Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

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Best Oscars hosts and why we remember them!

If the sound of Star Wars beats Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer), Phantom Thread (Jonny Greenwood), The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Carter Burwell), Williams will have a sixth Oscar to add to his mantlepiece. The Academy loves to favour experience over youth and this, they say, is McDormand's year.

Don't expect the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host to shy away from politics this weekend. He won Best Director for "Birdman" and the "The Revenant". In other words, the voters are also their peers in Hollywood.

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Receiving an Oscar doesn't necessarily make a movie worth watching. "I think it's nearly necessary now". But the fact is Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" has loads of support, particularly in the crafts branches, and if it's enough of a default upper-ballot player throughout the rounds, it could absolutely be our shocking best picture victor, defying years of "stats" and despite not winning a single significant best film prize on the circuit. Furthermore, people who don't identify as men or women rarely get roles in films to begin with, and the old white guys who make nominations definitely aren't picking them.

This isn't to say the latter two films are boring or conservative (I loved The Post for its championing of the free press, the hugely enjoyable lead performances and excellent 70s outfits) but it does feel, the nearer we get to Oscars night, that the momentum is with a new generation of film-makers and cinema-goers.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri would seem like the one to beat, except there's that pesky Best Director snub. Gary Oldman has received two of them, a Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award, both for Best Actor. "Those three have the most contending chance to win, and I really appreciated 'Dunkirk" for what it was". "And like the way he did [Dunkirk] with the different timelines all matching up - I love it".

While not giving any specifics, Oscars' producer Jennifer Todd told ABC News that she has had decisions about "how to address it in a moment or two in the show, but obviously, we want the show to be about entertainment". It would also be great to just see the underdogs win as well. Robbie, on the other hand, earned her nomination due to her portrayal of real-life figure skater Tonya Harding who was charged for her connection during the 1994 attack on her former rival Nancy Kerrigan.

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Our final Oscar poll this year of course looks at the top prize.

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