So far, "Shape" has earned the Critics' Choice Award for Best Picture and the Best Theatrical Motion Picture Award from the Producers Guild of America.
But seeing nine films doesn't get you anywhere near being a true Oscar completist.
Oscar nominee Diane Warren says she did not hesitate to stop to do an interview with E! host Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet Sunday. Thankfully, because his career is just starting off, he will probably have the opportunity to win this category in the future.
I also know that in addition to watching the winners gush, stammer and thank their managers and mothers, many viewers tune in to the Oscars to check out the presenters and the performers.
Who should win: The ladies kicked ass this year and there are 5 legit candidates here.
But let's make it interesting. Pacific Sunday to email@example.com.
Christopher Plummer has appeared in more than 200 films, including All The Money In The World, the one he was just nominated for. And when it comes to the men, Connelly believes Gary Oldman's chances of winning Best Actor are excellent. So perhaps we can continue to hold out hope for the unexpected, for the Academy to surprise us and award something other than Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri for Best Picture. Margot Robbie of Wolf of Wall Street fame has been nominated in the Best Actress category for I, Tonya, a film based on the ice-skating champ, Tonya Harding.
Chuck D'Imperio, a Daily Star columnist, local radio personality and author, was the lone dissenter, choosing director Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi fantasy film, "The Shape of Water".
In addition to The Shape of Water, Dunkirk and Three Billboards, the others up for best picture are Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread and The Post. He's a heavy sentimental favorite.
Dunkirk is up for eight Oscars as well, although majority are in more technical categories, including Original Score, Sound Mixing, and Cinematography. Amusing how that goes.
Disney-Pixar's "Coco" seems a near-sure bet to pick up the award for best-animated film.
Live action short: "DeKalb Elementary".
"The Shape of Water", a Cold War-set story of love between a mute cleaning woman and a mystery merman-like creature, tops the nominations with 13, although observers expect the spoils to be fairly evenly spread.
Speaking to reporters backstage, Vieau noted that Toronto's screen community had a huge year not only with the recognition for "The Shape of Water", but also the accolades for TV's "The Handmaid's Tale", which was shot in the city.
That leaves seven categories, including best picture, that are more competitive. After 14 nominations, revered cinematographer Roger Deakins finally won for his photography on "Blade Runner 2049".
Original screenplay: It looks as if "Get Out" has surged past "Three Billboards" in the last week or so. The Best Picture-favorite, La La Land, is incorrectly announced as the victor before producer Jordan Horowitz steps up to reveal that there has been a mistake and that Moonlight is actually the victor.
For those of us of senior status, Bob Hope will always be the quintessential Oscar front man. Both are unusual, unconventional films that tackle subject matter that is not usually of particular interest to the Academy but they do so in brilliantly inspired fashion.