It’s time to predict the winners from the 2019 Academy Awards.
The Oscars are here, and it’s finally time to make some predictions. Once again, there are some incredible films in the mix, and some tough choices to be made by the voters. Each of the categories will be listed below with all of the nominees. I’ll be picking my favorite as well as predicting the movie I expect to win.
I’ve highlighted the nominations from films I’ve been able to see in green. The remaining films are being judged based on respected critics and trusted friends, as well as my own research and partial viewings.
Actor in a Leading Role
Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
It’s hard to stomach Bale receiving a nomination for what might have been one of the worst movies of 2018. Beyond that, I think this is an incredible collection of great performances.
WILL WIN: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody – SHOULD WIN: Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Actor in a Supporting Role
Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Leaving my feelings about Vice out of it, the remaining four nominees are all deserving of their place in this category. My personal favorite from this list is Elliott, but they’re all solid performances.
WILL WIN: Sam Elliott, A Star is Born – SHOULD WIN: Sam Elliott, A Star is Born
Actress in a Leading Role
Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
Glenn Close – The Wife
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
I’ve seen three of the five nominees, and I liked two of the three performances a lot. There wasn’t a clear winner in this category for me.
Olivia Colman, The Favourite – SHOULD WIN:
Glenn Close, The Wife
Actress in a Supporting Role
I think that the The Favourite features the best collection of female performances in recent memory. Hidden Figures is the last film that comes to mind that allows three women to deliver such great complementary performances. Otherwise I wasn’t in love with Vice or Roma.
Best Animated Feature Film
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
I really love Isle of Dogs, and there was a time where I thought it was clearly the best of the bunch. Then I saw Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and now I’m conflicted. My choices reflect this conflict.
WILL WIN: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – SHOULD WIN: Isle of Dogs
Caleb Deschanel – Never Look Away
Robbie Ryan – The Favourite
There was a lot to like from the nominated films in this category. The highlight of the otherwise disappointing Roma was the cinematography. Cold War was also visually stunning. The Favourite and A Star is Born also look great.
Best Costume Design
Mary Zophres – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Sandy Powell – Mary Poppins Returns
Alexandra Byrne –Mary Queen of Scots
So many great choices. Tough choice, but an obvious one in my mind.
There are three films in this category that I think really deserve to be there. Then there’s Vice and Roma. Truthfully, I’d vote for BlacKkKlansman if I was a voting member of the Academy. My second choice would be Cold War.
Best Documentary (Feature)
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
I’m making this prediction based on the advice of others since I’ve been unable to see any of these movies in time for the awards.
WILL WIN: Free Solo – SHOULD WIN: Free Solo
Best Documentary (Short Subject)
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence.
As with the previous category, I’m making this prediction based on the advice of others.
WILL WIN: End Game – SHOULD WIN: End Game
Best Film Editing
John Ottman – Bohemian Rhapsody
This is an interesting year for editing. I liked many of the nominees, but editing didn’t seem to stand out as I watched them.
Best Foreign Language Film
I wish I had seen all of the nominated films. In the end I saw one I loved, and one that makes no sense being nominated.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer – Border
Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks – Mary Queen of Scots
Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney
I’m really surprised to see The Favourite
left out of this category. This is the only nomination that Vice
seems deserving of, and I think it’s a possible win for that team.
Best Music (Original Score)
There was a lot of great music composed for the films of 2018. It will be interesting to see which movie comes out on top.
WILL WIN: Mary Poppins Returns – SHOULD WIN: BlacKkKlansman
Best Music (Original Song)
Music by Kendrick Lamar, Mark “Sounwave” Spears and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith;
Lyrics by Kendrick Lamar, SZA and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith
“I’ll Fight” – RBG
Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren
Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Music and Lyrics by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
I have a tough time seeing this one go to any films besides A Star is Born or Black Panther. The rest of the nominees are great, but I think that those two stand out. In the end, I think that Lady Gaga will take it home as an acknowledgment of her music and her acting.
WILL WIN: A Star is Born – SHOULD WIN: A Star is Born
I don’t know how Roma, Vice or Black Panther ended up in this list. Those three films fell way short for me this year. It’s disappointing that some better films weren’t included here. The rest of the nominated works are a collection of interesting and wonderful movies.
WILL WIN: The Favourite – SHOULD WIN: BlacKkKlansman
Best Production Design
Black Panther – Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Set Decoration: Jay Hart
The Favourite – Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton
First Man – Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas
Roma – Production Design: Eugenio Caballero; Set Decoration: Bárbara Enríquez
I think it’s going to be tough to beat The Favourite in this category. I’d be happy to see any one of these movies take this one home.
WILL WIN: The Favourite – SHOULD WIN: The Favourite
Best Short Film (Animated)
One Small Step
This is another category that I didn’t get to see much from.
WILL WIN: Bao – SHOULD WIN: Any of them.
Best Short Film (Live Action)
I wish I had been able to see these for myself. I’ll rely on the opinions of others here.
WILL WIN: Mother – SHOULD WIN: Any of them.
Best Sound Editing
John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone – Bohemian Rhapsody
Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan – First Man
Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay – Roma
I think this comes down to a couple films where sound truly makes a difference.
WILL WIN: Bohemian Rhapsody – SHOULD WIN: A Quiet Place
Best Sound Mixing
Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin
– Black Panther
Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali – Bohemian Rhapsody
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis – First Man
Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García – Roma
Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow
– A Star Is Born
It’s a tough choice between four very good movies.
WILL WIN: Bohemian Rhapsody – SHOULD WIN: First Man
Best Visual Effects
Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould – Christopher Robin
Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm – First Man
Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk – Ready Player One
This is another interesting category with some great options.
WILL WIN: Avengers: Infinity War – SHOULD WIN: First Man
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
– Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee
Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
If Beale Street Could Talk – Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born
– Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters
Wow, this is a tough category this year.
WILL WIN: A Star Is Born – SHOULD WIN: BlacKkKlansman
Best Writing (Original Screenplay)
The Favourite – Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
First Reformed – Written by Paul Schrader
Green Book – Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
Roma – Written by Alfonso Cuarón
– Written by Adam McKay
Another tough one.
WILL WIN: The Favourite – SHOULD WIN: Green Book