4YE Oscars 2018 Wishlist Roundtable: Who Will Take Home The Golden Guy?

Hollywood’s golden night is almost upon us.

The 2018 Oscars are almost here, much to the delight of film fans everywhere. There are a lot of first timers who are up for awards this year, and a lot of our faves here at 4 Your Excitement are also up for awards.

With the awards being this Sunday, we thought we would pick who we would like to see win one of the highly coveted Oscars up for grabs this year.

Without further ado, check out our Winners Wish list below!

Best Production Design:

Beauty and the Beast

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour


The Shape of Water

Emmy: Beauty and The Beast; It really doesn’t get much more magical than Disney.

Shelby: I really want Beauty and the Beast to win everything it was nominated for to make up for the fact that Dan Stevens wasn’t nominated for acting nor was the song he sang in the movie nominated. I mean, come on. That as a tragedy in itself.

Anna: I think it’s going to be either Beauty and the Best or The Shape of Water. Both had stunning production designs and deserved to win.

Clare: The Shape of Water

Lara:  The Shape of Water. I had the sense watching the film that everything was precisely as Guillermo del Toro would have it. Every lamp where he wanted it, every drip from the leaking ceiling, the wallpaper was intentional, the alarm clock handpicked. The movies in this category all deserved the nomination, but The Shape of Water was a lush, transportive film and it will be rewarded for that.

Verena: This one is going to The Shape of Water. They created wonderful little world for themselves that was just beautiful to look at.

Best Cinematography:

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour



The Shape of Water

Emmy: The Shape of Water;  del Toro is always on point with his cinematography.

Shelby: Oh, boy, I’m going to go with Blade Runner 2049 on this. That film was gorgeous. I mean, dayum. Plus, Roger Deakins deserves all the awards because his body of work is stunning but he’s hardly ever recognized. It’s his turn to shine.

Anna: I kinda have the feeling that Dunkirk will win this one.

Clare: Blade Runner 2049

Lara: This is another close one. Rachel Morrison of Mudbound is the first woman EVER to be nominated in this category. Dunkirk was a technical masterpiece. The Shape of Water was mesmerising, but I’m inclined to agree with the above predictions. Blade Runner 2049. Plus Roger Deakins of Blade Runner has been nominated a million times and he’s never won.

Verena: I’m going with Blade Runner 2049. I may have not enjoyed the film as much as others, but even I have to admit it looked pretty damn stunning.

Best Sound Editing:

Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049


The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Emmy: Star Wars: The Last Jedi duh.

Shelby: As much as I love Emmy for simply saying “duh” to The Last Jedi, I’m going with Baby Driver because everything about the sound in that film is spectacular. Truly. The songs sync perfectly with what’s going on on screen and I think that’s super important and super hard to do.

Anna: Baby Driver had probably the best Soundtrack there was and it was also so important for the movie itself that it just deserves to win.

Clare: While I would love it to be Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I have a feeling Dunkirk will get this.

Lara: I think both sound categories will be a showdown between Dunkirk and Baby Driver, but for editing, I’m betting on Dunkirk.

Verena: I’m with Shelby on this one. Baby Driver was a whole new experience of sound, as it was so integral to the plot.

Best Sound Mixing:

Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049


The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Emmy: Star Wars: The Last Jedi duh

Shelby: See above comment for sound editing. Baby Driver. Do it.

Anna: Yeah, Baby Driver again.

Clare: Yeah I agree, I think Baby Driver will take this home.

Lara: Like I said above, it’s between Baby Driver and Dunkirk. Dunkirk is the safe bet, any movie with that many explosions and spent shell casings usually is. However, Baby Driver will not be a big winner and this is a solid consolation prize. So if Dunkirk loses, it loses to Baby Driver.

Verena: See above. Baby Driver.

Best Animated Short:

Dear Basketball

Garden Party


Negative Space

Revolting Rhymes

Emmy: Dear Basketball; I really enjoyed this and as a closeted sports fan, it warmed my little hear.

Clare: Revolting Rhymes

Lara: I’m with Emmy. Dear Basketball.

Verena: Lou was really sweet, but I’m going with the majority, Dear Basketball. Truly inspiring.

Best Live Action Short:

DeKalb Elementary

The Eleven O’Clock

My Nephew Emmett

The Silent Child

Watu Wote/All of Us

Emmy: DeKalb Elementary

Clare: The Silent Child

Lara: DeKalb Elementary

Verena: My vote goes to the sadly relevant DeKalb Elementary.

Best Original Score:


Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Emmy: Star Wars: The Last Jedi duh.

Anna: Phantom Thread! The Score literally was the best and sooo fitting for the movie and the storyline!

Shelby: This is going to be a tight race between The Shape of Water and Three Billboards, I think. As much as I love Hans Zimmer, I was unimpressed with the Dunkirk score and the Phantom Thread score was awful. Sorry, Anna. So, between The Shape of Water and Three Billboards, I think I’m going with The Shape of Water. So ethereal and so beautiful and I love the repeated French motifs.

Clare: I’d award it to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but I think it will be The Shape of Water.

Lara: I’m siding with Claire on this one. Nostalgia aside: The Shape of Water.

Verena: Phantom Thread’s score may have been the only thing I liked about the film, but it was far from outstanding. I’ll go with The Shape of Water, but Dunkirk is a close second.

Best Visual Effects:

Blade Runner 2049

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Kong: Skull Island

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

War for the Planet of the Apes

Emmy: Star Wars: The Last Jedi duh.

Shelby: Alright, alright, The Last Jedi will probably take this one.

Clare: Again, I’m all for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but Blade Runner 2049 will probably nab it.

Lara: I think there’s sufficient reason to believe that Blade Runner 2049 could walk away the winner here too, but I’m keeping my eye on the severe outliers who probably won’t win or aren’t nominated in any other category. Keep your eye on War for The Planet of the Apes. That’s my gamble.

Verena: This category and its nominees baffles me to no end … but it’s a definite win for Blade Runner 2049.

Best Film Editing:

Baby Driver


I, Tonya

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Emmy: Baby Driver; I don’t know how the team did it but hot damn.

Shelby: Baby Driver hands down. It goes along with the whole Sound Editing and Sound Mixing categories. Nobody else even comes close.

Anna: While I agree with Emmy and Shelby, I really liked Dunkirk and given how the different storylines came together in the end, it definitely deserves this win.

Clare: Yep I’m in the Baby Driver camp.

Lara: I’m gonna have go with Dunkirk here, again for technical mastery.

Verena: This one is really tough one, because Dunkirk and Baby Driver are pretty much toe-to-toe … It could go either way, but I’ll go with Dunkirk.

Best Hair and Makeup:

Darkest Hour

Victoria and Abdul


Emmy: Darkest Hour;  I didn’t even realized it was Gary Oldman until his name came up in the trailer. That’s how good of a job they did.

Anna: Darkest Hour for sure! I mean have you noticed how Gary Oldman looks in this?!

Shelby: Darkest Hour not only for Gary Oldman’s look but also for everything else. Very era appropriate and just wonderful all the way around.

Clare: Yep completely agree. Darkest Hour would win this just for the work with Gary Oldman let alone the magnificence of the entire film. Plus the Academy do love period pieces for this category.

Lara: Well look at this sweeping consensus! You read it here first, folks. Darkest Hour will win.

Verena: Yeah, this one is a no-brainer. Darkest Hour.

Best Supporting Actress:

Mary J.Blige – Mudbound

Allison Janney – I, Tonya

Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Emmy: Alison I-Slay-Everyone Janney; If she loses, I will be shook.

Clare: This is Allison Janney’s to lose and I think it extremely unlikely that that will occur. I have loved Janney for years and, as with everything I’ve seen her in, she is superb in I,Tonya. Definitely deserved here.

Anna: Yeah, I don’t think Allison Janney won’t win this. She has one everything this award season and while I’d love for Octavia Spencer to win as well, I think Janney will take it home.

Shelby: Gonna go with the populace here: Allison Janney. While Octavia Spencer and Laurie Metcalf are both brilliant, this is Janney’s to lose.

Lara: Oh wow, again? I would love to see this award go to Metcalf or Spencer, but Allison Janney is an award show darling and she’s swept the circuit this year. No reason to bet against her.

Verena: I absolutely loved Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird, but this one is Allison Janney’s to lose. Finally my queen gets the recognition she deserves.

Best Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe- The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outisde Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Emmy: Sam I-Am-A-Beast-On-The-Dancefloor Rockwell

Clare: I’ve only seen The Shape of Water and Richard Jenkins was amazing in that, but this is likely to be a boring Oscars so this is likely to go to Sam Rockwell.

Anna: He’s won everything – like Janney – so Sam Rockwell will win this as well. Also he was great in Three Billboards, so it’s only fair.

Shelby: I had a friend who told me to go with Three Billboards for everything so, Sam Rockwell.

Lara: Yep. My money is on Sam Rockwell, though I would like to see Richard Jenkins walk away with it.

Verena: I am really, really rooting for Willem Dafoe to get a bit of attention for his work on The Florida Project. But there’s no way Sam Rockwell won’t get this one.

Best Foreign language:

A Fantastic Woman

The Insult


The Wound

The Square

Emmy: The Wound

Clare: A Fantastic Woman

Lara: Going with Clare. A Fantastic Woman. The story of a trans woman, performed by a trans woman. I’m here for it. Watch out for The Insult.

Verena: Another tough one. I think it might be a tight race between A Fantastic Woman and The Square. To make it interesting, I’ll give my vote to the latter.

Best Documentary Short Subject:


Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405


Kayayo: The Living Shopping Baskets

Knife Skills

Traffic Stop

Emmy: Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 only because the title amuses me.

Clare: Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Lara: Oh, I want this to be Heroin(e) so bad! It’s on netflix y’all, watch it.

Verena: I’ll go with Heroin(e) as well.

Best Documentary Feature:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Faces Places


Last Men in Aleppo

Strong Island

Emmy: Last Men in Aleppo

Clare: Last Men in Aleppo

Lara: I honestly don’t know. Last Men in Aleppo took Sundance. Icarus has the benefit of being available on Netflix and we just finished up the Olympics. Faces Places is a strong contender for Agnes Varda. I’m sticking with the sentimental win. Faces Places.

Verena: I am feeling Lara’s pain, this is a hard one. I’m going with Icarus.

Best Original Song:

“Mighty River” from Mudbound

“Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name

“Remember Me” from Coco

“Stand Up for Something” from Marshall

“This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman

Emmy; my Sophie’s Choice this year; Will the Academy honor back-to-back winners in this department is the real question though….though the most epic plot twist will be if it’s a tie. That being said, “This Is Me” is my choice as it has become my anthem with “Remember Me” being the runner up.

Shelby: Everybody loves a good musical so my guess is The Greatest Showman. It should’ve went to Evermore by Alan Menken from Beauty and the Beast but that’s neither here nor there and I’ll just sit back and sip my tea.

Clare: This is Hollywood… everyone knows what it’s like to want to be given their chance to shine and prove themselves, to say “I’m here, like it or not” plus they love underdogs so this should easily go to “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman. The biggest problem they may face is that Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won last year for “City of Stars” and will the Academy want to honour them two years in a row. I think they just might be back-to-back winners.

Anna: “This is Me” is likely to be the best and most inspiring song this year, so I’ll root for it.

Lara: “Remember Me”

Verena: I’m so sick of The Greatest Showman winning this category (which it will). Sufjan Stevens deserves better. “Mystery of Love” is a masterpiece.

Best Animated Feature Film:

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner



Loving Vincent

Emmy: Coco and I will bawl like I did in the theaters when it does. Representation matters so much.

Clare: Coco all the way.

Shelby: As much as I love the idea of Loving Vincent and the craft it took to create that film, I’m going with Coco.

Anna: Coco was just too cute!

Lara: Our survey says! Coco.

Verena: Yeah, Coco. Why is The Boss Baby even nominated …

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Call Me by Your Name

The Disaster Artist


Molly’s Game


Emmy: Call Me By Your Name because that was just brilliant though as a second choice, Logan.

Anna: I feel like Call Me By Your Name will take this one home.

Shelby: I agree with Anna. Call Me By Your Name will definitely claim this one.

Clare: Yep I’d be so surprised if Call Me By Your Name didn’t get this one.

Lara: I’m with you gals, Call Me By Your Name is the one to beat.

Verena: Yet another one we all agree on. Call Me By Your Name it is.

Best Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Emmy: The Shape of Water because I just love Memo so much and this movie was so different.

Anna: Come on, Three Billboards was just great and will win this.

Shelby: I was told to pick Three Billboards but I am really, really, hoping The Shape of Water will get some love in this category.

Clare: It would be so great if Lady Bird won this award, however, this is Three Billboards’ year so they will likely scope most of the categories they are nominated in. This included.

Lara: God I want Get Out to win. I want it to win with my whole heart. Three Billboards is the one to beat, but I’ll be hopeful just this once. Please Academy, give it to Jordan Peele for Get Out.

Verena: I think Get Out will surprise us and win this one. This is one hell of a category, and everyone really deserves this win, but Jordan Peele will make it.

Best Actor:

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out

Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Emmy: God aka Gary Oldman and I will fight everyone in that damn Dolby Theater if he doesn’t win.

Shelby: I swear to everything that is holy, if Gary Oldman does not win an Oscar for this performance, I will rain on everything the Academy holds dear. That man is a gift to the movie audience and the fact that he’s not won before this is a flipping travesty of the highest degree.

Clare: The acting awards are often not necessarily awarded for THAT particular performance, but for an actor’s body of work really. While Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) was amazing (and that end credits scene was just breathtaking), he’s probably a bit too green to take this away. Gary Oldman was unbelievable in Darkest Hour and really was Churchill. It’s for these reasons he will take an Oscar home Sunday night.

Anna: Yep, Gary Oldman, like they said.

Lara: I’m with Clare here, for some reason age matters quite a lot in the Best Actor category, which eliminates Chalamet. He’s just too young. Gary Oldman will win.

Verena: Unfortunately, Clare and Lara are right. They won’t give this honor to someone as young as Chalamet, which is a shame. Darkest Hour was a snoozefest, and Daniel Kaluuya deserves this win, but this is the Academy, so Gary Oldman will take it home.

Best Actress:

Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie – I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

Meryl Streep – The Post

Emmy: I’m no fool; Frances McDormand.

Shelby: Honestly, I really am expecting Sally Hawkins to take the prize this year. No offense to any other lady on this list, especially Queen Meryl, but Hawkins delivers a stunning performance without uttering a single word. That takes a lot of guts and a lot of talent.

Clare: I would so love Margot Robbie to take this home and Meryl’s always a winner in my book, but Frances McDormand is going to take this out.

Anna: While I’m always rooting for Meryl Streep, I think Frances McDormand will take this home like she did the other times this award season.

Lara: Yeah, I mean, this is McDormand’s year. She’s swept everything. Why would that change now?

Verena: This one needs no debate. Frances McDormand. (Even though I high-key want this one to go to my future wife Margot).

Best Director:

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Torro, The Shape of Water

Emmy: Memo!!!!

Shelby: Guillermo del Torro. All the way. Every day. Sorry Nolan but you’re getting your butt handed to you this year.

Clare: Guillermo del Torro did beautiful work with The Shape of Water. This film deserves more awards than it’s receiving, but this will be the big one for it.

Anna: I don’t think there’s any doubt that Guillermo del Torro won’t win this year, so here’s to him!

Lara: Hard to bet against Guillermo del Torro, though this is Christopher Nolan’s long overdue first nomination for best director. I say he’s the upset if there is one, but I expect del Torro to take it.

Verena: Guillermo, no doubt.

Best Picture:

Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Emmy: I need to think on this one…..I’m going to cop out and say The Shape of Water with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as a second because both are so worthy.

Clare: The Academy likes to get behind a cause so based on that there are a few films that could get this honour on the night. There has been a bit of backlash for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in recent weeks, but I don’t think it’s caused enough damage to ruin its chances here. Admittedly I haven’t seen this yet and everything I have heard has been very positive, but this is really the safe film to honour and it will take home the big one.

Anna: I really wish The Post would win this year. It is such an impotant movie and I get goosebumps just thinking about the end of the movie when Katharine left the Supreme Court and all the women who looked up at her, admiring her for her bravery and what she had accomplished. BUT I think Three Billboards will take the Oscar home as well, which it deserves, I just think The Post was a bit better.

Shelby: As much as I really, really, really want Dunkirk or The Shape of Water to take this, it’s going to be Three Billboards for the win.

Lara: This is so tough. Three Billboards took the Globe and the BAFTA, but the film has taken its fair (and due) share of criticism for the blatant racism throughout. Not to mention, the film wasn’t nominated for Best Director.

Guillermo del Torro is a shoe-in, and The Shape of Water was filled with so many hollywood staples, including song and dance.

And then there’s Get Out, my forever long shot fave. Honestly, I should flip a coin or two. It’s a close race.

I think The Shape of Water is the safest bet, though nothing but a win for Get Out would surprise me at this point.

Verena: Half of the movies are not even worth a consideration, The Post, Phantom Thread, or Dunkirk have absolutely zero chances of taking this one. I really don’t want Three Billboards to win, because while it was a great film, it wasn’t extraordinary, neither was it as original, and unique as The Shape of Water. BUT at the end of the day I’ve got to follow awards protocol, and simply put my money on Three Billboards.

Erika Negrón Rivera
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