2018 Oscar predictions slugfest: Editors debate Timothee Chalamet vs. Gary Oldman and other acting races [VIDEO & PODCAST]

In the epic Oscar showdown between Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”) and Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), could the 22-year-old newbie take down the 59-year-old veteran? Chalamet “has been campaigning aggressively,” says Gold Derby editor-in-chief Tom O’Neil in our latest 2018 Oscar predictions slugfest about the four acting races. Watch the video above or listen to the audio podcast version below.

Senior editor Marcus James Dixon agrees that an upset is possible, citing that Chalamet could become “the youngest winner of all time.” However, managing editor Chris Beachum makes the case for Oldman by stating, “He’s really going for it, and he has the transformation.”

We also debate the race for Best Actress, where “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star Frances McDormand is out front to take home her second statue after “Fargo” (1996). Tom reminds us, “She won her first Oscar years ago for giving us a kind of snarky defiance, but here we’ve got a raging defiance, which makes it all the bigger and all the more amazing.”

“It’s possible” that Sally Hawkins can win if “The Shape of Water” sweeps, declares Marcus. “Sally Hawkins does not speak in her film, but that hasn’t hurt people in the past.” He also adds, “The Best Picture winner often takes home an acting award.”

“The acting races may seem signed and sealed, but there may be some surprises in those supporting races,” notes Tom. As for the Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor races, we make a case for how underdogs Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) and Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”) could upset current frontrunners Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”).

SEE Oscar Best Picture predictions smackdown: Pete Hammond, Anne Thompson, Tim Gray & Tom O’Neil [Video & Audio Podcast]

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Below: Audio podcast version of our chat. Do a search for GoldDerby at iTunes to subscribe to our podcast channel.

Video produced by David Janove and Andrew Merrill

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