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Predictions for this Year's Oscar Nominations in All 24 Categories

I usually do not make my predictions for the Oscar nominations public because I usually do not do a very good job at predicting them. The branches of the Academy who vote on who should be nominated for their categories can be very odd, with their bizarre rules and decision-making processes, and thus, there are always quite a few shockers when the nominations are finally announced. The only reason I decided to post my predictions this year is that last year I correctly predicted the Amy Adams snub for Arrival and I feel like I didn't get enough props for that. They are probably way off and I might change my mind on some things between now and Tuesday morning, but here they are:

Best Picture:
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Get Out
Lady Bird
Dunkirk
If six, Call Me By Your Name
If seven, The Post
If eight, I, Tonya
If nine, Darkest Hour

Remember that the Best Picture category can have anywhere from five to ten nominees. Ever since this rule has been in place, ther…

The Ten Best Films of 2017

Top Ten Films of 2017

10. I, TonyaYou have to hand it to Margot Robbie, who proved her acting chops and her capability as a producer with the same film. Robbie transforms her voice and her physicality in order to play infamous figure skater Tonya Harding at various stages in her life. She's never a perfect match for the real-life Harding, but she's so different from the Australian bombshell that we see on the red carpet that it's the type of performance that wins Oscars. Also fantastic in the film are Allison Janney as Harding's mother, Sebastian Stan as her ex-husband, the consistently under-appreciated Julianne Nicholson as her coach. Also featuring zippy editing and a great soundtrack, I, Tonya raises some very timely questions about classism, the media, and the nature of truth. 


9. Battle of the SexesIt was not immediately clear to me after seeing Battle of the Sexes whether or not it would end up on this list. But when it came time to for me to pick ten movies, I co…

Top Ten Best TV Shows of 2017

Top Ten Best TV Shows of 2017Here are my choices for the ten best television shows of 2017:
10. Riverdale (The CW) Riverdale is a weird show. An adaptation of the wholesome Archie comics, Riverdale fuses the decidedly unwholesome genres of teen soap and murder mystery to create an intriguing mix of disparate tones and styles. While it occasionally attempts to do too much at once, Riverdale always is an enjoyable showcase for many young talented actors. 

9. Bloodline (Netflix)
As I said in my review, the ending of Bloodline didn't exactly stick the landing. But everything leading up to those final two episodes was an exhilarating, absorbing continuation of the family saga that became an obsession of mine during its phenomenal second season last year. Season three was the season that finally gave Sissy Spacek the material to work with she should have been given all along. There is one scene in particular, in which Spacek's character confronts her two sons, where she is so ferocious…