Critics seem to be united in thinking it will be 1917, largely because of its style that makes it look as though it were done all in one take, which is a pretty amazing feat. Birdman did it in 2014, but its much more impressive to do it when there’s gun fighting and plane crashes afoot.
But I have a hunch it will be Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Tarantino inspired a generation of writers in the 90s to start at the end and work back to the beginning, yet he’s only won for screenwriting. This is a rare movie where, for the most part, more or less, he plays it straight, with a minimum of blood and guts and wacky dialogue and overall silliness…though he does put that all in at the end. It’s also a love letter to Hollywood and the Oscars like that….though it does basically say that 1969 was a turning point where Hollywood abandoned good movies to make crap instead so…
I’ll guess Once Upon a Time, but won’t be surprised if it is 1917.
I’m going to be lazy and that will be my only prediction this year. Who do you think will win, 3.5 readers?