2018 Oscars predictions by experts: 7 of the 9 Best Picture nominees will win at 90th Academy Awards

Thirty film journalists who cover Hollywood year-round are experts at predicting the Oscars. They have finalized their predictions for the 90th Academy Awards, which take place on March 4. According to our official racetrack odds, seven of the nine Best Picture nominees will take home at least one Oscar. Three of these contenders are expected to claim three apiece, one will win a pair of awards and three will take home a single Oscar. The other two — five-time nominee “Lady Bird” and two-time contender “The Post” — will leave the Dolby theater empty-handed.

Seven-time nominee “Three Billboards” will win three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell). It’ll be the first film in 15 years to  to win Best Picture without taking home awards for writing or directing; “Chicago” pulled off this feat in 2003.

The Shape of Water” is expected to prevail in just three of its 13 races: Best Director (Guillermo Del Toro), Best Production Design and Best Score.

And “Dunkirk” will go three for eight, winning Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.

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Two of the Best Picture nominees, “Darkest Hour” and “Phantom Thread” reaped six bids apiece. The former is expected to win for the leading performance by Gary Oldman and for the makeup and hairstyling team that transformed him into Winston Churchill. The latter, about a 1950s fashion designer, is tipped to take Best Costume Design.

The breakout hit “Get Out” is predicted to go one for four, with first-time filmmaker Jordan Peele winning for his original script.

Veteran director James Ivory will make Oscar history as the oldest winner if he wins as expected for his adapted screenplay for “Call Me By Your Name,” which has four nominations in total.

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Last year, three of the nine nominees were shut out of the winners circle: “Lion,” which had six bids; four-time contender “Hell or High Water”; and three-time nominee “Hidden Figures.” In 2016, six of the eight Best Picture contenders (75%) took home Oscars (“Brooklyn” and “The Martian” were snubbed). And in 2015 the entire Best Picture roster of eight won at least one Academy Award.

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