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The Oscars: Predicted by Students

This past Sunday, the best and brightest of the film industry gathered at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California to attend one of the most prestigious award shows in the world, the Oscars. This year was the landmark 90th edition of the annual academy awards ceremony, celebrating the best actors and movies of the past year. Before the Oscars we surveyed some of our student body here at Packer to see who they thought would be taking home some of the most acclaimed awards. The following categories were surveyed:


Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Director, and Best Animated Film


Best Picture

This years winner in the Best Picture category was The Shape of Water, a Drama/Fantasy film about a deaf woman who encounters, and falls in love with, a scaled creature from South America in a top secret government lab. Surprisingly, this was a surprise to many Packer students , as The Shape of Water collected the lowest number of votes at only 6.7%.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

The best actor in a leading ole for this year was awarded to Gary Oldman from Darkest Hour, which was one of the two least popular choices among Packer students. Oldman played Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain during WWII, as he faces the decision of entering the war.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

The best actress in a leading role was awarded do Frances McDormand for her work in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, an exciting Drama/Crime film involving a mother looking for answers over the murder of her daughter. Once again the Packer predictions were quite off, with nobody who was surveyed voting for McDormand.


Best Director

The best director award was given to Guillermo Del Toro for The Shape of Water, which won multiple awards at the Oscars. 20% of the surveyed group predicted correctly, taking Del Toro as their favorite for the Best Director.


Best Animated Film

The award for Best Animated Feature Film went to Coco, as correctly predicted by Packer students. Disney’s Coco was a great and exciting film with an intriguing story, about the journey of a young Mexican boy searching for his grandfather on the day of the dead. The movie is a must-watch for fans of Disney.


After yet another exciting year at the Oscars, it seems that the Packer community does not have a very strong taste in film, as seen in the largely incorrect predictions in most categories. Although, as best summarized by Dylan Fineman (‘20) as he said “I feel like there are directors like Christopher Nolan with Dunkirk that should win but won’t because they don’t fit the “style” of the Oscars.” Maybe the movies that win awards aren’t always the ones that we enjoy the most, seeing as to why the predictions may have been so incorrect. Regardless, we enjoyed watching the 90th edition of the Academy Awards and seeing the best in film from the past year.

Yusuf Haque is currently a junior at The Packer Collegiate Institute and the layout editor for the Packer Prism this year. He has worked as a reporter and assistant layout editor, and has worked on a number of pieces for the Prism. These include topics such as sports, profiles, and entertainment. Outside of the Prism he is a member of the debate club, a leader of miscellaneous skills club, and on the varsity soccer team. He also is able to solve a Rubik’s Cube. Yusuf can be reached at

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