Who’s Taking Oscar Home? We List Who “Should” Win the Academy Awards

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Best director, actress & actor

We’ve picked our ponies early, so you know who to keep an eye out as the time draws near to take home those coveted statuettes.

Best Director

COULD WIN: More established directors like Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Steven Spielberg (The Post) face off against a crowd of newcomers — Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Jordan Peele (Get Out), Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), and Aaron Sorkin making a strong debut with Molly’s Game.

SHOULD WIN: My heart says Guillermo del Toro for his near-perfect rendering of an original fairytale (The Shape of Water).

WILL WIN: My head and gut agree that P.T. Anderson (Phantom Thread) is the best bet.

Best actor

COULD WIN: Possibilities include an awkward James Franco (The Disaster Artist), an inspirational Jake Gyllenhaal (Stronger), or a truth-telling Tom Hanks (The Post).

SHOULD WIN: One could easily award the debonair Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), but I’d like to see it go to blossoming Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) or fast-talking Robert Pattinson (Good Time).

WILL WIN: The trophy seems Gary Oldman’s (Darkest Hour) to lose — perhaps to Chalamet, who’d be the youngest ever to win this award, or to veteran Day-Lewis.

Best Actress

COULD WIN: Don’t count out spirited Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), red-necky Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), or indomitable Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game).

SHOULD WIN: Despite praise-worthy performances from Diane Kruger (In the Fade) and Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner) I pick dreamy, silent Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) who was quite simply perfect.

WILL WIN: Sardonic Frances McDormand is the one to beat: she just too well cast in Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. Her biggest threats are Hawkins or Ronan (given the buzz Lady Bird has recently earned).

Best Picture

COULD WIN: Voters may subscribe to the delightfully angry Three Billboards; The Post, the historical drama Darkest Hour, hard-scrabble Mudbound, mysterious Phantom Thread, dark satire Get Out, adored Lady Bird, diamond in the rough The Florida Project, gritty and tender Logan, or refreshingly original The Big Sick.

SHOULD WIN: Heart-aching Call Me By Your Name for romance, The Shape of Water for dark fairytale magic, and Dunkirk for overall filmmaking excellence.

WILL WIN: For now, I’d say Dunkirk is leading the charge.

Best Foreign

COULD WIN: Some of the year’s best include a mesmerizing meditation on grief, guilt and war Foxtrot (Israel), gut-wrenching In The Fade (Germany), Loveless (Russia), The Square (Sweden), transgender drama A Fantastic Woman (Chile), Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father (Cambodia).

SHOULD WIN: Cannes Grand Prix winner BPM (France), which so brilliantly balances intense personal and political themes. However highly honorable mentions to bleak bourgeois saga Happy End (Austria), and the equally brutal Loveless (Russia).

WILL WIN: BPM, this lively and dignified return to the AIDS crisis was the most emotionally impactful film of the year.

Last modified: March 28, 2019