Oscar Nominated Films at QUAD

25 January 2018
The 2018 Oscar nominations

Our Film Programmer Adam Marsh casts his eye over this year's Oscar nominations. Here's who he thinks will scoop the top prizes. 

Best picture
Call Me By Your Name; Darkest Hour; Dunkirk; Get Out; Lady Bird; Phantom Thread; The Post; The Shape of Water; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

"I think this feels like this is the year for The Shape of Water to win, but for me both Three Billboards and Lady Bird are real standouts this year."

Best actor
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name; Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread; Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out; Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour; Denzel Washington, Roman J Israel, Esq

"Gary Oldman has been odds on favourite from the start of the awards season and realistically only Daniel Day Lewis is coming close to challenging that at the Oscars."

Best actress

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water; Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Margot Robbie, I, Tonya; Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird; Meryl Streep, The Post

"Once again there are some strong performances here, Sally Hawkins and Saoirse Ronan both getting great notices for their roles but the favourite has to be France McDormand for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri."

Best supporting actress
Mary J Blige, Mudbound; Allison Janney, I, Tonya; Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread; Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird; Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

"There doesn’t seem to be an overwhelming consensus on who should win in this category but I would expect Laurie Metcalf to pick up the statuette in March."

Best supporting actor

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project; Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water; Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World; Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

"A few deserving nods in this category including Willem Defoe’s great job in The Florida Project and Christopher Plummer eleventh hour rescue job in All The Money In The World. But it would be a shock if Sam Rockwell doesn’t pick up his first Oscar." 

Best director
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread; Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water; Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird; Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk; Jordan Peele, Get Out

"A tricky one to predict. The Academy have done the right thing in nominating Greta Gerwig for the great job she did on Lady Bird in contrast to lots of other awards this season, but has she done enough to nab the Oscar from the favourite Guillermo Del Toro. I think Del Toro is pipping her to the post in this category."

Best adapted screenplay
Call Me by Your Name; The Disaster Artist; Logan; Molly’s Game; Mudbound
"Could go many ways but I think Call Me By Your Name is winning this one."
Best original screenplay
The Big Sick; Get Out; Lady Bird; The Shape of Water; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

"I think it is falling in the best picture hurdle but as a consolation Three Billboards will pick up Best Original Screenplay"

Best cinematography
Blade Runner 2049; Darkest Hour; Dunkirk; Mudbound; The Shape of Water

"Another tricky one as this awards have generally snubbed Blade Runner 2049 so it could nab one here…but I would expect the award to fall in line with the Best Picture and go to The Shape Of Water."