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2018 Oscar Predictions – ORIGINAL SCORE, ANIMATED FEATURE, VISUAL EFFECTS

Dunkirk has taken over the #1 spot in Original Score from Blade Runner 2049 as it was recently announced that Hans Zimmer will be taking over composing duties from frequent Denis Villeneuve collaborator and two-time Oscar nominee Jóhann Jóhannsson. While Jóhannsson is still going to be credited with the main theme he will be the third wheel behind Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch. Ironically, Zimmer and Wallfisch are the composers for, you guessed it, Dunkirk. With the music branch of the Academy’s rules, it’s unclear whether the Blade Runner 2049 will now even be eligible for a nomination and as you’ll see in the predictions some of the Gold Rush Gang think it will not be. But without official confirmation some have kept their predictions in place.

This is the first month of Animated Feature and Visual Effects predictions where Coco and Blade Runner 2049 are first out of the gate.

These are the official 2018 Oscar Predictions in Original Score, Animated Feature and Visual Effects for August from the Gold Rush Gang. Keep an eye on all of the Gold Rush Gang’s 2018 Oscar predictions updated LIVE throughout the month.

Green – moves up from last month
Red – moves down from last month
Blue – debut/new entry

ORIGINAL SCORE ERIK
ANDERSON
BRYAN BONAFEDE GREG HOWARD EVAN
KOST
JASON OSIASON KENNETH
POLISHCHUK
DENIZCAN SÜRÜCÜ RICHARD
ANTHONY
ŞÜKRÜ SÖĞÜT MATT DINN TOTAL
POINTS
1 Dunkirk 1 2 1 3 4 3 1 1 1 1 92
2 The Papers 3 3 2 1 2 4 2 2 2 3 86
3 The Shape of Water 4 1 9 4 1 6 3 4 4 2 72
4 Wonderstruck 2 4 8 2 3 1 5 6 3 5 71
5 Darkest Hour 5 6 3 5 5 5 4 3 5 4 65
6 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 8 5 7 7 10 7 6 7 6 6 41
7 Blade Runner 2049 8 4 6 2 7 5 7 38
8 The Greatest Showman 6 6 8 8 9 9 7 24
9 Detroit 5 9 8 8 8 9 19
10 Coco 7 9 7 10 9 13
11 Phantom Thread 7 6 9
12 mother! 10 10 10 8 10 10 8
13 Roman Israel, Esq. 9 10 9 10 6
14 War for the Planet of the Apes 8 3
15 Victoria and Abdul 9 2
16 The Current War 10 1
OTHER CONTENDERS
All the Money in the World
Based on a True Story
Battle of the Sexes
Downsizing
Ferdinand
Killing of a Sacred Deer, The
Last Flag Flying
Lean on Pete
Mary Magdalene
Mudbound
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

ANIMATED FEATURE ERIK
ANDERSON
BRYAN BONAFEDE GREG HOWARD EVAN
KOST
JASON OSIASON KENNETH
POLISHCHUK
DENIZCAN SÜRÜCÜ RICHARD
ANTHONY
ŞÜKRÜ SÖĞÜT MATT DINN TOTAL
POINTS
1 Coco 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 87
2 The Breadwinner 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 84
3 The Lego Batman Movie 3 5 5 3 3 4 3 51
4 The Boss Baby 5 5 4 4 4 5 4 46
5 Ferdinand 4 4 3 3 4 4 44
6 Mary and the Witch’s Flower 3 6 5 5 5 31
7 My Little Pony: The Movie 3 7 12
8 The Lego Ninjago Movie 5 8 9
9 In This Corner of the World 3 8
OTHER CONTENDERS
Animal Crackers
Blazing Samurai
Captain Underpants
Cars 3
Despicable Me 3
The Emoji Movie
The Girl Without Hands
Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature
Rock Dog
Smurfs: The Lost Village
The Son of Bigfoot
The Star
A Stork’s Journey

VISUAL EFFECTS ERIK
ANDERSON
BRYAN BONAFEDE GREG HOWARD EVAN
KOST
JASON OSIASON KENNETH
POLISHCHUK
DENIZCAN SÜRÜCÜ RICHARD
ANTHONY
ŞÜKRÜ SÖĞÜT MATT DINN TOTAL
POINTS
1 Blade Runner 2049 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 96
2 War for the Planet of the Apes 1 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 3 1 89
3 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 3 3 1 3 4 3 3 2 2 3 83
4 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 7 4 5 6 5 7 4 5 6 4 57
4 Dunkirk 5 5 4 4 10 4 7 4 5 5 57
6 The Shape of Water 10 6 10 5 2 5 5 8 4 9 46
7 Beauty and the Beast (2017) 6 7 7 6 6 6 9 7 7 38
8 Kong: Skull Island 9 8 7 8 9 8 10 8 8 24
9 Thor: Ragnarok 4 9 9 10 8 9 10 10 19
10 Wonder Woman 8 10 8 9 6 9 16
11 Transformers: The Last Knight 7 10 10 6
12 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 6 5
13 Spider-Man: Homecoming 7 4
14 Okja 8 3
15 mother! 9 2
OTHER CONTENDERS
Alien: Covenant
Colossal
The Dark Tower
Downsizing
The Fate of the Furious
Geostorm
Ghost in the Shell
The Great Wall
The Greatest Showman
John Wick: Chapter 2
Justice League
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Logan
The Mummy
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Power Rangers
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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 (Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association), the International Press Academy and is the founder/editor of AwardsWatch.

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