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Frontrunner Friday: ‘Detroit’ Still Tops but ‘Wonderstruck’ is Closing In and Blade Runner Makes a Move

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Not a whole of change from last week (we’ll see if the official predictions the Monday after next provide any big movement) but Cannes Official Competition entry Wonderstruck, from Todd Haynes, is creeping up on Detroit right now and is just three points away from the top spot. That’s up five points from last week. The Amazon film is still without a release date but that isn’t stopping it from charging ahead this week. New release date announcements are landing fast and furious so I expect one to be announced around its premiere at Cannes or shortly thereafter.

The top 10 is pretty much the same as last week with just a few scant placement moves. Dunkirk pulls ahead of Lean on Pete to secure the #5 spot for itself, Downsizing keeps shrinking in points and Inner City and Call Me By Your Name swap spots. Further down the list Blade Runner 2049 makes a move, landing at #11 and Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled fashion flick falls off the list entirely and gets booted to the Other Contenders section.

Here is the current ranking for Best Picture for Friday, April 21, 2017. Follow updated predictions from The Gold Rush Gang here.

BEST PICTURE
ERIK
ANDERSON
BRYAN BONAFEDE
GREG HOWARD
EVAN
KOST
JASON OSIASON
KENNETH
POLISHCHUK
DENIZCAN SÜRÜCÜ
RICHARD
ANTHONY
ŞÜKRÜ SÖĞÜT
MATT DINN
TOTAL
POINTS
1 Detroit (Annapurna – 8/4) 1 1 1 1 9 2 1 2 2 1 89
2 Wonderstruck (Amazon) 2 2 2 3 1 1 2 8 1 2 86
3 The Post (20th Century Fox) 3 3 5 2 8 3 3 1 4 5 73
4 Darkest Hour (Focus Features – 11/24) 6 8 3 4 2 4 4 4 5 4 66
5 Dunkirk (Warner Bros – 7/21) 9 4 4 5 6 7 8 7 8 3 49
6 Lean on Pete (A24) 7 6 9 6 5 6 7 5 6 7 46
7 Downsizing (Paramount – 12/22) 8 8 9 9 3 3 26
8 Mudbound (Netflix) 4 7 8 5 7 24
8 Inner City (Sony) (possibly 2018) 5 3 6 6 24
10 Call Me By Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics – 11/24) 7 7 9 6 9 9 19
11 Blade Runner 2049 (Warner Bros – 10/6) 4 5 13
12 Suburbicon (Paramount 11/3) 5 10 10 8 11
13 mother! (Paramount – 10/13) 6 7 9
14 Last Flag Flying (Amazon) 10 10 9 8 7
15 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight – 10/13) 9 10 3
16 Current War, The (The Weinstein Company – 12/22) 10 1
16 Happy End (Sony Pictures Classics) 10 1
16 Greatest Showman, The (20th Century Fox – 12/25) 10 1
16 Breathe (Bleecker Street – 10/13) 10 1
16 Get Out (Universal – 2/24) 10 1

 

OTHER CONTENDERS
Aftermath, The (Fox Searchlight)
Beguiled, The (Focus Features – 6/23)
Disobedience (TBD)
Glass Castle, The (Lionsgate)
Goodbye Christopher Robin (Fox Searchlight – 11/10)
Hostiles (TBD)
Killing of a Sacred Deer, The (A24 – 11/3)
Kings (TBD)
Leisure Seeker, The (Sony Pictures Classics)
Lost City of Z (Amazon – 4/14)
Marshall (Open Road Films – 10/13)
Mary Magdalene (The Weinstein Company – 11/24)
Molly’s Game (STX Entertainment)
Mountain Between Us, The (20th Century Fox – 10/20)
Murder on the Orient Express (20th Century Fox – 11/22)
Red Sparrow (20th Century Fox – 11/10)
Shape of Water, The (Fox Searchlight – 12/8)
Snowman, The (Universal – 10/13)
Stronger (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions – 9/22)
Thank You For Your Service (Universal – 10/27)
Under the Silver Lake (A24)
Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Fashion Project (Focus Features – 12/25)
Untouchable (The Weinstein Company)
Victoria and Abdul (Focus Features)
Wind River (The Weinstein Company – 8/4)
Wonder Wheel (Amazon)
Wonder (Lionsgate – 11/17)

About Erik Anderson

Erik blames his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched them together since he opened his eyes. They also watched Miss Universe religiously every year (the pageantry!) and Erik came to the conclusion that the combination of these two things ultimately led him down the path to obsessing about awards and ACTRESSING. He began at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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