Chasing Oscar

Every year, in celebration of the breakneck pace of the film awards season, I do my best to beat the clock and review of all of the leading contenders for the Academy Awards. My goal is to unpack what makes a film Oscar-caliber, and how it stakes against its competitors that season.

This page is home to my live rankings and predictions for the top categories at the Oscars, based on the films I have seen and reviewed for When Things Go Pop!, as well as general insight from industry experts. This is also where you can find all of my Chasing Oscar reviews from the previous seasons.

90th Academy Awards

Chasing Oscar Reviews:

Call Me by Your Name Finds Love in a Quiet, Exquisite Place

Saoirse Ronan Soars in the Poignant, Insightful Lady Bird

Margot Robbie and Allison Janney Reach Olympic Heights in I, Tonya

The Shape of Water is a Weird, Whimsical Tale of Romance and Resistance

Frances McDormand Battles the Ugliness of Justice in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Dunkirk is an Exhilarating Assault on the Senses

Gary Oldman’s Tour de Force Performance Brightens the Darkest Hour

Best Picture


  1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  2. Lady Bird
  3. Call Me By Your Name
  4. The Shape of Water
  5. Dunkirk
  6. I, Tonya
  7. Darkest Hour

Best Director

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  1. Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
  2. Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
  3. Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  4. Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name
  5. Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actor


  1. Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
  2. Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

Best Actress


  1. Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  2. Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
  3. Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actor


  1. Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  2. Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
  4. Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actress


  1. Allison Janney, I, Tonya
  2. Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
  3. Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
  4. Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water