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[Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell) and Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) definitely do not see eye to eye in "Three Billboards Outside, Ebbing, Missouri."]
The Nominees: Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Meryl Streep (“The Post”)
Will Win: It’s funny how uninspired the acting categories can seem when the same people win every award. This is McDormand’s year, plain and simple.
Should Win: This is an extremely tough category, but out of this batch, it was Robbie who stretched herself beyond anything I might have assumed her capable of as the proud, defiant and unapologetic Tonya Harding.
Will Win: McDormand is a virtual lock.
Should Win: The most deserving is Ronan, who’s perpetually playing a jumble of emotions, most of them contradictory, at once.
Best Supporting Actor
The Nominees: Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”), Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Richard Jenkins (“The Shape of Water”), Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”), Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”)
Will Win: Rockwell went big in “Three Billboards” as the racist cop who decides to (maybe) start rethinking (some of) his ways.
Should Win: It is Dafoe who gives “The Florida Project” its beating heart. He makes every moment he’s in memorable, whether he’s escorting a suspicious character off of the property of a low-rent motel on the outskirts of Orlando, or just trying to count the rent money.
Will Win: Rockwell is the favorite but I smell an upset. There’s not much evidence for it. I just think good sense will prevail and Dafoe will win his first Oscar.
Should Win: Would it not be great to see Jenkins win? Would anyone not cheer seeing Harrelson at the podium? But Dafoe’s low-rent motel father-figure will go down as the iconic performance of the bunch.