Oscar 'Best Picture' Nominees, Ranked From Least Likely To Most Likely To Win

Oscar 'Best Picture' Nominees, Ranked From Least Likely To Most Likely To Win

It's time to place your bets, folks.


Oscar season is upon us, and this year we have eight movies nominated for Best Picture. The Academy is notoriously predictable when selecting the winners for this category, and this year will probably be no different.

While this list does not reflect what I hope will happen, I can say with relative certainty this is what I expect will happen.

8. Bohemian Rhapsody

I'm honestly surprised this one even got nominated if I am going to be completely honest. While this movie was insanely popular with audiences, it was not as much so with critics. While I do believe that the nomination for Best Actor for Rami Malek is well deserved, that's about all the praise I can give this movie. I don't have much to say except it's not good. I was truly shocked to see it win at the Golden Globes, and while that would normally indicate a chance of it winning an Oscar as well, in no way do I ever see The Academy awarding this movie as Best Picture.

7. Vice

Too political. This movie detailing Dick Cheney's time in office is way too political for The Academy to recognize. Also, another thing this movie has going against it is that it's just not good. The tone is off-kilter and didn't resonate well with audiences or critics. Again, the only thing this movie has going for it is Christian Bale's performance as Dick Cheney. At some moments in this movie, I thought I was watching the actual Dick Cheney on screen. That's about all the praise I can give for this movie.

6. Black Panther

The only reason this movie is on the list is because The Academy didn't want to face more death threats. While this movie broke records and is adored by almost all, The Academy has no time for it. I mean, they were considering making a whole new category for Most Popular Film just to avoid nominating it for Best Picture.

"Black Panther" is the first superhero movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture (while some may argue this honor should have been given to "The Dark Knight" in 2009), but that's where the recognition from The Academy ends. In hindsight, this doesn't really matter. This movie will at least have longevity, as it is the most culturally relevant film of 2018.

5. BlacKkKlansman

I adored this movie, which means there is no chance of it winning. This movie was poignant in its portrayal of race relations in the '70s and highlighting how little has changed between then and now. But yet again, this means that this movie's meaning is too political for The Academy to recognize it outside of a nomination. I will still hope that come February 24, I will be proven wrong.

4. The Favourite

Another movie that I adored, which in turn lessens its chance for winning. (Nothing I ever want to win actually wins, it's a fact). This movie also tied with "Roma" with for the most nominations (10), which means it has room to win in other categories. This quirky film is just not something The Academy is known for recognizing, but I am glad it was nominated nonetheless.

3. Green Book

While like "BlacKkKlansman," this movie deals with race relations, it does so in a much more light-mannered way with little enlightenment on how dangerous living in America as a black person can be. Which means The Academy will probably eat it up.

The Academy lately has been all about recognizing movies dealing with pressing issues, but only if they are presented on a silver platter. And that is exactly what 'Green Book" does. It also scooped up some Golden Globe wins, which increases its chances even more.

2. A Star Is Born

Before the nominations were announced, I was sure this movie was a shoo-in to win Best Picture. However, now I have some doubts. While this movie received eight nominations, it was snubbed for Best Director and Best Editing. Which means if this film wins, "A Star Is Born" will be the first ever Best Picture winner to win without being nominated for Best Director and Best Editing as well. This was one of the rare movies that was loved by both audiences and critics as well, so maybe it stands a chance.

1. Roma

This movie is winning Best Picture. I am completely confident. Ever since its release, "Roma" has gotten rave reviews and has been a clear frontrunner to win in this category. Everyone expects it to win, therefore it will. The Oscars rarely ever surprise us by picking anything other than the most obvious film to win, and I don't think they plan on making an exception this year.

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"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day."


Stressed AF about finals?

Let Pooh take the wheel:

1. "You're braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think." 

2. "Think it over, think it under." 

3. "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." 

4. "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." 

5. "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"

6.  "Think, think, think." 

7. "The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually." 

8. "Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." 

9. "To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." 

10. "Home is the comfiest place to be." 

11. "So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing introductions, and get on with the book." 

12. "I must go forward to where I have never been instead of backwards where I have." 

13. "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries." 

14. "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved." 

15. "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." 

16. "Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."

17. My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist


Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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