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Can you beat The Atlantic’s film critic? Last year, Christopher Orr correctly predicted 9 out of the 10 categories in the Academy Awards. With the Oscars coming up on Sunday, we asked Chris to review Masthead members’ votes for the biggest categories and add insight of his own. (You can read Chris’ full bets for this year in his annual predictions post. “I’ll try to repeat what I said there as little as possible,” he told us.) Let’s dive in.


Best Picture

The Masthead Vote: The Shape of Water

The Critic Vote: Get Out

The Shape of Water was “one of the most unique products of the past few decades,” wrote a member in response to the anonymous Oscar ballot sent around this week. A close second was Chris’ favorite, Get Out. But, he added, “Don’t count out Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The movie is fantastic and is considered by oddsmakers—though not necessarily me—to be neck-and-neck with Shape of Water for the top prize.”

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