Oscars 2018 prediction slugfest: ESPN’s Adnan Virk battles Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and Chris Beachum [Video & Audio Podcast]

ESPN host Adnan Virk is such a film and awards nut, that he has beaten all of our other entertainment experts in three of the past four prediction contests. He won having the best score for the Golden Globes film nominations, Golden Globes TV nominations, and SAG Awards TV nominations. And now he battles Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil and editor Chris Beachum in a new predictions slugfest for the 2018 Oscars (watch the video above).

Regarding this year’s Screen Actors Guild cast nominations, Virk proclaims, “I can’t believe ‘The Post’ was shut out. I’m incredulous that ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name’ or any of those supposed frontrunners are not up for film ensemble. To me, that is fascinating!” He reminds that the 1995 movie “Braveheart” was the last one to win the Oscar for Best Picture without even having a SAG Awards nomination as the outstanding cast.

So which one is the Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture? Beachum declares, “With this preferential ballot, could ‘Lady Bird’ be the one? Not a soul that I’ve heard talk about it from the critics to the public to our own staff, says anything less kind than ‘I really liked it.’ Nobody says they hated it. I don’t imagine the person who would rank it below first, second, third, maybe fourth.”

O’Neil adds, “Women this year are really kicking butt! The best actress race is so crowded, they didn’t have room for Meryl Streep at SAG. Meanwhile on the Best Actor category, it’s very light. We’ve got four movies from a female perspective this year in the Best Picture race from ‘Three Billboards’ to ‘Lady Bird’ to ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘The Post.’

Enjoy our slugfest above as we also chat about other contenders such as “Darkest Hour,” with Gary Oldman, “Dunkirk” from Christopher Nolan, “The Florida Project” with Willem Dafoe, “Get Out” from Jordan Peele, “I, Tonya” with Margot Robbie, and more.

Listen to the audio podcast version of our chat below. Do a search for GoldDerby at iTunes to subscribe to our podcast channel.


Be sure to make your Oscar nomination predictions so that Hollywood studio executives and top name stars can see how their films are faring in our Academy Awards odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on January 23. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Oscars taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our film forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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