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REARDON: Here's How to Win Your Oscar Pool

Mark Reardon gives you his picks for the Academy Awards

Mark Reardon
March 02, 2018 - 2:39 pm

The 90th annual Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday night, and as my gift to you this weekend, I’m going to help you win your Oscar pool. Now, there are two ways for you to do this. The first option is use all my picks outlined below. The second choice is to look at my selections and go exactly OPPOSITE! You might have a better chance that way truth be told, but here goes nothing:
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:  
 
WILL WIN:  Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
SHOULD WIN: Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
 
This award has been split during awards season between Rockwell and Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project. Jenkins delivered the most memorable performance, but I think Rockwell continues his roll. Woody Harrelson being in this group for Three Billboards might complicate things for Rockwell, so if there’s a chance Dafoe could sneak in for the upset.
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
 
WILL WIN: Alison Janney, I, Tonya
SHOULD WIN: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
 
Poor Laurie Metcalf delivers the performance of her career and was the favorite in this category until critics’ groups and others saw Janney in I, Tonya.  Janney was amazing in that role, but I still prefer Metcalf’s more nuanced turn in Lady Bird, but Janney for the win.
 
BEST ACTOR:
 
WILL WIN: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
SHOULD WIN: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
 
This is the lock of the night---take it to the bank.
 
BEST ACTRESS:
 
WILL WIN: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
SHOULD WIN: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
 
This is the category that bugs me the most. I love McDormand and if she wins she’d become a member of an elite group of actresses who have won in this category more than once since she won 21 years ago for Fargo. But Sally Hawkins should be given the statue for her scene with Jenkins where she passionately and angrily fights Richard Jenkins on the merits of saving the “fish man.” Incredible acting, but she’s not well known enough yet. Sally Hawkins WILL win one of these someday.
 
BEST DIRECTOR
 
WILL WIN: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
SHOULD WIN: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
 
He won the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice (which I vote in) BAFTA and the Directors Guild and the latter has predicted this winner all but 7 times. Plus it was the best movie. Which brings us to…..
 
BEST PICTURE
 
WILL WIN: The Shape of Water
SHOULD WIN: The Shape of Water
 
It leads the field with 13 nominations and it was flat out the most magical, impressive and truly awe-inspring film of 2017. No Moonlight moment this year…unless there is!
 
OTHER PICKS:
 
BEST ANIMATED: COCO
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Blade Runner 2049
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:  Call Me By Your Name
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Get Out (but it should be Ladybird)
 
Good luck and enjoy the show!