AWFJ’s 2018 Oscar Predictions For Winners in Seven Categories

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oscars goldOur impromptu poll is neither mandatory nor universal, and the AWFJ members who’ve sent in their 2018 Oscars predictions have very varied opinions about which nominees will prevail on this year’s golden day. They’ve also specified that these are their predictions, the nominees they think will win, but not necessarily those they hope will win. Their predictions in seven categories are listed on AWARDS INTELLIGENCER. But, the tally of their ballots indicates AWFJ’s predictions for the winners in the 2018 Oscars race. Continue reading…

Best Picture​:

The Shape of Water

Best Director​:​ Guillermo del Toro

Best Actress​:​ Frances McDormand

Best Actress Supporting​:​ Allison Janney

Best Actor​:​ Gary Oldman

Best Actor Supporting​:​ Sam Rockwell

Best Documentary​:Faces Places

Participating AWFJ Members and their Individual Predictions:

Erica Abeel
Thelma Adams
Betsy Bozdech
Sandie Angulo Chen
Leslie Comebale
Linda Cook
Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan
Laura Emerick
Marilyn Ferdinand
Pam Grady
Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Leba Hertz
MaryAnn Johanson
Loren King
Sarah Knight Adamson
Cate Marquis
Brandy McDonnell
Jennifer Merin
Nell Minow
Sandra Olmstead
Tricia Olszewski
Janice Page
Kristen Page-Kirby
Diana Saenger
Danielle Solzman
Lynn Venhaus
Elizabeth Whittemore
Susan Wloszczyna

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Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and then became the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association in the Film, Documentary and TV branches and a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).