The 2019 Oscars Nominations and Our Scattered Opinions on Them

Posted on January 22, 2019

Ready? GO!

 

 

 

Neither of the nominees for The Favourite are supporting actresses because they are literally portraying the title character, but whatevs. We’d give it to Weisz on performance alone, but this may be Regina King’s year. We wish it was Amy Adams’. She gave the best performance in Vice.

 

 

Oh, please. Sandy Powell always does amazing and deserving work, but if Ruth E. Carter doesn’t win this, we burn down the Hollywood sign.

 

 

Green Book is getting a lot of undeserved momentum and considering the film’s problematic history and relationship with the Shirley family, we find ourselves actively rooting against Mahershala, unfortunately. For us, it’s a tossup between Sam Elliott’s fine performance in “A Star is Born” and Richard E. Grant’s heartbreakingly funny/tragic one in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

 

 

 

Roma, of course. We’d be surprised if it was anyone else.

 

 

Cuaron should rightly win for Roma but people have a bias against B&W cinematography. Some of Labatique’s shots in A Star is Born – especially the iconic one in front of the Ally billboard in the Hollywood Hills – were breathtaking in their scope and intimacy.

 

 

 

The team for Vice did a stunning job.

 

 

“Isle of Dogs” made us gag on the preciousness. Spider-Man all the way.

 

 

 

C’mon. It’s gotta be “Shallow.”

 

 

 

We would absolutely give it to the witty and melancholy “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” over any of the others.

 

 

 

The Favourite, without a doubt.

 

 

 

Green Book’s getting a lot of awards love even though Viggo keeps sticking his foot in his mouth. We suspect the dicey press is going to prevent him from snagging the prize. It’s possible Cooper gets it as a sort of consolation for not getting best director or best picture.

 

 

 

As usual, it’s a tight race and all of these are wonderfun nominations. As much as we’d like to see Melissa McCarthy get the recognition, we think it’s a race between Colman and Close, with Gaga possibly managing an upset, but one that seems increasingly unlikely as awards season plays out.

 

 

 

It’s a tossup between Lanthimos, Cuaron and Lee, we think.

 

 

 

We’re a bit surprised Cooper didn’t snag a director nom, so we wonder if they might just hand him the Best Picture prize.

 

Your thoughts, kittens?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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