Updated Academy Award predictions as voting is going on

In just a few days, ballots for the 90th Academy Award will be due, which means that now is literally the most crucial point in the season. If a screener is going to be watched, it’s going to be watched today. The voters I’m in contact with still have things to see, so you best believe that last minute viewings are occurring. For certain titles that might end up missing when nominations are announced, it could be in part due to not enough Academy members giving it a shot. Time will tell there, but for now, we’re trying to figure out what Oscar is about to do. Below you can see an up to date look at the race. Focusing in on Best Picture for this preview, there are essentially 11 films in the running for however many slots the Academy ends up having this year. How that goes will impact everything else down the line. In terms of possible winners, it’s a four horse race between Get Out, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. There’s potentially an upset chance with The Post, but it has suffered enough during the precursors that wins may be hard to come by. Ballots are due on Friday, so it’s very much crunch time… Here now are my updated Oscar predictions: BEST PICTURE 1. Lady Bird 2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 3. Get Out 4. The Shape of Water 5. The Post 6. Dunkirk 7. The Big Sick 8. I, Tonya 9. Call Me By Your Name 10. The Florida Project Next in line: 11. Mudbound 12. Molly’s Game 13. Phantom Thread 14. Baby Driver 15. Darkest Hour 16. Blade Runner 2049 17. All the Money in the World 18. The Disaster Artist 19. Star Wars: The Last Jedi 20. Detroit 21. Battle of the Sexes 22. Logan 23. Last Flag Flying 24. Hostiles 25. Downsizing 26. mother! 27. Stronger 28. Wonderstruck 29. Coco 30. Wonder Woman BEST DIRECTOR 1. Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water 2. Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk 3. Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird 4. Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 5. Jordan Peele – Get Out Next in line: 6. Steven Spielberg – The Post 7. Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name 8. Sean Baker – The Florida Project 9. Dee Rees – Mudbound 10. Craig Gillespie – I, Tonya 11. Joe Wright – Darkest Hour 12. Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread 13. Denis Villeneuve – Blade [...]

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