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We have a bona fide race for Best Picture this year. I highly doubt we'll see the type of on-stage drama and controversy we had last year, when "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as the winner when it actually was "Moonlight." That said, this is a close one. "The Shape of Water" appears to have the edge over "Three Billboards" if you take the precursors into consideration, but the oddsmakers have "Three Billboards" as the favorite. The way the Oscars' preferential balloting system works for Best Picture, it's possible the movie with the most No. 1 votes can not win the top prize. For all we know, that may have happened last year. What it amounts to is Best Picture doesn't necessarily go to the film the most people love – it goes to the nominee the fewest people don't love. It's a complicating tabulation process, but one that means "Get Out" and "Dunkirk" are very much players as potential spoilers. Still, I thought "The Shape of Water" was the best thing going early in awards season, and when "Phantom Thread" and "The Post" didn't quite hit the perfect notes I expected, I stuck with it. It's part science fiction, part love story, part Cold War thriller, and all beautiful.
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