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2019 Oscar Nominations

Is it that time again? After my disastrous 2018 showing (5/15), I am thinking of employing a new less pseudo-scientific strategy this year – though I’m not ruling out letting my cat make a few picks. As in most years, I will have a busy February of movie watching, though I plan to be posting reviews, my favourites and my picks to win in whopping 19 categories this year!

At broadcast time, you can also follow me on Twitter at MiNG Movie Reviews. I’ll be tweeting live from the JAG Hotel, to see what, if any, of my predictions come to pass. Check back to this post periodically for updates, and feel free to post any criticisms, or your own picks. The 2019 Academy Awards airs Sunday February 24th (Klaus Ming January 2019).

Best Picture
A Star Is Born – old territory revisited
BlacKkKlansman – a powerful political statement
Black Panther – does not live up to the hype
Bohemian Rhapsody – a love letter to Queen from Queen 
The Favourite – edgy, great performances and my favourite
Green Book – highly entertaining and my pick for Best Picture – Winner! 1/1
Roma – intense, but too slow and dragged out
Vice – reminiscent of the Big Short

I’ve flip-flopped on my choice for Best Picture a couple of times this past week. While I prefer The Favourite, I have settled on Green Book as the most likely to win.

Best Actress
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma – understated and realistic
Glenn Close, The Wife – an okay performance, in a pretty unoriginal film
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born – not much of a stretch
Olivia Colman, The Favourite – easily the best my favourite and pick for Best Actress – Winner! 2/2
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me? – a complex and honest portrayal 

Olivia Colman should win this hands down, though I suspect Glen Close might steal it away. Anyway, I’m going with my favourite performance as my pick to win.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, Vice – overshadowed by so many other good performances 
Marina De Tavira, Roma – best drunk parking scene ever
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk – an average performance, but my pick to win Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Winner! 3/3
Emma Stone, The Favourite – brilliant and my co-favourite performance
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite –  co-winners? 

It’s a close one between Weisz and Stone for my favourite performance. However, Regina King seems to be getting a lot of recognition, and i’m reluctantly picking her to win.

Best Actor
Christian Bale, Vice – a brilliant transformation and a complex performance
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born – a convincing performance
Willem DaFoe, At Eternity’s Gate – a van Gough doppelganger, but too American 
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody – all the buzz and my pick for Best Actor – Winner! 4/4
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book – my favourite performance 

Rami Malek’s impersonation has gotten far too much buzz to ignore. Mortensen’s performance is far more wide ranging and nuanced – and should win, but i’m afraid it won’t.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Green Book –  my favourite and my pick for Best Supporting Actor – Winner! 5/5
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? – a well-played likeable scoundrel 
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born – too small a role
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman – an excellent performance 
Sam Rockwell, Vice – my favourite impersonation, but unlikely to win

I think this is an easy pick, but for the right reasons. Mahershala Ali’s performance is easily the best and the most likely to win. If there is an upset, look to Richard E. Grant.

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma – a deeply personal project – Winner!
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite – an original filmmaker and my favourite 
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman – overlooked in past, so my pick for Best Director – Incorrect 5/6
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War – a cinematic experience 
Adam McKay, Vice – too similar to The Big Short

This is a tough one, since the Academy seems to no longer routinely give the Best Director award to the Best Picture. And as Green Book’s director is absent from this list, it seems anybody has a chance. Having overlooked him for so long, i’m hedging my bets on Spike Lee – though my favourite is Lanthimos.

Best Original Screenplay
The Favourite – a brilliant and unorthodox adaptation of historical events
First Reformed – a dark and unlikable story
Green Book – likeable and my favourite and my pick for Best Original Screenplay – Winner! 6/7
Roma – art imitating life, meh
Vice – So much material to work with, this one wrote itself

The stars seemed aligned for this one,  so I’d be surprised if Green Book does not win.

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – underwhelming
If Beale Street Could Talk – slooowly paced
A Star Is Born – so much history to draw from
Can You Ever Forgive Me? – a nice balance of humour and sadness
BlacKkKlansmanmy favourite and my pick for Best Adapted Screenplay – Winner! 7/8

Another “easy” pick – I think? BlacKkKlansman is my favourite Adapted Screenplay as well.

Best Cinematography
Cold War – easily the best looking film I have seen this year (until The Favourite)
The Favourite – My front runner and my favourite
Never Look Away – no chance to see this film 😦
Roma – realistically beautiful and my pick for Best Cinematography – Winner! 8/9
A Star Is Born – a pretty film, great concert footage

This may be the most difficult category (for me) – as all of this year’s nominated movies looked great. While I prefer the Favourite, I think that Roma will be given this as a consolation prize.

Best Production Design
Black Panther – Wakanda is a looker – Winner! 8/10
Roma – loved the small details 
The Favourite – a sumptuous film and my pick for Best Production Design
Mary Poppins Returns – Was not able to see this film 😦
First Man – Hollywood’s depiction of the moon hasn’t looked so good in a long while 😉

The Favourite is a beautifully appointed film, and if there is an upset, Black Panther might steal this one away. Still, I’m going with The Favourite.

Best Costume Design
Black Panther – a mad mix of African fashion that is plenty pleasing to the eye – Winner! 8/11
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – It’s a cowboy movie, enough said
The Favourite – And hopefully the winner is! my favourite and my pick for Best Costume Design
Mary Poppins Returns – Was not able to see this film 😦
Mary Queen of Scots – beautiful costuming, but terrific performances as well

See my comments for Production Design – they apply here.

Best Original Score
If Beale Street Could Talk – distracting at best!
Black Panther – not memorable at all – Winner! 8/12
BlacKkKlansman – better than Black Panther
Isle of Dogs – rich and dramatic compositions my favourite and pick to win Best Original Score
Mary Poppins Returns – Was not able to see this film 😦

There seems little buzz around Isle if Dogs, which is my favourite and i’m going out a limb here and picking it to win as well..

Best Original Song
“All the Stars,” Black Panther – I must have missed it
“I’ll Fight,” RBG – must have missed it again
“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns – 
“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Still singing along
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born – not as fun as Buster Scruggs, but is my pick for Best Original Song – Winner 9/13

Original songs should not be a category in and of themselves. How about Best Musical? In any case, my favourite is the “Cowboy” song, but Shallow is easily going to be the winner here.

Best Film Editing
BlacKkKlansman – the juxtaposition of rally / meeting scenes was pretty effective
Bohemian Rhapsody – the precise nature of the on-stage recreations is notable – Winner! 9/14
The Favourite – Subtle and impressive
Green Book – nothing extraordinary here
Vicemy pick and my favourite for Best Film Editing

Best Sound Editing
Black Panther – considering it has been nominated for Best Picture, but no other major awards…
Bohemian Rhapsody – its all about the music – Winner! 9/15
First Man – a mix of silence and power, my favourite and my pick for Best Sound Editing
A Quiet Place – oh so quiet! A cool use of minimal sound
Roma – beautifully brought together

It might be easy to pick Bohemian Rhapsody as the musical here, but I’m going with First Man as my favourite and pick to win.

Best Sound Mixing
Black Panther – considering it has been nominated for Best Picture, but no other major awards…
Bohemian RhapsodyWinner! 9/16
First Man – a mix of silence and power, my favourite and my pick for Best Sound Editing
Roma – sounds of the chaos in Mexico City
A Star Is Born 

See my comments for Sound Editing – they apply here.

Best Visual Effects
Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin – incredible animation, both my favourite and my pick for Best Visual Effects
First Man – nicely done, but the best visuals are the original documentary footage – Winner! 9/17
Ready Player One 
Solo: A Star Wars Story

As far as I can see, nothing new here (or in any of the other heavily laden VFX flicks) – which is why I’m going out on a limb here and choosing Christopher Robin. It blends a simple looking stylized form of animation and live action better than anything that has come before it.

Best Animated Feature Film
Incredibles 2 -incredible fun! 
Isle of Dogs – wonderful film, stylish and fun 
Mirai – a Studio Ghibli wannabe (but not even close)
Ralph Breaks the Internet – all I can say is yes he did
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – should have also received nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Picture – Winner! 10/18

I wondered whether we really need an animated Spider-Man film?  And after just seeing it, the answer is yes! My favourite new favourite and my pick for Best Animated Feature is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Best Documentary Feature
Free Solo – as a climber, I’m biased, so it’s my favourite and my pick for Best Documentary Feature – Winner! 11/19
Hale County This Morning, This Evening – pretty, but lacks any emotional depth
Minding the Gap – an amazing and deeply personal film 
Of Fathers and Sons – a devastating film 
RBG – a truly inspirational woman in an interesting, but average documentary

Honnold’s climb up El Cap is simply the most amazing accomplishment in “sport” achieved, and as such makes this documentary an irresistible watch (and as a climber, doubly so).

4 comments on “2019 Oscar Nominations

  1. dbmoviesblog

    If ONLY there were a parade of good films to watch this year. The list is rather pitiful. I watched The Favourite, and it was the best of a lot.

    • Klaus

      I’ve not seen many yet, so i’m hoping that the next month of movie watching is not as painful as it seems. You’re comment does not give me hope 😉

  2. Klaus

    Not a bad year for predictions: 11 of 19, and most notably, 5 for 5 in the Best Picture and acting categories. Things got shaky in the technical categories. But best of all, Free Solo won for Best Documentary!

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