It is never too early to predict the nominations for the Oscars! We all do not know what will happen over the course of the next 11 months in film, but we can single out about a dozen potential nominees in each category.
Best Motion Picture
It’s super early so we’re not going to pretend that we know what will or will not be good. Lots of iconic directors heading to our theatres including Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Spielberg, Todd Haynes, and George Clooney. We’re also looking out for newbies, diversity, and anything that can mirror that outstanding surprise we saw this year with “Moonlight” winning Best Picture.
Potential Nominees: (13)
Battle Of The Sexes
The Current War
The Greatest Showman
Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project
Best Actor In A Motion Picture
Always a competitive race for the men, this year looks to be no different with some heavyweights in the mix with very high profile projects on the horizon. The most notable is Gary Oldman, finally going for his own trophy with Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” and Daniel Day-Lewis, looking to join the company of Katherine Hepburn, with the untitled project from Paul Thomas Anderson. Hugh Jackman has much promise playing P.T. Barnum while Chadwick Boseman takes on Marshall Thurgood. Other notable men playing historic figures include Benedict Cumberbatch, Liam Neeson, John Boyega, and Ali Fazal. The list of intriguing projects on the horizon include those from Armie Hammer (already a Sundance favorite), Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Fassbender, and double doses of Matt Damon, Idris Elba, and Colin Farrell. Lots more to consider as we travel down the road.
Potential Nominees: (15)
Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman
Gary Oldman – The Darkest Hour
Daniel Day-Lewis – Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Current War
Michael Fassbender – The Snowman
Chadwick Boseman – Marshall
Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
Matt Damon – Downsizing
Matt Damon – Suberbicon
Liam Neeson – Felt
Jeremy Renner – Wind River
Christian Bale – Hostiles
Ryan Gosling – Song To Song
Jake Gyllenhaal – Wild Life
Brad Pitt – War Machine
Best Actress In A Motion Picture
There are many female driven vehicles looking for distribution this year but what’s on the docket is some serious talent. Jessica Chastain paired with Aaron Sorkin seems like a match made in heaven with “Molly’s Game” while Rooney Mara takes on the biblical role of “Mary Magdalene.” When Julianne Moore won her long-awaited Oscar for “Still Alice” in 2014, that gave us hope for many overdue actresses still waiting their moment in the sun. One of those was Michelle Pfeiffer, who has received great praise out of Sundance for her work in “Where is Kyra?” formally known as “Beat-up Little Seagull.” Also on the docket are turns from Brie Larson (“The Glass Castle”), Judi Dench (“Victoria and Abdul”), Defending Champ Emma Stone (“Battle of the Sexes”) and double trouble coming from Kate Winslet (“The Mountain Between Us” and “Wonder Wheel”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Mother!” and “Red Sparrow”), and Elle Fanning (“Mary Shelley” and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”).
Potential Nominees (13)
Judi Dench – Victoria & Abdul
Rooney Mara – Mary Magdalene
Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game
Emma Stone – Battle Of The Sexes
Brie Larson – The Glass Castle
Jennifer Lawrence – Mother!
Michelle Pfeiffer – Where is Kyra?
Kate Winslet – The Mountain Between Us
Marion Cotillard – Ismael’s Ghost
Rachael Weisz – My Cousin Rachel
Isabelle Huppert – Happy End
Jennifer Lawrence – Red Sparrow
Alicia Vikander – Submergence
Last year seemed to be all about the new boys on the block. This year seems to be littered with the big boys (and girls) like Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Kathryn Bigelow, Paul Thomas Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Joe Wright, etc.. We also have an opportunity for diversity, but admittedly, not very much. Dee Rees already has glowing reviews out of Sundance for “Mudbound,” which could carry for the year. We’re also open to plenty of surprises along the way like Angelina Jolie (third time the charm?), the return of Jason Reitman (brush off “Men, Women and Children?”), or even first timers like Greta Gerwig or Paul Dano.
Potential Nominees (12)
George Clooney – Suberbicon
Paul Thomas Anderson – Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project
Steven Spielberg – The Post
Joe Wright – Darkest Hour
Dee Rees – Mudbound
Katheryn Bigelow – Untitled Detriot Riot’s Project
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Alexander Payne – Downsizing
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon – The Current War
Denis Villeneuve – Blade Runner 2049
Terrence Malick – Song To Song
Taylor Sheridan – Wind River
I know these are only four of the twenty-four categories but It takes a long time to go through hundreds of films to narrow them down to a dozen. Later In the Month I will publish the rest of my predictions.