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Jimmy Kimmel may avoid political statements at Oscars

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① If somebody trips when walking up to receive their award. If the Oscar goes to a performance you thought was garbage, that doesn't mean you watch movies wrong, just as if all of the Academy Awards in a given year go to nominees you loved, it's not proof that your taste is somehow superior to everyone else's.

Last year's Oscars were a bit of a cockup, which is putting it mildly. It is the only time a film from the silent era won best picture, with the award going to World War One romance "Wings".

So while the final award of the night will provide some excitement, the acting awards aren't likely to. Three of these contenders are expected to claim three apiece, one will win a pair of awards and three will take home a single Oscar.

"Grae Drake: "'Three Billboards' has really built up a lot of favoritism".

Oldman is in a powerhouse field of nominees, led by past winners Daniel Day-Lewis for "Phantom Thread" and Denzel Washington for "Roman J. Israel, Esq". As I wrote about in the category Best Achievement in Directing, Guillermo del Toro's film does not miss a note.

The Oscar nominations included numerous usual suspects (like Meryl Streep, with her 21st nomination, this time for The Post). Her video series began as a way to better understand the field and find a mentor. She previously won best actress for "Sophie's Choice" and "The Iron Lady", and for supporting work in "Kramer vs. Kramer".

Production design: "The Shape of Water".

Actress: Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".


Plummer was a late addition to the film, replacing Kevin Spacey, who was removed from the movie following allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Best Foreign Film category is particularly challenging this year, as the nominees are all extreme.

We close out our Oscar predictions with the only of the six major categories that wouldn't be considered a lock: Best Picture.

The DGA win makes del Toro a front-runner for best director for "The Shape of Water". By my count, which could be off by a couple, almost 60 movies, short and long, have a shot at an Oscar Sunday night. "The last thing I want to do is ruin that for someone who is, you know, nominated for, you know, best leading actress or best supporting or best director or cinematographer or whatever, by making it unpleasant". "The Shape of Water's" unconventional love story is made more compelling considering the creature loves, accepts and is a friend to those who prove they are good at heart.

Oscar producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd tell USA TODAY that host Jimmy Kimmel's show monologue will hit on politics, but will not be as accutely political as Kimmel has been this year during memorable moments of his talkshow. "They're not conclusive, especially about best picture - that seems to be the biggest question mark of all", he said. I don't know if either will end up being the Best Picture victor when it's announced on Sunday night, however.

"Get Out." Jordan Peele's racially charged horror-comedy was the surprise hit of a year ago, earning widespread critical acclaim and earning $255 million (on a $4.5 million budget). Have your own Oscars statues ready for guests.

Greta Gerwig's solo feature directorial debut - a moving and authentic portrait of a volatile mother-daughter relationship - could see her become only the second woman ever to win the Oscar for best director. It has pledged to double the number of women and people of color in its ranks by 2020, and she noted, the number of women on its board has more than tripled since 2011. But get serious - it's about winning, which is really what the stars care about.

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