The Oscars: Who will win (and why)

Ahead of Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that — at least at the end — should be a nail biter.


The Nominees: “Call Me by Your Name,” ″Darkest Hour,” ″Dunkirk,” ″Get Out,” ″Lady Bird,” ″Phantom Thread,” ″The Post,” ″The Shape of Water,” ″Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


Will Win: No controversy, timely messages, a dash of fantasy and a love of movies, “The Shape of Water” seems to be the safe, if a little boring, front runner.

Should Win: Aside from “Dunkirk,” which I saw three times in theaters, “Lady Bird” is the movie I want to watch over and over again. It is such an effortlessly perfect slice of life film that will be around far after this awards season noise comes to an end. The best picture category gets a bad



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