And so it begins!
Fall season is upon us and that means my Oscar prediction posts will be ramping up on this here blog. I will be following the same formula as I did last year. Six “early” prediction posts on Picture, Director, and the four acting races. It’s my goal to have all of these posted by Monday, if not earlier.
From there, every Thursday I’ll bring you my weekly prediction posts all the way to the nominations next year. In both these initial posts covering the six categories and for the weekly posts starting next week, I’ll list my predicted nominees for Best Picture as well as 25 pictures total as possibilities. For the other races (the two Screenplay categories will be included with the weekly posts), I’ll list my five predicted nominees along with ten other ranked possibilities. From week to week, you’ll be able to track the up and down movement of my predictions, who and what have dropped out, and who and what have joined the mix.
We begin today with Best Supporting Actress and just like any category at this juncture (just as festival season is beginning), everything is up in the air. I would say Hong Chau’s work in Downsizing is pretty darn close to a sure thing with Melissa Leo’s role in Novitiate close as well (as long as her campaign doesn’t switch to Lead Actress).
As far as history with my previous year’s earliest predictions in Supporting Actress, 2014 and 2016 yielded two of the eventual five nominees while 2015 gave us three.
Let’s get to it, shall we?
TODD’S FIRST PREDICTIONS – BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Melissa Leo, Novitiate
Kristin Scott Thomas, Darkest Hour
Michelle Williams, The Greatest Showman
Kirsten Dunst, The Beguiled
Carrie Fisher, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Samantha Isler, Molly’s Game
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Tatiana Maslany, Stronger
Julianne Moore, Suburbicon
Michelle Pfeiffer, mother!
Margot Robbie, Goodbye Christopher Robin
Millicent Simmonds, Wonderstruck
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
And there you have it! I’ll have Supporting Actor up shortly…