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2019 Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win? Who Could Win? Who Should Win?

The 91st annual Academy Awards are this Sunday, February 24th. There has been a whole lot of drama surrounding this year’s Oscars, from losing its host to the Academy backpedaling on a number of controversial decisions, among other things. Still, it is business as usual for film fans. As such, it is time to start working on your Oscar predictions. Who will walk away with a coveted statuette Sunday night? Here are my predictions on who will win, could win and should win in all 24 categories.

BEST PICTURE

Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star Is Born
Vice

Will win: Roma
Could win: Green Book
Should win: The Favourite


BEST DIRECTOR

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Adam McKay, Vice

Will win: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Could win: Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Should win: Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite


LEADING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR

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

Will win: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Could win: Christian Bale, Vice
Should win: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody


LEADING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR

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

Will win: Glenn Close, The Wife
Could win: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Should win: Olivia Colman, The Favourite


SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR

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

Will win: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Could win: Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Should win: Mahershala Ali, Green Book


SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR

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

Will win: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Could win: Amy Adams, Vice
Should win: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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

Will win: BlacKkKlansman
Could win: Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Should win: Can You Ever Forgive Me?


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Favourite, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
First Reformed, Paul Schrader
Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
Vice, Adam McKay

Will win: Green Book
Could win: The Favourite
Should win: The Favourite


BEST FILM EDITING

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

Will win: Bohemian Rhapsody
Could win: Vice
Should win: Bohemian Rhapsody


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Cold War, Lukasz Zal
The Favourite, Robbie Ryan
Never Look Away, Caleb Deschanel
Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
A Star Is Born, Matthew Libatique

Will win: Roma
Could win: Cold War
Should win: Roma


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

Will win: Avengers: Infinity War
Could win: First Man
Should win: Avengers: Infinity War


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Incredibles 2, Brad Bird
Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson
Mirai, Mamoru Hosoda
Ralph Breaks the Internet, Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Will win: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Could win: Incredibles 2
Should win: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Free Solo, Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
Minding the Gap, Bing Liu
Of Fathers and Sons, Talal Derki
RBG, Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Will win: Free Solo
Could win: RBG
Should win: Free Solo


BEST FOREIGN FILM

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

Will win: Roma
Could win: Cold War
Should win: Roma


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

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

Will win: If Beale Street Could Talk
Could win: Black Panther
Should win: Black Panther


BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“All The Stars” from Black Panther by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“I’ll Fight” from RBG by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
“Shallow” from A Star Is Born by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice
“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Will win: “Shallow,” A Star Is Born
Could win: “All the Stars,” Black Panther
Should win: “Shallow,” A Star Is Born


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Black Panther, Hannah Beachler
First Man, Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
The Favourite, Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
Mary Poppins Returns, John Myhre, Gordon Sim
Roma, Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez

Will win: The Favourite
Could win: Black Panther
Should win: Black Panther


BEST MAKEUP & HAIR

Border
Mary Queen of Scots
Vice

Will win: Vice
Could win: Mary Queen of Scots
Should win: Vice


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

Will win: Black Panther
Could win: The Favourite
Should win: Black Panther


BEST SOUND EDITING

Black Panther, Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker
Bohemian Rhapsody, John Warhurst
First Man, Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan
A Quiet Place, Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl
Roma, Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay

Will win: Bohemian Rhapsody
Could win: A Quiet Place
Should win: A Quiet Place


BEST SOUND MIXING

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Roma
A Star Is Born

Will win: Black Panther
Could win: Bohemian Rhapsody
Should win: Black Panther


BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Animal Behaviour, Alison Snowden, David Fine
Bao, Domee Shi
Late Afternoon, Louise Bagnall
One Small Step, Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
Weekends, Trevor Jimenez

Will win: Bao
Could win: One Small Step
Should win: Boa


BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM  

Detainment, Vincent Lambe
Fauve, Jeremy Comte
Marguerite, Marianne Farley
Mother, Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Skin, Guy Nattiv

Will win: Marguerite 
Could win: Skin
Should win: Skin


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Black Sheep, Ed Perkins
End Game, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Lifeboat, Skye Fitzgerald
A Night at the Garden, Marshall Curry
Period. End of Sentence., Rayka Zehtabchi

Will win: Black Sheep
Could win: Period. End of Sentence.
Should win: Black Sheep

The Academy Awards ceremony will broadcast live on ABC Sunday night at 8pm EST.


What do you think of my Oscar predictions this year? Which ones do you agree with and which ones would you change? Let me know what your Oscar pool looks like in the comments below!

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