This is Part Four of the Monkey Fighting Robots’ Oscar Predictions for the 90th Academy Awards: Best Documentary, Foreign film, and Shorts. You can find Part One, Two and Three here. Make sure to check back after the Oscars to see if you beat Jenkins, our expert prediction system!
Best Visual Effects: War for the Planet of the Apes
Somehow, not a single one of these films has won this category. It baffles everyone. But with a VES and Critics’ Choice award under its belt, War may finally win it, and bring a much-deserved trophy to the modern sci-fi retelling.
Best Production Design: The Shape of Water
It took the Art Directors Guild award, the BAFTA, and Critics’ Choice. You can be sure the beautiful art direction of Shape will take the win.
Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread
Yes, shocking. The movie about designing costumes will win Best Costume Design. What else is there to even say?
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour
They recreated Winston Churchill to an incredible degree of specificity. More than this, the other candidates are Victoria & Abdul and Wonder, two movies that are so outside the public awareness you probably forgot they existed until just now.