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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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...


"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"


Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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