The 91st Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 24th, and while everyone anxiously awaits the award ceremony, we’re placing our bets with our own Academy Award predictions. From Oscar veterans to first-time nominees, this is one of the most unpredictable years in recent history. While all of these Oscar nominees are deserving of winning, we feel our selections below have the greatest potential to edge out the competition.
Our 2019 Oscar Predictions
Best Documentary Feature
Free Solo is a documentary about professional rock climber Alex Honnold and his goal to perform a free solo climb of El Capitan in 2017. The film is directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. It won Best Sports Documentary at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.
- “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
- “Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu
- “Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
- “RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen
Regina King – “If Beale Street Could Talk”
This is Regina King’s first Academy Award nomination, and she recently won a Golden Globe in the same category for “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Even though the film itself was not nominated, Regina’s standout performance earned critical acclaim. “If Beale Street Could Talk” is directed by Barry Jenkins, who previously directed the Academy Award-winning film “Moonlight.” It also stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, and Brian Tyree Henry.
- Amy Adams, “Vice”
- Marina de Tavira, “Roma”
- Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
- Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”
Mahershala Ali – “Green Book”
Mahershala Ali is no stranger to the Academy Awards and has already won Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Moonlight”. This year, he is nominated in the same category for the movie “Green Book.” So far this awards season, he has taken home awards at both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
“Green Book” also stars Viggo Mortensen, who is nominated in the Lead Actor category, and it won Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes.
- Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
- Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
- Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
- Sam Rockwell, “Vice”
Rami Malek – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Like Mahershala, Rami Malek has swept this year’s awards season. In the film “Bohemian Rhapsody“, he took on the iconic role of Freddie Mercury and won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance. Even though the film itself was met with mixed reviews from critics, Rami’s performance has been hailed as a triumph.
The film also starred Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, and Joe Mazzello.
- Christian Bale, “Vice”
- Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
- Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
- Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”
Glenn Close – “The Wife”
Glenn Close has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, and this year her odds of winning look promising. For her role in “The Wife“, Glenn has already won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. Critics have called her performance in the film one of her best in recent years.
“The Wife” is directed by Björn Runge and is based off a novel by the same name written by Meg Wolitzer.
- Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
- Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
- Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
- Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Spike Lee – “BlacKkKlansman”
Spike Lee is such a notable director it’s hard to imagine that this is his first Academy Award nomination for Best Director. His films are known for exploring race relations and other political issues and “BlacKkKlansman” is no exception. This year, the film is nominated for six Academy Awards, so even if he does not take home the Best Director trophy, he still has a chance to win for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.
- Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
- Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
- Alfonso Cuaron “Roma”
- Adam McKay, “Vice”
Black Panther made history as the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film broke national and international box office records and received critical acclaim. It was nominated for a total of seven Academy Awards, including Ruth E. Carter for Best Costume Design, and Kendrick Lamar (with Mark Spears and Anthony Tiffith) for Best Original Song.
Compared to the other nominees, Black Panther left the biggest mark with both critics and general audiences as a whole. It proved that African-American narratives can be profitable at the box office, explored Afrofuturism, gave vital representation to African and African-American cultures, and showed that a superhero movie can reach the artistic and political level of an Oscar-worthy film.
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- The Favourite
- Green Book
- A Star Is Born
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