As anticipation hots up for awards season, Top 10 Films looks at the runners and riders in the key categories of Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress.
The Academy Awards, more commonly referred to as the Oscars, are awards handed out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS); that recognise the work done by individuals and organisations in the film industry. There are 24 awards that are given out, ranging from best picture and best director right through to best visual effects and best sound editing. It’s the oldest award ceremony that recognises such achievements, with many others such as the Grammy Awards and the Emmy Awards being based on the format of the Oscars.
March 4, 2018 will see the 90th Academy Awards take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California; and already the buzz has started to build. Jimmy Kimmel will be playing host for the second year running, as people not just from America; but from all around the world wait in earnest to see which film has come out on top, or whether their favourite actor or actress has won an award. The Oscars are always hotly contested and winning just one can dramatically improve a person’s career.
The Academy Awards are such a global phenomenon that even online betting brands regularly open markets on who is going to win which award, and 2018 is no different. Industry leader Unibet have already opened markets on a few of the categories which will take place on the night, with the Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Picture awards always the ones that people look out for the most.
Looking at the three categories mentioned above, as they are indeed the most popular, you’d say that in many people’s eyes the Best Actor award is pretty much a done deal. Gary Oldman is the front runner and it really is his award to lose. He was absolutely superb playing Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s film Darkest Hour and you’d probably say that only Timothee Chalamet who was great in Call Me By Your Name can rival him as thing stand.
The Best Actress award is set to be a much closer run even, with a few in the running as things stand. Frances McDormund really impressed in dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The Shape of Water saw Sally Hawkins deliver a stunning performance, without actually saying a word; and it will be no surprise if Meryl Streep comes out on top for her work in The Post, directed and produced by the great Steven Spielberg.
When it comes to the Best Picture award, like the nominations for Best Actress, there doesn’t seem to currently be a true frontrunner, meaning many are in with a chance of scooping the award. Many would expect The Post to be one of the hot favourites, especially with such a great cast and production team behind it but it’s far from a done deal at this stage.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has really caught the eye and the dark comedy is well represented in other categories too. Christopher Nolan’s World War II film Dunkirk has been a huge hit since its release this summer and comedy-drama Lady Bird, which depicts the relationship between a daughter and mother in a coming of age movie, is expected to do well too.