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.
Will win: Get Out
Should win: Call Me by Your Name
Will win: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
Should win: Jordan Peele for Get Out
Will win: Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour
Should win: Timothée Chalamet for Call Me by Your Name
Will win: Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Should win: Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird
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
Best Original Screenplay
Will win: Jordan Peele for Get Out
Should win: Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird
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
Will win: Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049
Should win: Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049
Best Costume Design
Will win: Mark Bridges for Phantom Thread
Should win: Mark Bridges for Phantom Thread
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
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
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
Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson have joined the cast of Christopher Nolan’s next film
Just one day after it was revealed that John David Washington had been cast as the lead in Christopher Nolan’s mysterious next film, Variety is back again with some more very exciting casting news regarding this project.
According to the trade, Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson have also joined the cast of the yet-to-titled film, which is set to be released on July 17, 2020, so mark your calendars accordingly, folks.
While not much is known about the project since it still in the early stages at this point, one insider told Variety that the film is “a massive, innovative action blockbuster” and, like many of Nolan’s previous films, will once again be shown in big, beautiful IMAX.
Debicki absolutely stole the show in Steve McQueen’s star-studded female heist thriller Widows last November and Pattinson has been taking on so many incredibly interesting, complex roles in recent years with films like Safdie brothers’ Good Time and, more recently, Claire Denis’ High Life.
With those two now on board a project that already has the likes of Christopher Nolan and John David Washington involved, I’m already 100% sold on this movie even though I literally no idea what the hell it’s about or what it’s even called. When do tickets go on sale?
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ teaser trailer reveals Tarantino’s star-studded ninth film
Yes, the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is finally here. Yes, it’s fucking incredible and everything I was hoping it would be. Yes, I take back everything I said about that god-awful poster Sony released a few days ago. No, I will not stop clicking the replay button.
It’s the summer of 1969 in good ol’ Los Angeles, California where Western TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) are struggling to navigate their way through a Hollywood that they hardly recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor: actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).
While we don’t get to see much of Robbie in this trailer, we do get a hell of a lot of DiCaprio and Pitt, who appear to be having a blast in their respective roles, especially the latter, who we see getting a Kung Fu lesson from Bruce Lee (Mike Moh) at one point—that line about manslaughter damn near killed me!
With a cast that also includes the likes of Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Nicholas Hammond, Luke Perry, Clifton Collins, Keith Jefferson, and Emile Hirsch, it’s tough not to be excited for Tarantino’s latest, which may have just skyrocketed to the top of my most anticipated for the rest of the year list thanks to this trailer.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit theaters on July 26. You can check out the newly released trailer below.
John David Washington has landed the lead role in Christopher Nolan’s untitled 2020 event film
Let the hype begin: Variety is reporting that Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington has been tapped to star in Christopher Nolan’s secretive new film, with production on the project expected to get underway in the coming months.
According to the story, “Nolan recently finished the script for the movie and Warner Bros. quickly dated it for July 17, 2020,” but, as you can imagine, with this being a Nolan film and all, plot details are being kept very tightly under wraps at the moment.
What we do know is that the film is being described “as a massive, innovative action blockbuster,” which puts to rest those rumors we heard in recent weeks about it being some romantic thriller of sorts. Oh, and did we mention this thing is going to be shown in IMAX? Because this thing is going to be shown in IMAX.
As for Washington’s role, well, we don’t really know much about that either, but Variety does mention that “the gig has become one of the more highly coveted in town,” which makes me so very happy for John David Washington. The dude absolutely killed it in BlacKkKlansman and deserves this opportunity 100%.
That’s all we have for you right now regarding Nolan’s latest, but be sure to stay tuned for any future developments that might come across our desk. You definitely don’t want to be in the dark when it comes to this one.