2018 Oscars Best Picture predictions Editors slugfest

The 2018 Oscar race for Best Picture is starting to heat up, but awards pundits are having trouble agreeing on an early frontrunner. Are we all skittish to declare a winner because of last year’s shocking defeat of “La La Land” by “Moonlight”? Gold Derby editors Tom O’Neil, Paul Sheehan, Chris Beachum, Daniel Montgomery and Marcus James Dixon recently got together to battle over the Best Picture race. What do WE think will win the Oscar? Watch our video slugfest above or listen to the audio podcast below.

O’Neil declares at the top of our chat, “The experts at Gold Derby say that ‘Dunkirk’ is way out front — 11 of our 25 experts are predicting that.” The other Oscar journalists are banking on “The Post” (7 experts), “The Shape of Water” (2 experts), “Darkest Hour” (2 experts), “Call Me By Your Name” (1 expert), “The Florida Project” (1 expert) and “Mudbound” (1 expert).

“[‘Dunkirk’] makes sense to me,” notes Montgomery. “It came out early in the year for Oscar standards, but Christopher Nolan has the Oscar I.O.U., it’s a war movie, it’s gonna have tons of nominations below the line, it could have an Oscar nomination for Mark Rylance. It just feels like it ticks a lot of the right boxes.”

SEE predictions from two dozen Oscar experts: What will win Best Picture?

Dixon adds, “Oscar voters love a good war movie, and this is a good war movie. It’s been a while since one has won. ‘The Hurt Locker’ won eight years ago, ‘The English Patient’ was before that. One thing I’m worried about ‘Dunkirk’ is that it has a lack of female presence in the film. It’s a very male-centric movie. I wonder if that may hurt it this year with so much female empowerment going on in the world.”

Sheehan makes the case for “The Shape of Water,” saying that the reason he’s so enthused about it is “because of the new paradigm we’re under with a much more expanded academy — 2,000 new members in the past four years, many international members. I think they’ll embrace a film like ‘The Shape of Water,’ which is European in its sensibility.”

And though he’s officially predicting “The Post,” Beachum warns to watch out for “Lady Bird.” “It’s uplifting, it’s funny, it’s charming, it’s got a female perspective we just talked about. I think there will be a big push this year for Greta Gerwig not only to get in for directing, she could certainly win for screenplay.”

See O’Neil’s 2018 Oscar predictions here, Sheehan’s here, Beachum’s here and Dixon’s here. See how their predictions compare to all of the experts’ picks here.

5 thoughts on “2018 Oscars Best Picture predictions Editors slugfest

  1. Depending on the predilections of the new Oscar voters, I think Dunkirk will get the most nominations but isn’t particularly likely to win Best Picture.

    I mean, it’s not going to be winning Best Screenplay (will it get nominated?). And it very well could win Best Director. But without Best Editing or Best Screenplay, Best Director is a poor predictor for for Best Picture.

    In other words, Dunkirk has to win Best Director AND Best Editing to win Best Picture.

    Dunkirk will almost certainly win Best Editing, but I think Greta Gerwig has a good chance at Director, for a few reasons (one of them being political). So who knows.

    To me, the real mystery is whether people are still interested in throwing awards at Spielberg.

    1. You are so correct, Dunkirk will win film editing but will be snaked by Greta Gerwig because of political views unfortunately, even though Nolan deserves best director. The Post won’t win because of Spielberg already winning heaps of oscars. It will be an indie film winning best picture at the next oscars, and in my opinion, I see Call Me By Your Name or lady Bird because of the amount of awards its currently winning this early and the rave reviews that critics are saying about these films.

  2. It’s ridiculous to leave GET OUT off this list. That’s the best movie I have seen in a long time. It should be nominated in multiple categories, and should be a frontrunner for best score. Are you writing it off because it came out early in the year?

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