The Oscars 2018 Honest Trailer: The Best Picture Nominees Get Skewered

When Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator" lost to Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" in 2004, and when "Crash" upset the heavily favored "Brokeback Mountain" in 2005, you knew something was afoot...that a trend was developing.

There definitely have been some memorable princess-inspired moments on the red carpet.

The Oscars ceremony is always entertaining.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the venerable accounting firm that has tabulated Oscar ballots for more than 80 years, is still on the job even though it got the lion's share of the blame for the snafu. Let's find out what Las Vegas and global powerhouses think by checking the Oscars odds at Intertops. As for the stars, most experts predict that The Shape of Water will win Best Picture, as well as Best Director and Music, while Three Billboards' Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell will take Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor.

IndieWire's Ben Croll raved about "The Shape of Water" too, writing, "it is one of del Toro's most stunningly successful works... also a powerful vision of a creative master feeling totally, joyously free". Hilary Swank won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance as Brandon Teena in the 1999 film Boys Don't Cry. Still, "Three Billboards" has suffered the most severe backlash of the nominees, with some criticizing how Rockwell's racist cop storyline is handled. The Shape of Water has the second highest probability of winning (according to the betting gurus) at 7/5. "Thelma" and "My Days of Mercy" were really great films that didn't get enough attention.

And Timothée Chalamet, who's nominated for "Call Me by Your Name" could become the youngest best-actor victor.

LGBT-themed films I would liked to have seen recognized this year: "Professor Marston & The Wonder Women", for its progressive queer take on polyamory, kink and feminist themes from out director, Angela Robinson.

While Best Picture seems to be a toss-up, the other major categories do have strong frontrunners, like Guillermo del Toro in the Best Director race. In this case, Las Vegas and worldwide outlets agree. Peele takes his viewers on a wild ride through the South and through the mind, leaving viewers guessing until the very end while still incorporating symbolism and satire into every scene. Maybe a surprise Oscar win would coax him into rethinking retirement.

If the multi-talented Blige triumphs in both categories, she could become the first person to win an Oscar for both an acting performance and original song in the same year.

"It's holding a mirror up to us and sometimes when you look in the mirror there are things you like to see and things you don't like to see", Peters said. Plus...you can't go against those odds. Does the actor or actress's sex define their capacities to play these more gender-fluid or gender-opposite roles?

This category has our heads spinning. "Titanic" was the last "popular" victor and that was 20 years ago.

Instead, they said they had worked with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to plan "a moment" during the ceremony to reflect the campaign.

Though the most deserving performance may be that of Timothée Chalamet. This command is even more awesome coming from such a young actor.

One new voter in the acting branch was heartened that Get Out lead Daniel Kaluuya earned a nomination. It's really no different than assessing Meryl Streep's rendering of Katharine Graham and Gary Oldman's interpretation of Winston Churchill.

Recent wins to small films like "Birdman" (2014), "Spotlight" (2015) and "Moonlight" (2016) all point to a change in the Academy's direction to be more open-minded in their selection process as well as determining the winners. However, if "Dunkirk" does win Film Editing, these two categories will split, with "Mixing" going to "Dunkirk" and "Editing" going to "Baby Driver".

Frances McDormand stars in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".

  • Salvatore Jensen


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