But first in his opening monologue, Kimmel addressed last year's fiasco when the name of the wrong film was announced as Best Picture victor.
The biggest thing I learned from past year, besides the whole don't-have-multiple-envelopes thing - and maybe colour-coding might be an idea?.That's all I learned, really. While several science fiction movies have been nominated in the past, none has ever won Best Picture.
Oscarologists see its star Frances McDormand as a sure thing for the best actress statuette for her visceral turn as a rage-filled grieving mother at loggerheads with the local police over the failure to find her daughter's killer. It is such an effortlessly flawless slice of life film that will be around far after this awards season noise comes to an end.
The Shape of Water leads the field with 13 nominations. Additionally, as sad as it is, Academy voters may not vote for "Get Out" because of its genre. Although it's a tight race, the consensus has been throughout awards season that "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is the front-runner. The Post, Dunkirk, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Get Out, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also have a lion's share in the nominations. There are a lot of deserving films here. Though "The Post", hasn't received as much mainstream buzz as other candidates, its powerful message regarding freedom of the press, coupled with astonishingly crisp frames that make the audience feel as if they are actually in the writer's room at The New York Times, make this film qualified to take home Best Picture. They should have given the 10th spot to "Blade Runner 2049".
Here are this year's predictions in all 24 Oscar categories. I have to remember every day that it's not about me; it's about the people who are there to win the awards. Because, to me, a coin flip could decide Best Picture and I wouldn't have an issue with the outcome, I have to give the edge to the film that is more enjoyable and can be watched more easily.More news: Tripura debacle revives debate in CPM on anti-BJP alliances
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Who could win: Again, this is another situation where if my pick doesn't win, it will probably go to "Three Billboards". By more than four to one, they would rather watch films in their home than go out to do so. She's up against a police chief (Woody Harrelson) battling cancer whose health is deteriorating faster than doctors expected and a racist officer (Sam Rockwell) who goofs off at times because the chief protects him not only as a boss but as a father figure.
Adapted screenplay: James Ivory, "Call Me By Your Name".
The 22-year-old was widely unknown prior to his appearance in the film "Call Me by Your Name".
Animated film: "Coco", although it wouldn't kill me to see the remarkable "Loving Vincent" win. Additionally, it doesn't have huge competition at the moment. But various (minor) scandals about the way the movie threats its characters - and its controversial themes - have some wondering if it has what it takes to land a Best Picture Oscar. If there was an upset, I could see Sorkin taking it.