A December Oscar predictions update

It’s just about time to kick things into a whole new gear. That’s right, I’m talking about weekly updates to my Academy Award predictions. Considering how we’re in the final month of 2017, it’s apt. These are the last days of the current calendar year, so anything hoping to get Oscar love had better reveal itself soon. Aside from potentially All the Money in the World, The Greatest Showman, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, everything has been seen, embargo or no embargo. This will all change in the next week or so, which is exciting. Crunch time folks! That’s where we’re at now. Below are a completely new set of picks, utilizing some critics groups wins (New York and Los Angeles), the National Board of Review citations, and some thoughts about what the Golden Globes will do next week (final Globe predictions will be up on Friday). What you’ll see here is that reflection, as well as some general hunches on my part. Notably, I’ve at least temporarily gone out on a limb and put Lady Bird into the number one spot for Best Picture. That may change, but for the moment, that’s where I’m at. Other changes across the board can be seen, so let us cut to the chase and get down to brass tacks… Here now are my latest Oscar predictions: BEST PICTURE 1. Lady Bird 2. Dunkirk 3. The Post 4. Call Me By Your Name 5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 6. The Shape of Water 7. The Florida Project 8. Get Out 9. Darkest Hour 10. I, Tonya Next in line: 11. Mudbound 12. Phantom Thread 13. The Disaster Artist 14. The Big Sick 15. Last Flag Flying 16. Star Wars: The Last Jedi 17. Battle of the Sexes 18. Blade Runner 2049 19. Molly’s Game 20. Detroit 21. The Greatest Showman 22. Downsizing 23. mother! 24. Wonder Woman 25. All the Money in the World 26. Stronger 27. Wonderstruck 28. Logan 29. Coco 30. Wonder Wheel BEST DIRECTOR 1. Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk 2. Steven Spielberg – The Post 3. Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water 4. Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird 5. Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name Next in line: 6. Joe Wright – Darkest Hour 7. Sean Baker – The Florida Project 8. Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 9. Jordan Peele – Get Out 10. Dee Rees – Mudbound 11. Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread 12. Craig Gillespie – I, Tonya 13. [...]

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