An “Alternate” look at what yesterday’s Oscar nominations could have been

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After the intensity of waiting for the Academy Award nominations, it’s time for something a little bit fun today. As we wait for ballots to go out to Academy members and final Oscar voting to get underway (which will still be a little ways away), why not play around with a hypothetical situation? Now is the time to do it, after all. This is something I’ve done from time to time in the past, which is to look at what the Oscar nominations could have looked like if you remove all of the actual nominees. Weird, I know, but hey, it’s fun. Plus, it’s certainly more apt than ever to do this in our seemingly permenant era of “alternative facts”, isn’t it? This isn’t a political post at all, but I couldn’t resist another little dig at Donald Trump and his cronies. No, this is just a different way of seeing who and what the snubs yesterday were.

Below you will be able to see what these alternate Academy Award nominations could have been. In some categories, it’s easy to speculate, like with Best Picture and how films like The Big Sick and I, Tonya were probably next in line. Or, you can look at Best Director and be reasonably confident that Martin McDonagh was next in line for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. In terms of Acting categories, James Franco for The Disaster Artist and Holly Hunter for The Big Sick were near misses, with the same going for Tom Hanks too, snubbed for The Post. These are just my guesses though, so keep that in mind. Now, on to the fun…


Here now is an “alternate” look at how the Oscar nominations could have gone:

(Note, these are presented in alphabetical order, not ranked order)

BEST PICTURE

1. All the Money in the World
2. Baby Driver
3. The Big Sick
4. Blade Runner
5. The Disaster Artist
6. The Florida Project
7. I, Tonya
8. Logan
9. Molly’s Game
10. Mudbound

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
2. Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
3. Steven Spielberg – The Post
4. Denis Villeneuve – Blade Runner 2049
5. Joe Wright – Darkest Hour

BEST ACTOR

1. James Franco – The Disaster Artist
2. Ryan Gosling – Blade Runner 2049
3. Jake Gyllenhaal – Stronger
4. Tom Hanks – The Post
5. Hugh Jackman – Logan

BEST ACTRESS

1. Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game
2. Annette Bening – Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
3. Judi Dench – Victoria and Abdul
4. Vicky Krieps – Phantom Thread
5. Michelle Williams – All the Money in the World

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
2. Mark Rylance – Dunkirk
3. Michael Shannon – The Shape of Water
4. Patrick Stewart – Logan
5. Michael Stulhbarg – Call Me By Your Name

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Hong Chau – Downsizing
2. Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip
3. Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
4. Kristen Scott Thomas – Darkest Hour
5. Lois Smith – Marjorie Prime

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

1. Dunkirk
2. The Florida Project
3. I, Tonya
4. Phantom Thread
5. The Post

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

1. All the Money in the World
2. Blade Runner 2049
3. Victoria and Abdul
4. Wonder
5. Wonder Woman

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

1. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
2. Cars 3
3. Despicable Me 3
4. The Girl Without Hands
5. The LEGO Batman Movie

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

1. Logan
2. Phantom Thread
3. The Post
4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
5. Wonder Woman

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. Call Me By Your Name
2. Hostiles
3. Lady Bird
4. The Post
5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

1. The Beguiled
2. Dunkirk
3. I, Tonya
4. Murder on the Orient Express
5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST FILM EDITING

1. Blade Runner 2049
2. The Disaster Artist
3. Get Out
4. Lady Bird
5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

1. Bright
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
3. I, Tonya

BEST SOUND MIXING

1. Detroit
2. The Greatest Showman
3. Logan
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
5. Wonder Woman

BEST SOUND EDITING

1. Detroit
2. The Greatest Showman
3. Logan
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
5. Wonder Woman

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1. Alien: Covenant
2. Dunkirk
3. Okja
4. The Shape of Water
5. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

1. Blade Runner 2049
2. Coco
3. Darkest Hour
4. The Post
5. Wonderstruck

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

1. Beauty and the Beast – “Evermore”
2. Detroit – “It Ain’t Fair”
3. Ferdinand – “Home”
4. Fifty Shades Darker – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”
5. The Hero – “The Hero”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Chasing Corral
2. City of Ghosts
3. Ex Libris – The New York Public Library
4. Jane
5. Long Strange Trip

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

1. Félicité
2. Foxtrot
3. In The Fade
4. The Wound
5. N/A (only nine shortlisted titles)


Stay tuned for lots more on the race in the coming weeks, right up until Oscar night!

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