Film - Oscar Nominations & Predictions


Guess what the favourite film was at yesterday's Oscar nominations... Susan Omand picks her favourites...

Yes the favourite was The Favourite, BUT it tied for 10 nominations with Roma, which also, apparently, means Roma ties with Crouching Spider Hidden Wardrobe for the most Oscar nominations for a foreign language film. Talking of firsts, it's also heartening to see a comic-book movie on the Best Picture list as one of Black Panther's seven nominations. A Star is Born also did well in the haul of nomination nods, gathering 8 and is, incidentally, the fourth version of the film to have been nominated. (Why yes, I found an Oscars trivia/stats sheet in the press-pack, why do you ask?)

Aaaanyway. There are no surprises that none of the other sci-fi/superhero films released last year, apart from Black Panther, which was always going to get a mention in "the big leagues", made it to anything other than the technical categories. Oh, apart from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse which is up for Best Animated film. Which is cool. Big surprises too in all the great films from last year that didn't get a mention - like Stan and Ollie, Beautiful Boy and Deadpool 2 (OK, maybe not Deadpool 2, although it was still a brilliant film).

I'll get to my "want to win"/"will win" picks in a minute but can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact that Melissa McCarthy has done the double - getting nominated for BOTH an Oscar and a Razzie in the same year. Impressive stuff.

However, on to the full list of nominations below and my Mystic Mug predictions. You'll be able to point and laugh at me on 24th February when I've got them all wrong. Again.


Best picture

BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody - WANT TO WIN
The Favourite
Green Book - WILL WIN
Roma
A Star Is Born
Vice - (Also want to win but can only have one)


Best actor

Christian Bale - Vice - WANT TO WIN (well, to be honest, quite happy with any of these guys winning)
Bradley Cooper - A Star Is Born - WILL WIN
Willem Dafoe - At Eternity's Gate (woohoo, great to see Willem Dafoe getting some recognition at last)
Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen - Green Book


Best actress

Yalitza Aparicio - Roma - WILL WIN
Glenn Close - The Wife
Olivia Colman - The Favourite - WANT TO WIN
Lady Gaga - A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy - Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Best supporting actor

Mahershala Ali - Green Book
Adam Driver - BlacKkKlansman - WILL WIN (oooh controversial)
Sam Elliott - A Star Is Born - WANT TO WIN (well, to be honest, quite happy with any of these guys winning but this is Sam Elliott)
Richard E Grant - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell - Vice


Best supporting actress

Amy Adams - Vice - WANT TO WIN
Marina de Tavira - Roma - WILL WIN
Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone - The Favourite
Rachel Weisz - The Favourite


Best director

Alfonso Cuaron - Roma - WILL WIN
Yorgos Lanthimos - The Favourite
Spike Lee - BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay - Vice - WANT TO WIN
Pawel Pawlikowski - Cold War


Best adapted screenplay

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - WANT TO WIN
BlacKkKlansman
Can You Ever Forgive Me? - WILL WIN
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born


Best original screenplay

The Favourite
First Reformed - WANT TO WIN
Green Book - WILL WIN
Roma
Vice


Best foreign language film

Capernaum - Lebanon
Cold War - Poland
Never Look Away - Germany
Roma - Mexico - WILL WIN
Shoplifters - Japan - WANT TO WIN


Best original song

All The Stars - Black Panther
I'll Fight - RGB
The Place Where Lost Things Go - Mary Poppins Returns
Shallow - A Star Is Born - WILL WIN (it's the only one that hit the charts after all)
When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - WANT TO WIN


Best original score

BlacKkKlansman - Terence Blanchard
Black Panther - Ludwig Goransson - WILL WIN (yes, I do think so)
If Beale Street Could Talk - Nicholas Britell
Isle of Dogs - Alexandre Desplat - WANT TO WIN
Mary Poppins Returns - Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman - SHOULD WIN BECAUSE IT'S SO CLOSE TO THE ORIGINAL


Best animated feature

Incredibles 2 - WILL WIN
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - WANT TO WIN


Best documentary feature (caveat - I haven't seen any of these so this is going by trailers and subject matter)

Free Solo - WANT TO WIN
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
RBG - WILL WIN


Best cinematography

Cold War - WANT TO WIN
The Favourite - WILL WIN
Never Look Away
Roma
A Star Is Born


Best costume design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Mary Zophres
Black Panther - Ruth E Carter - WANT TO WIN
The Favourite - Sandy Powell - WILL WIN (because period drama)
Mary Poppins Returns - Sandy Powell
Mary Queen of Scots - Alexandra Byrne


Best make-up and hairstyling

Border
Mary Queen of Scots - WILL WIN (because period drama)
Vice - WANT TO WIN (Christian Bale's transformation alone deserves the award)


Best production design

Black Panther - WANT TO WIN
The Favourite - WILL WIN
First Man
Mary Poppins Returns
Roma


Best visual effects

Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man - WILL WIN (because Space Wars)
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story - WANT TO WIN (because Star Wars)


Best film editing

BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody - WANT TO WIN (it's so close to the original scenes in Live Aid)
The Favourite
Green Book - WILL WIN
Vice


Best sound editing

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody - WANT TO WIN
First Man
A Quiet Place (oh the irony)
Roma - WILL WIN


Best sound mixing

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody - WANT TO WIN (do you see a pattern forming?)
First Man
Roma
A Star Is Born - WILL WIN



Best animated short

Animal Behaviour - WANT TO WIN
Bao
Late Afternoon
One Small Step - WILL WIN
Weekends


Best live action short

Detainment
Fauve
Marguerite - WILL WIN
Mother - WANT TO WIN
Skin


Best documentary short

Black Sheep
End Game
Lifeboat - WILL WIN
A Night at the Garden - WANT TO WIN (people need to see history repeating itself. It's bloody scary)
Period. End of Sentence.

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