From the worst ever Oscar winners to a recap of the most unlikely Oscar nominees, we’ve got everything you need to see you through to the Academy Awards. Take a look at the films we think have a chance of bagging gold and becoming an Academy Award winner this year, and keep reading for more 2018 Oscars predictions and news...
When are the Oscars?
The next Academy Awards will take place on March 4.
Where are the Oscars?
The annual awards ceremony takes place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. The event has been held there every year since 2002.
When are the Oscar nominations revealed?
We found out who's in the running for the Oscars 2018 on January 23.
Who is hosting the 89th Annual Academy Awards?
US chatshow host Jimmy Kimmel will be presenting the awards in 2018.
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Interviews with Oscar nominees
'I didn't think it would happen for me': Allison Janney on 'I, Tonya' and the Oscars
Allison Janney is asking me to forgive her. ‘I’m so jetlagged. Just know that…’ she laughs as she sits down. It turns out she has nothing to apologise for. Jetlagged Janney is more switched on than the best of us on a bad day. We’re in a central London hotel room to talk ‘I, Tonya’, the dark comedy-drama biopic which has already earned her Oscar and Bafta nominations and a Golden Globe win for Best Supporting Actress. The film will tell a familiar tale for many; the globe-rocking, 1994 figure skating scandal had everyone glued to the news. If it’s not, though, ‘I, Tonya’ is about remarkable figure skater Tonya Harding, and her possible connection to an attack on Nancy Kerrigan, a rival and Olympic teammate. Janney plays LaVona, Tonya’s abusive, difficult, profane, chain-smoking mother. It’s a captivating performance – and she did an awful lot of it with a bird called Little Man perched on her shoulder.The bird must have been surreal.‘It was, but there's real footage of LaVona with a fur coat and a bird on her shoulder. I'm a huge animal lover but birds kind of freak me out, so I auditioned three. A couple of them kept crawling up in my hair. Little Man just sat on my shoulder and hung out so I decided that he was going to get the part. It was my first casting session. I felt pretty powerful. When we started shooting he kept pecking at me. It pissed me off a little bit but I think it fuelled my performance. We ended up being a good duo.’ Do you remember ‘The Incident’?‘I lov
Margot Robbie talks her brutal, Oscar-worthy turn in I, Tonya
Stamina, flair, toughness: Anyone who tells you acting isn’t a lot like playing sports hasn’t spent much time doing either. Ever since holding her own against a manic Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, Margot Robbie could never be confused for anything less than a fearless competitor. But her latest performance seriously ups the ante: As the disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding—forever tarnished by her association with the 1994 off-ice attack on Nancy Kerrigan—the 27-year-old actor pulls off one of the most daring feats of empathy of the year. Directed by Craig Gillespie and coproduced by Robbie herself, I, Tonya is a supercharged Scorsesian rise-and-fall sports movie: trashy, funny, devastating and anchored by a star turn that will be talked about long beyond awards season. Born in Australia before living in Brooklyn, London and most recently Los Angeles, Robbie calls herself a gypsy; “home” is a free-floating concept for her. During a relatively quiet moment before the Oscar whirlwind, we connected with Robbie to talk about lacing up for 17-hour shooting days, the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the enigma at the heart of her latest triumph. Do you miss living in New York?Oh, my God, are you kidding me? I miss New York all the time. I was in South Williamsburg just before it really blew up, and then I lived in Bed-Stuy for a little bit as well. It was amazing. I think Williamsburg is a little too busy for me now. But six, seven years ago, it was incredible
'Does Daniel use emojis? No, he's got a flip phone!' – Paul Thomas Anderson on 'Phantom Thread'
The recipient of six Oscar nominations, ‘Phantom Thread’ pairs Daniel Day-Lewis’s Reynolds Woodcock – a vain, controlling couturier who hates noise at breakfast – with newcomer Vicky Krieps’s Alma, a strange, fearless life-force who couldn’t give a fig for his routines. Yet a strange infatuation flows like poison through the veins of Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest movie. Not quite as manicured as his latest alpha-male protagonist but still pretty dapper, the American auteur sips green tea and fill us in on the story behind his hypnotic tale and its Fitzrovia shoot. This is your first film set or shot outside California. What came first: the idea or the location?‘I’d been searching for something to do in the UK for a while. It’s inherently cinematic, particularly for a period piece. Initially, I thought we’d film [this] in Cornwall – Daphne du Maurier country. I don’t feel like I’m done here. My first idea was to do [an adaptation] of MR James, a Cambridge professor who’d write these great Christmas horror stories, and I may still revisit that.’ Is it true you had trouble with people having lunch in Fitzroy Square during the shoot?‘Hollywood assholes that we are, we thought: Hang on! Can’t you guys take your lunchbreaks somewhere else? Actually, everyone on the square was really accommodating, with the exception of an American couple [laughs].’ It feels like a love letter to London, but it’s not full of recognisable landmarks.‘It occupies a twilight fairytale land. The re
Armie Hammer on going arthouse for 'Call Me By Your Name'
He’s played twin jocks in ‘The Social Network’, the handsome prince in ‘Mirror Mirror’ and the titular cowboy in the ‘The Lone Ranger’. Now, all-American Armie Hammer is switching gears and starring in an arthouse film about gay lovers. Sensitive, sun-drenched and seductive, Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Call Me by Your Name’ is one of the films of the year. In this adaptation of André Aciman’s 2007 novel, Hammer’s doctoral student Oliver falls for the teenaged Elio (up-and-comer Timothée Chalamet) over a summer in Italy. When we met during the BFI London Film Festival, Hammer was articulate and succinct – all while munching on crisps and sipping Coke. This is a busy, hungry man. And the film world is hungry for him too. So, ‘Call Me by Your Name’. Wow.'Thank you. When you start out acting they tell you you’re going to find these roles that challenge and change you and you start to think it’s an idealistic fantasy, but this was one of those. Luca told me, “I want to reach inside you and grab you and push you.” And that’s what he did.’ It’s told from Elio’s point of view – how does it feel to be the object of desire? ‘I never enjoy watching myself back. I had to think about Oliver’s body language and how he moved with his environment. If you’re thinking: How do I look handsome and do I look like an object of desire?, you’d come across as really stiff.’ Did Oliver evolve much during the shoot? ‘Definitely. The entire thing was like a living process from start to finish; it was amazin
Willem Dafoe on the role that could finally get him his Oscar
Willem Dafoe suffers magnificently. It’s his thing, suffering. Be it under the harsh glare of Lars von Trier in the brutally violent Antichrist or under Madonna’s dripping candle wax in Body of Evidence, Dafoe has put up with a lot of shit. The actor, 62, is gifted with the ability to always seem vexed; he has let his directors use that for laughs, as Wes Anderson does, or lent instant grandeur to superhero movies. (Dafoe is about to start work on Aquaman.) But this longtime improviser may have landed his most tortured role yet in The Florida Project, Sean Baker’s unflinching follow-up to his iPhone–shot indie debut, Tangerine. In the new film, which makes its Stateside premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, Dafoe plays the manager of a scuzzy motel outside Disney World. From so humble a part, Dafoe is able to mine crankiness, compassion, confusion and, perhaps, may get himself a gold statue for the first time. Not that any of that awards talk fazes him. While Dafoe laughs easily during our chat, he'd rather talk about the essence of what he does best: disappearing. Bobby, your character in The Florida Project, is a building manager but also, occasionally, a protector of young kids who live in tough circumstances.I like where he’s placed in that world. Bobby is with them, but he’s also outside—he’s in and he’s out. There’s nothing particularly extraordinary about him as a person, but there’s something beautiful about how he’s a regular guy that does heroic, small th
Tom Hanks: ‘I’ve taken a nap in Hyde Park’
Tom Hanks is letting me in on a family ritual. It riffs on a life-or-death moment in ‘Dr No’ involving Sean Connery’s 007 and imperilled Bond girl Ursula Andress. ‘I’ll say to my youngest son: “How can you eat breakfast at a time like this?”’ says Hanks, ‘and he’ll reply: “Becausshhh I’m hungry!”’ He slaps his leg happily. If for some reason life offered you, say, an extra dad or a bonus uncle, this would be just one more reason to pick Hanks: he even does a terrible Sean Connery impression. You just know his dad jokes are going to be off the hook. The twice-Oscar-winning actor, filmmaker, novelist, activist, typewriter collector and star of at least one of your favourite childhood movies (‘Dragnet’ for me) is one of Hollywood’s good guys – at a time when the place could do with a few more of them. He spends his spare minutes reuniting people with lost gloves and shoes via Twitter (just drop one in the street and check @tomhanks for news). That likeable, everyman on-screen persona is no actorly façade: he’s a genuinely nice guy with a warm handshake. His new film, ‘The Post’, sees him back with his old mucker Steven Spielberg for a fifth time, as well as a first pairing with Meryl Streep. Guess what? He had a blast. So what’s the secret behind his contentedness? Well, Wagamama, it turns out. ‘The Post’ is a serious film, of course, but it feels optimistic too.‘It’s a suspense thriller where there’s an awful lot at stake, and it’s a piece of history that still comments on t