Oscar-Nominated Films Starring Women Are More Profitable, Says BBC Analysis

Irene MckinneyMar 03, 2018

Three Billboards also won the BAFTA, but it doesn't have a Director nomination, which can be a kiss of death: Only four films in 89 years of Oscars have won Picture without a Director nomination. Movies could arguably not succeed without their musical components, and to me, it seems only fitting that this award is given to Williams to recognize his attractive work on the most recent Star Wars film, as well as his longstanding work with the series since the first film came out in 1977.

Writing on Twitter, the artist says: "I was hoping to document things however nearly everyone who was supposed to help didn't show so we were short on men". It should surprise no one that last year's broadcast was the lowest-rated in nine years.

The second batch of presenters includes Call Me by Your Name star Armie Hammer, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, multiple members of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast, including Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran, as well as Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot. While "Dunkirk" seemed like a likely victor before the holiday rush, it's now forgotten.

While fans have to wait until Sunday night to find out the complete winner's list, experts have shared their take on which movie and actor would go home with an Oscar this year. This is a tight, tight race and could go any which way.

Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf ("Lady Bird") is a struggling mom with a wildly independent teen. I think her performance really anchors the film and brings a sense of reality the film captures well.

A few of the nominees to take notice of this year are: Get Out for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay; Jordan Peele for Best Director and Daniel Kaluuya for Best Actor for the same film; Mary J. Blige for Mudbound and; Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress in one of this year's Oscar favourites, The Shape of Water. One of the best characters of previous year, Sam Rockwell plays this role beautifully.

However, Greta Gerwig is the fifth woman to be nominated in the Best Director category.

Will win: Rockwell. Should win: Harrelson.

Coyle: Oldman has this one in the bag.

Coyle: I wouldn't begrudge Oldman his moment in the sun. Sally Hawkins delivers the best performance of her career in "The Shape of Water".

Just ask those who thought Sylvester Stallone was finally going to win for playing Rocky. The Academy loves their Meryl. Interestingly, two years later, she had a chance to beat his record: in 1992 it was nominated for the film "Fried green tomatoes", but to win she did not succeed.

Directing is also an extremely tough category.

BEST DIRECTOR: Unless there's a sweep by some hidden film ("Lady Bird" and "Get Out" are the most likely), this belongs to Guillermo del Toro for "The Shape of Water". He delivers a masterpiece of a film, and the film he delivers is specifically his. TV viewers know they'll never see all the series necessary to call the Emmys. I'm proud of Jordan Peele to have the courage to tell such a insane story.

Now it's time for the big one: Best Picture. "Get Out", "Lady Bird", Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards" are all nominated.

The protests on the heels of #OscarsSoWhite - the hashtag that emerged as a form of protest against the under-representation of people of color in the Oscar nominations - showed first results at the Academy Awards ceremony a year ago when black actors won half of the awards in the acting categories and "Moonlight", a film about a gay African American, won Best Picture. It's a story about how hate drives us to extremes and the powerfulness of forgiveness.

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