Stage set for Oscars to mark year eclipsed by #MeToo

Lula Sharp
March 2, 2018

Here's how you can watch this year's Oscars to see how the awards shake out.

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell is a substantial favorite (over 1-to-8 odds) to win in this category for his performance in - you guessed it - "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri". It's the kind of film that makes critics' "Best of the Year" and even "Best of the Decade" lists, but that usually comes up just short when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out its award for Best Picture.

In advance of the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony this Sunday (March 4) in Los Angeles, I have been asked for my thoughts on who will win what and why. For her outstanding work on "Mudbound", Rachel Morrison, a black lesbian, is the first woman to be nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar. Either way, it's important to understand that watching the Oscars is less about seeing who wins than it is about witnessing our cultural sensibilities and how the Academy chooses to recognize them.

Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars for the second year in a row.

One question mark going into year's ceremony has little to do with who wins the night's biggest trophies. Meanwhile, things are all but certain on the Adapted Screenplay side of things, with James Ivory's "Call Me by Your Name" script already taking home the Writers Guild and BAFTA awards in the category, and deservedly so. I just think good sense will prevail and Dafoe will win his first Oscar. The record is now held by Adrien Brody, who was 29 when he took home the statue for Roman Polanski's Holocaust movie The Pianist in 2003.

THE 90th Academy Awards are being held at the Dolby Theater this Sunday, March 4th.

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The result yielded what many saw as a somewhat more populist sensibility, with HBO's "Game of Thrones" - a fantasy series that had been nominated, without winning, each of its first four seasons - earning back-to-back honors as outstanding drama. And Lady Bird's Greta Gerwig is nominated for Best Director, making her only the fifth woman in Oscars history to be nominated in the category. Rather inconceivably, only five female directors have ever been nominated in this category, and only one has won it (Kathryn Bigelow, for The Hurt Locker in 2010). Russell also won an honorary Oscar for "bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans". One of the nominees for Best Documentary was directed by Yancy Ford, a trans man.

I liked In the Fade better but The Square is a fine film - PM; SB thinks "anything should win" over The Square. Numerous hundreds of people who work on movie crews are Oscar voters, and have been known to support the likes of Braveheart, Gladiator, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King because those kinds of productions pay the bills.

Should win: Del Toro has been winning this prize all season, and he seems like a lock here too, given that The Shape Of Water racked up nearly twice the nominations of any other contender.

While Best Picture seems to be a toss-up, the other major categories do have strong frontrunners, like Guillermo del Toro in the Best Director race. The Silence of the Lambs, which was released in February 1991, is a famous example of a February-release's rare Best Picture win.

Should Win: Gary Oldman ("Darkest Hour") gave a towering performance as Winston Churchill, utterly transforming himself physically while delivering an intensely emotional take on one of the great leaders of modern history at his most decisive moment.

Others have tried the stunt as well, with an artist named Sabo putting up three billboards against sexual misconduct in Hollywood with sings that read: "And the Oscar for biggest pedophile goes to..." and "We all knew and still no arrests" and "Name names on stage or shut the hell up!"

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