Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Surely This Time My Oscars Prediction Will Be Right

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Surely This Time My Oscars Prediction Will Be Right

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Byline: William Moore Notebook

WHY did people watch the Winter Olympics? Normal people, I mean, people in their millions, not just journalists or sporty die-hards.

It's a tribute to the power of competition that people who usually couldn't give a fig about skates, skis or brooms sweeping the path of a curling stone pay attention once countries are pitted against each other. Similarly, in the weeks leading up to the Oscars, people with little interest in film for the rest of the year now suddenly want to talk movies.

Which film will be The Best, they want to know, often irrespective of how much desire they really have to see it.

Ahead of Sunday's ceremony, the Nostradamuses (Oscardamuses, can we call them?) are out in full force to feed this public curiosity with column inches.

Will Gary Oldman keep up his winning streak for his Churchill? Will the plagiarism lawsuit against director Guillermo del Toro hamper The Shape of Water's chances? …

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