Who could be in the running for a big win at the 2018 Oscars?

And whose chances have been dashed since the Weinstein scandal

The Oscars 2018 are still months away, but the long race to a little gold man is already heating up.

The Academy Awards – the last in a packed awards season calendar that kicks off with the Golden Globes on 7th January – will take place next year on Sunday 4th March.

The Oscars 2018 nominees will be announced in a live event in LA on Tuesday 23rd January. Though it’s still too early to say exactly who will win big, here’s who we think stands a very good chance of being nominated (and who, following the Weinstein scandal, has definitely fallen out of the race):

Oscars 2018 predictions

Who could be in the running for Best Actress?

Saoirse Ronan has come close before with Atonement and Brooklyn; could 2018 finally be her year? She’s certainly had very buzzy reviews for her lead in Greta Gerwig’s indie drama Lady Bird. Another brilliantly underrated actress being tipped for Oscar success is Sally Hawkins for her role in Guillermo del Toro’s spooky fairytale The Shape Of Water, along with Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. Carey Mulligan could also get the nod for Netflix movie Mudbound.

Previous Oscar winners who could pop up in best actress nominee bracket again include Judi Dench for Victoria & Abdul and Kate Winslet for Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel. Also, in news that will surprise absolutely no-one, Meryl Streep is a potential contender for The Post.

Could Margot Robbie also be in with a chance for I, Tonya? Reviews of her biopic – which sees her play controversial U.S figure skater Tonya Harding – suggest the movie could be a game-changer for the Australian actress whose star has been on the rise for several years now.

Who could be in the running for Best Actor?

Relative newcomer, Interstellar‘s Timothee Chalamet, could do a Lupita and sweep Best Actor for his extraordinary turn opposite Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name. Other more established names in the running include Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Andrew Garfield (Breathe), James Franco (The Disaster Artist) and Tom Hanks – the Meryl of the Best Actor category – for The Post.

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But it’s also worth keeping your eye on the brilliant Daniel Kaluuya. There’s been buzz building around Get Out as a serious Oscar contender for some time now – with plenty of nods at the Independent Spirit Awards – so the film could be next year’s runaway hit.

Who are the contenders for Best Supporting Actor and Actress?

Allison Janney

There’s been a massive amount of buzz surrounding Mary J Blige’s performance in Mudbound, the movie about two families struggling to adjust to life in Mississippi after WWII that Netflix bought at Sundance earlier this year. Can Blige keep the momentum going until March?

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Another potentially exciting Best Supporting Actress contender is Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, who had the critics raving about her performance opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger. Otherwise there’s the always-brilliant Alison Janney, who could win the statuette for her turn as the flint-hearted LaVona Harding in I, Tonya. Also don’t count out well as Laurie Metcalf’s stunning performance in Lady Bird.

The potential Best Supporting Actor category doesn’t appear to have an obvious frontrunner: there’s Michael Stuhlbarg for Call Me By Your Name – which could mirror Timothee Chalamet in the Best Actor category – Jason Mitchell for Mudbound and Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project. Otherwise Armie Hammer could be the push for Call Me By Your Name instead of Stuhlbarg, or Ben Mendelsohn for Darkest Hour.

Which potential Best Picture winners should we watch now?

Actor Fionn Whitehead in Dunkirk

Actor Fionn Whitehead in Dunkirk

As is generally the case, a lot of the big hitters (like La La Land) aren’t out in the U.K until January. But there are a few to catch now if you haven’t already. Christopher Nolan’s magnificent Dunkirk came out at a very odd time for an Oscar-worthy movie (July), but still looks likely to receive plenty of nods during awards season. The same goes for off-beat rom-com The Big Sick.

Call Me By Your Name came out here in October and is well worth a watch, while movie Mudbound drops on Netflix this month, meaning you won’t even have to leave your house to catch a potential Best Picture winner.

Who is definitely out of the 2018 Oscars race post-Weinstein?

Benedict Cumberbatch baby

Benedict Cumberbatch won’t be in the running this year as Harvey Weinstein’s original Oscar hopeful The Current War – starring Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison – has now been shelved until later next year.

Once one of the most powerful Oscar campaigners, Weinstein has now been expelled from the Academy following a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations made against him.

The Weinstein Company’s first movie to be released following the scandal, Amityville: The Awakening, grossed just $700 in its opening weekend.

And just in case you want to reminisce, here’s what happened at the 2017 Oscars…

Oscars 2017 Winners

Much to nobody’s surprise, La La Land cleaned up at the Oscars after winning a total of six awards. Emma Stone was awarded the Oscar for Best Actress, whilst Casey Affleck won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in Manchester By The Sea. The cast of Moonlight also walked away with 3 awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Fences.

Oscars 2017 red carpet

The stars showed up in style for the Oscars 2017 red carpet, and golden gowns appeared to be the clear choice for many of the celebs. Once again the A-lists used the red carpet as a chance to get political, this time adorning blue ribbons in support of the American Civil Liberties Union. Emma Stone also took the opportunity to throw very subtle shade at Donald Trump with this hidden detail on her Oscars dress.

Oscars 2017 best moments

The Oscars were full of talking points throughout the night, from Natalie Portman pulling out at the last minute to Dev Patel taking THE sweetest date and Meryl Streep getting the standing ovation she truly deserves – it’s fair to say we weren’t bored. Once again the red carpet was adored with the cutest celebrity couples – although Jessica Biel didn’t look too impressed with hubby Justin Timberlake.

However, the night’s biggest talking point was THAT awkward moment when La La Land were mistakenly given the Oscar for Best Motion Picture – an award Moonlight actually won. Though that’s not exactly a ‘best moment’, is it.

Who presented at the Oscars 2017?

The Academy confirmed that all of 2016’s acting category winners will be returning for this year’s ceremony to present their successors with their academy awards on stage, so we can definitely expect Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander and Mark Rylance to present the four main acting awards. We’ll have to wait and see who will join those four as the Academy Awards presenters.

What was in the Oscars 2017 goodie bags?

Each nominee received an Oscars goodie bag worth £160,000 (yes, really), filled with everything you could ever need from five holidays (from California and Hawaii to Sorrento and Lake Como) to 10 years’ worth of make up. The lucky recipients can also expect to find in their Oscars goodie bags everything from 10 sessions with a celebrity personal trainer and an Oomi smart home system to 12 cases of Opal apples and a Haze Dual vaporiser. There’s even a set of personalised Crayola crayons and a teach yourself CPR kit in there for good measure.

What was on the menu at the Oscars 2017?

The official Oscars menu was put together by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, and featured a whopping 50 dishes – Oscar themed whenever possible. We’re talking gold-dusted truffle popcorn, lobster corn dogs, carrot juice-infused pasta, smoked salmon hors d’oeuvres served on Oscar-shaped crackers, and every kind of sushi imaginable served from a 2,600lb ice raw bar. In terms of desserts it only gets better, offering up lava cakes, red velvet waffles, home made pretzels, oreo s’mores and caramel cappuccino Oscar statue lollipops.

Oscars 2017 Nominees

Best Picture

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester By The Sea
Moonlight

Best Actor

Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

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Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester By The Sea

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Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell Or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester By The Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Director

Arrival, Denis Villeneuve
Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson
La La Land, Damien Chazelle
Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight, Barry Jenkins

Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

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Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester By The Sea
20th Century Women

Best Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Best Animated Short

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

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Film Editing

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or Highwater
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Cinematography

Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

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Best Costume Design

Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Best Hair and Make-up

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

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Best Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Tanna
Toni Erdmann

Best Documentary Feature

Fire At Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
OJ: Made In America
13th
 
Best Documentary Short subject

Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

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Best Live Action Short

Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

Best Production Design

Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Hail, Casear
La La Land
Passengers

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Best Sound Editing

Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Sound Mixing

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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Best Special Effects

Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Original Score

Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

When were the Oscars 2017?

The Oscars 2017 were held on Sunday 26th February in Los Angeles. It was a late one for all the Brits watching, with the red carpet starting at 4pm in LA (that’s midnight for us).

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