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
With their case diminishing, prosecutors drop sexual assault charges against Kevin Spacey
With their case against Kevin Spacey diminishing, Nantucket prosecutors asked Wednesday for charges to be dropped against the actor, who had been facing a felony charge for the alleged sexual assault of the teenage son of a former Boston TV news anchor in 2016.
In a document filed in the Nantucket District Court, Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said he was filing a “nolle prosequi,” which, in a criminal case, is an admission that the charges against the defendant cannot be proven. O’Keefe cited the “unavailability of the complaining witness” as his reason for the dismissal of the case.
O’Keefe’s decision to drop the charges against Spacey is not a particularly surprising one. During an evidentiary hearing last week, Spacey’s accuser refused to testify about what happened to a missing cellphone containing text messages — and possibly video — the night the alleged assault took place.
When asked if he knew that he could be charged with a felony should an investigation find that he had tampered with or destroyed evidence on the phone, Spacey’s accuser invoked the Fifth Amendment and was unwilling to continue his testimony, according to The New York Times.
The accuser’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, said in a statement that the accuser and his family “have shown an enormous amount of courage under difficult circumstances,” and added that he will not be commenting on the case any further at this time.
Spacey’s lawyer, Alan Jackson, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In December, just moments before the news of the felony charge against Spacey broke, the actor posted to YouTube a bizarre video in which he appears as his character Frank Underwood from the Netflix series House of Cards and says he is “certainly not going to pay the price for the thing I didn’t do.”
Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu lead a band of grifting strippers in the ‘Hustlers’ trailer
STX Films has released the first trailer for Hustlers, the upcoming stripper comedy featuring an all-star cast that includes the likes of Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Mercedes Ruehl, and Cardi B.
Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film follows a group of savvy former strip club employees who come together to turn the tables on their unsuspecting, money-grubbing Wall Street clients.
“These Wall Street guys — you see what they did to this country? They stole from everybody,” Lopez’s character says. “Hard-working people lost everything and not one of these douchebags go to jail. The game is rigged and it does not reward people who play by the rules. It’s like robbing a bank; except you get the keys.”
Scafaria based Hustlers on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article titled “Hustlers at Scores,” which tells the real-life story of a band of New York City strippers scamming their wealthy clients out of thousands of dollars before eventually being caught by authorities.
In addition to starring in the film, Lopez also serves as a producer on Hustlers alongside Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, Jessica Elbaum, Benny Medina, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay. The film is a co-production between STX and Annapurna.
Hustlers will open in theaters on September 13.
Taika Waititi signs on to direct ‘Thor 4’ as the live-action ‘Akira’ movie gets delayed indefinitely
In a move that will force him to put the highly anticipated live-action adaptation of Akira on the backburner indefinitely, Taika Waititi has officially closed a deal to direct Thor 4 for Marvel Studios, sources tell Silver Screen Beat.
The development is a rather surprising one considering Akira — which has been in development at Warner Bros. ever since the studio acquired the rights to the popular Japanese manga in 2002 — was as close as it ever was to getting made.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, pre-production on Akira had been moving along smoothly — despite some concerns with the script that were later resolved — and Waititi had been meeting with and testing young Japanese actors for roles in the film as part of a worldwide search for talent.
But now that the project has experienced yet another major setback, execs can only hope that Waititi will pick up where he left off once he completes Thor 4, which will once again see Chris Hemsworth reprise his role as the titular God of Thunder.
Waititi is currently prepping to hop on the fall festival circuit with his World War II-era satire Jojo Rabbit, which he wrote, directed, and stars in alongside Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Rebel Wilson, and Sam Rockwell. Fox Searchlight will release the film on October 18.