2018 Oscars: We debate whether Gal Gadot (‘Wonder Woman’) can lasso a Best Actress nomination [WATCH]

The 2018 Oscar race for Best Actress seems to be a battle between Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”) and Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”). However, Gold Derby’s in-house editors recently got together to debate whether “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot could lasso a surprise Oscar nomination for Best Actress. What do YOU think? Follow along with our Gadot discussion at the 19:41 mark in our video slugfest above.

“Every year the Oscar ratings go down lower and lower and lower because they nominate films that no one’s heard of,” I announce. “But [Gal Gadot] is one of the biggest people in entertainment right now. I would love to see her nominated, that would just be incredible.” Besides her breakout role as Diana Prince, the lasso-wielding woman of wonder, Gadot also recently received accolades for hosting “Saturday Night Live.”

Daniel Montgomery adds, “If she had a little bit more previous industry cred, I could see her going the way of like a Sigourney Weaver in ‘Aliens.’ She’s still so new that I think she might need to get one or two prestige vehicles under her belt. I like to call it the ‘Oscar alibi.’ If you’re known for these commercial films then they want to see you do prestige movies before they’ll give you that Oscar nomination.”

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And Paul Sheehan reminds us how Gadot was “paid far less” than her co-star Chris Pine in “Wonder Woman,” despite playing the title character. “I mean, talk about a way of making up for that. Give her an Oscar nomination to redress that wrong.” Gadot will next be seen in DC Comics’ “Justice League,” which will be released November 17.

As of this writing “Wonder Woman” has amassed $412 million at the domestic box office, second only to “Beauty and the Beast” ($504 million) as the highest grossing film of 2017. “Wonder Woman’s” foreign gross is $409 million, putting its worldwide tally at a robust $821 million. If Gadot were to earn an Oscar nomination, ABC’s telecast would need just a small portion of those people to tune in to make up for last year’s dreadful ratings.

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