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Oscars 2019: Ranking The Best Picture Nominees And Other Academy Awards Winning Predictions

Tonight on ABC, the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences presents the 91st Academy Awards, more commonly referred to as the Oscars. The award ceremony will honor the best films of 2018. Due to some controversies, this is the first ceremony to be conducted without a host since 1989.  There were a lot of movies that were slept on in 2018 that deserved a nomination. Like every year, there are a few head scratchers going into tonight’s awards. Here are some predictions and rankings from Películas & Cosas.

Ranking Nominees for Best Picture

Here’s your definitive power ranking for the Academy Awards Best Picture nominees. Personally, only one of the films made it on my list of Best of 2018 when I wrote my Year in Review. After creating this list, I realized that my 1, 2, 7 and 8 were a lock, yet my 3 and 4 could be interchangeable, same as my 5 and 6. The same rating scale applies from Best to Worst: Fresh Horchata, Fuego, Bueno, a si a si, Basura, All Mames Wey.

Now onto the power rankings.

8. Vice

Director: Adam McKay
Genre: Biographical Comedy-Drama
Trailer: Vice
Rating: así así

Full Review here. |Vice has a spectacular performance from its lead actor in Christian Bale, with that said, outside of his performance this film was pretty forgettable. Adam McKay knows how to create a well-shot film, but the writing in this one needed some touching up to make it more memorable. As far as movies that were based on a true story or biopics released in 2018, Vice is the caboose in a long line of films that were funnier, shot betterhad a better story and better executionVice is a film, like the voting machines in Florida from the controversial election that made Cheney the veep, that once you recount it, it results in a blurred finish and an underwhelming conclusion.

7. A Star Is Born

Director: Bradley Cooper
Genre: Musical Romantic-Drama
Trailer: A Star Is Born
Rating: así así

Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut is up for eight nominations at this year’s Academy Awards. A Star Is Born is the third remake of a 1937 film of the same name. This is also Lady Gaga’s feature film debut in a lead role and how she got nominated for Best Supporting Actress is beyond me. Cooper’s direction is fine for a debut and he’s multi-talented with his singing and acting. There are emotional scenes that are heartbreaking that some say are tearjerkers. Sam Elliott’s performance is probably the best of any supporting character in the film. I also understand why he is a nominee for Best Supporting Actor. But the problem with this movie is that it suffers from being too long. There are times where the stakes aren’t as high and nothing is happening when things aren’t emotional. Lady Gaga’s acting was horrendous when paired next to Cooper. Early on in the film it’s obvious she was the wrong person cast in this role and it doesn’t get much better as the film progresses. She shines in all of the scenes where she has to sing which makes sense because she’s a singer. Unfortunately, since this movie focuses more on romance and drama, those singing scenes are stretched out far and in between. This is the big difference between her and Cooper. Cooper is an actor who tries to sing and is passable at carrying a note, whereas Gaga is a singer trying to act, she’s off key, and falls flat. The song Shallows has a nomination which I would not be surprised if they won an Oscar for it.

6. The Favourite

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Genre: Historical Period Dark Comedy Drama
Trailer: The Favourite
Rating: Bueno

As someone that’s not really a huge fan of period pieces in film, I was optimistic about The Favourite because I enjoyed Yorgos Lanthimos previous film A Killing of a Sacred Deer. This movie wasn’t perfect but I did not walk out of the theater disappointed like the previous two entries on this list. The acting in this movie is phenomenal. The three leading ladies, Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, are nominated for Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress and they’re all well-deserving of their nominations.  Yorgos Lanthimos has been nominated for Best Director. Critically, this film is one of the highest rated films on the list and I understand why, but for me, this film could’ve been a lot better. The direction, acting, production design and costume design were all phenomenal but this movie suffers from being too long and needing a tighter script. If Yargos decided to cut out about 30 minutes, then this would’ve been a much more enjoyable experience. The pacing is slow and it’s filled with a lot of free space and not much happening. The comedy aspect could’ve been expanded upon because there are scenes that are legitimately funny, but they are spread out between a bunch of posh people just talking about the life of someone being posh.  The character development is top notch and watching how Emma Stone’s character progressed throughout the film was a fantastic case study. Colman’s Queen Anne is well-developed too, but overall, The Favourite needed someone to come in and tighten up the script.

5. Roma Image result for roma 2018

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Genre: Semi-Autobiographical Drama
Trailer: Roma
Rating: Bueno

Full Review here.| Roma is the most beautifully shot film of 2018 and that’s the main reason why I have it ahead of The Favourite. However, like the sixth film in this ranking it also suffers from a pacing problem and is at times too slow, to the point it’s story becomes boring. Where Roma is most effective is in its direction by Alfonso Cuarón. Visually, the film is a true work of art. Every scene is shot gracefully. There’s long takes that makes you appreciate the background and engrosses you into the scene. The film’s black and white aspect gives off a feeling of watching someone’s memories from a distant past.  Dialogue wise, Cuarón’s writing isn’t on par with his cinematography. Outside of a couple of lines there isn’t much that really stuck with me once the film had ended.  If there were more emotional gut punches throughout the film then the element of drama would’ve justified it’s run time.

4. Green Book

Director: Peter Farrelly
Genre: Biographical Comedy-Drama
Trailer: Green Book
Rating: Bueno

Full Review here.| Green Book is “Oscar bait,” and a flawed film when it comes to discussing race in America. It’s definitely one of those movies that makes White People feel comfortable when it comes to America’s history with race. With that said, out of the  Best Picture nominees, it’s better than the previous entries on this list because it doesn’t overstay it’s welcome. The pacing is great, the acting, especially by Mahershala Ali, is awesome and there are some hearty laughs packed into this roadtrip racial drama-comedy.  The pairing of Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen is perfect, and it’s up there with some of the best pairings of the year. I would like to see a future movie that is from the viewpoint of Ali’s character, since Doc Shirley’s family is upset with how he was depicted in the film.

3. Blackklansman

Director: Spike Lee
Genre: Biographical Crime Comedy-Drama
Trailer: BlacKKKlansman
Rating: Bueno

Spike Lee’s possible ad-campaign for the NYPD, Blackkklansman is a fine film. It has the same issues as the film above except instead of race, it tries to make the police the heroes, and possibly sacrifice the things that make it a “true story” to do so. As a film the editing is kind of sloppy which is why I’m surprised it has a Best Editing nomination. John David Washington has a stellar debut in the lead role in a feature film. He brings the charisma needed for a character that has to balance the duality of a black cop and undercover Klansman (kind of). Adam Driver portrays a great supporting character as well. The Best Director nomination is a head scratcher as well. There’s a car chase scene in this  film that feels straight out of a B-movie. There are also times, like Green Book, the film tries to be manipulative with your emotions. Overall, Blackkklansman is an enjoyable film but there’s nothing about it that REALLY stands out. Guess it’s because Spike Lee’s name is attached to it.

2. Bohemian Rhapsody

Director: Bryan Singer
Genre: Biographical Drama
Trailer: Bohemian Rhapsody
Rating: Fuego

Full Review here.| This is the one that has #FilmTwitter BIG MAD. But I enjoyed this film a lot. If Bale doesn’t win Best Actor then Malek is a shoe-in because his performance as Freddie Mercury was captivating. He doesn’t disappoint when bringing the flamboyance of Freddie to the big screen. Mercury’s personality screams rock star in four octaves, and Malek brings the charisma of the late rock star during his performance. When Mercury goes solo, Malek’s performance brings out the sense of lostness that Freddie was going through. There are moments where aspects of the story are conveniently placed and come across as Hollywood cliches, specifically at the beginning of the film and in the lead up to the Live Aid performance during the last act, so finding out they weren’t historically accurate wasn’t too surprising. What Bohemian Rhapsody gets right is that it knows its subject, and it makes you care about the main characters, which makes for a more enjoyable theatrical experience

1. Black Panther

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Director: Ryan Coogler
Genre: Superhero
Trailer: Black Panther
Rating: Fuego

Wakanda Forever! No other film released in the year two thousand eighteen was as impactful as Black Panther was. Ryan Coogler directed  the first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a predominantly black cast. There are tons of reasons outside of the actual film why this movie is marvelous which I will save for another post. The costumes and set designs in Black Panther are amongst the best of the year. Michael B. Jordan’s portrayal of Killmonger, and his last line of dialogue, will be etched in Americana history for years to come. Not to be outdone, Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Kaluuya, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o also brought their A game to the 18th film in the MCU.  Coogler pays homage to the Bay Area by using his hometown of Oakland to reimagine Killmonger by swapping out his traditional New York origins for California origin. The last fight scene is the main reason why this film isn’t ranked higher on this list. Not sure if they used most of their budget for the rest of the film and had to rush through the last fight scene because it looked like it was lifted out of a video game. Outside of that, Black Panther is a movie that’s worth seeing based off of its impact alone. This is my prediction for Best Picture winner.

Rest of the Award Winning Predictions and Nominees

Best Director
  • Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
  • Paweł Pawlikowski – Cold War
  • Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
  • Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
  • Adam McKay – Vice
Best Actor
  • Christian Bale – Vice as Dick Cheney
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born as Jackson “Jack” Maine
  • Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate as Vincent van Gogh
  • Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury
  • Viggo Mortensen – Green Book as Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
  • Mahershala Ali – Green Book as Don Shirley
  • Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman as Philip “Flip” Zimmerman
  • Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born as Bobby Maine
  • Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me? as Jack Hock
  • Sam Rockwell – Vice as George W. Bush
Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay
  • The Favourite – Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
  • First Reformed – Written by Paul Schrader
  • Green Book – Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly
  • Roma – Written by Alfonso Cuarón
  • Vice – Written by Adam McKay
Best Adapted Screenplay
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; based on the short stories All Gold Canyon by Jack London, The Gal Who Got Rattled by Stewart Edward White, and short stories by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • BlacKkKlansman – Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee; based on the book by Ron Stallworth
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty; based on the book by Lee Israel
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; based on the book by James Baldwin
  • A Star Is Born – Screenplay by Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters; based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne & Frank Pierson; based on a story by Robert Carson & William A. Wellman
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Foreign Language Film
  • Capernaum (Lebanon) in Arabic – Directed by Nadine Labaki
  • Cold War (Poland) in Polish and French – Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
  • Never Look Away (Germany) in German – Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  • Roma (Mexico) in Spanish and Mixtec – Directed by Alfonso Cuarón✔ (safe pick)
  • Shoplifters (Japan) in Japanese – Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Best Documentary – Feature
  • Free Solo – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening – RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim
  • Minding the Gap – Bing Liu and Diane Quon
  • Of Fathers and Sons – Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert
  • RBG – Betsy West and Julie Cohen
Best Documentary – Short Subject
  • Black Sheep – Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn
  • End Game – Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
  • Lifeboat – Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser
  • A Night at the Garden – Marshall Curry
  • Period. End of Sentence. – Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton
Best Live Action Short Film
  • Detainment – Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon
  • Fauve – Jérémy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon
  • Marguerite – Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset
  • Mother – Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado
  • Skin – Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman
Best Animated Short Film
  • Animal Behaviour – Alison Snowden and David Fine
  • Bao – Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb
  • Late Afternoon – Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco
  • One Small Step – Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas
  • Weekends – Trevor Jimenez
Best Original Score
  • Black Panther – Ludwig Göransson
  • BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
  • Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman
Best Original Song
  • “All the Stars” from Black Panther – Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith; Lyrics by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solána Rowe
  • “I’ll Fight” from RBG – Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren
  • “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns – Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
  • “Shallow” from A Star Is Born – Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
  • “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Music and Lyrics by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch
Best Sound Editing
  • Black Panther – Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone
  • First Man – Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • A Quiet Place – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • Roma – Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay
Best Sound Mixing
  • Black Panther – Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter J. Devlin
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
  • First Man – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis
  • Roma – Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio Garcia
  • A Star Is Born – Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve A. Morrow
Best Production Design
  • Black Panther – Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Set Decoration: Jay Hart
  • The Favourite – Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton
  • First Man – Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Production Design: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
  • Roma – Production Design: Eugenio Caballero; Set Decoration: Bárbara Enríquez
Best Cinematography
  • Cold War – Łukasz Żal
  • The Favourite – Robbie Ryan
  • Never Look Away – Caleb Deschanel
  • Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
  • A Star Is Born – Matthew Libatique
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Border – Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer
  • Mary Queen of Scots – Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks
  • Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney
Best Costume Design
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Mary Zophres
  • Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter
  • The Favourite – Sandy Powell
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell
  • Mary Queen of Scots – Alexandra Byrne
Best Film Editing
  • BlacKkKlansman – Barry Alexander Brown
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman
  • The Favourite – Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • Green Book – Patrick J. Don Vito
  • Vice – Hank Corwin
Best Visual Effects
  • Avengers: Infinity War – Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick
  • Christopher Robin – Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould
  • First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J. D. Schwalm
  • Ready Player One – Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story – Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy

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