The 2018 Films Most Likely To Be Nominated For Best Picture

The 2018 Films Most Likely To Be Nominated For Best Picture

With awards season now in full swing, the speculation of which films will be nominated for Best Picture must begin!


With awards season now in full swing, the speculation of which films will be nominated for Best Picture must begin! It's been a fairly good year for the arthouse film, but not nearly as crowded as last year. Still, after Bohemian Rhapsody took home Best Drama Motion Picture, it's clear the award is anyone's to take home.

There are typically nine films that are nominated for Best Picture but I think two films are vying for that final spot. With that being said, let's take a look at who I think is the most likely to be nominated.

Note: These are in no particular order, and I'll also give a percentage representing how likely I think a particular film is of being nominated.

1. A Star Is Born (>99%)

"A Star Is Born" is one of the frontrunners to actually win Best Picture at this year's Oscars. While I liked the film, I had a hard time getting behind it. However, the performances themselves are great, I liked the music, and it's an overall complete film that coneys a strong, emotional story. I would bet all the money in the world this film would be nominated.

2. Roma (>99%)

A film about a housekeeper in Mexico City, "Roma" was released to critical acclaim and is currently available on Netflix. It recently won four Critic's Choice Awards including Best Picture. This film is making sure that "A Star Is Born" winning is not a done deal.

3. Green Book (95%)

I absolutely loved "Green Book" and it has been nominated for Best Picture in every conceivable awards show. While I think its chances at winning are thin, it's almost for certain a nomination waits in its future. The only problem is that some people see the film as boring.

4. The Favourite (>99%)

"The Favourite" is my favorite (pun intended) of 2018 and features excellent performances, writing, cinematography, and musical selections. I fail to find a single monumental fault in this film and see it as the dark horse in the Best Picture race.

5. BlacKkKlansman (95%)

Another film with great writing and excellent performances, the film about the first black KKK member will almost certainly collect a nomination. Like "Get Out" from last year, I see "BlacKkKlansman" having a better chance at winning a screenplay award rather than Best Picture.

6. Black Panther (70%)

"Black Panther" set a whole new bar regarding how good superhero films could be. The performances, effects, and writing are all great and this would definitely be the audience favorite.

7. Vice (55%)

A lot are predicting a nomination for "Vice," but I feel slightly nervous about its chances. The structure of the film is a bit odd and I didn't particularly love Christian Bale's performances as much as other people do. We'll see about this one.

8. If Beale Street Could Talk (90%)

Another great story from Barry Jenkins, it is almost a certainty that the film is nominated for Best Picture. It's not as good as "Moonlight," but it's a dang good film.

9. Bohemian Rhapsody (50%)

I have a hard time seeing Bohemian Rhapsody not getting nominated after winning Best Picture at the Golden Globes, but it'll definitely be the worst film of the group if it is nominated. That's not to say that it isn't good, but it would be a film with one of the lowest RT scores at 62%. It's in a fight with "First Man."

10. First Man (50%)

"Rhapsody" winning Best Picture at the Golden Globes was not good news for "First Man." What I think plagued this film was its early release date in October. Buzz for the biopic has died down immensely since October and has been really overshadowed by Bohemian Rhapsody. I loved First Man, but it's in a fight.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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