Oscars 2019 Nominations: My Predictions

Is there hope, or is disappointment hereditary at the Academy?

Another winter drawing slowly towards spring brings another bittersweet time into movie lovers’ lives; awards season. For a few months we rejoice and celebrate our favourite films, overloading them with gushing praise as they swoop their respective gongs – at the other end of the spectrum, we bash those who win if we disagree, often coarsely (and a little obnoxiously). This goes for me too; we’re all human, and this is cinema’s hunting season.

The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards drop tomorrow. 2018 was a fabulous year for film, but the question is: will the touted front runners, such as A Star Is Born, prevail, or will the “people’s favourites” like Bohemian Rhapsody emerge triumphantly? Before talking potential winners though, let’s get the nominations out of the way. Below are my predictions (and a couple of hopes) for a few of the categories.

BEST PICTURE:

  • A Star Is Born
  • Roma
  • First Man
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Green Book 
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • The Favourite
  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody 
  • Vice

BEST ACTRESS: 

  • Glenn Close – The Wife
  • Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
  • Olivia Colman – The Favourite
  • Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Toni Collette – Hereditary

BEST ACTOR:

  • Christian Bale – Vice
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
  • Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody 
  • John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman
  • Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: 

  • Claire Foy – First Man
  • Amy Adams – Vice
  • Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Rachel Weisz – The Favourite
  • Emma Stone – The Favourite

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

  • Mahershala Ali – Green Book
  • Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me? 
  • Sam Elliot – A Star Is Born
  • Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
  • Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy

BEST DIRECTOR:

  • Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
  • Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
  • Damien Chazelle – First Man
  • Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

  • Roma
  • The Favourite
  • Vice
  • Eighth Grade
  • Green Book

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

  • First Man
  • BlacKkKlansman 
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • A Star Is Born
  • Black Panther

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

  • Matthew Libatique – A Star Is Born
  • Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
  • Robbie Ryan – The Favourite
  • Linus Sandgren – First Man
  • James Laxton – If Beale Street Could Talk

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: 

  • Justin Hurwitz – First Man
  • Alan Silvestri – Avengers: Infinity War
  • Nicholas Britell – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns
  • Alexandre Desplat – Isle Of Dogs

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: 

  • ‘Shallow’ – A Star Is Born
  • ‘Trip A Little Light Fantastic’ – Mary Poppins Returns
  • ‘All The Stars’ – Black Panther
  • ‘Revelation’ – Boy Erased
  • ‘I’ll Fight’ – RBG

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: 

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

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: 

  • Black Panther
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • First Man
  • Ready Player One
  • Mary Poppins Returns

BEST FILM EDITING: 

  • Roma
  • The Favourite
  • First Man
  • A Star Is Born
  • BlacKkKlansman

BEST SOUND EDITING:

  • First Man
  • Roma
  • A Quiet Place
  • A Star Is Born
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout

BEST SOUND MIXING: 

  • First Man
  • Roma
  • A Quiet Place
  • A Star Is Born
  • Bohemian Rhapsody

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

  • The Favourite
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Mary Queen Of Scots

BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIRSTYLING:

  • Vice
  • Black Panther
  • Stan & Ollie

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: 

  • The Favourite
  • First Man
  • Black Panther
  • Roma
  • Mary Poppins Returns

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: 

  • Roma
  • Cold War
  • Shoplifters
  • Capharnaüm
  • Burning

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

  • Free Solo
  • RBG
  • Three Identical Strangers
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbour?
  • Minding The Gap

What are your thoughts? Who would you like to see nominated? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments.

Cameron Frew – @FrewFilm

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Author: Cameron Frew

Freelance film writer. Words on Flickering Myth, Bloody Disgusting, Movie Corner UK and Jumpcut Online. My five favourite films are: 1. The Goonies 2. Forrest Gump 3. The Shawshank Redemption 4. Warrior 5. Whiplash

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