The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences unveiled their 2019 Oscar Nominees yesterday morning, tossing out some surprising nominations – the first superhero movie ever nominated for best picture, for one – and some not so surprising ones.
For best picture, it’s a toss-up between Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star is Born, and Vice, all of which got considerable attention during their theater runs. The best live action short film could end up being Detainment, Fauve, Marguerite, Mother, or Skin.
For best foreign language film, we have Roma again, Capernaum, Cold War, Never Look Away, and Shoplifters.
For best documentary feature, Free Solo, Minding the Gap, Of Fathers and Sons, RBG, and Hale Country This Morning, This Evening are all getting nominee nods. For the documentary (short) category, Black Sheep, End Game, Lifeboat, A Night at the Garden, and Period. End of Sentence. are all vying for Oscar gold.
Animated feature film will be picked from Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Mirai, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. As for the animated short films, the contest will be between Animal Behavior, Bao, Late Afternoon, One Small Step, and Weekends.
The best actor in a leading role category could be Christian Bale for Vice, Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born, Willem Dafoe for At Eternity’s Gate, Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody, and Viggo Mortenson for Green Book. Meanwhile, the actor in a supporting role honor could go to Mahershala Ali for his role in Green Book, Adam Driver for BlackKkKlansman, Sam Elliot for A Star is Born, Richard E. Grant for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and Sam Rockwell for Vice.
As for best actress in a leading role, you’ll be able to root for Yalitza Aparicio for her role in Roma, Glenn Close for The Wife, Lady Gaga for A Star is Born, Olivia Colman for The Favorite, and Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? As for actress in a supporting role, Amy Adams for her role in Vice, Marina de Tavira for Roma, Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk, Emma Stone for The Favourite, and Rachel Weisz for The Favorite could all go home with that prestigious award.
Best director sees Spike Lee’s first nomination in this category for BlacKkKlansman, and Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War, Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite, Alfonso Cuarón for Roma, and Adam McKay for Vice as Lee’s direct competition.
Adapted screenplay gave nods to The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, BlacKkKlansman, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, If Beale Street Could Talk, and A Star is Born. And original screenplay tapped First Reformed, Green Book, Roma, The Favourite, and Vice.
And what of visuals and design? Production design could go to Black Panther, The Favourite, First Man, Mary Poppins Returns, or Roma. Cinematography awards could go to Cold War, The Favourite, Never Look Away, Roma, or A Star is Born. Film editing in BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, The Favourite, and Vice caught the eyes of the Academy for nominations.
Costume design stood out with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Black Panther, The Favourite, Mary Poppins Returns, and Mary Queen of Scots. Likewise, Makeup and hairstyling stood out for Mary Queen of Scots, and Border and Vice also got the nod in that category. Visual effects for Avengers: Infinity War, Christopher Robin, First Man, Ready Player One, and Solo: A Star Wars Story round things out here.
Finally, we have the auditory categories. Best original song could go to “All the Stars” from Black Panther, “I’ll Fight” from RBG, “Shallow” from A Star is Born, “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns or “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Original score has some overlap with Black Panther and Mary Poppins Returns, but also adds BlacKkKlansman, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Isle of Dogs to the fray.
The sound editing category could favor A Quiet Place, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man, or Roma. And last but not least, sound mixing could favor many of the same films, potentially going home with Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man, Roma, or A Star is Born.
Phew! So… Which films do you think will be taking home some Oscar gold on February 24?