2018 Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions


Tomorrow is my version of Christmas. I get up early in the morning, giddy with excitement, and I wait for catharsis after a year’s worth of anticipation. Will I get what I want? Will my heart break into a thousand pieces if I don’t?

Arguably, Oscar nomination day is better than the awards show itself. By that time, the frontrunners have already been identified and its fairly boring to watch the same folks win again and again. (Last year’s Best Picture fiasco notwithstanding.) Watching the Oscar noms telecast is witnessing the true snubs and surprises of the year.

Here are my Oscar predictions for the major categories:

Best Picture

  • The Big Sick
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Dunkirk
  • The Florida Project
  • Get Out
  • I, Tonya
  • Lady Bird
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


  • Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
  • Jordan Peele (Get Out)
  • Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
  • Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
  • Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)
  • James Franco (The Disaster Artist)
  • Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
  • Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Actress in a Leading Role

  • 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)
Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)
  • Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name)
  • Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  • Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World)
  • Samuel Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
  • Hong Chau (Downsizing)
  • Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
  • Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
  • Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)
Writing (Original Screenplay)
  • The Big Sick (Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani)
  • Get Out (Jordan Peele)
  • I, Tonya (Steven Rogers)
  • Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)
  • The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor) 

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • Call Me by Your Name (James Ivory)
  • The Disaster Artist (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber)
  • Logan (Scott Frank, James Mangold. & Michael Green)
  • Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin)
  • Mudbound (Virgil Williams and Dee Rees)


  • Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)
  • Bruno Delbonnel (Darkest Hour)
  • Hoyte van Hoytema (Dunkirk)
  • Rachel Morrison (Mudbound)
  • Dan Laustsen (The Shape of Water)


  • Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss (Baby Driver)
  • Lee Smith (Dunkirk)
  • Gregory Plotkin (Get Out)
  • Sidney Wolinsky (The Shape of Water)
  • Jon Gregory (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Animated Feature Film 
  • Boss Baby
  • The Breadwinner 
  • Coco
  • The Lego Batman Movie 
  • Loving Vincent 

Foreign Language Film

  • A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
  • Foxtrot (Israel)
  • The Insult (Lebanon)
  • In the Fade (Germany)
  • The Square (Sweden)

Documentary (Feature) 

  • Chasing Coral
  • Faces, Places 
  • Human Flow 
  • Jane
  • Strong Island 


One Comment Add yours

  1. You should’ve done a follow-up post examining the accuracy of your predictions!

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