Oscars 2018: Don’t underestimate Timothee Chalamet & Saoirse Ronan, the millennials who could upset to win [VIDEO AND PODCAST]

As of this writing the Oscars for Best Actor and Best Actress are projected to go to a pair of veterans. Based on the combined predictions of thousands of users at Gold Derby, Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) and Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) will be the winners, but they could both be overtaken by a couple of millennials. Watch Tom O’Neil and Daniel Montgomery debate the acting races above in our in-depth slugfest, or scroll down to listen to the podcast version.

“You just made a bold leap in your Best Actress predictions,” says O’Neil, noting Montgomery’s sudden switch to Saoirse Ronan as the frontrunner for her role as a teenage girl coming of age in Greta Gerwig‘s comedy “Lady Bird.” Montgomery explains, “This would be her third nomination … and she’s only 23-years-old, but the Oscars love an ingenue. She fits that Jennifer Lawrence mold.” On top of that, “Lady Bird” is universally loved, and if that makes it a potential spoiler for Best Picture then Ronan could certainly go along for the ride.

But Ronan isn’t the only up-and-comer who could surprise in the lead acting races. Oldman is the overwhelming favorite for Best Actor, “but I think if there’s a spoiler here, I think it would come from [Timothee Chalamet for ‘Call Me by Your Name’],” says O’Neil. “He’s the new face. They don’t often go for ingenues in the Actor race like they do for the Actress race,” but Chalamet could be reminiscent of Adrien Brody, who pulled off a Best Actor upset for “The Pianist” (2002) to become the youngest winner of all time at age 29. However, Chalamet is quite a bit younger than that; he’ll be 22 by the time the Oscars roll around. In fact, he’d be the first ever Best Actor nominee born in the 1990s.

Who do you think will win the acting races at the Oscars?

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