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2019 Academy Awards – Predictions

Even before the 2019 Oscar nominees have been announced, the Academy has already sparked outrage with their inclusion and sudden dismissal of a new category: Best Popular Film. It received immense backlash, and the Academy was prompt to assure fans that it would not be included in next year’s ceremony. With emotions already on high, anticipate some interesting twists and turns as the Oscar’s tries to keep up with the changing times. Catch the movies below this coming season and prep your ballot early with a few of our Academy Awards predictions and other buzz worthy films. 


Best Picture

  • “BlacKkKlansman”
  • “Black Panther”
  • “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
  • “First Man”
  • “Green Book”
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • “Roma” 
  • “A Star Is Born”
  • “Vice “
  • “Widows”

Right now, there are not any frontrunners for the big prize, which makes for exciting speculation. Many people thought “Black Panther” would be relegated to the Best Popular Film category, but now that it is out, it is back in contention for the main prize. 


As far as taking home the Oscar, you should keep an eye on “A Star Is Born” and “First Man.” Both films received a ton of praise upon their releases. While they may be considered safe bets, they are both exceptionally well done. If you are trying to narrow it down to a winner at this time, then the critical favorite is “First Man.” Starring and directed by “La La Land” duo Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle, this Neil Armstrong biopic screams Oscar bait.  However, “A Star Is Born” is the rare contender that is also a box office juggernaut.  It might be the year a crowd-pleaser wins best picture.


Best Director

  • Damien Chazelle for “First Man”
  • Ryan Coogler for “Black Panther”
  • Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born”
  • Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma”
  • Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman”

A big controversy surrounding this category in recent years is the lack of any female nominees. Some dark horse contenders that could break out in a big way include Marielle Heller for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and Debra Granik for “Leave No Trace.” 


This field certainly will not lack diversity. Alfonso Cuaron will likely return for his brilliant work on “Roma.” Spike Lee and Ryan Coogler will most likely receive nominations for their work, and it would not be surprising for Lee to take the Oscar home. He won the Grand Prix from the Cannes jury this year, and “BlacKkKlansman” was a timely film about race relations in the United States. It should resonate with Oscar voters, and it could result in him winning his first Oscar for Best Director.


Best Actor

  • Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born”
  • Ryan Gosling for “First Man”
  • Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book” 
  • John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman”

Bradley Cooper arguably delivers the best performance of his career and it still might get overshadowed by his outstanding film, direction and co-star Lady Gaga.  Rami Malek was spellbinding as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” and getting that right should result in a nomination.  Ryan Gosling has been nominated twice but has zero wins to his name. Gosling turns in a powerful performance as Neil Armstrong, and while there is still time for others to emerge as the award show comes closer, at this point, the Best Actor prize is Gosling’s to lose. 


Best Actress

  • Yalitza Aparicio for “Roma”
  • Olivia Colman for “The Favourite”
  • Lady Gaga for “A Star Is Born”
  • Melissa McCarthy for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
  • Saiorse Ronan for “Mary, Queen of Scots”

It is shaping up to be an exciting race for the Best Actress prize. “Roma” is Yalitza Aparicio’s first performance, and she could very well take it home. You’ve never seen a queen quite like Olivia Colman.  However, Lady Gaga has earned phenomenal reviews for her role as a singer breaking into the industry in “A Star Is Born.” While she is a frontrunner at the moment, the tide can turn depending on the outcomes of the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and other prestigious ceremonies.


Best Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali for “Green Book”
  • Timothée Chalamet for “Beautiful Boy”
  • Adam Driver for “BlacKkKlansman”
  • Richard E. Grant for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
  • Michael B. Jordan for “Black Panther”

Michael B. Jordan could continue the trend left behind by Heath Ledger by winning an Oscar for playing a superhero villain. However, there is a lot of competition, and while he could end up with a nomination, there is a good chance he could get pushed out by some other long shots. Richard E. Grant had a scene-stealing supporting role in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”  After taking the statue home for “Moonlight,” Mahershala Ali could win Best Supporting Actor Oscar once again. Young Timothée Chalamet might find the supporting category easier to conquer early in his career than Best Actor.


Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams for “Vice”
  • Claire Foy for “First Man”
  • Nicole Kidman for “Boy Erased”
  • Regina King for “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • Margot Robbie for “Mary, Queen of Scots”

Most people know Regina King for her roles on various television shows, but she really made an impression in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” It is an ensemble piece, but King stands out in a way that could see her win for Best Supporting Actress. Claire Foy is another contender to look out for. She plays Neil Armstrong’s wife, Janet, in “First Man,” and that film is looking to be a big hit with Oscar voters. Other actresses not listed include the dynamic duo from “The Favourite,” rivals Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.  


Best Original Song

  • “All the Stars” from “Black Panther”
  • “Ashes” from “Deadpool 2”
  • “Finally Free” from “Smallfoot”
  • “Revelation” from “Boy Erased”
  • “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”

There is really only one song you need to know this year. From the moment Lady Gaga belted her heart out in the trailer for “A Star Is Born,” all film critics knew she was going to take home an Oscar for “Shallow.” It will be quite the surprise if she does not win.


Best Original Screenplay

  • Bo Burnham for “Eighth Grade”
  • Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma”
  • Boots Riley for “Sorry to Bother You”
  • Paul Schrader for “First Reformed”
  • Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie and Peter Farrelly for “Green Book”

Bo Burnham could very well become this year’s Jordan Peele. He is a comedian who wrote an outstanding coming-of-age screenplay, and thanks to the voters’ younger demographic, he could prove to be a hit. 


Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Bradley Cooper and Eric Roth for “A Star Is Born”
  • Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini for “Leave No Trace”
  • Barry Jenkins for “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • Spike Lee, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott for “BlacKkKlansman”
  • Josh Singer for “First Man”

“First Man” is a big contender in numerous categories, but as far as Best Adapted Screenplay goes, look out for Barry Jenkins. “If Beale Street Could Talk” has been in development for years now, and that patience paid off in a big way. He could very well recreate the same success he found with “Moonlight.”


Best Animated Feature

  • “Incredibles 2”
  • “Isle of Dogs”
  • “Mirai”
  • “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
  • “Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet”

Pixar’s latest venture “Incredibles 2” is the safest bet to take home the Oscar in this category. However, Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” could prove to be an upset. The indie nature of “Isle of Dogs” could make it the bigger hit with Oscar voters.


See All These Films at Bow Tie Cinemas

You have plenty of time to check out these films before the Academy Awards at one of our Bow Tie Cinemas locations. Enjoy some fantastic films in a state-of-the-art facility, and make your own predictions for the 2019 Oscars. Who do you think will win?

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