This year’s Oscar Awards are already slated to be much better than last year’s, both in entertainment value and competition. Last year was a war between two strikingly different films — Moonlight and La La Land. This year the odds are much more evenly spread. Best Picture has some of the most diverse nominations I’ve seen in years; You’ve the got the horror/satire original Get Out from Jordan Peele, a beautifully poetic gay love story (Call Me By Your Name), an American mother-daughter coming of age tale (Lady Bird), Christopher Nolan’s best work to date(Dunkirk), and a bizarre, experimental piece involving a half-man, half-fish creature from Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water). And those are just the usual ones! Other films like The Post starring Meryl Streep, Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson are also in the running. It’s going to be a very interesting race this year folks.
Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 90th Oscars, which means there will be plenty of laughs and lots of social commentary. I think this year’s Oscars will highly political in the aftermath of both the #MeToo/TimesUp movement and the recent school shooting in Florida. But Kimmel will handle it well, giving us a fun evening while still being conscious of the real world issues at stake.
And as always you can read my Oscar predictions here: https://thegameofnerds.com/2018/01/31/oscar-predictions-2018/!
But I can already guarantee that most of them are wrong, especially in light of the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs. Also I tend to want to distribute the wealth with my predictions, whereas last year La La Land won 7 Oscars, including one for Best Costumes, which I’m still bitter about to this day.
Tell Us: Will you be watching the Oscars this year? Do you think the politics will ruin the night, or make for a better show?