The 91st annual Academy Awards are a little over 48 hours away. The award ceremony will air on the ABC network this Sunday night from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. That means it’s time to take a look at my annual list of who will win, and who should win this year’s Oscars.
For the sake of time and my sanity, I will be sticking to the major categories. If you want to see who wins the best documentary filmed in Siberia or something like that, then tune in to the ceremony on Sunday night. But don’t blame me if the host-less show bores you to sleep. Anywho, here is who I think will win, and who should win:
“A Star is Born”
Who will win: “Roma”
Who should win: Anyone else
If there was ever a category where I’m praying for an upset, it would be Best Picture. More than likely “Roma will take it, but maybe the Academy will award to Oscar to a movie where something actually happens.
Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Paweł Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”
Adam McKay, “Vice”
Who will win: Alfonso Cuaron
Who should win: Spike Lee
The “Roma” director will win this category for what is basically an overpriced home movie. Me, I’d like to see Spike Lee walk out with the prize, if only because “Blackkklansman” deserves more attention.
Best 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?”
Who will win: Glenn Close
Who should win: Olivia Colman
If Glenn CLose wins, I think it will be more of a lifetime achievement award rather than for the work she did in “The Wife.” But the Academy lusts after historical films, so Olivia Colman does have a chance here.
Best 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”
Who will win: Rami Malek
Who should win: Rami Malek
If somehow Rami Malek doesn’t walk away with the Best Actor Oscar, I think it will go down as one of the biggest upsets in Academy Awards history.
Best 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”
Who will win: Regina King
Who should win: Amy Adams
I don’t know if there’s a clear front runner for Best Supporting Actress, but my gut tells me Regina King will win. However, I would love to see Amy Adams FINALLY take home an Oscar.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliot, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”
Who will win: Mahershala Ali
Who should win: Sam Elliot
Mahershala Ali is easily the frontrunner here, but since he won just two years ago, we might see an upset. If that’s the case, I’d like Sam Elliot to get it because he frankly should have won it for “Road House.”
Best Animated Feature:
“Isle of Dogs”
“Ralph Breaks The Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”
Who will win: “Incredibles 2”
Who should win: “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”
I really hope I’m wrong about who will win Best Animated Feature. Thing is, I get the feeling some Academy voters don’t watch all the animated movies and they simply check the box next to where it says “Disney.” Again, I hope I’m wrong, and “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” walks away with the gold.