Update: 15/24! Not bad for a year when things were supposed to be unpredictable. *are correct answers. Also, apparently I didn’t make a guess for Best Director. Let’s just say I picked GDT and got that one too…
Best Picture:By all accounts, this is a complete toss-up. If I had to guess, I’d say The Shape of Water.*
Best Actress: Again, by almost all accounts, the acting categories are pretty much locked up. Who am I to argue? Frances McDormand.*
Best Actor: Sir Winston Churchill, for his brilliant performance as Gary Oldman, for which he wore a ton of prosthetics and lost a ton of weight.*
Best Supporting Actress: Alison Janney*
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell*
Best Original Screenplay: Get Out*
Best Adapted Screenplay: I’d heard a lot of buzz around Call Me By Your Name, but this is the only category where it doesn’t look like it has strong competition.*
Best Animated Feature: Oh look. Pixar made another jaw-dropping masterpiece. Here, have another Oscar for Coco.*
Best Foreign Language Film: I saw someone make an unenthusiastic defense of The Square on Twitter, so let’s go with that.
Best Documentary Feature: I really liked Icarus, which starts out as a story about sports and doping, and then turns into a full-fledged political thriller. Check it out on Netflix.*
Best Documentary Short: This is one of those categories where I choose the most intriguing title: Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405.*
Best Live Action Short: *Pulls name out of hat.* DeKalb Elementary.
Best Animated Short: Another intriguing title: Negative Space.
Best Original Score: The Shape of Water*
Best Original Song: Again, I heard some news about “Mystery of Love” from Call Me By Your Name, so let’s go with that.
Best Sound Editing: These technical categories are the ones that always mess me up. More so than the others, I mean. Let’s say Baby Driver.
Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk. A little more high-brow than Star Wars, but still with lots of opportunities for crashing, shooting, and exploding. I hope it’s not Blade Runner 2049. That was mixed so loud I thought it was going to break the theater.*
Best Production Design: Hmmm. Period sets in Beauty and the Beast? Or Futuristic sets in Blade Runner 2049? Blade Runner 2049.
Best Cinematography: The Shape of Water. Sorry, Roger Deakins. It’s still not your year. (Update: I am really glad to get this one wrong. Congratulations, Roger Deakins!)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour. Why do you think Gary Oldman won his Oscar?*
Best Costume Design: The Shape of Water. Yes, that fish man was just a costume.
Best Film Editing: Dunkirk. Normally, I’ve found the editing in action scenes from Christopher Nolan’s movies to be choppy and illegible. But it seems like telling such a stripped down story has focused his team– Dunkirk is my favorite movie he’s directed, and I think it’s the best edited.*
Best Visual Effects: There was a lot of cool stuff in Blade Runner 2049. But War for the Planet of the Apes seems to have made lots of advances in their motion capture gear. Hmm. Blade Runner 2049.*