Our Predictions for the Oscars 2019 Winners

The fresh scent of Oscar campaigning still lingers as members of the motion picture academy have just cast their final votes this past Monday on the 14th of January for what is set to be a very unyielding 91st Academy Awards. Although Oscar talk has been on the tip of everyone’s tongues for the better part of the last month, voting only opened on the 7th of January, allowing 7 days for members to dwell and deliberate on the fate of Hollywood’s elite.

Nominations will be announced, officially, on the 22nd of January with the Oscars taking place on the 24th of February. Until then, we can merely speculate, debate and try our best hand at predicting the winners of this spectacular affair that is The Acadamy Awards. With wavering critic decisions and the recent Golden Globes that awarded a few surprise nominees, to say the least, it’s clear that this year, the competition is ferocious.

So without further ado, below is a breakdown of the top Oscar 2019 categories and who we believe will walk away with the most prestigious Academy Awards.

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Best Picture

Under the best picture category, the Academy may allow up to 10 nominations, although it has often been less than 10. Our nominees are, in no particular order:

Roma, Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, If Beale Street Could Talk, Vice, First Man, The Favourite.

An honourable mention: Crazy Rich Asians & Mary Poppins Returns.

And the Oscar goes to… While we believe Roma is a strong contender, we’re not sure the Academy is quite ‘ready’, so to speak, to award Best Picture to a Netflix Original movie. Our top 2, therefore, include A Star is Born & Green Book, although we are leaning slightly more towards Green Book to walk away with the Best Picture title.

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Best Director

Our nominees are, in no particular order:

Alfonso Cuaron for Roma, Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Adam McKay for Vice, Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born, Peter Farelly for Green Book & Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite.

An honourable mention: Barry Jenkins for If Beale Street Could Talk & Ryan Coogler for Black Panther.

And the Oscar goes to... As great as it would be for Bradley Cooper to win on his directorial debut, and contrary to what we said about Roma under the Best Picture category, we believe Alfonso Cuaron, who also won Best Director in 2014 for Gravity, will walk away with the Best Director Oscar once again this year.

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Best Actress

Our nominees are, in no particular order:

Olivia Colman for The Favourite, Lady Gaga for A Star is Born, Glenn Close for The Wife, Emily Blunt for Mary Poppins Returns & Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

An honourable mention: Nicole Kidman for Destroyer & Yalitza Aparicio for Roma.

And the Oscar goes to… This is a tough one to predict, with a solid argument as to why each nominee should walk away with the Oscar. As much as we would love to see Emily Blunt walk away with the Best Actress Award, we believe the two actresses going head to head for this one will be Olivia Colman and Glenn Close, with Glenn Close ultimately being the overall winner for her outstanding performance in The Wife. This year also marks the 7th time she’s been nominated for an Oscar (and she’s never won before).

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Best Actor

Our nominees are, in no particular order:

Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody, Christian Bale for Vice, Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born, Viggo Mortensen for Green Book & John David Washington for BlacKkKlansman.

An honourable mention: Ethan Hawke for First Reformed & Ryan Gosling for First Man

And the Oscar goes to… Again, this is a tough one. Rami Malek and Christian Bale both walked away with a Golden Globe leaving many upset that Bradley Cooper was left empty-handed. While we believe all three of these were nothing short of award-winning performances, only one can win, and it will come down to the Academy’s opinions and who they liked just slightly more than the next.

In the end, we believe Christian Bale will walk away with the Oscar not only for his phenomenal performance but also for completely transforming his whole appearance to portray the very unlikeable character Dick Cheney. Christian Bale has previously won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in The Fighter in 2011.

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Best Supporting Actress

Our nominees are, in no particular order:

Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk, Amy Adams for Vice, Emma Stone for The Favourite, Rachel Weisz for The Favourite & Margot Robbie for Mary Queen of Scots.

An honourable mention: Claire Foy for First Man & Emily Blunt for A Quiet Place.

And the Oscar goes to…  With a star-studded supporting actress line-up like this, it could go almost any direction. We’re going to back Amy Adams on this one. Much like Leonardo DiCaprio before his Oscar win for The Revenant, Amy Adams, who is adored by the Academy, has been nominated five times but, as yet, has never quite secured a win. Here’s hoping that will change.

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Best Supporting Actor

Our nominees are, in no particular order:

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

An honourable mention: Michael B Jordan for Black Panther & Timothee Chalamet for Beautiful Boy.

And the Oscar goes to… We are really hoping Adam Driver will win the Best Supporting Actor Award, but if we’re being very realistic, we believe this award will go to Mahershala Ali for his exceptional role in Green Book. If he does win, it will be his second Oscar win for the same category as he won in 2017 for Moonlight.