Who Will Win Best Picture at the Oscars 2018?

Who Will Win Best Picture at the Oscars 2018

Award season is finally upon us and what better way to get in the mood than by looking at the odds for Best Picture for the upcoming Oscars 2018? Cinephiles will agree that 2017 has been a rather interesting year for films. By calling it interesting doesn’t really mean that it has been a successful one. The summer box office was a bust, and there were just so many blockbusters that ended up being major disappointments.

That said, 2018 proved to be a year of surprises as well. Both audiences and critics praised the likes of Get Out and Lady Bird, giving these “unconventional” films a chance to become strong contenders at the highly anticipated Oscars 2018. But what exactly are the movies that are most likely to join the race for Best Picture this year? Check out the films likely to strike Oscar gold below.

7 Films That May Win Best Picture at the Oscars 2018

Three Buildings outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Buildings Outside Ebbing, Missouri

After winning the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri has a guaranteed spot in the Best Picture race. If there’s one thing about winning a People’s Choice Award means, it’s that mainstream audiences actually love the film. Virtually everything about Three Billboards is compelling, but it’s the cast that really makes the film well worth the watch. Other than Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell (who, by the way, both won Golden Globes this month), performances by other supporting actors like Caleb Landry Jones, Woody Harrelson, and Peter Dinklage make this dark comedy one clear front-runner.

Get Out

Get Out

If a film had people talking for one whole year, then you know you’ve done something right. With Get Out, first-time director Jordan Peele‘s masterpiece couldn’t be any more relevant and timely to the issues America is facing right now. The only thing that may stop Get Out from getting an Oscar nomination is its release date of February 2017. But judging by the buzz it’s been getting, there’s no reason why the Academy wouldn’t consider this thought-provoking film.

Dunkirk

Dunkirk

It’s about time someone give Christopher Nolan the Oscar he truly deserves. This year, he just might with Dunkirk. Judging by the thrill and scope of this epic war film, Nolan might even get a Best Director nod to go along with his Best Picture nomination. The film has drawn most of its strength from the storytelling rather than cast performance. It follows three perspectives during the real-life Battle of Dunkirk that took place during World War II.

Mudbound

Mudbound

Mudbound is poised to become a big surprise at the Oscars 2018 for the reason that it didn’t get a cinema release. This Netflix film might never get the chance to do so, but it still managed to generate a lot of buzz on social media. The film’s director, Dee Rees, has also been actively promoting the film around, and all of her efforts just might be rewarded when Mudbound gets a well-deserved Best Picture nomination.

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

Like Christopher Nolan, it might be high time for Guillermo del Toro to win an Oscar. The Mexican director hasn’t exactly been rolling out Oscar-worthy films over the years, so 2017’s The Shape of Water is definitely something the Academy can identify with. Reviews from film festivals have been positive, and lead actress Sally Hawkins is one of the top contenders for best actress as well.

The Shape of Water is a dark fantasy that follows a mute custodian who falls in love with a sea creature. It may not sound like your typical Oscar-bait film, but considering the warm reception it has received this awards season, The Shape of Water just might give Del Toro his first Best Picture win.

Lady Bird

Lady Bird

Too bad the Oscars tend to go for one heartfelt indie comedy because both Lady Bird and Kumail Nanjiani‘s The Big Sick could have both made lovely additions to this year’s list. However, if anyone were to choose one from the two, it’s Lady Bird that has become so universally beloved by critics and audiences. Director Greta Gerwig managed to write one of the most realistic and heartfelt scripts in movie history, and it was only made stronger thanks to a career-defining performance by Saoirse Ronan. 

Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name is by far the most beautiful film of the year. It is alluring, heartfelt, and features stunning performances by lead stars Armi Hammer and Timothée Chalamet. Shot on location in the city of Crema, Italy, Call Me by Your Name expertly captures the beauty and heartbreak of first love. It received a 10-minute standing ovation during its screening at the New York Film Festival, the longest recorded in the festival’s history. This, along with the fact that critics are absolutely blown away by it, gives Call Me by Your Name a leg up in this year’s Academy Awards.

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