Year in Advance Academy Award predictions

There’s no rest for the weary. As the Oscar winning film Crazy Heart once said in its signature song, “this ain’t no place for the weary kind”. Yes, less than a week after the 90th Academy Awards, I’m already bringing you year in advance predictions. Almost exactly a year ago, I did this (as you’ll also see below, but more on that in a bit), so that’s sort of what you do in early March when the most recent show is in the rearview mirror and you need something to look forward to. Plus, it’s just plain fun. This is always a pleasure, and good for a laugh a year later, if nothing else. At this early juncture, it’s all guesswork, but some potential contenders do stick out to me. The ones prominently mentioned below include Damien Chazelle’s La La Land follow up First Man, Adam McKay’s Backseat, Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner (Reitman also has Tully as one to keep an eye on), and of course Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. Throw in Ryan Coogler’s sensation that is Black Panther and there are plenty of contenders to sift through, sight unseen (with the exception of Black Panther). Also worth keeping an eye out for, we have possible players like Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York, Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, James Gray’s Ad Astra, Luca Guadagnino’s Rio, Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, Spike Lee’s Black Klansman, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Steve McQueen’s Widows, Bryan Singer’s (or at least sort of his) Bohemian Rhapsody, and many more. For the moment, it’s all guesswork, since nothing really has been seen, and everything is a hypothetical. For comparison this is what my year in advance predictions looked like around this time last year: BEST PICTURE 1. Dunkirk 2. Mother! 3. Darkest Hour 4. Untitled Kathryn Bigelow Detroit Riots Movie 5. Molly’s Game 6. Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project 7. The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara 8. Downsizing 9. Battle of the Sexes 10. The Current War Next in line: 11. Triple Frontier 12. Call Me By Your Name 13. The Greatest Showman 14. Mudbound 15. Star Wars: The Last Jedi 16. Mary Madelene 17. Untitled Dick Cheney Biopic 18. Stronger 19. Tully 20. Wind River 21. Thank You For Your Service 22. Wonderstruck 23. Chappaquiddick 24. Wonder Wheel 25. Logan BEST DIRECTOR 1. Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk 2. Darren Aronofsky – Mother! 3. Kathryn Bigelow – Untitled Kathryn Bigelow Detroit Riots Movie 4. Joe Wright – Darkest Hour 5. [...]

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