Now until the March 4 Oscar telecast, Take 2 will run a series focusing on issues and subjects involving the Academy Awards.

In two days, 365 days of film will come down to 24 little gold men. The 90th Academy Awards is Sunday, and after predicting the major races for The Standard-Speaker and The Citizens’ Voice’s Jump Start!, here are my picks for all 24 categories. Last year, I was 18 out of 24 (well, 19 for two minutes). These picks are based on awards season performance, viewings, Oscar history and old-fashioned guessing. Categories with an asterisk are the ones in which I have not seen all the nominees.

Frances McDormand in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Picture

“Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Actor in a Leading Role

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Actress in a Leading Role

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”


Animated Feature Film*



Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2049”

Costume Design

“Phantom Thread”

Richard Jenkins, director Guillermo del Toro and Sally Hawkins on the set of “The Shape of Water.”


Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

Documentary Feature*


Documentary (Short Subject)*


Film Editing

“I, Tonya”

Foreign Language Film*

“A Fantastic Woman”

Kristen Scott Thomas and Gary Oldman in “Darkest Hour”

Makeup and Hairstyling

“Darkest Hour”

Music (Original Score)

Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”

“The Greatest Showman”

Music (Original Song)

“This Is Me,” from “The Greatest Showman”

Production Design

“The Shape of Water”

Short Film (Animated)*

“Dear Basketball”

Short Film (Live Action)*

“DeKalb Elementary”

Tom Hardy in “Dunkirk”

Sound Editing


Sound Mixing


Visual Effects*

“Blade Runner 2049”

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“Call Me By Your Name”

Writing (Original Screenplay)*

“Get Out”

Out of all my predictions, my curve ball is “I, Tonya” for best editing. It has won best featured film (comedy) in this year’s Eddies from American Cinema Editors, a harbinger in this category. “Dunkirk” won in the drama category.

“The Breadwinner”

To keep things interesting, here are some picks that will drive myself and other Oscar pundits crazy:

  • “Lady Bird” for best picture
  • Jordan Peele for best director, “Get Out”
  • “Wonder” for best makeup and hairstyling
  • “The Breadwinner” for best animated feature film
  • “Baby Driver” for best editor, sound mixing and sound editing
  • “Beauty and the Beast” for production design.
  • “Faces Places” for best documentary feature
  • “Mystery of Love” (“Call Me By Your Name”) for best original song
  • “The Big Sick” for best original screenplay