The Broadcaster Predicts 2018 Oscar Winners

Jack Goulet, Arts and Entertainment Editor

The nominees for the 90th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards, also known as the Oscars, were released on January 24, 2018.  Below are the nominees and a few predictions as to who will win in some of the major categories.

Best Picture:

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Predicted winner: Too close to call. In a year with such incredible cinema, it’s too hard to pick a favorite to win best picture. I’d narrow it down to either Call Me by Your Name, Get Out, or The Shape of Water (which seems to be the critic’s award season favorite).


Lead Actor:

Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name)

Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)

Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)

Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.)

Predicted winner: Daniel Day-Lewis. This is Day-Lewis’ (supposed) last film, and what better way to send him into retirement than with a best actor win.


Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)

Frances McDormand (Three Billboards)

Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)

Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)

Meryl Streep (The Post)

Predicted winner: Sally Hawkins. Hawkins had the challenging role of portraying a mute woman in this film from Guillermo Del Toro. However, you never know. Meryl Streep is one of the greatest of all time.


Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)

Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water)

Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World)

Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Predicted winner: Sam Rockwell. One of two actors nominated for Three Billboards, I feel like Rockwell has a more pivotal and moving role in the plot of the film.


Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)

Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread)

Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)

Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)

Predicted winner: Laurie Metcalf. Lady Bird’s mother may not seem the most loving on the surface, but Metcalf moved audiences with her portrayal of a deeply layered character who cares about her daughter more than anything else in the world.



“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Predicted winner: Greta Gerwig. To have your directorial debut be one of the best reviewed films of all time says something.

Winners will be announced when Jimmy Kimmel hosts the award show on March 4th. This is Kimmel’s second consecutive year hosting (The Oscars)