Oscar 2018 Best Picture Nomination Predictions

By: Alice Russell

With the 2018 Academy Awards quickly approaching, it’s time to start making bets on who’s going to get nominated for the most prestigious award of the night, best picture. Here are some of the movies that has been getting some Oscar buzz. Which will make the cut?

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has been a favorite so far this awards season, taking home 68 total wins and 152 nominations from esteemed organizations like the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Screen Actors Guild, among many others. Three Billboards follows the story of a woman who purchases three billboards (guess what town they’re outside of) to call out the police chief for not investigating her daughter’s murder thoroughly enough. Three Billboards has met with some backlash, however, for its portrayal of a racist police officer and his eventual redemption. Will the backlash about the film lessen its chances of receiving an Oscar nomination, or will Three Billboards continue its streak of nominations at the 2018 Oscars?

Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s war film about the events that occurred during the largest military evacuation in history during World War II, was one of the most praised movies this year. Starring celebrities such as Harry Styles, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Hardy, Dunkirk took the box office by storm, earning more than $525 million. Will the artistry and emotion in Dunkirk land it a nomination at the 2018 Oscars?

From Steven Spielberg, The Post chronicles the story of journalists at The Washington Post and their effort to publish the Pentagon Papers. The Post feels especially poignant right now due to the current political climate, and the President’s apparent disregard for freedom of the press, namely his belief that libel laws should be changed so as to make it easier to sue people who write negatively about him. Will The Post’s important message of freedom of the press and it’s impressive cast of Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks land it a nomination at the 2018 Oscars?

Call Me by Your Name tells the story of a young man, Elio, in Northern Italy in 1983 who falls in love with his father’s research assistant, Oliver. The men begin a love affair which sadly must end when Oliver has to return to America. Call Me by Your Name has been a favorite of critics and audiences alike. Will the good reviews translate to an Oscar nomination?

Get Out was one of the most talked about films this year. It follows an interracial couple who go out of town to visit the white girlfriend’s family upstate. Before they even arrive, things start taking a turn for the weird, and it only gets worse. Get Out got great reviews, with a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. Will Jordan Peele’s directorial debut get a nomination for best picture at the 2018 Oscars?

The Greatest Showman is the musical story of P. T. Barnum, the man who founded Barnum & Bailey Circus. The Greatest Showman hasn’t received great reviews, with a 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it has been nominated for 3 Golden Globes. With a star-studded cast of Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Michelle Williams, will The Greatest Showman get a nomination at the 2018 Oscars?

Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut Lady Bird is the coming of age story of a high school senior in Sacramento who calls herself Lady Bird. Lady Bird has one of the highest scores on Rotten Tomatoes and has been lauded by critics and audiences. Will Lady Bird, staring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, get a nomination for best picture at the 2018 Oscars?

The Disaster Artist, starring James Franco, Dave Franco, and Seth Rogen, tells the story of the making of The Room, the most notoriously terrible movie ever. The Disaster Artist was nominated for best comedy/musical motion picture at the Golden Globes this year, but will recent sexual misconduct allegations against James Franco, the director and star, hinder the films likelihood of a nomination for best picture at the 2018 Oscars?

I, Tonya tells the true story of Tonya Harding’s life, focusing on her fall from Olympic grace in 1994 due to her connection to an attack on Nancy Kerrigan, who she would be competing against for a spot in the Olympics. I, Tonya stars Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, and Allison Janney, and it was nominated for best musical/comedy picture at the Golden Globes. Will I, Tonya receive a nomination for best picture at the 2018 Oscars?

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