Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

If we want to change our culture we need better entertainment

Below, browse over 500 photos illustrating every part of Oscars night, from the red carpet's all-time best and worst dresses and the iconic movies that were snubbed by the awards to the Moonlight best picture mix-up from last year's ceremony. 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.

Think back to when Ang Lee's 2012 film Life of Pi - an adaptation of a supposedly unfilmable novel featuring the holy trinity of director's nightmares: water, kids and animals - got him a statuette while best picture went to Ben Affleck's Argo, one part Middle East-set global thriller and one part salute to showbiz and the oddballs who make it go. Who are your picks? In that way, I'm concerned: Are the Oscars going to become totally irrelevant?

Best Director: Guillermo del Toro of The Shape of Water is a clear victor of the category.

Best Actor: Gary Oldman is a heavy favorite to win here (1-to-33 odds) for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour". Original screenplay, I'm going for "Get Out". One imagines that as well as firing everyone involved in that memorable disaster, they'll have quadruple-checked everything before those envelopes are opened this year. The second most-viewed Best Picture nominee is Dunkirk, which 15% of the public has seen. As Annette Simmons says in the title of her book: "Whoever tells the best story wins".

DJC thinks Get Out ought to win.

Although Blige and fellow nominee Laurie Metcalf ("Lady Bird") have a lot of support from fans, Allison Janney is expected to win for "I, Tonya".

In return, the contributors get "bragging rights", said Distinctive Assets founder Lash Fary. I would have added "Wonder Woman" and I would have added "Mudbound" easily. I think "The Post" is the weakest of all the nine nominees. With cinematic masterpieces such as "Lady Bird" and "The Shape of Water", the competition this year is intense.

Wilkinson: I agree that "The Florida Project" should have been on that list. Maybe the Academy will like the two exciting historical drama offerings in "Darkest Hour" and "The Post". The Academy could still surprise us! These movies all skew sort of middle of the road. This Oscars preview will provide predictions for the most honorable categories and the evening as a whole. She receives a standing ovation, prompting her to joke that "you're all only standing because I fell and that was embarrassing". "AND they should also probably bring out about 10 other Oscar statues to make up for one of the most criminally overlooked nominees in the history of the academy". It was just so stale and non-eventful...

Wilkinson: Meryl Streep can get nominated for literally anything she does.

"While there are some strong contenders in this category, I think James Ivory knocked it out of the park" - TT; "If Ivory wins, it will be as much for his long career as a director as for his adaptation" - DL; DJC thinks Molly's Game should win. Alicia Vikander won her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2016 in a canary yellow Louis Vuitton creation that gave off major Belle vibes, while Lupita Nyong'o also took home the coveted statuette in a Cinderella-like flowy Prada ball gown in 2014. It took our culture by storm.

TT and DL favored Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) in this category; SB, JN and I thought Robert Pattison deserved at least a nomination for his work in Good Time. It is the most raw and visceral experience I had watching a film previous year. Because it's been sort of like this decisiveness about the movie in terms of like racism and races particularly with the Sam Rockwell character. Christopher Plummer did a fine job stepping in for the disgraced Kevin Spacey on the re-shot All The Money In The World, but again it feels like this one might inevitably head in the direction of just outside Ebbing, Missouri.

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