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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.