Oscar 2018 producers: Host Jimmy Kimmel will avoid 'pointed' political statements

Paul Conway, a State University College at Oneonta professor emeritus, chose the film, "Simply because of its pure entertainment value: rich in its sense of humor, understanding of human nature, and quirky plot", he said. Fox Searchlight's fantastical romance The Shape of Water and its dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri are the front runners for the Best Picture prize. Connelly said along with "The Shape of Water", "Get Out" has a good change to pull a surprise Best Picture win.

"I love the world, I'm so happy".

Which makes guessing who's going to win a little bit trickier. In total, Crystal hosted nine Academy Awards between 1989 and 2012. A stage manager showed her a redesigned envelope for this year, with the category boldly printed on both sides with an easy, magnetic closure. Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman won the best actress and best actor awards. "Oldman's Churchill is a cigar smoking, brandy-swilling, jaw-thrusting engine of a man".

The Golden Globes are typically a strong indicator of what's to come at The Oscars and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" took home the win there, so the stakes are high for Sunday night.

"This year, the Oscars are really surprisingly and beautifully inclusive", Luca Guadagnino, director of "Call Me By Your Name", an outside bet for best picture, told AFP at Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards.

"I think the first most impressive thing I recall from the Oscars is when Roberto Benigni walked on top of the seats", Kimmel told Deadline of the Italian director's memorable '98 Oscar win.

Laurie Metcalf has been praised too though, for her realistic portrayal of Lady Bird's mother.

"The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it and I can't deny the fact that you like me - right now, you like me!", she said with feeling.

There was no agreement here, with each member of our panel choosing a different actor. Willem Dafoe would also be a very worthy victor for The Florida Project.

D'Imperio is betting on another longshot - "veteran scene stealer" Christopher Plummer in "All the Money in the World".

Hollywood is set for a real-life cliffhanger Sunday at the Oscars - the race for Best Picture is coming down to the wire to cap an awards season overshadowed by scandal over sexual misconduct in showbiz.

Cuba Gooding Jr's epic speech while accepting the supporting actor award for Jerry Maguire has gone down in the annals for sheer boundless joy and enthusiasm. If there was an upset, I could see Sorkin taking it. Last year's Best Actor Casey Affleck, who has settled harassment claims, is not attending. Grab your flute of (cheap) Champagne, keep these rules handy and get ready to sip, swig and chug your way through the 2018 Academy Awards.

While there is no official repeat planned, some actresses have indicated they will again wear black in support of #MeToo on Sunday.

"Mighty River" from Mudbound - Mary J. Blige.

Kimmel hosted a year ago when an envelope mix-up initially (and mistakenly) resulted in "La La Land" being named the best picture victor over "Moonlight" at the 89th Academy Awards.

Many Oscar hosts over the years have gotten poor marks, including Seth MacFarlane in 2013, who opened the show with a poorly received song called "We Saw Your Boobs".

  • Zachary Reyes