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LA Times film critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang make their 2018 Oscar picks

Now that voting has closed for the 90th Academy Awards we're left with the crucial questions: Who will win? And who should win? Our critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang sat down to swap predictions and favorites in the top eight categories: best picture, director, lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, original screenplay and adapted screenplay.

KENNETH TURAN: Ready or not - and, frankly, by this time people are likely more than ready - the Oscar ceremony is upon us. We're both going to be glued to our TVs on Sunday, but before that happens we thought we'd take one last look at the nominees in the major categories and talk a little about both who we'd like to win and who we think will win, which are often not the same thing at all.

JUSTIN CHANG: With the exception of one or two categories, I doubt there will be any overlap between my favorites and the academy's. I'm not complaining, really: It's good to be going into the night with few expectations, and if a pleasant surprise awaits, so much the better. Shall we begin with the screenplay races?

TURAN: Good idea, though the original screenplay category is looking tougher every day. Initially, it looked like Martin McDonagh's pyrotechnic script for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the likely winner, but there seems to be momentum building for Jordan Peele and "Get Out" after its

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