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The Race for Best Picture

Updated: Jan 17

By Matt Chieco

The 92nd Oscars are days away and the race for best picture is a question mark. On January 13th the Academy nominated 'Little Women', 'Jojo Rabbit', '1917', 'Joker', 'Ford v Ferrari', 'Parasite', 'Marriage Story', 'The Irishman', and 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' for best picture with no clear frontrunner. Until '1917' and 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' won best drama and best musical or comedy respectively at the Golden Globes. Obviously these two films became the frontrunners.

Before the Oscars the Screen Actor Guild Award, Producers Guild Award, and Directors Guild Award are given out. Usally these three awards predict the best picture winner and this year is spit. 'Parasite' won the SAG, while '1917' won the PGA and the DGA. Some say the best picture category is a lock between these two films, but in 2017 these awards didn't matter.

'Moonlight' lost everything but best drama at the Golden Globes, yet still won best picture (technically 'La La Land' won first…you know the story), showing that even a popular favorite may sneak up and win the big prize. Which leads me to believe 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' has the biggest chance to repeat what 'Moonlight' did in 2017. Now Hollywood insiders can speculate, but we won’t know the true answer until they open the envelope on February 9th.

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