Oscars 2019 Nominations And Offical ATR Predictions

Oscar seasons is in full swing yet again, and this year the Academy has released a stunning line-up of nominees for the coveted awards. There were, as always, a few snubs this year such as Bradley Cooper not being nominated for Best Director or Eighth Grade not being nominated for a single award, but largely the list of nominees is hugely competitive and well deserving. Without further ado, here is your complete list of Oscar nominates and All Things Reel’s official predictions:

Best Picture

Black Panther


Bohemian Rhapsody 

The Favourite

Green Book


A Star Is Born


Our Prediction – A Star Is Born

This is by far the hardest category in the entirety of the Academy Awards. This year all of the contenders are rather strong and I wouldn’t be too surprised if any of them happened to take the award. However, there are a few that I think are at the bottom of the pack, namely Green Book, Roma, and Black Panther. Green Book had some incredible performances from stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahersala Ali, but fell short in some other areas. Roma is history in the making having been produced and released through Netflix, marking the first Best Picture nomination for the streaming giant. For our in-depth analysis of Black Panther‘s groundbreaking nomination check out our coverage here.

With that being said, that puts Vice, BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Bohemian Rhapsody, and A Star Is Born at the top side of the list. All of them could easily take the Best Picture award home, but I believe that A Star Is Born has that extra little something to take it over the edge. The film is an adaption of a beloved classic that director and star Bradley Cooper was able to make uniquely original. It had amazing music, a stunning performance from movie screen first timer Lady Gaga, showcased first-time director Bradley Cooper’s amazing talent (while simultaneously exhibiting his skill in front of the camera as the film star) and had a heartbreaking ending that was expertly portrayed.

Best Actor

Christian Bale, Vice

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Defoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Our Prediction – Christian Bale

This year’s Best Actor category is very interesting in that everyone other than Bradley Cooper (who was playing a role others have played before) were portraying real-life people. Viggo Mortensen and Willem Defoe did excellent jobs portraying Troy Lip and Vincent van Gogh respectively, but the performances that are really competing against each other this year are Rami Malek’s performance as pop star legend Freddy Mercury and Christian Bale’s transformative performance as former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Pitting just the performances against each other either star could easily win the award, however, it’s Bale’s dedication to his craft and his willingness to undergo extreme physical transformations that put him a little bit ahead in this tight race. Bale was unrecognizable as Cheney and there were points where you couldn’t tell whether actual footage of the former Vice President was being used or if it was Bale acting. While Malek’s performance was equally impressive, Bale went the extra mile in putting on the extra weight.

Best Actress

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

Our Prediction – Glenn Close

Last year we wrote a piece detailing the actresses we thought had the strongest performances of the year so far and might be up for an Oscar. Both Glenn Close and Lady Gaga made that list. While I would love Lady Gaga to win her first Academy Award in her very first big screen appearance, she fell slightly short in her performance due to her unwillingness to compromise her vocal prowess.

Glenn Close, however, had undoubtedly the hardest job of any of the actresses in contention. Her role in The Wife was subtle, heartfelt, and intimate. The way she imbued every frame she was on with immense pain and control is awe inspiring. Despite Close’s impressive resume of outstanding performances, this would also be her first time winning an Academy Award – in spite of her SEVEN nominations including four Best Actress and three supporting actress roles.

Best Supporting 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

Our Prediction – Mahershala Ali

This is another very hard category to predict. Each of these performances is very different from one another; however, Mahershala Ali’s mere presence on screen is so powerful that he is a clear front runner to win. If he does, it’ll be right off the heels of his Best Supporting Actor win last year for his performance in Moonlight. His performance in Green Book stands in stark comparison to that earlier role, highlighting his versatility as an actor.

Mahershala Ali brought a severity to the movie that played well against Viggo Mortensen’s off-beat everyman. Ali’s emotional journey throughout the film was expertly handled and every memorable scene is made possible by his acting. While the other actors each gave great performances in their respective films, our money is definitely on Mahershala Ali.

Best Supporting Actress

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

Our Prediction – Regina King

If Beale Street Could Talk hit theaters with the expectation of living up to the excellence Barry Jenkins became known for following his award-winning Moonlight. While Beale Street couldn’t quite compare to Moonlight, Regina King’s performance is a stand-out highlight from the subdued film. Her screen time as Sharon Rivers is limited, but what she accomplishes in every scene is show-stealing. This marks Regina King’s first Oscar nomination following her win at the Golden Globes for the same role and her four consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards.

Best Director

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

Our Prediction – Spike Lee

As if he ever left, Spike Lee made a huge comeback with BlacKkKlansman. Having taken a three-year hiatus from directing following his critically acclaimed Chi-Raq, Lee broke ground with the quirky and relevant storytelling found within BlacKkKlansman. Lee has been nominated five times for Academy Award and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy in 2015.

Other Categories

The remaining categories will be fully presented with our prediction but without commentary. Please let us know what you think of our predictions in the comments below and check us out on Facebook.


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

Our Prediction – Isle of Dogs

Best Animated Short

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

Our Prediction – Bao


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

Our Prediction – A Star Is Born

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

Our Prediction – Vice

Best Cinematography

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

Our Prediction – Roma

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

Our Prediction – Free Solo

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

Our Prediction – End Game

Best Live Action Short Film

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

Our Prediction – Mother

Best Foreign Language Film

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

Our Prediction – Roma

Best Film Editing

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

Our Prediction – Bohemian Rhapsody

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

Our Prediction – First Man

Best Sound Mixing

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Star Is Born

Our Prediction – Black Panther

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

Our Prediction – Black Panther

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

Our Prediction – 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

Our Prediction – “Shallow”


Best Makeup and Hair

Mary Queen of Scots

Our Prediction – Mary Queen of Scots

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

Our Prediction – Black Panther

Best Visual Effects

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

Our Prediction – Christopher Robin

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