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Oscars 2018: Adnan Virk (ESPN) tops all Experts predicting winners

Congratulations to our Expert Adnan VIrk (ESPN) for a terrific score of 87.50% when predicting the 2018 Oscars winners on Sunday. He is best among 30 Experts, journalists who cover the entertainment world and awards shows throughout the year. He is just ahead of a quartet with 83.33% accuracy — Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Erik Davis (Fandango), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby) and Brian Truitt (USA Today). See Experts’ leaderboard.

Almost 7,000 people worldwide predicted these Academy Awards winners in 24 categories. The ceremony was held in Hollywood and was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Virk got 21 of 24 categories correct, but missed out on “The Shape of Water” for Best Picture (choosing “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” instead). He did get that movie’s director champ Guillermo del Toro and the four acting winners of Frances McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell.

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‘Dunkirk’ sound editor Richard King on track to set a new Oscars record

‘Dunkirk’ sound editor Richard King on track to set a new Oscars record
Dunkirk” is ahead to win Oscars for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing, and it’s no wonder since action-packed war movies often do well in audio categories. If the film indeed wins the award for its sound editing, it would additionally make history as Richard King would set a new record for the most wins in that category.

There is currently a six-way tie for the most Sound Editing wins. Ben Burtt, Charles L. Campbell, Per Hallberg, Richard Hymns, Gary Rydstrom and King have three victories apiece, including years when the prize was handed out as a special achievement award and not a competitive Oscar. King previously won his Oscars for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” (2003), “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “Inception” (2010), and he earned additional nominations for “War of the Worlds” (2005) and “Interstellar” (2014). For his work on “Dunkirk” he’s nominated alongside first-time Oscar-contender Alex Gibson,
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Is ‘Darkest Hour’ invincible for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Oscars?

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Is ‘Darkest Hour’ invincible for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Oscars?
Gary Oldman was considered a likely Oscar front-runner for “Darkest Hour” almost as soon as the first production still was released of him disappearing into the role of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. And the prosthetic makeup that helped him disappear became an Oscar front-runner just as quickly. With Oscar night approaching that hasn’t changed, especially with the film’s victories at the Critics’ Choice Awards, BAFTAs and Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards. Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick are the makeup and hair artists nominated for their work on the docudrama, and they’re the overwhelming favorites to win Best Makeup and Hairstyling with 1/10 odds.

Those odds are based on the combined predictions of thousands of users who have entered their picks at Gold Derby thus far. That includes 26 Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, 25 of whom are predicting a “Darkest Hour
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Best Documentary front-runner ‘Faces Places’ would give Agnes Varda competitive & honorary Oscars in the same year

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Best Documentary front-runner ‘Faces Places’ would give Agnes Varda competitive & honorary Oscars in the same year
For most of the awards season “Jane,” which profiles primatologist Jane Goodall, was the Oscar front-runner for Best Documentary Feature — until of course the Oscar nominations were announced. “Jane” didn’t even end up with a bid, so now the race is wide open. But based on our latest predictions leading up to Oscar weekend the race will have an unusual outcome: “Faces Places” gets leading odds of 8/15 to win, which would give director Agnes Varda a competitive Oscar the same year she won an honorary Oscar.

It’s not uncommon for an artist to win both competitive and honorary Oscars in their career, and it’s not unprecedented to win a competitive Oscar after you’ve won your honorary award: for instance, actor Paul Newman and composer Ennio Morricone have pulled off that feat. But it’s unusual to receive both awards in the same Oscar season. The 89-year-old
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2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: ‘Three Billboards’ leaps ahead of ‘The Shape of Water’ as final voting ends

2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: ‘Three Billboards’ leaps ahead of ‘The Shape of Water’ as final voting ends
As final Oscar voting ended on Feb. 27, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” leapt ahead of “The Shape of Water” in the race for Best Picture. Martin McDonagh‘s character study now has the votes of 11 our 27 Oscar experts from major media outlets to win while Guillermo del Toro‘s fantasy has fallen back to nine. Those respective levels of support translate into odds of 17/10 versus 9/4.

But watch out for “Get Out,” which has six experts in its corner and competitive odds of 7/2. “Lady Bird” continues to have a single backer and odds of 20/1 to pull off an upset. (See the individual rankings by experts and the resulting odds.)

This late surge by “Three Billboards” coincides with the end of the second and final round of voting for the Oscars. The Best Picture winner, as well as those in the other 23 competitive categories, will be revealed live on the 90th Academy
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2018 Oscars predictions: The writing’s on the wall for ‘Call Me by Your Name’ to win Best Adapted Screenplay

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2018 Oscars predictions: The writing’s on the wall for ‘Call Me by Your Name’ to win Best Adapted Screenplay
When it comes to the writing categories at the Oscars, “Call Me by Your Name” scribe James Ivory should be doubly grateful to Andre Aciman for writing the novel his script is based on. Ivory’s writing has earned kudos from numerous critics and awards groups. But in addition, the fact that Ivory’s script is an adaptation allows him to avoid the gauntlet of Best Original Screenplay, where arguably the four biggest contenders for Best Picture are all in the running: “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Instead, “Call Me” vies for Best Adapted Screenplay where it’s the overwhelming front-runner with 1/10 odds.

Those odds are based on the combined forecasts of thousands of Gold Derby users who have entered their picks in our predictions center thus far. That includes 26 Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, 25 of whom
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2018 Oscars predictions: Does ‘Phantom Thread’ have Best Costume Design all sewn up?

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2018 Oscars predictions: Does ‘Phantom Thread’ have Best Costume Design all sewn up?
With Oscar season winding down “Phantom Thread” continues to lead our predictions for Best Costume Design with odds of 2/9. That’s not exactly a surprise since the film is all about a fashion designer (played by Daniel Day-Lewis), which puts a strong emphasis on the film’s wardrobe. Or maybe it is a surprise since “Phantom Thread,” despite its fashion-forward storyline, actually lost the Costume Designers Guild Award for period films to “The Shape of Water.” But the film’s threads are designed by Mark Bridges, who previously won this category for “The Artist” (2011), so we know the academy is fond of his work. Does he have this race all sewn up?

As of this writing more than 4,700 users have made their predictions at Gold Derby. That includes 26 Expert journalists from top media outlets, 22 of whom agree with the consensus that “Phantom Thread” will prevail: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Kyle Buchanan
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2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: ‘Three Billboards’ pulls into tie with ‘The Shape of Water’ as voting ends Feb. 27

2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: ‘Three Billboards’ pulls into tie with ‘The Shape of Water’ as voting ends Feb. 27
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” just pulled into a tie for first place with longtime frontrunner “The Shape of Water” in the race for Best Picture. Of our 26 Oscar experts from major media outlets, each of these films now has 10 votes. “Get Out” still has five experts in its corner while “Lady Bird” has one backer. (See the individual rankings by experts and the resulting odds.)

This surge by “Three Billboards” has come at just the right time as final Oscar voting ends on Feb. 27. The winner of this prize, as well as the other 23 competitive categories, will be revealed live on the 90th Academy Awards that air on ABC on Sunday (March 4).

“Three Billboards” had the support of just five experts before it swept the Baftas on Feb. 18. Martin McDonagh‘s character study won both Best Picture and Best British Film, two acting awards (Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell) and original screenplay.
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2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: ‘Three Billboards’ coming on strong against ‘The Shape of Water’ as voting ends Feb. 27

2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: ‘Three Billboards’ coming on strong against ‘The Shape of Water’ as voting ends Feb. 27
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” got a big boost in the race for Best Picture at the Oscars following its five wins at the Baftas last Sunday (Feb. 18). Nine of our 26 Oscar experts from major media outlets now favor Martin McDonagh‘s character study to win Best Picture at the Oscars. That is up from five votes before the British academy weighed in with their picks. Conversely, “The Shape of Water,” which won three BAFTAs including Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), fell from 12 pundits to 10. (See the individual rankings by experts and the resulting odds.)

That sweep at the BAFTAs, where it won both Best Picture and Best British Film, two acting awards (Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell) and original screenplay, came at just the right time for “Three Billboards.” Final voting for the Academy Awards began on Feb. 20 and ends on Feb. 27. While “The Shape of Water” still has the
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‘A Fantastic Woman’: Groundbreaking transgender love story on track to win Chile its 1st Oscar for Best Foreign Film

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‘A Fantastic Woman’: Groundbreaking transgender love story on track to win Chile its 1st Oscar for Best Foreign Film
“I hope I’m the last cisgender man playing a transgender woman,” said Jeffrey Tambor when he won his second Emmy for playing Maura Pfefferman in “Transparent” in 2016. That series arrived at a moment when the conversation around transgender representation was evolving from a call for greater representation of transgender characters in general to a call for more transgender actors to be hired to actually play those roles. Now “A Fantastic Woman” is helping to break that ground with its transgender protagonist played by a transgender actress leading the way to a potential first ever Oscar victory for Chile.

Daniela Vega stars in the film as a trans woman whose lover dies suddenly, leaving her in a tense conflict with his surviving family. It’s nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, and it’s likely to win according to our latest predictions. Based on the combined forecasts
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Oscars 2018: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ would be only the 4th film in 30 years to win Visual Effects on its only nomination

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Oscars 2018: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ would be only the 4th film in 30 years to win Visual Effects on its only nomination
War for the Planet of the Apes” is currently the Oscar front-runner for Best Visual Effects, but it faces a couple of disadvantages. For one, it would be the first “Planet of the Apes” film to win a competitive Oscar. But there’s perhaps an even bigger challenge: it has no other nominations. It’s rare to win this race on your film’s only bid. Only three films in the last 30 years have done it.

Innerspace” (1987), “Death Becomes Her” (1992) and “The Jungle Book” (2016) are the only films to have claimed this prize with no other Oscar nominations. It’s good news for “Apes” that the last example was just last year, but it’s still an uncommon feat. This year there are three nominees that compete only for their visual effects: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Kong: Skull Island” in addition to “Apes.” Meanwhile, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: After BAFTA wins, ‘Three Billboard’ gets boost

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” swept the BAFTAs on Sunday (Feb. 18), winning five awards including Best Picture. Mindful that the British academy often previews the Academy Awards, our Oscar experts from major media outlets have been busy updating their predictions. Six of our pundits now favor Martin McDonagh‘s character study to win. That support translates into odds of 10/3 to take the top prize on March 4. (See the individual rankings by experts and the resulting odds.)

However, exactly half of our two dozen experts are still backing the Best Picture bid by “The Shape of Water.” Those votes give it leading odds of 6/5. Guillermo del Toro won Best Director at BAFTA and his fantasy film picked up two other prizes (production design, score) there as well.

Five experts favor Jordan Peele‘s social satire “Get Out.” This gives the blockbuster odds of 4/1 to win the top Academy Award. And one
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Oscars 2018: ‘Phantom Thread’ would be the most contemporary film in 23 years to win Best Costume Design

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Oscars 2018: ‘Phantom Thread’ would be the most contemporary film in 23 years to win Best Costume Design
Phantom Thread” leads our Oscar predictions to win Best Costume Design with odds of 2/9. That’s not exactly a surprise since the film is all about a fashion designer (played by Daniel Day-Lewis), which puts a strong emphasis on the film’s wardrobe. And the films threads are designed by Mark Bridges, who previously won this category for “The Artist” (2011). But it would be unusual in one respect: period movies that win Best Costume Design tend to be set further in the past than “Phantom Thread,” which takes place in the 1950s. In fact, this would be the most contemporary film to win that Oscar since “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (1994).

Admittedly, a few winners from the last 23 years are hard to quantify. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003) prevailed, but it takes place in a fantasy world removed from our real-world timeline.
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2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: After WGA win, ‘Get Out’ gets boost

2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: After WGA win, ‘Get Out’ gets boost
Jordan Peele won a top prize at the Writers Guild of America Awards on Feb. 11 for his original script for “Get Out.” Mindful that the WGA often previews the Academy Awards, our Oscar experts from major media outlets have been busy updating their predictions. Three of our pundits now favor his social satire to win Best Picture. That gives it odds of 13/2.

However 12 of our 19 experts are now backing the Best Picture bid by one of Peele’s WGA rivals, Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water.” That support translates into leading odds of 21/20 for this fantasy film. (See the individual rankings by experts and the resulting odds.)

Martin McDonagh was ineligible to contend at the WGA Award for his original script for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” This character study has the backing of six experts and odds of 3/1 to win.

One expert is still forecasting a win
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Oscars 2018: Best Makeup and Hairstyling loves British icons from Queen Elizabeth to Margaret Thatcher … to Winston Churchill?

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Oscars 2018: Best Makeup and Hairstyling loves British icons from Queen Elizabeth to Margaret Thatcher … to Winston Churchill?
Darkest Hour” is the overwhelming Oscar front-runner for Best Makeup and Hairstyling thanks in large part to the prosthetics used to transform lead actor Gary Oldman into British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. This award has gone to a number of films that recreate historical figures over the years, but the motion picture academy has been especially fond of British icons.

Peter Frampton, Paul Pattison and Lois Burwell won for “Braveheart” (1995), about 13th century Scottish warrior William Wallace. But Wallace was actually fighting to free Scotland from English rule, so perhaps we should leave that one out. But just a few years later Jenny Shircore prevailed for “Elizabeth” (1998), which transformed Cate Blanchett into Queen Elizabeth I during the early years of her reign. And one year after that Christine Blundell and Trefor Proud prevailed for Mike Leigh‘s biopic “Topsy-Turvy” (1999), about the British operatic duo of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Only one
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Oscars 2018 nominations: Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times) tops all Experts predicting nominees in 24 categories

Congratulations to our Expert Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times) for an excellent score of 81.97% when predicting the 2018 Oscars nominations on Tuesday. He is best among our 32 total Experts, journalists who cover the entertainment industry throughout the year. Whipp is just ahead of Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) with 81.15% and Anne Thompson (Indiewire) with 80.33%. He also has a great point score of 21,398 by using the 500 super bets wisely. See Experts’ leaderboard.

Over 8,700 people worldwide predicted these Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories. The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 4, in Hollywood and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the second straight year. Whipp was perfect in predicting the categories for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay.

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2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: ‘Three Billboards’ has narrow lead over ‘The Shape of Water’ on eve of nominations announcement

2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: ‘Three Billboards’ has narrow lead over ‘The Shape of Water’ on eve of nominations announcement
With just hours to go until the 2018 Academy Awards nominations are announced on Jan. 23, our 31 Oscar experts from major media outlets have just finalized their predictions for Best Picture. Martin McDonagh‘s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” now has the votes of a leading 10 pundits, up from seven just three days ago. This character study swept the SAG Awards on Sunday, with a leading three wins. It is in first place with leading odds of 6/1. (See the individual rankings by experts and the resulting odds.)

The Shape of Water” got a big boost when it won Best Picture at the PGA Awards on Saturday. While that precursor prize went with a different film than the Oscars for the last two years, this guild previewed the Best Picture winner for the first six years of the expanded race. Guillermo del Toro‘s fantasy film now has the backing of eight pundits,
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SAG Awards 2018: Pete Hammond, Sasha Stone, Anne Thompson top all Experts predicting film winners

Congratulations to our Experts Pete Hammond (Deadline), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), and Anne Thompson (Indiewire) for perfect 100% scores when predicting the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards film winners on Sunday. They are tops among 18 Experts, journalists who cover the entertainment industry throughout the year. See Experts’ leaderboard.

Over 2,300 people worldwide predicted these SAG winners in six film categories. The awards ceremony was held in downtown Los Angeles and was hosted by Kristen Bell. Our top scorers had the correct picks of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and its stars Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, plus Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), and “Wonder Woman” for stunts.

SEE2018 SAG Awards: Complete winners list in the 6 film and 9 TV categories

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SAG Awards 2018: Nikki Novak (Fandango) tops all Experts predicting TV winners

SAG Awards 2018: Nikki Novak (Fandango) tops all Experts predicting TV winners
Congratulations to our Expert Nikki Novak (Fandango), for a terrific score of 77.78% when predicting the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards television winners on Sunday. For a total of 10 Experts making picks, Novak is just ahead of Pete Hammond (Deadline), who had 66.67% of correct picks. See Experts’ leaderboard.

Almost 1,700 people worldwide predicted these SAG winners in nine TV categories. The ceremony was held in downtown Los Angeles and was hosted by Kristen Bell. Our top Expert only missed two categories, choosing “Glow” over “Veep” for the comedy cast and Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) over Claire Foy (“The Crown”) for drama actress.

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Oscars 2018: ‘Logan’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ could make history as first comic book superheroes nominated for writing

Oscars 2018: ‘Logan’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ could make history as first comic book superheroes nominated for writing
It’s been almost 10 years since Heath Ledger was posthumously awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2009 for playing the comic book super villain the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” More and more superhero movies like it have earned critical praise on par with more traditional prestige films. So how is it possible that we’re still waiting for a comic book superhero movie to be nominated for its writing? Two such acclaimed crusaders, “Logan” and “Wonder Woman,” could change that this year.

There have been a few nominated screenplays over the years that were adapted from graphic media: “Skippy” (1931) came from a comic strip. “American Splendor” (2003) was taken from an autobiographical comic book series. “Ghost World” (2001) and “A History of Violence” (2005) both came from graphic novels. But those were all real-world-based stories, and not the fantastic realities of superhero films. And there have been plenty of scripts considered by
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