We’re already moving to a new Oscar season. As proven by the shocking Oscar win for Barry Jenkins’ masterpiece “Moonlight” at this year’s Academy Awards, the demographic and tastes of AMPAS is changing. While there are still hindrances and biases against certain films and genres (like superhero films, comedy or sci-fi), we could see some interesting things unfold this season and in the years to come.

Paul Thomas Anderson will be back in the fray, partnered with Daniel Day-Lewis for his untitled film about the fashion industry. George Clooney steps behind the camera once again with “Suburbicon” with Matt Damon. There’s also Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the Detriot Riots, which is still looking for a name. Same goes for the A.A. Milne biopic, which tells the story about the “Winnie the Pooh” writer with Domhnall Gleeson starring. Nash Edgerton (brother of Joel) is looking for a name for his “secret” film with Charlize Theron and David Oyelowo.

Period prestige will also be available for those who love convention. “Darkest Hour” about Winston Churchill will have fans excited for an Oscar run for star Gary Oldman and director Joe Wright. From Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, director of “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl,” comes “The Current War” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, something the Weinstein Company will surely be excited to push.

The conventional biopics will be apparent all year long, too, as seen by the upcoming “Marshall” from Reginald Hudlin, and starring Chadwick Boseman. Not sure if it’s technically a conventional biopic, but many are eager to see Rooney Mara take on the title role in Garth Davis’ sophomore effort “Mary Magdalene.” Hugh Jackman will step into the shoes of P.T. Barnum in “The Greatest Showman” on Christmas Day, while recently crowned Oscar winner Emma Stone takes on Billie Jean King in “Battle of the Sexes” opposite Steve Carell.

Our great, contemporary American directors are in full force in 2017 as well. Steven Spielberg’s next project is “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” with Oscar Isaac and Mark Rylance, something that may offer an opportunity for his third Best Director Oscar after his big loss for “Lincoln” a few years ago. Alexander Payne is back after being nominated for “Nebraska” with the quirky-sounding “Downsizing” about a man who shrinks.

Fanboys are ready to anoint some filmmakers already. One of which is Christopher Nolan, who brings the long-awaited “Dunkirk” with Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. The drums will beat once again for the next film in the epic saga of “Star Wars” titled “The Last Jedi,” and rest assured, you’ll hear some vocal lovers yelling for both Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher.

With the surprise success of “Mad Max: Fury Road” two years ago, could a reboot/sequel make some noise at the Academy? We’ll have to wait and see when Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” hits theaters with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. That sequel isn’t the only science fiction film in the mix, as Alex Garland returns with his “Ex Machina” follow-up titled “Annihilation.”

One of the most underrated franchises at the moment is “Planet of the Apes,” both films of which deserved recognition outside of its sole Visual Effects mentions. With that, here’s hoping “War for the Planet of the Apes” can make some “Return of the King”-type reactions from critics and audiences.

First time directors will be littered throughout the year. Probably the most anticipated is Aaron Sorkin, who will helm “Molly’s Game,” which he also wrote, and which stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner. Perhaps it’s an opportunity for a makeup for the “Miss Sloane” snub? Greta Gerwig has been writing for a few years now, and it’s time for her to show her chops behind the camera with “Lady Bird.” After multiple misses for “There Will Be Blood” and “Love and Mercy,” Paul Dano will try for Oscar glory with “Wildlife,” with Jake Gyllenhaal. “American Sniper” writer Jason Hall also makes a play in the war genre with “Thank You for Your Service” with Miles Teller and Haley Bennett.

Piquing our interest is Martin McDonagh’s next film “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” with Frances McDormand, which seems to echo feelings of “Fargo” for some reason. Darren Aronofsky is back at the helm with “Mother!,” which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Domhnall Gleeson. And, we’re finally getting Destin Cretton’s follow-up to “Short Term 12,” in “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson.

While hearts are still broken from “Carol” missing Best Picture two years ago, a vocal community hopes to gain their revenge with Todd Haynes’ next film “Wonderstruck,” where he’s re-teaming with “Far from Heaven” and “Safe” star Julianne Moore.

There’s plenty more to speak of including “The Snowman” from Tomas Alfredson and starring Michael Fassbender; “The Shape of Water” from Guillermo del Toro; and the remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” from Kenneth Branagh.

And there’s so much more…just wait for it all.

Down below, check out the first listed predictions for Oscars 2018, while the individual prediction pages are given an update and facelift over the next few days.  So far you can check out the full listed predictions for BEST PICTURE.

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2017-2018 OSCAR PREDICTIONS

BEST PICTURE

  • “Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) – Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Robert Graf
  • “The Current War” (The Weinstein Company) – Timur Bekmambetov, Basil Iwanyk, Steven Zaillian
  • “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features) – Tim Bevan, Lisa Bruce, Eric Fellner, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski
  • “Downsizing” (Paramount Pictures) – Mark Johnson, Alexander Payne
  • “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” (The Weinstein Company) – Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg
  • “Marshall” (Open Road Films) – Paula Wagner, Reginald Hudlin, Jonathan Sanger, Jun Dong
  • “Mudbound” (Netflix) – Carl Effenson, Sally Jo Effenson, Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Christopher Lemole, Kim Roth, Tim Zajaros
  • “The Snowman” (Universal Pictures) – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Solvo, Peter Gustafsson
  • “Suburbicon” (Paramount Pictures) – George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Joel Silver, Teddy Schwarzman
  • “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project” (Focus Features) – Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, JoAnne Sellar

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Paul Thomas Anderson – “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project” (Focus Features)
  • George Clooney – “Suburbicon” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Dee Rees – “Mudbound” (Netflix)
  • Steven Spielberg – “The Killing of Edgardo Mortara” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Joe Wright – “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features)

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Chadwick Boseman – “Marshall” (Open Road)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project” (Focus Features)
  • Oscar Isaac – “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Hugh Jackman – “The Greatest Showman” (20th Century Fox)
  • Gary Oldman – “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Jessica Chastain – “Molly’s Game” (STX Entertainment)
  • Judi Dench – “Victoria and Abdul” (Focus Features)
  • Rooney Mara – “Mary Magdalene” (Universal Pictures)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer – “Where is Kyra?” (No U.S. Distribution)
  • Emma Stone – “Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Sterling K. Brown – “Marshall” (Open Road)
  • Steve Carell – “Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Ed Harris – “Mother!” (Paramount Pictures)
  • John Hurt – “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features)
  • Michael Shannon – “The Current War” (The Weinstein Company)

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Julianne Moore – “Wonderstruck” (Amazon Studios)
  • Margot Robbie – “Untitled A.A. Milne Project” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Kristin Scott Thomas – “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features)
  • Kristen Wiig – “Downsizing” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Michelle Williams – “The Greatest Showman” (20th Century Fox)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • “Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) – Simon Beaufoy
  • “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features) – Anthony McCarten
  • “Suburbicon” (Paramount Pictures) – George Clooney, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Grant Heslov
  • “Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) – Martin McDonagh
  • “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project” (Focus Features) – Paul Thomas Anderson

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • “Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics) – Luca Guadagnino, James Ivory, Walter Fasano
  • “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” (The Weinstein Company) – Tony Kushner
  • “Molly’s Game” (STX Entertainment) – Aaron Sorkin
  • “Mudbound” (Netflix) – Dee Rees, Virgil Williams
  • “You Were Really Never Here” (Amazon Studios) – Lynne Ramsay

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • “The Breadwinner” (GKIDS)
  • “Captain Underpants” (20th Century Fox)
  • “Coco” (Pixar)
  • “Despicable Me 3” (Universal Pictures)
  • “The LEGO Batman Movie” (Warner Bros.)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • “Annihilation” (Paramount Pictures) – Mark Digby
  • “The Beguiled” (Focus Features) – Anne Ross
  • “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features) – Sarah Greenwood
  • “Mute” (Netflix) – Gavin Bocquet
  • “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project” (Focus Features) – Mark Tildesley

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • “Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.) – Roger Deakins
  • “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” (The Weinstein Company) – Janusz Kaminski
  • “Mary Magdalene” (Universal Pictures) – Greig Fraser
  • “The Snowman” (Universal Pictures) – Dion Beebe
  • “Suburbicon” (Paramount Pictures) – Robert Elswit

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • “Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) – Mary Zophres
  • “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features) – Jacqueline Durran
  • “Mudbound” (Netflix) – Michael T. Boyd
  • “Wonderstruck” (Amazon Studios) – Sandy Powell
  • “Victoria and Abdul” (Focus Features) – Consolata Boyle

BEST FILM EDITING

  • “Annihilation” (Paramount Pictures) – Barney Pilling
  • “Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.) – Joe Walker
  • “Mudbound” (Netflix) – Mako Kamitsuna
  • “Suburbicon” (Paramount Pictures) – Stephen Mirrione
  • “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project” (Focus Features) – Dylan Tichenor

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

  • “The Mountain Between Us” (20th Century Fox)
  • “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • “Victoria and Abdul” (Focus Features)

BEST SOUND MIXING

  • “Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)
  • “Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.)
  • “The Greatest Showman” (20th Century Fox)
  • “Transformers: The Last Knight” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “Untitled Kathryn Bigelow-Detriot Riots Project” (Annapurna Pictures)

BEST SOUND EDITING

  • “Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)
  • “Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.)
  • “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • “Transformers: The Last Knight” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “Untitled Kathryn Bigelow-Detriot Riots Project” (Annapurna Pictures)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • “Annihilation” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)
  • “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) –
  • “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • “War for the Planet of the Apes” (20th Century Fox)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • “Based on a True Story” (Sony Pictures Classics) – Alexandre Desplat
  • “Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) – Nicholas Britell
  • “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features) – Dario Marianelli
  • “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” (The Weinstein Company) – John Williams
  • “Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing, Missouri” (Lionsgate) – Carter Burwell

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Beauty & the Beast” (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • “Coco” (Pixar)
  • “Despicable Me 2” (Universal Pictures)
  • “The Greatest Showman” (20th Century Fox)
  • “An Inconvenient Sequel” (Paramount Vantage)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • “Happy End” – Michael Haneke (AUSTRIA)
  • “Ismael’s Ghosts” – Arnaud Desplechin (FRANCE)
  • “Loveless” – Andrey Zvyagintsev (RUSSIA)
  • “Thelma” – Joachim Trier (NORWAY)
  • “Where Life is Born” – Carlos Reygadas (MEXICO)

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