Tinseltown celebrates the best of the last year on Sunday night. Here’s our predictions of who will take home the Golden Statuettes in the acting categories.
The 2018 Academy Awards have brought us some welcome surprises. Comic book films nominated for screenplay awards. Out-and-out horror and fantasy films nominated for best film. Kobe Bryant getting a nomination!
The Cynical Cinephile Glen and myself have put together our predictions of who will be taking home to gold. Tomorrow we’ll have a look at the screenplay, cinematography, and best film awards, but today we are looking at the acting categories.
Timothee Chalamat (Call Me By Your Name)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
Glen: I was hoping this would finally be the year Andy Serkis got nominated for his superb motion-capture performances but sadly it wasn’t to be. War for the Planet of the Apes was a beautiful conclusion to what is arguably one of the best trilogies of all time and Serkis totally inhabiting the conflicted ape leader Caesar was a sight to behold. I ambitiously thought we might see Robert Pattinson get a nod for his gripping performance in Good Time. He really disappeared into that role. Out of the 5 chosen though I think Timothée Chalamet gave us a truly endearing portrayal as the young curious Elio in Call Me By Your Name. Unlike most, I don’t believe Gary Oldman should win this year.
Glen: It has to be Gary Oldman right? There is a chance that Daniel Day Lewis nabs that fourth Oscar with his apparent final acting role but the clear favourite is Oldman.
Glen: I think what Sally Hawkins was able to accomplish in the Shape of Water was nothing short of astonishing and for me she just edges out McDormand. I would’ve liked to see Garance Marillier get nominated for her very impressive performance in French cannibal horror Raw.
Glen: This is probably the tightest category to call this year but I think it comes down to Hawkins and McDormand. It’s incredibly hard to decide but I think the Academy might just go for McDormand’s darkly passionate hunt for justice.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
James: Willem Dafoe. I could see Christopher Plummer winning for his work in All The Money In The World, preparing for the role in a matter of days, but also I can’t see the Academy wanting to shine a light on anything to do with Kevin Spacey. So, it will be third time lucky for the former Green Goblin.
Glen: For years I’ve been saying that Sam Rockwell is one of the most underrated actors (and dancers) of the past two decades and his fantastic turn in Three Billboards is the favourite to win and rightly so. Don’t be surprised if Dafoe takes it though.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Glen: Olivia Spencer is magnificent in everything she’s in but for me the winner is Alison Janney for her not-so-loving foul-mouthed mother role in I, Tonya. In a movie full of great performances, Janney’s horrible treatment of her daughter (played by Margot Robbie) and acidic wit make for one hilariously memorable performance. Disappointed that Dafne Keen (Logan) and Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) didn’t get more recognition for their breakout performances in 2017.
Glen: I’d be very surprised if Janney doesn’t take this. She just dominates every single frame and commands your attention.
We’ll be back tomorrow to run down the rest of the awards.
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
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