With the Golden Globes out of the way, the Oscars have taken center stage. And with the nominations for the 91st Oscars out, spirits are running high. Critics have their own opinions on what should and shouldn’t win, the masses are likewise divided, and bets are rolling in from every corner of the globe.

There are witty political dramas abound, musicals ranging from fictional to biopics—though critics have called Bohemian Rhapsody equally as fictional as A Star is Born. The final results will only be out once February the 25th comes by, and till then we will have to quench our enthusiasm with nothing but speculation.

So here are our predictions for Oscars 2019:

Best Picture

The nominees for this category are:

  • Black Panther
  • Vice
  • BlackKKlansman
  • The Favorite
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Green Book
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born

And we are split between Roma, Bohemian Rhapsody and Vice. Rami Malek has already bagged the Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Drama, and things are looking good for him since the film is quite popular with Queen fans. Whether his performance as Freddie Mercury can get his film a big one remains to be seen.

On the other end of the spectrum is Vice, with Christian Bale in the lead as Dick Cheney. However, the film that really blew us away was Roma, the Spanish language winner.

Best ActorBest Actor

The nominees are:

  • Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
  • Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
  • Christian Bale – Vice
  • Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born

Rami Malek for all his brilliance couldn’t have come close to the perfection that is Christian Bales’s method acting. From becoming buff as Batman and lean as Bateman, this time Bale sports a baleful pot belly, which is a long shot from his skeletal Machinist.

I think it’s very obvious that we’re leaning towards the American Psycho star and for good reason—even critics who hated the film were stunned with Bale’s transformation. But then again, it’s what he’s good at.

Best Actress

The nominees for this year are:

  • Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
  • Olivia Colman – The Favorite
  • Glenn Close – The Wife
  • Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
  • Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

This is a tough one to be honest, given how many great names there are on this list. Glenn Close came close to winning the Oscars multiple times in the past, having been nominated a total of 6 times. Close also bagged the Golden Globe for the same category, and is a fan favorite. Olivia Colman also gave a stellar performance as Queen Anne in the period drama, and Yalitza Aparicio has swiftly won the hearts of audiences.

It is, however, at Lady Gaga where we will rest our predictions. Her performance as a struggling artist in A Star is Born has received praise from all ends, and we believe Lady Gaga will bag the Oscar.

Best Director

The nominees in this category are:

  • Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favorite
  • Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
  • Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War
  • Adam McKay – Vice
  • Alfonso Cuaron – Roma

The Golden Globes are being called the “night of upsets” because they snubbed Bradley Cooper, but he has one more shot with the Oscars. He has, however, tough competition his way which comes from Alfonso Cuaron, who we believe will take the trophy home for Roma. Yorgos Lanthimos is also high up on the predictions list.

Best Screenplay

And the nominees are:

  • First Reformed
  • The Favourite
  • Roma
  • Green Book
  • Vice

Best Supporting Actor

We think this is the category where Bradley Cooper will finally get to see an Oscar win for his directorial debut in A Star is Born, although it won’t be for the Best Director Category. Roma could also win, but we’re going with A Star is Born for this one.

Best Supporting Actor

The nominees are:

  • Mahershala Ali – Green Book
  • Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
  • Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me
  • Sam Elliott – A Star is Born
  • Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman

We’re pretty certain Mahershala Ali is going to bag this one, despite the odd reviews received by Green Book. He might be thrown offset by Timothee Chalamet who is kind of an underdog here—but has bagged his second Oscar nomination in only two years.

Best Supporting Actress

The nominees here are:

  • Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Claire Foy – First Man
  • Amy Adams – Vice
  • Rachel Weisz – The Favorite
  • Emma Stone – The Favorite

Although the two actresses from The Favorite are clearly favorites in this category, having given no less than perfect performances in the period drama, we think Regina King might take away this one. She has also won at the Golden Globes and prospects look pretty promising for her.

Best Animated Movie

The nominees are:

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

Spider-man entrapped the rivals in its victorious web at the Globes, and many believe the same might happen at the Oscars. While we’re heavily inclined towards Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, we, too, believe that Spider-man might bag this one for its experimental nature.

Others

The three categories that remain and that are less looked-into are Best Visual Effects, Best Documentary, and Best Costume. We believe it’s Avengers or First Man who’ll bag Visual Effects, Free Solo that will bag Documentary, and Sandy Powell for Costume. Roma is the obvious remaining winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

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