March 18, 2018

Critics Weigh In On 2018 Oscar Favorites

03 March 2018, 09:12 | Santos West

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With the ever-present #MeToo movement and the demand for gender equality, a win for Greta Gerwig would make a huge statement; it would show that the Academy is truly gender-inclusive and that women are capable, strong and accomplished.

"It's really interesting that we have still got a fight and a race on our hands and it's not a foregone conclusion", said Ladbrokes spokeswoman Jessica Bridge.

"This show is not about reliving people's sexual assaults", returning host Jimmy Kimmel told ABC News, informed that a poll revealed 94 per cent of women in Hollywood have been sexually harassed or assaulted.

It may have been the most embarrassing flub in Oscars history, but don't expect host Jimmy Kimmel to shy away from mining "Envelopegate" for comedy gold at the Academy's expense. And Octavia Spencer of The Shape of Water, who has an Oscar for The Help, is the top vote-getter for Best Supporting Actress.

And the, like, 800 other Oscars. From the controversy surrounding "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", to the dreamlike romance with a fish-man seen in "The Shape of Water", there's no a lack of opinions about who deserves to win, and who got snubbed.

"'Shape of Water' is lovely, original film making and del Toro will be rewarded for this", Golden said.

This is a judgment-free zone. The 90-minute special is hosted by Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, The Goldbergs' Wendi McLendon-Covey, The View co-host Sara Haines, Vanity Fair executive West Coast editor Krista Smith and IMDb special correspondent Dave Karger.

Edwards: They selected nine out of a possible 10 best picture movies and out of those nine maybe three of them really don't belong. And we're going to tell you how. And as they have in the past, Americans select the actors they know the best as the ones deserving of prizes.

Grae Drake: "Frances McDormand, hahaha!" Instead of trying to read the minds of academy voters, I'd much rather think for myself and discuss the qualities of cinematic accomplishments of the past year.

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Jimmy Kimmel: "This is Meryl's 20th Oscar nomination ... made even more incredible considering the fact that she wasn't even in a movie this year".

Whatever the origins of the trophy's name, Meryl Streep is head and shoulders above the rest of the acting world in terms of the amount of times she's been nominated for one - an incredible 20.

Oscar-winner Cher appeared on the red carpet in 1998 in a glittering gown by Bob Mackie, a designer she has shared a creative partnership with for a number of decades.

Grae Drake: "She and Tom Hanks and Denzel, all of these people, it's like just give them all the awards".

Who should have been nominated: Melissa Leo, "Novitiate" Leo, who won a supporting-actress Oscar for "The Fighter", turned in a complex performance as an old-school nun struggling to adjust to changing times in this little-seen film. So perhaps it's not surprising that 62% of the public have seen no Best Picture nominee.

And Wolfgang Puck is cooking up a storm again to serve a post-ceremony feast.

I used to love the Oscars.

But the 2017 backstage envelope mix-up that saw the top prize in the movie industry briefly being awarded to "La La Land" rather than actual victor "Moonlight" may pale in relation to the task facing Kimmel when he returns as Oscar master of ceremonies for a second year.

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