SAS Picks: Winners of the 90th Academy Awards

The week kicked off with The 90th Academy Awards, and its voting body — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — presented Oscars to the films, filmmakers, and stars that put forth the greatest achievements in the cinematic arts during the 2017 calendar year.  Thanks to a healthy number of respondents in our student poll, The Eye proudly presents SAS’s picks for the 90th Academy Awards.  And, boy oh boy did you guys get it WRONG!

Best Original Screenplay

Only one of two categories where the SAS community and the Academy aligned in their choices, Get Out was the overwhelming favorite to win Original Screenplay.

Get Out (Jordan Peele) won both the Oscar and SAS’s choice for Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay

While the Academy awarded James Ivory for his screenplay for Call Me By Your Name, making Ivory the oldest Oscar-winner ever, we deemed Logan as the year’s Best Adapted Screenplay.

Logan was our pick for Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

Kristian Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez won their second Oscars for Remember Me from Coco, with the latter becoming the first double-EGOT winner. However, SAS picked This Is Me from The Greatest Showman as the worthier song.

SAS deemed This Is Me from The Greatest Showman as the Best Original Song

Best Animated Feature Film

Representing the second of the two categories where the SAS community and the Academy aligned, Coco was our pick for the year’s Best Animated Feature Film.

Coco was our pick for the year’s Best Animated Feature Film

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

While Allison Janney earned a lot of awards love and ended up winning the Oscar for her performance as LaVona Golden in I, Tonya, SAS picked Octavia Spencer’s performance in The Shape of Water as Oscar-worthy.

Octavia Spencer’s portrayal of Zelda in The Shape of Water was our pick for Supporting Actress

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Sam Rockwell won the Oscar, but we picked Richard Jenkins’s performance in The Shape of Water for Best Supporting Actor.

Richard Jenkins is SAS’s choice for Supporting Actor

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Frances McDormand’s performance may have won the Academy over, but Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Tonya Harding won SAS over, and we think she should have emerged victorious at the Oscars.

Margot Robbie’s electrifying performance as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Gary Oldman, the greatest actor to have never won an Oscar, finally won an Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill. But if we had it our way, Daniel Kaluuya’s performance in Get Out would have won Best Actor.

Daniel Kaluuya’s portrayal of Chris Washington impressed the SAS community the most, and is our pick for Best Actor

Best Motion Picture of the Year

The Shape of Water won Best Picture, making it the first science-fiction film to do so. However, we picked Christopher Nolan’s war thriller Dunkirk as the Best Motion Picture of the Year.

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is SAS’s pick for Best Motion Picture of the Year

Author: Aryan Varma

Aryan Varma is a senior and this is his second year as a reporter for The Eye. He has been at SAS for the past four years, and in Singapore for the past six. Regarded as the most perceptive film scholar at SAS by the school community, Aryan serves as the primary film columnist for The Eye. To call him a film-buff would be an understatement, for Aryan sets himself apart by his constant initiative to pursue film. If he isn’t building upon or showing off his remarkable knowledge of film history, he would be found listening to a wide-range of music. He can be contacted at

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