The Ultimate Academy Awards Drinking Game

Randy Kelley
March 4, 2018

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." .

Shortly before his death, he'd said The Joker had been his favourite role, so it's fitting he was commended for the performance.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, who has an enviable track record of calling winners, also picked Guillermo del Toro to win for his superb vision on his retro fantasy thriller, "The Shape of Water". "What he's done is craft a magical, magical movie", Amos said.

Again, three of our four experts agreed, choosing del Toro.

Janney will be challenged for supporting-actress honors by Mary J. Blige for "Mudbound", Lesley Manville for "Phantom Thread", Laurie Metcalf for "Lady Bird" and Octavia Spencer for "The Shape of Water".

Conway said, "After "Pan's Labyrinth, ' 'Crimson Peak" and now 'The Shape of Water, ' del Toro should get even wider recognition as the most imaginative and creative director in the industry".

But, Rolling Stone cautions that Christopher Nolan can't be counted out yet for his masterwork, "Dunkirk", saying, "the ambition, technical expertise and passionate heart Nolan poured into Dunkirk is staggering". Hosts Matt LeBlanc ("Man With a Plan"), Chris Harris and Rory Reid alternate between genial shenanigans and driving muscle cars old and new, as well as exotic vehicles like the world's fastest tractor and a NASA research plane.

This was our only unanimous category, with Gary Oldman the choice across the board.

Other awards exert varying degrees of influence on Academy judges.

Conway also praised Oldman's work, saying, "Oldman was thoroughly convincing in a hard role portraying an iconic figure as a leader coping with uncertainty as well as opposition in the maw of an existential crisis".

Most of our prognosticators think Frances McDormand will take home the prize for her performance in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri". But the thing that keeps his memory alive could be the fact that he's the only person ever to receive two Oscars for the same performance: for best supporting actor and for being an inspiration to his fellow veterans. (No black woman has ever been nominated.) If he wins, he will be the first black director in history to win the award.

At first this seems pretty hard to call, because Three Billboards is a leading favourite and Lady Bird is a dazzling piece of casually tossed off wisdom and insight masquerading as a screenplay and Get Out a pretty daring movie of the moment masquerading as a horror flick.

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Greta Gerwig tells the story of a young girl's struggle in a Catholic school as she also juggles her love and hate relationship with her mother. Thankfully, because his career is just starting off, he will probably have the opportunity to win this category in the future. Which is why it's not surprising that for A-list actors, the process of choosing the right dress starts as early as the previous year.

So instead of watching the Academy Awards either to validate your taste or to tell yourself that everyone else's taste is trash and you're the only true aesthete alive, treat the Oscars like a look inside the academy's collective brain. It has emerged as one of the more influential and revered films of its time.

Personally I'd love to see Call Me By Your Name's Timothee Chalamet become the youngest ever Best Actor Oscar victor, because his performance is that good. "Though it is likely that he (Martin McDonaugh) will likely win for best original screenplay".

However, the strongest candidate for this category is "The Post".

I haven't seen all of the Best Picture nominees this year.

The 90th Academy Awards are this Sunday, March 4th, and guess what?

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