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91st Academy Awards – My predictions on who will take the Oscars home

It’s that time of the year again. The 91st Academy Awards will be given away in less than 24 hours. 2018 was a great year at the cinemas. As a viewer, I got entertained as well as my hunger for cinematic beauty was also met. And the films that have made it to the nominations richly deserved their respective spots.

 

 

There is a diverse mix of films nominated this year at the Oscars. On one hand, you have ‘Roma’ which is a masterpiece portraying conflicting relationships in the backdrop of political turmoil in Mexico, and on the other hand you have ‘Black Panther’ a superhero blockbuster. While ‘Blackkklansman’ takes you back in time and deals with xenophobia, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ makes you fall in love with Freddie Mercury all over again. Then, there are period pieces like ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Vice’ which stand out for stellar acting. How can one not spare a line for ‘A Star Is Born’ which reminds us once again why the little moments of joy and togetherness make a relationship work.

So, without much ado, let me share with you, which films I’d give the Oscars to (I have not included a few categories – like Docu feature and Short Animation – which I do not watch).

 

Supporting Actress

Amy Adams – Vice

Marina De Tavira – Roma

Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone – The Favourite

Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

 

Costume Design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Mary Zophres

Black Panther – Ruth Carter

The Favourite – Sandy Powell

Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell

Mary Queen Of Scots – Alexandra Byrne

 

Sound Mixing

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

A Star Is Born

Roma

 

Sound Editing

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

A Quiet Place

Roma

 

Original Score

Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson

BlackKKlansman – Terence Blanchard

If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell

Isle Of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat

Mary Poppins- Marc Shaiman

 

Film Editing

BlackKKlansman – Barry Alexander Brown

Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman

The Favourite – Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Green Book – Patrick J.Don Vito

Vice – Hank Corwin

 

Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Adam Driver – Black Lansman

Sam Elliot – A Star Is Born

Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell – Vice

 

Foreign Language Film

Capernaum – Lebanon

Cold War – Poland

Never Look Away – Germany

Roma – Mexico

Shoplifters – Japan

 

Production Design

Black Panther

The Favourite

First Man

Mary Poppins Returns

Roma

 

Cinematography

Cold War

The Favourite

Never Look Away

Roma

A Star Is Born

 

Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War

Christopher Robin

First Man

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

(Although I want this movie to win, I feel First Man could clinch the Oscar)

 

Makeup and Hairstyling

Border

Mary Queen of Scots

Vice

 

Animated Feature

Incredibles 2

Isle Of Dogs

Mirai

Ralph Breaks The Internet

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse

 

Original Song

“All The Stars” – Black Panther

“I’ll Fight” – RBG

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” Mary Poppins Return

“Shallow” – A Star Is Born

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

 

Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

BlackKKlansman

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born

 

Original Screenplay

The Favourite

First Reformed

Green Book

Roma

Vice

 

Leading Actor

Cristian Bale – Vice

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s GAte

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Moertensem – Green Book

 

Leading Actress

Yalitza Aparicio – Roma

Glenn Close – The Wife

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born

Melissa Mc Carthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

(Although I feel the award will go to Glenn Close)

 

Directing

BlackKKclansman – Spike Lee

Cold War – Pawel Pawlikowski

The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos

Roma – Alfonso Cuaron

Vice – Adam McKay

 

Best Picture

BlackPanther

BlackKkclansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

A Star Is Born

Vice

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90th Academy Awards – My predictions on who will take the Oscars home

It’s that time of the year again. The 90th Academy Awards will be given away in less than 24 hours. 2017 was a good year at the cinemas, and the films that have made it to the nominations richly deserved their respective spots.

 

 

There is a diverse mix of films nominated this year at the Oscars. On one hand, you have ‘Call me by your name’ which is a sublime representation of tender love, while on the other hand, you have ‘The Shape of Water’ that explores a romantic fairy tale. While ‘Three Billboards’ makes you ponder about revenge and redemption, ‘Lady Bird’ takes you to the world of a girl trying to fit in to an adult world. Then, there are period pieces like ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ which narrate the same story from two different perspectives. How can one not spare a line for ‘The Post’ which reminds us once again why the media is considered the fourth pillar of democracy.

Without much ado, let me share with you, which films I’d give the Oscars to (I have not included a few categories – like Docu feature and Short Animation – which I do not watch).

Best Picture:

“Call Me by Your Name”

“Darkest Hour”

“Dunkirk”

“Get Out”

“Lady Bird”

“Phantom Thread”

“The Post”

“The Shape of Water”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

 

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

 

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”

Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Meryl Streep, “The Post”

 

Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”

Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”

Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

 

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

 

Director:

“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

 

Animated Feature:

“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito

“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo

“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson

“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha

“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

 

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory

“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin

“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

 

Original Screenplay:

“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh

 

Cinematography:

“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins

“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel

“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema

“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison

“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

 

Film Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss

“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith

“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel

“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory

 

Sound Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater

“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green

“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King

“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

 

Sound Mixing:

“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin

“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill

“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo

“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

 

Production Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer

“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

 

Original Score:

“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer

“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood

“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

 

Original Song:

“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige

“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens

“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common

“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

 

Makeup and Hair:

“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick

“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard

“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

 

Costume Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran

“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran

“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges

“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira

“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

 

Visual Effects:

“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick

“Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan

“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist

 

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