Oscar Nomination Predictions

With the Academy of motion picture arts and sciences slated to announce the nominations for best films, actors and of course, actresses of 2017 very soon, I thought I'd offer my own predictions of what would or rather, should be mentioned for this year's Oscars!

For best Director:

Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049)

Jordan Peele (Get Out)

In his directorial debut, Peele nails it in the socially conscious thriller that is both Hitchcock and at times, humorous. Get Out is not preachy or rife with cliches and that is why its conclusion is different than what one might suspect. Props, Mr.Peele!

Taylor Sheridan (Wind River)
In this haunting whodunit inspired by actual events, Sheridan delivers a slow paced yet effective tale encompassing picturesque snowy mountains and treacherous landscapes. This Writer and Director brings out one of the best performances in both Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen.

Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water)
After the clusterfuck that was Crimson Peak, Del T is back with a vengeance! Set in the Cold War era where there is racial strife, a homely and lonely mute Janitor falls in love with a mysterious amphibian creature. On paper, Water sounds like a modern age fairy tale written for a Disney project but don't be fooled this concept. Its Rated R for a legitimate reason!
The performances by Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and especially Michael Shannon are amazing contrasts between their character roles and Doug Jones delivers a humanistic portrayal of some frightening creature. This charming yet suspenseful period piece is a must watch if not a must nom!

For Best Picture:
Wind River
Get Out
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri 

For Best Actor in a leading role:
 Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman)
Ryan Gosling (Blade Runner 2049)

For Best Actor in a supporting role:
Harry Styles (Dunkirk)
Harrison Ford (Blade Runner 2049)
Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards outside of Ebbing Missouri)
Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water)

For Best Actress in a leading role:
Francis McDermond (Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri)
Francis gives an exceptional performance as a grieving mother who is determined to get to the truth by finding the ones responsible for her daughter's rape and murder in the indie dark comedy.

For Best Actress in a supporting role:
Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Allison Janney as the abusive disciplinarian authoritarian bitch of a mother,  won a golden Globe for her role and no doubt deserves an Oscar nom for best  Supporting Actress!

Get Out
I, Tonya


Hans Zimmer (Dunkirk)

 Hans Zimmer  (Blade Runner 2049)

Best Screenplay: 

The Shape of Water

I, Tonya

Blade Runner 2049



Special Effects: 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Impressive CGI effects and colors and this sequel deserves a nom, just for Kurt Russell’s twentysomething appearance alone!

War for the Planet of the Apes