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Laugh, Dance, Drink, Love, Feel Everything, and be Happy Always: It's Oscar Night

Who will win: All evidence suggests that Three Billboards will take home the gold.

The field is made up largely of modest independent film successes except for the box-office phenomenon "Get Out" ($255 million worldwide after opening on Oscar weekend 2017) and "Dunkirk" ($255 million).

Traditionally, the previous year's best actor victor would present that statuette, but Casey Affleck, who triumphed in 2017 for "Manchester by the Sea", withdrew under a cloud of sexual harassment accusations he denies.

I haven't seen a single nominee.

Bets are being taken for tonight's 90th Academy Awards on everything from who will win Best Actor to the length of the acceptance speeches.

One of the most fun categories this year is for best animated feature, in which the nominated films include both "The Boss Baby" and "Loving Vincent".

Happy viewing, and may the best Meryl win.

While fans of Guillermo del Toro do not roundly consider the merman gothic fairy tale "The Shape of Water" his best picture - many rank it behind "The Devil's Backbone" and "Pan's Labyrinth" - all the momentum is there to secure him the win. Sam Rockwell has won more Best Supporting Actor awards in last two months, but the backlash against Three Billboards for trying to redeem a racist cop means the Oscar could go to Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project).

Then, there's "Get Out", the horror film that has earned plenty of recognition this award season and could shock the world. Sure, it was fun that Michael Green and Scott Frank's screenplay for the superhero flick "Logan" was nominated, but I think that was more of a nod for adding substance to the genre more than anything.

The next and final category to predict is the adapted screenplay. McDonagh is a force of nature with his pen, as an extremely accomplished screenwriter and playwright. The result is an idiosyncratic, bittersweet and tender film that is the favorite to win.

Who should win: The Big Sick was a sensational film and its screenplay was sublime. It will probably be a squeaker - though by how much, we will nearly certainly never know, because the academy does not release vote tallies.

As of right now, the best documentary category could really go to any of the nominations. We've got you covered. Unfortunately, it is now very hard for a documentary to rise to the top of the heap and find a larger, general audience. Instead, the academy voted for less sunny films that delved into endemic racism ("Strong Island"), civilian rescuers and medics in the Syrian war ("Last Men in Aleppo"), Russian doping ("Icarus") and alleged bank fraud ("Abacus: Small Enough to Jail").

This year there are nine nominations and every one is worthy. I really don't think they will go this route.

Every Oscars ceremony serves up some shocks, however, so don't count out "Get Out", the third favorite ahead of outsiders "Lady Bird" and "Dunkirk".

The meta-story of this year's Oscars has led to "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "The Shape of Water" as the two films battling it out for the best picture award.

Who will win: Three Billboards looks like a good shout here given its momentum. Out of the bunch, "Faces Places" stands out for its quirkiness and light, teaming 35-year-old French artist JR, who slathers outsize photos of everyday folks across favelas, water towers and buildings worldwide, with Agn├Ęs Varda, now 89, the filmmaker nicknamed the grandmother of the French new wave. That is all I have, though, and I think it will cap off a perfectly respectable Oscar night.

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