Oscars Betting and Predictions 2018

The Oscars is a yearly celebration of the American film industry. It comprises of twenty-four awards for technical and artistic merits in film. The Oscars are awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in order to give recognition to those who have made achievements in in cinematography. There are multiple categories winners who will receive a golden statuette that was created by George Stanley and is commonly referred to as “Oscar”.

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The Oscars are held every year during the first week of March. The   Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The Dolby Theatre was originally called the Kodak Theatre was renamed to the Dolby Theatre after the Kodak company filed bankruptcy in 2012 and Dolby Laboratories signed a twenty year deal for naming rights.

The Oscar Winners list :

Best Director – Guillermo del Toro

Best Picture – The Shape of Water

Best Actor – Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best Supporting Actor – Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actress – Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actress – Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Best Documentary Feature- Icarus

Best Foreign Language Film- A Fantastic Woman (Chile)

Best Original Song – “Remember Me” from Coco, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

Best Original Screenplay – Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best Adapted Screenplay – James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name

Best Original Song – “Remember Me” from Coco, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

Best Original Score – Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water

Best Live Action Short Film – Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton, The Silent Child

Best Documentary Short Subject – Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Best Animated Short – Dear Basketball, Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant

Best Sound Editing – Alex Gibson, Richard King, Dunkirk

Best Sound Mixin – Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Dunkirk

Best Production Design – Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau and Jeffrey Melvin, The Shape of Water

Makeup and Hair – Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick, Darkest Hour

Costume Design- Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread

Visual Effects – John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer, Blade Runner 2049

The yearly lead up to the Oscars is one that many look forward to and one that generates an equal amount of press and attention as the SAG awards and, for those in the U.K, the BAFTA Awards. Nominees are announced in January each year. In previous years, this was carried out in front of journalists and publicists however in 2018; the Academy chose to change its format and create its own presentation in-house and stream it live via its website. Votes for the nominees are submitted prior to the announcement, and the March 4th ceremony will mark the joyous celebration for winners and a less celebratory evening for those who were not selected.

Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the Oscars, the 90th to date once again. This will be his second time hosting the prestigious awards show. For Kimmel, he claims hosting the night is a highlight of his career and is looking forward to another monologue that is sure to have some attendees a little nervous and worried about being singled out, as it tradition for the host to do.

Betting on Oscar Predictions:

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The Oscars is always an exciting time for afficiadoes of film. It gives us time to reflect on the movies we have watched over the year and recall how they affected us, brought us joy and took us to places we do not get to experience in our everyday lives. It is that celebration that is what defines the Oscars, and it is the directors, writers and actors portrayal of characters that Oscars night is about.

Below, we have added a full list of Oscar nominations 2018 our a list of our Oscar betting and predictions 2018 for who we think will win for the respective category. We have also included a table with the latest Oscar odds. The evening of March 4th will tell us if we have chosen correctly, but suffice to say, we are confident in our choices.


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Best Picture   

This year’s competition for Best Picture is a hot contention and popular with those looking at Oscar betting. The Post, Dunkirk and Get Out all were each nominated, however, it is the Darkest Hour that gets our prediction as the one that will take home the Oscar. The portrayal of Winston Churchill by Gary Oldman as he depicted Churchill’s early days as Prime Minister was outstanding. Whether this is your type of movie or not, we expect it will get many nods from the Academy voters.

Other nominees in this category include:

“Call Me by Your Name”


“Get Out”

“Lady Bird”

“Phantom Thread”

“The Post”

“The Shape of Water”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Director

As expected, many of those that received the nod for Best Picture are nominated in the Best Director category. Our prediction for the Best Director is Guillermo del Toro for his work directing The Shape of Water. When you consider the impact of the movie and it already going home with the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award, it seems almost a sure thing.

Other nominees in this category include:

“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson

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Best Actor

This is always another highly contested category that generates buzz. In our opinion, there are two clear front-runners; Gary Oldman for his portrayal of Churchill and Timothée Chalamet for his performance in Call Me by Your Name. Yet for us, it is Gary Oldman we feel will win the Best Actor category.

Other nominees in this category include:

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Best Actress

The Best Actress category is always on people’s radar when it comes to the Oscars. Two notable nods this year go to Maryl Steep for her role in The Post, and Frances McDormand for her’s in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. At this stage, we feel Meryl Steep will be victorious as her portrayal of Katherine Graham, the owner of the Post and Washington socialite.

Other nominees in this category include:

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”

Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”


Best Supporting Actor

The Best Supporting Actor category has a number of favourites this year. Once again Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is generating buzz for Sam Rockwell’s portrayal of Jason Dixon as is Willem Dafoe work as Bobby Hicks in The Florida Project. Our prediction is Sam Rockwell will be awarded the Oscar as he is considered one of the more versatile actors and his performance was authentic, believable and intense.

Other nominees in this category include:

Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”

Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Supporting Actress

Laurie Metcalf has long been undervalued in our opinion, and it is refreshing to see her receiving such high praise for her portrayal of the mother of a troubled high schooler played by Saoirse Ronan. While others may feel Allison Janney may take the Oscar, we are standing ground with our prediction for Metcalf.

Other nominees in this category include:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”

Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”

Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Best Original Screenplay

This year’s Oscar nominations clearly favour a handful of films and several in the Best Original Screenplay category standout. The Shape of Water and Lady Bird are among our favourites, but for us, The Shape of Water is one most favoured to win for its plot that follows the life of a mute custodian as he carries out his duties at the secure government laboratory.

Other nominees in this category include:

“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh

Best Adapted Screenplay

One of the more prestigious awards in the United States, this years list of nominees include several top contenders. Our prediction favours Call Me By Your Name, but we also feel Molly’s Game is a strong favourite. Yet, for us, Call Me By Your Name will come out on top for its adaption of the Andre Aciman novel of the same name.

Other nominees in this category include:

“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Best Animated Feature Film

Always an entertaining category, the Best Animated Film nominees enter in a unique world of creation and character building as they lend voices to the characters that fill us with laughter and emotions into their special worlds of creativity. Our favourites for 2018 is none other than Pixar’s Coco, a wonderful look into the life of 12-year-old Miguel Rivera as he ventures off to the land of the dead and gets help from his beloved Grandfather.

Other nominees in this category include:

“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito

“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo

“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha

“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Best Foreign Language Film

This is often a category that does not generate too much buzz for many viewers but does have a loyal following for those who enjoy movies from other countries. Favoured to win is this year A Fantastic Women, produced in Chili, it follows the lives of Orlando and Marian, a couple in love preparing for their lives together.

Other nominees in this category include:

“The Insult” (Lebanon)

“Loveless” (Russia)

“On Body and Soul (Hungary)

“The Square” (Sweden)

Other categories and the predictions of winner, without any explanation:

Best Documentary – Feature   

Documentaries never seem to get the recognition so often deserved, but is a category that many find alluring. A few of our favourites for this year include Strong Island and Icarus; Strong Island focuses on the Jim Crow South and his struggles of racial discrimination as he makes his way to New York City. Icarus is vastly different with it chronicling Barry Folgel and his struggle whether to dope to win a bicycle race. Our pick is leaning towards Strong Island, a story well worth its wieght.

Other nominees in this category include:

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman

“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda

“Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen

Best Documentary – Short Subject

Not to be outdone, the Best Documentary – Short Subject category has some serious contenders to win this year. Heroin is a fan favourite and ours as well,  as it deals with a subject often left unsaid but is one that affects the lives of many. Next favoured is Edith+Eddie, a story about America’s two oldest bi-racial couple. We predict Heroin will take the Oscar in this category.

Other nominees in this category include:

“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel

“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon

“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film   

This year’s nominees for the Best Live Action Short Film category is an eccentric bunch, with favourites clearly showing DeKalb Elementary and The Silent Child. For us, we think DeKalb Elementary will come out on top.

Other nominees in this category include:

“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson

“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.

“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Animated Short Film

The Best Animated Short Film always garners a few laughs and this year is no exception. Favoured to win is Lou, our top choice as well as the critics. However, not to be forgotten is Dear Basketball, another front runner for the Oscar this year.

Other nominees in this category include:

“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon

“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Best Original Score   

The Best Orginal Score is a nod to the composers and the hard work and dedication they put into making soundtracks that set the mood and stage for many of the best films every year. This year prediction has us favouring Dunkirk and Star Wars: The Lasy Jedi, yet, we feel it will be Dunkirk that outshines the famed Star Wars series.

Other nominees in this category include:

“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer

“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood

“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Best Original Song

Orginal songs in movies often carry a movie to a new level leaving movie goers humming along as they go. For us, it was this year Mudbound’s Mighty River by Mary J. Blige that gets the nod. Of course, we also favour Remember Me from Coco, but Mary is our girl.

Other nominees in this category include:

“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens

“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common

“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Best Sound Editing   

Another category that fails to generate much fanfare, the Best Sound Editing category should not be looked over as it is the skill of technicians that make the difference. This year, we are favouring Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Dunkirk, but feel Star Wars: The Last Jedi will get the Oscar.

Other nominees in this category include:

“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green

“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King

“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira

Best Sound Mixing

Mixing of sounds is no small task, and one many fail to recognise in the films they come to love. Again, Dunkirk is favoured to win and we concur wholeheartedly. Next nods go to Baby Driver, but our money is on Dunkirk.

Other nominees in this category include:

“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill

“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Best Production Design   

The design of movie sets have such an impact and can, in many cases, make or break a scenes authenticity. This year The Shape of Water is being heralded as the top runner as is Dunkirk, but in this case, we think Dunkirk will see The Shape of Water being victorious.

Other nominees in this category include:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer

“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

Best Cinematography

Again, the list of nominees sounds like a broken record with The Shape of Wate, The Darkest Hour and Dunkirk all being nominated. The top runner for the Oscar trophy is Dunkirk in our minds.

Other nominees in this category include:

“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins

“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison

Best Makeup and Hairstyling   

When you consider the transformations many actors go through to give credibility to their characters, the make-up artists deserve to be recognised for the miracles they produce. While Victoria and Abdul are nominated, so to is the Darkest Hour, we feel it is the latter that will win the Oscar.

Other nominees in this category include:

“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

Best Costume Design

Costume design is one of those areas that gives credibility to a movie based its era in time and is one that often leads to actor credibility in their efforts to effectively portray the characters we come to love. This year’s nominees all deserve to win, but one stands out above the others, and for us, that prediction  is Beauty and the Beast,

Other nominees in this category include:

“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran

“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges

“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira

“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

Best Film Editing

Film editing is a labour in love for those deemed with its task and is deserving of recognition. All five of this year’s standout films were nominated but we feel Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri deserves the Oscar this time out.

Other nominees in this category include:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss

“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith

“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel

“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky

Best Visual Effects

Visual effects in today’s movies are mind blowing, and with the likes of Blade Runner 2049 and War for the Planet of the Apes both nominated, we believe the latter will come out the winner as its produced a long list of outstanding visual effects that left audiences thrilled.

Other nominees in this category include:

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick

“Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan

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