Here we go again. Awards Frenzy is one of very few Oscar websites to predict the Oscars virtually a year in advance. Last year, we successfully forecast FOUR of the Best Picture nominees, including “Call Me By Your Name” and “Darkest Hour.” We also were correct about Gary Oldman taking home his first ever Best Actor statuette for playing Winston Churchill in “Hour.” This year, there are some heavy hitters, some fascinating underdogs, and perhaps a rematch of the Best Picture fiasco that occurred in 2017. Let’s begin with our projected nominees for Best Picture:

If Beale Street Could Talk – There is a lot of buzz on Barry Jenkins’ follow-up film to “Moonlight,” about a couple dealing with false rape accusations, based on an acclaimed book by James Baldwin. Jenkins appears at the top of his game and the film is produced by Plan B, which won Best Picture for not only “Moonlight” but “12 Years a Slave” many years ago.

First Man – Setting up the Best Picture rematch is Damien Chazelle’s second film about Neil Armstrong and the famous moon landing. Of course, Ryan Gosling takes on the coveted role of Armstrong. Bio-pics tend to do well with the Academy, although it’s been a while since one captured the top prize.

Wildlife – This Sundance darling could sneak into the race based on its acting prowess. Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan portray a trouble married couple and the film, directed by Paul Dano, is told from the child’s perspective.

A Star is Born – This story has been made and remade a few times, and Clint Eastwood was originally attached only to give way to Bradley Cooper for his directorial debut. We think Cooper will be a whiz behind the lens and the surefire chemistry between him and Lady Gaga will likely bring plenty of accolades. And for the most part, musicals have a good track record with AMPAS.

Beautiful Boy – And now with the serious fare, Steve Carrell plays a father who watches his son, last year’s Best Actor nominee Timothee Chalamet, sink into the abyss of meth addiction. Given recent awareness  for the opioid crisis, this film likely will resonate with a lot of voters.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Here’s another selection from Sundance that wowed audiences. The film stars rising star Chloe Grace Moretz as a girl who is forced into gay conversion therapy. While many other analysts favor the Joel Edgerton directed “Boy Erased,” about a similar subject, we have a feeling the Sundance hit will strike more nerves, and it probably helps that it won’t be as heavily hyped.

Backseat – Wow. Adam McKay (“The Big Short”) has Christian Bale packing on the pounds to play Vice-President Dick Cheney and Amy Adams as his wife Lynne. Sam Rockwell, fresh off his Best Supporting Actor win, does his best George W. Bush impersonation. We can’t wait!

Where’s You Go, Bernadette – Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) is back with this tale of a young girl trying to find her mother, played by Cate Blanchett, and in turn learning about her troubled past. In a way, Linklater reminds us of Guillermo Del Toro, a highly talented, passionate director whose films have never been considered Oscar material. Well look what happened with Del Toro last year.

Just Missing the Cut:

Many people are high on the “Black Panther” bandwagon, but remember, it’s only March and superhero movies, no matter how great they are, DON’T get Best Picture nominations. Best Actress and Supporting Actress nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie star in “Mary, Queen of Scots,” but it seems like royalty movies haven’t fared as well with the Academy recently. Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, sounds a little too good to be true, plus we have a feeling it won’t be finished in time, so it’s not on the list. And even though Steve McQueen’s “Widows,” his first film since “12 Years a Slave” is highly anticipated, the description sounds more like a crime thriller than a more Oscar-friendly drama.

Best Actor:

Looks like a three horse race to us, with Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, and Steve Carell duking it out. Carell actually has two shots at it. He’s also featured in the Robert Zemeckis film “The Women of Marwen,” about a man who awakens from a coma from a horrific injury and builds toy models to help him cope and recover. This one could come down to the wire.

Best Actress:

Once again this category is loaded! Felicity Jones may be the front runner playing a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the drama “On the Basis of Sex.” She will have tough competition from Blanchett (“Bernadette”), Saoirse Ronan (“Mary, Queen of Scots” or don’t count out “On Chesil Beach,” from Atonement author Ian McEwan), and Chloe Grace Moretz in what looks to be a transformative role. And of course, Lady Gaga is not to be forgotten.

Best Supporting Actor:

Can Sam Rockwell go back to back? Odds are unlikely, plus he’ll have to contend with overdue for recognition Kyle Chandler in “First Man,” Russell Crowe as a preacher who puts his son into gay conversion therapy in “Boy Erased,” and the extremely talented Adam Driver in Spike Lee’s intriguing  “Black Klansman.” Also, Timothee Chalamet looks well positioned for “Beautiful Boy” assuming he does not go lead.

Best Supporting Actress:

Even though everyone would probably like to see Amy Adams win an Academy Award, we kind of doubt it will be for playing Lynne Cheney. Carey Mulligan would surprise no one if she’s nominated for “Wildlife” and Olivia Colman is said to be fabulous in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” also starring Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. But the person to beat may well be Margot Robbie, brilliant in “I, Tonya,” and now playing Queen Elizabeth I in “Mary, Queens of Scots.”

Best Director:

This award, of course, goes hand in hand with Best Picture so Jenkins, Chazelle, Linklater, and relatively unknown Felix von Groeningren, director of “Beautiful Boy,” will be in the mix. Adam McKay will likely get in too. Bradley Cooper may be a tougher sell in his directorial debut, but then again, look at Jordan Peele. And continuing the tradition of women nominated in this category will be Desiree Akhavan for “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.”

Final Predictions:

Best Picture: If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Director: Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Actor: Steve Carell, Beautiful Boy

Best Actress: Chloe Grace Moretz, The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Best Supporting Actor: Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Best Supporting Actress: Margot Robbie, Mary, Queen of Scots