Oscars 2018: 11 Blockbuster Movies That Deserve Best Picture Consideration

11. Blade Runner 2049

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Blade Runner 2049 is a one-of-a-kind movie, a belated, 35-years-later sequel that doesn't just live up to the original: it arguably betters it.

Denis Villeneuve's jaw-dropping direction combines with a slew of terrific performances, Roger Deakins' eye-melting cinematography and impeccable production across the board to make this one of the best-crafted Hollywood blockbusters of all time.

How Likely Is It?: Despite expectations that the film would be a serious awards contender, a poor box office and divisive response from more general audiences - i.e. not the hardcore crowd - quickly cooled its major awards prospects.

Best Picture is dead in the water at this point, but Best Cinematography is a total lock and probable win, while Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing are all likely nods.

It'll be an historic embarrassment for the Oscars to snub the film for Best Picture in the long-run, but factoring in the Academy's baked-in prejudice against sci-fi, even when it's populist and entertaining, this near-three-hour tone poem of a film hasn't got a hope in hell. 2/10


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