Lady Bird Will Go Home Empty-handed on Oscar Night, Unless …

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird. Photo: A24 Of this year’s nine Best Picture nominees, nearly all of them are well-situated to take home at least one Oscar, if not more. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the front-runner to win both Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell, while Darkest Hour looks like it’s cruising to a Best Actor victory for Gary Oldman. The Shape of Water ’s Guillermo del Toro is the pacesetter for Best Director, and that film will likely split some of the tech categories with Dunkirk . Get Out has heat in the Best Original Screenplay category after its Writers Guild Awards win this past weekend, while Call Me by Your Name is likely to take home the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, and Phantom Thread is assured of at least one victory in Best Costume Design. There are two Best Picture contenders, though, that presently look like they’ll go home empty-handed on Oscar night. One isn’t surprising: The Post is the least-nominated film in that category, an awards-season underperformer that only managed one additional Best Actress nomination for Meryl Streep. It won’t win either. A little more bracing is the […]

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