Movie-man Tim Mitchell's picks for the 2018 Oscars

Movie-man Tim Mitchell's picks for the 2018 Oscars

Since 2007, News-Gazette staff writer Tim Mitchell has predicted who will win at the Oscars. The 90th Academy Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will be handed out tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting for the second time. Hopefully there won't be another envelope mishap this year. The show will air at 7 p.m. on ABC, with red-carpet coverage kicking off at 5:30 p.m.

Here's Mitchell's picks for the "Big Six" awards:

Best actor

Gary Oldman, 'Darkest Hour'

Most people know Oldman as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter movies. Oldman spent three-and-a-half hours in the makeup chair every day to transform himself into Winston Churchill. Award-winning makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji came out of retirement to take on the job.

Best actress

Frances McDormand, 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

Here's a local woman who has done well. McDormand was born in Gibson City on June 23, 1957, and was adopted by a pastor and a registered nurse. She is one of the few performers who has won the triple crown of acting: an Oscar, a Tony and two Emmys.

Best supporting actor

Sam Rockwell, 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

Springfield, Mo., police Detective Josh McMullin helped Rockwell prepare for his role as Missouri cop Jason Dixon. This is his first Oscar nomination. He met his girlfriend, actress Leslie Bibb, when he was filming "Frost/Nixon."

Best supporting actress

Allison Janney, 'I, Tonya'

Janney could win her first Oscar for the role of LaVona Golden, mother of figure skater Tonya Harding in the film. Her character wears a fur coat and often has a bird perched on her shoulder. They had to audition three birds to play her pet.

Best director

Guillermo Del Toro, 'The Shape of Water'

Del Toro could actually pick up three Oscars tonight. He is also nominated as a producer on the film, which is up for best picture, and for best original screenplay. If he gets all three, he would become only the eighth person in history to achieve the feat for the same film.

Best picture

'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

For the last several years in this category only, the Academy has used a system of preferential voting, which can allow a film that is many voters' second-favorite choice to come out on top. That factor, along with the addition of some 600 new voters, many of whom are women and minorities, makes this category difficult to project. The best-picture award figures to be a two-horse race between "The Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." The first is an artistic movie with high production value, and the second is story driven and an actor's film. While "The Shape of Water" was honored by the producers' and directors' guilds, it wasn't nominated for best ensemble by the Screen Actors Guild. No film since "Braveheart" (1995) has won the best-picture Oscar without previously landing a SAG ensemble nomination. Not only did "Billboards" win the ensemble prize at the Screen Actors' Guild, but it also swept the Golden Globes and BAFTA British Academy Film Awards. The statuette could go either way, but here's a hunch "Billboards" will have enough first- and second-place votes to take the big prize.

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