Oscar Noms for 2019!

So, the announcements from the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences have been disclosed to the public. And while some were obvious choices, there were a few surprises thrown in the ring. 

Here are the list of 2019 nominees and of course me being an opinionated sob, will offer my take on practically,  each nominated category:

Best Picture
Black Panther
Kevin Feige, Producer

Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers

Bohemian Rhapsody
Graham King, Producer

The Favourite
Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers

Green Book
Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers

Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers

A Star Is Born
Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers

Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers

"You really think you'll win, do you"?

Big shock how Black Panther made the cut. Despite being slightly derivative, I can't disagree with Panther being nominated thanks to its social political narrative, designs, the hidden metaphors and of course, the Shakespearean angle involving Erik Killmonger.

Sure it's fantasy, do is Star Wars that was also nominated for a Oscar. My personal pick would be either Black KKKlansman or the sanitized yet, superb Bohemian Rhapsody. 

Roma just didn't do it for me, but I loved Cuaron's brilliant use of cinematography. Greenbook was another worthy pick but I have a feeling that Roma will sweep.

Actress in a Leading Role
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Colman nailed it as a neurotic "Queen Bitch" in the Favourite but let's not count Gaga out. Didn't really care for another Star is Born remake however, her performance was quite good. 

The omission of Regina King from If Beale Street Could Talk, is disappointing but hey, dems the Oscars for ya! 

": I would go with Colman but the close call may go to Glenn Close.

Actor in a Leading Role

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

Never tell me the odds"!

This is a tight race, and while I may wish for Malek to win a second time for his portrayal of the late, great Freddie Mercury, the dark horse winner is Dafoe! 

Best Director

Spike Lee
Cold War
Paweł Pawlikowski
The Favourite
Yorgos Lanthimos
Alfonso Cuarón
Adam McKay

Spike unfortunately, will not win but at least he received a nomination for the excellence that was Black Kkklansman. Alfonso Cuaron is the likely choice.

Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

Its a tie between Driver and Ali, but Ali will win out!

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, Vice
Marina de Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Turn to Stone"!

Emma deserves a win for Teh Favourite hands down. However, it would be also great if Regina King won. 

Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
If Beale Street Could Talk
Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born
Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters

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
Written by Alfonso Cuarón
Written by Adam McKay


Cold War
Łukasz Żal
The Favourite
Robbie Ryan
Never Look Away
Caleb Deschanel
Alfonso Cuarón
A Star Is Born
Matthew Libatique

Roma is a no brainer because again, Cuaron is an amazing cinematographer!!

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
Production Design: Eugenio Caballero; Set Decoration: Bárbara Enríquez

A big budgeted Superhero movie  vs  a few period pieces! Tough call!

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

Black Panther should win for its original Afrofuturism based costume
designs, but again, period films like Queen of Scots and The Favourite may win instead.

Film Editing

Barry Alexander Brown
Bohemian Rhapsody
John Ottman
The Favourite
Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Green Book
Patrick J. Don Vito
Hank Corwin

Foreign Language Film

Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

Well, at least Roma has a definate shut in for that category.

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
Betsy West and Julie Cohen

Documentary Short Subject

Black Sheep
End Game
A Night at the Garden
Period. End Of Sentence

Animated Feature Film

Incredibles 2
Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle
Isle of Dogs
Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Animated Short Film

Animal Behaviour
Alison Snowden and David Fine
Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb
Late Afternoon
Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco
One Small Step
Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas
Trevor Jimenez

Live Action Short Film

Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon
Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon
Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset
Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado
Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman

Original Score

Black Panther
Ludwig Goransson
Terence Blanchard
If Beale Street Could Talk
Nicholas Britell
Isle of Dogs
Alexandre Desplat
Mary Poppins Returns
Marc Shaiman

Original Song

“All The Stars” from Black Panther
Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe

“I’ll Fight” from RBG
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns
Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman

“Shallow” from A Star Is Born
Music and Lyric 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 Lyric by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

It has to be "All the Stars"!

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

Earth's Mightiest Heroes in spaaaacce" should win, but my spider sense predicts Ready Playa One!

Makeup and Hairstyling

Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer
Mary Queen of Scots
Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks
Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney

"Vice, Vice Baby"!
C'mon, when you factor in heavy facial prosthetics in order to resemble the vile monster that is Dickhead Cheney, Vice should be an easy win!

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

Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay

"The Sounds of Silence"!
Its tricky but A Quiet Place will make some noise!!

Sound Mixing

Black Panther
Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin

Bohemian Rhapsody
Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali

First Man
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis

Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García

A Star Is Born
Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow

"Now, hear this"!

Bohemian Rhapsody might win but First Man will likely grab the gold.

Any predictions or comments, drop em while you got 'em!

Stalks, out!