2019 Oscars – Overview & Final Predictions

List compiled by Eddie on 21/02/2019

As mentioned previously on the blog, I’m not overly excited about what this years Oscars represent but regardless it feels sacrilegious to not predict the winners and losers from Hollywood’s night of nights.

Host-less and seemingly more irrelevant then ever, here’s hoping some deserving film’s are recognized on the night.

Happy reading and happy watching.

Most Happy About:

Roma: Personally I find it great to see a seemingly small film like Roma get so many award nominations. A heartfelt passion project from director Alfonso Cauron, Roma’s a lovely film to watch as a cinema fan and Netflix’s official announcement to the big players of Hollywood.

Most Unhappy About:

Lack of nominations for First Man: I don’t want to sound like a broken record but First Man should’ve had far more than 4 nominations. A brilliant film that looked to tell a true life story in a different fashion than is to be expected, here’s hoping time will be kind to the film as people recognize it for the brilliant feat of film-making that it is.

It’s also sad masterful horror Hereditary received 0 nominations, especially for the great performance by Toni Collette.

Biggest Surprise:

Bohemian Rhapsody’s Best Picture Nomination: I can’t believe Bohemian Rhapsody made its way into the Best Picture field. It wasn’t at all a shock that lead actor Rami Malek got into his field but for the generic and far from outstanding film to be considered one of last year’s best products. Color me surprised.

Biggest Snub:

No Best Score recognition for Justin Hurwitz: Whether you liked First Man or not, many would have to agree that composer Justin Hurwitz moving score was one of the finest produced last year. It’s a shame that his outstanding work wasn’t even recognized with a nomination.

Lucky to be There:

Black Panther: I’ve spoken a lot about this; Black Panther is in these awards not for its final product but for what it represents for the industry. While it’s great to see change taking place, film’s should still be recognized on cinematic merits not for anything else and at the end of the day, Black Panther is just an entertaining comic book movie, nothing more and nothing less, very far from what should be being celebrated at these awards.

Best Picture

Roma is the film to beat this year

Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star Is Born
Vice

Winner: Roma

Dark Horse: Green Book

Best Lead Actor

Facing stiff competition from Rami Malek, Christian Bale is a good chance to win this category

Christian Bale – Vice
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Winner: Christian Bale – Vice

Dark Horse: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Lead Actress

Once considered the favourite in this category, Lady Gaga will likely be beaten by Glenn Close

Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
Glenn Close – The Wife
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Winner: Glen Close – The Wife

Dark Horse: Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Best Supporting Actor

It’s great to see Adam Driver get some awards love but he will be beaten by Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell – Vice

Winner: Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Dark Horse: Sam Rockwell – Vice

Best Supporting Actress

After year’s in the industry Regina King is a deserved favourite for her first Oscar

Amy Adams – Vice
Marina de Tavira – Roma
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Winner: Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

Dark Horse: Emma Stone – The Favourite

Best Director

In any other year Yorgos Lanthimos would be winning this category but Alfonso Cauron will be taking home his second Best Director Oscar

Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Adam McKay – Vice

Winner: Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

Dark Horse: Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite

Best Animated Feature

Here’s hoping Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse takes out this category

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Winner: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Dark Horse: Incredibles 2

Best Adapted Screenplay

A surprise entry into this field, Buster Scruggs will likely have to remain just a nominee

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
BlacKkKlansman
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born

Winner: BlacKkKlansman

Dark Horse: If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Original Screenplay

One of the sad snubs of the night, First Reformed will walk away empty handed

The Favourite
First Reformed
Green Book
Roma
Vice

Winner: The Favourite

Dark Horse: Green Book

Other Categories

Best Cinematography

Cold War
The Favourite
Never Look Away
Roma
A Star Is Born

Winner: Roma

Dark Horse: Cold War

Best Documentary Feature

Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
RBG

Winner: Free Solo

Dark Horse: RBG

Best Foreign Language Film

Capernaum
Cold War
Never Look Away
Roma
Shoplifters

Winner: Roma

Dark Horse: Cold War

Best Film Editing

BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
Green Book
The Favourite
Vice

Winner: The Favourite

Dark Horse: BlacKkKlansman

Best Sound Editing

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Quiet Place
Roma

Winner: Roma

Dark Horse: First Man

Best Sound Mixing

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Roma
A Star Is Born

Winner: First Man

Dark Horse: Roma

Best Production Design

Black Panther
First Man
The Favourite
Mary Poppins Returns
Roma

Winner: Roma

Dark Horse: The Favourite

Best Original Score

BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
If Beale Street Could Talk
Isle of Dogs
Mary Poppins Returns

Winner: Black Panther (should be First Man)

Dark Horse: BlacKkKlansman

Best Original Song

“All The Stars” from Black Panther
“I’ll Fight” from RBG
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns
“Shallow” from A Star Is Born
“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Winner: “Shallow” from A Star Is Born

Dark Horse: “All The Stars” from Black Panther

Best Makeup and Hair

Border
Mary Queen of Scots
Vice

Winner: Vice

Dark Horse: Mary Queen of Scots

Best Costume Design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Black Panther
The Favourite
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scots

Winner: The Favourite

Dark Horse: Mary Poppins Returns

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

Winner: First Man

Dark Horse: Ready Player One

Best Animated Short

Animal Behaviour
Bao
Late Afternoon
One Small Step
Weekends

Winner: Bao

Dark Horse: Weekends

Best Documentary Short Subject

Black Sheep
End Game
Lifeboat
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence

Winner: End Game

Dark Horse: Black Sheep

Best Live Action Short Film

Detainment
Fauve
Marguerite
Mother
Skin

Winner: Skin

Dark Horse: Fauve

How do these predictions stack up to your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

6 responses to “2019 Oscars – Overview & Final Predictions

  1. The fact that The Dark Knight never got nominated should mean that Black Panther is deemed by the Academy to be a superior film. I thought BP was great but there are obviously a lot of political elements coming into the decision making when picking winners rather than films that take risks and take us into territory we have never seen before.
    As for Bohemian Rhapsody, I enjoyed that too and Rami Malek was excellent but to me it wasn’t much better than the INXS television series from a few years ago.
    I used to get excited about the Oscars but now I have better things to do with my time.

  2. I’ll have to disagree on Black Panther. As usual some of the best films of the year (Sorry to Bother You, First Reformed), etc are underrepresented and of what actually is represented it’s just as good as anything. I think it both had a unique aesthetic and a very well written villain in Killmonger and both of those things set it a notch above your typical blockbuster.

    • Panther isn’t a bad film and you’re right, Killmonger is a good villain but in the end of the day, this is just a genuinely by the numbers Marvel film that follows a very familiar arc albeit with a different flavour.
      In my mind, Infinity War was actually a more out of the ordinary superhero film that was by far the better film.
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