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Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino

According to the SDSU report, 11% of directors of the top 250 films past year were female. And many of them will go to tremendous lengths to make that dream a reality. We also predict to see plenty of female A-listers rocking emerald accessories, a trend stars like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Reese Witherspoon and Issa Rae have already picked up on.

If you were old enough to watch the Oscars in 1992, you probably remember Jack Palance doing one-armed pushups. She is the last actress with a recognizable physical disability to win an Oscar for acting. Some of the best films - ground-breaking movies that defined a genre, all-time greats later hailed as cinema classics - were snubbed at the Oscars.

Not so quick there, Sky Masterson. Let's wait and see if the tradition would change this year.

Surprises are meant to be there.

"I went from one film to another, just trying to be an artist and I never saw my work as a career", she told ABC News.

Who is nominated for an Oscar? And then? Mark Rylance got the prize for "Bridge of Spies". But the timing of the atmosphere this year, is looking just right for a cool but dry ceremony to take place. And yes, Daniel Day-Lewis and Timothée Chalamet's films and characters are much less performative than Oldman. McDormand is a safe bet, but since the Academy has diversified its members recently, my bet is on Ronan to win. But it's the only category with some stiff competition.

How do the races shake down?

'It has been such a huge team effort and I've always felt extremely lucky to be one of the many people entrusted with this project.

Playing Tonya Harding's cold mother in "I, Tonya" puts her in the lead to take home the Best Supporting Actress Award. She's likely to win here, too. Janney for the win.

And though the best actor nominees have smatterings of TV appearances, Denzel Washington ("Roman J. Israel, Esq.") boasts an entire series run on NBC's "St. Elsewhere", as Dr. Philip Chandler. BUT...and this is key ...

Christopher Plummer stars in "All the Money in the World". Chalamet is only 22 years old and would be the youngest victor ever if he won. I think there are three front-runners: "Get Out", "The Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri". This is Frances McDormand's year, plain and simple.

The family clearly pays attention to detail, like Saoirse Ronan's pink cast and bracelets from a scene in "Lady Bird". Watch for early wins for that to happen.

And, the victor will be Gary Oldman ("Darkest Hour"). It still looks like Oldman will win, but don't count out any of the others.

While Best Picture seems to be a toss-up, the other major categories do have strong frontrunners, like Guillermo del Toro in the Best Director race. The film was visually stunning and a worthy recipient.

Sally Hawkins stars in "The Shape of Water". Best Animated Feature should not be a separated category from Best Picture, but this is a conversation for another time.

But Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety forecast that The Shape of Water could win.

Altogether, the "Everyone Wins" gift bags are valued at over "six-figures" although Distinctive Assets declined to say exactly how much (however, the trip for two to Tanzania is worth $40,000 alone, the company said). In the original category it's tougher to call: Lady Bird and Three Billboards both have terrifically witty scripts, but I'm going to go with my heart on this one and say that this will be Oscar's opportunity to recognise Jordan Peele and the magnificent Get Out. The spoiler could be "Get Out", which presses a lot of buttons and was clever.

Paul Lohneis, Head of the London School of Film, Media and Design, said: 'Congratulations to Rebecca for this Oscar nomination, which is richly deserved. Shape of Water and Lady Bird make my top three. I'm happy that this is how Peele made his directorial debut and I'm glad he was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Director: Christopher Nolan returns us to the dark days of "Dunkirk". A win in that category would suggest momentum or consolation.

"I am also hoping that Rachel Morrison will win best cinematography for her work on the exquisitely lovely "Mudbound", a film that deserved far more Oscar nominations than it received", he said.

Consider this your tiebreaker.

Accountants for PricewaterhouseCoopers, the firm responsible for tabulating Oscar ballots, had handed Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope. Any film is possible.

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