2018 Best Picture predictions slugfest: Editors take sides in Oscar showdown

In our latest 2018 Oscar predictions slugfest, Gold Derby editor-in-chief Tom O’Neil defends his Best Picture prediction of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” against managing editor Chris Beachum and senior editor Marcus James Dixon, who both currently pick “The Shape of Water.” Which editor do YOU think is right? Watch the video above or listen to the audio podcast version below.

“I have had five or six different movies in the #1 position throughout the year,” Marcus confesses. “Currently I have ‘Shape of Water’ because it got more nominations than anything else [and] it has a lot of the precursors that you need. I am worried about SAG ensemble. It did not get in there which we learned last year is really, really telling.”

“Every movie is missing something,” cites Chris. “It concerns me more that Martin McDonagh could not get in for directing [‘Three Billboards’] at the Oscars. That’s critical. We have not seen this since Ben Affleck.” He later adds, “I want to see what happens at BAFTA. That’s got some similar voters between those two groups.”

Tom reminds us, “The rules are changing so much at the Oscars in these top races and we keep getting surprised so why is that the one rule that we have to take so seriously?” As for the potential backlash to “Three Billboards,” Tom says it “isn’t the equivalent” of the backlash that took down “La La Land” last year.

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