Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" is the most likely film to win against "Three Billboards" for best picture, and del Toro is more than promised best director. Following last year's Best Picture mishap - Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong film as the victor after being handed the wrong envelope - Kimmel is ready to tackle one of the biggest nights in entertainment again. For her outstanding work on "Mudbound", Rachel Morrison, a black lesbian, is the first woman to be nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar. Below is a list of some of the most significant records which could be broken Sunday night. The website found that on average, an Oscar costs $81.7 million to win, but there's great variation among the movies.
Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars for the second year in a row. This year, of the nine Best Picture nominees, there are four that would fit into what could be called the "traditional" Academy Awards mold.
"I had multiple conversations with longtime Academy members who were like, 'that was not an Oscar film, ' and I'm like, 'that's bullshit".
Peele, making his directorial debut, would be the first black man to win a best director Oscar. The record is now held by Adrien Brody, who was 29 when he took home the statue for Roman Polanski's Holocaust movie The Pianist in 2003.
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I love watching the Academy Awards. When he was nominated for "Creed", it was a done deal he'd finish with Oscar.
Nominated: Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), Jordan Peele (Get Out), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor (The Shape Of Water), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards). Rather inconceivably, only five female directors have ever been nominated in this category, and only one has won it (Kathryn Bigelow, for The Hurt Locker in 2010).
In Three Billboards, a bereaved mother puts up hoardings in an attempt to make her local sheriff devote more time to investigating her daughter's murder.
Ford, whose Strong Island has been nominated in the Best Documentary category, could become the first trans director to win an Oscar.
The Square, from Sweden won accolades at Cannes Film Festival, is tipped to take out this category. Looking back on the past year of film, there's quite a lineup of nominees who don't fit within the Academy's typical white, hetero-normative male focus: Get Out, Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, The Shape of Water, et al.
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Should win: Del Toro has been winning this prize all season, and he seems like a lock here too, given that The Shape Of Water racked up nearly twice the nominations of any other contender.
There is no doubt that last year's Oscars ceremony ended on a very weird note, with Warren Beatty reading the wrong movie, La La Land, as the victor of Best Picture, when the real victor was Moonlight.
Dave Karger, special correspondent for entertainment website IMDB.com, said that while "Shape of Water" has the most overall appeal to Academy of Motion Picture voters, Jordan Peele's bold "Get Out", a look at modern race relations through the prism of a horror movie, "is emerging as the underdog of choice". The Silence of the Lambs, which was released in February 1991, is a famous example of a February-release's rare Best Picture win.
Best Actor: Gary Oldman is a heavy favorite to win here (1-to-33 odds) for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour".
Every year we will see more and more LGBT characters who are their own, fully realized people and not just the props they used to be.
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