Oscars 2018 Winners and Previous

It’s the time movie buffs look forward to all year: Oscar season. This year marks the 90th occasion that the Academy has handed out awards to the best actors, actresses, producers, directors, and more for their creative and inspirational work. Just how prepared are you for the upcoming awards show? Learn more about the nominees and predicted winners below.

Best Picture Nominations

Last year, the race for Best Picture was intense. Many thought the award would go to “La La Land” for its stunning cinematography and musical performances. That’s why it didn’t seem strange when “La La Land” was announced as the winner. It was only after the presenters took a closer look at the envelope that they realized the true winner was actually “Moonlight.” Unfortunately, this came only after the cast and crew of “La La Land” had made it to the stage, creating one of the most awkward moments in the award show’s history.

Luckily, this year’s Best Picture award didn’t have a similar snafu. The Best Picture nominees were all worthy of the coveted title, so it wouldn’t have been a surprise to see any of them walk on stage. The nine potential winners included “Call Me By Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

“The Shape of Water” took the crown, but “Lady Bird” and “Get Out” were close behind.

Best Actor

Last year, the leading front-runner for Best Actor was Casey Affleck for his work in the movie “Manchester.” Therefore, it was no real surprise when he got called up to the stage to receive his award. This year, things were more up in the air. The nominees were Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya, Gary Oldman, and Denzel Washington.

Gary Oldman ultimately won the award, as he’s collected nearly every major acting award this season for his work in “Darkest Hour.”

Many felt that newcomer Timothee Chalamet in “Call Me By Your Name,” a film that explores a coming-of-age story of a teen boy questioning his sexuality, had a chance to steal the award. Daniel Day-Lewis was also in the mix for his “Phantom Thread” work, which he also claims is his last acting performance ever. Yet, Gary Oldman’s performance was able to land him this coveted award.  

Best Actress

The women were leading the pack when it came to excitement this year, with many fine contenders nominated for great performances. The 2018 nominees were Frances McDormand, Saoirse Ronan, Sally Hawkins, Meryl Streep, and Margot Robbie.

Frances McDormand won the Golden Globe and SAG Award for best actress for her work in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” so there was on surprise when she took home the Oscar fo Best Actress. Many also believed that Sally Hawkins or Saoirse Ronan were deserving of the award.

Learning from Previous Winners

There are always trends when it comes to who wins the biggest entertainment awards each year. For example, in the past 20 years, the average man who won the Best Actor award was 1.81 meters tall, weighed 81.5 kg, and was 43 years old. The average Best Actress winner in the past 20 years was 1.69 meters tall, weighed 57.38 kg, and was 36 years old. 

As for Best Picture awards, they are most frequently released in January. What’s more, they are typically dramas with an average film length of 128 minutes. Other factors that play a role include having a previously Oscar-nominated cast, winning an average of 144 total awards, and having over $375,000,000 in total takings. 

Does this mean the Oscar winners always fit into this mold? Of course, not – but it does shed some light on some interesting data points around the Oscars. To learn more about previous Oscar winners, check out the infographic below.

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