Oscars 2019

I don’t think I’ve ever been so upset by an awards season as I am this year. Awards season is usually my favorite time of year—so many new movies out in the theaters, spending award shows on the couch with my family as we try to guess the winners. This year is a total shit show.

This is the first time that all the different guilds (Writer’s, Actor’s, Director’s, ect.) have chosen a different Best Picture:
PGA: Green Book
SAG: Black Panther
DGA: Roma
ACE: The Favourite/Bohemian Rhapsody
WGA: Eighth Grade/Can You Ever Forgive Me?

This is just bonkers. I’ve never been so disappointed in the nominations and the Academy.  Let’s get into my thoughts! I took out some categories: Animated Short, Live Action Short, Short Form Doc, and those pesky Sound Editing/Mixing awards. I have no opinion on those type of awards. Well, I really have no business commenting on any of the categories, but that’s not going to stop me!


Best Picture:
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Roma”
“A Star Is Born”
“Vice”

I’ve seen six out of the eight Best Picture nominees and I’m less than impressed with the line-up. We all know my absolute hatred for Bohemian Rhapsody—that is only getting worse as the award season carries on—and I think it has a good chance of winning. I can only hope that the drama with the film’s director, creep Bryan Singer, will hinder their chances. As much as I loved Black Panther, I don’t think it will win, and I don’t it really deserves to win. Looking at a movie as a whole, I think The Favourite deserves it the most. But this is coming from someone who has yet to see Roma, a movie that is supposed to be incredible.

Lead Actor:
Christian Bale, “Vice”

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

As much as I dislike Christian Bale as a human, he is unreal as Dick Cheney in Vice. Rami Malek might pullout a win as Freddie Mercury but I think it’s a toss-up between the two.

Lead Actress:
Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

I think it’s a long shot, but I really want Lady Gaga to win. She won’t, but she’s such a star and deserve all the love and praise. My more realistic picks are for Olivia Coleman or Glenn Close.

Supporting Actor:
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Going after everyone else, and predicting Mahershala Ali is going to take the W.

Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Marina de Tavira, “Roma”
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Regina King will probably win, but I’m pulling for Amy Adams. She is sadly becoming the next Kate Winslet—constantly being nominated but never actually winning, despite deserving every award possible.

Director:
Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
Adam McKay, “Vice”

I’m all about Yorgos Lanthimos. He makes weird ass movies and The Favourite is no different. I also think cinematography and directing go together very well, and you can really see that with this movie. the shots and directorial choices were bold and unique.

Animated Feature:
“Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird
“Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson
“Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

I haven’t got the chance to see this yet, but from the trailers it looks amazing.

Adapted Screenplay:
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Joel Coen , Ethan Coen
“BlacKkKlansman,” Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins
“A Star Is Born,” Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

A Star is Born deserves something!

Original Screenplay:

“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
“First Reformed,” Paul Schrader
“Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“Vice,” Adam McKay

Since Eighth Grade was snubbed, I got to go with The Favourite.

Cinematography:

“Cold War,” Lukasz Zal
“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan
“Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique

I think The Favourite did an incredible job in terms of cinematography. The shots were interesting and gave the story more depth.

Best Documentary Feature:
“Free Solo,” Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
“Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu
“Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
“RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen

RBG is my girl.

Best Foreign Language Film:
“Capernaum” (Lebanon)
“Cold War” (Poland)
“Never Look Away” (Germany)
“Roma” (Mexico)
“Shoplifters” (Japan)

Obviously it’s going to Roma.

Film Editing:
“BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman
“Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito
“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis
“Vice,” Hank Corwin

I didn’t love the movie, but I think Vice should win. There are a lot of great editing choices in this that saved parts of the movie, in my opinion.

Production Design:
“Black Panther,” Hannah Beachler
“First Man,” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
“The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
“Mary Poppins Returns,” John Myhre, Gordon Sim
“Roma,” Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez

I just want Mary Poppins to win all the art and music awards, even though I know it’s not going to happen.

Original Score:
“BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard
“Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell
“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song:
“All The Stars” from “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“I’ll Fight” from “RBG” by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice
“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Basically their only shoe-in.

Makeup and Hair:
“Border”
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“Vice”

Costume Design:
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Mary Zophres
“Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter
“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

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

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