and Richard Jenkins also said to be in talks to join.

Leonardo DiCaprio was initially supposed to play Cooper’s role but was forced to bow out earlier this year as production on Nightmare Alley would’ve conflicted with that of Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, which stars DiCaprio alongside Robert De Niro and is expected to begin shooting in the spring.

No word yet on when Searchlight Pictures plans on releasing Nightmare Alley, but stay tuned for more info on that.

Excited to start shooting today on our new adventure NIGHTMARE ALLEY with @RealGDT and many of our regular gang. pic.twitter.com/lzPHhXpppI

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Phoenix: Warner Bros. invites you to an advance screening of Cathy Yan’s ‘Birds of Prey’

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Warner Bros. will release Birds of Prey on February 7 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in Phoenix can click on this link right now to enter to free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Birds of Prey happening at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Winners for this contest will be selected and notified on Monday, February 3 via email. Good luck! Below is the official trailer for Birds of Prey as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Cathy Yan

Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor

Opens: Friday, February 7

Rating: R for strong violence and language throughout, and some sexual and drug material

Synopsis: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.

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