Who will be the favourites and underdogs for every category in the Oscars this year? Continue reading for our gambling tips and predictions for this year’s ceremony.
The nominations are in and also the short lists have been revealed for the 91st Annual Awards — or as they’re more affectionally known — The Oscars. About Sunday 24th February 2019, Hollywood’s greatest stars, new and old, will fill the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to find out who’ll walk away with a coveted Academy Award and (more importantly) to witness whatever dramas, controversies, and award snubs might occur.
The 2019 nominations came with a few raised eyebrows and tons of cheering in the rafters. Roma and The Favourite lead the way with 10 nominations apiece with A Star Is Born and Vice both securing 8. The biggest surprise is Black Panther bagging a total of 7 nods, including one for Best Picture, making it the very first superhero movie to be nominated for the maximum award.
But today everyone’s attention turns to the ceremony itself, that the ultimate winners would be and where cash can be drawn up by correctly predicting the results. Who’s a certain thing and where would be the very best chances of an upset? Here I’ll take you who will win, who should win and who is a dark horse at all the important 6 classes, which means you have the best tips on where to place your money.
“A Star Is Born”
The biggest award of the night is no stranger to controversies; The La La Land/Moonlight blend up of 2017 and Shakespeare In Love winning over Saving Private Ryan in 1999 spring into mind. So, to assume that this class is a lock is a fool’s game. With that said, last year’s winner for Best Picture and director – The Shape Of Water and Guillermo Del Toro respectively – were about as easy to predict as you’ll see. It is but one of those things we love about the Oscars and the finest Picture race in particular — it is either a dull, easy-to-call affair or a outrageous controversy… the problem is, you will never know which one you will find every year!
This year’s front runner is Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma. Virtually everything about it screams’win’: it’s a black and white foreign language movie with no scoretakes, shot superbly and directed by a previous Best Director winner in Cuaron. The only red flag is that it is a Netflix movie. Roma is the very first Netflix movie to be nominated for Best Picture and because of this nobody really knows what impact that is going to have on its own chances of winning. Personally, I don’t believe being a Netflix film will damage it at all, I actually think it could help it as the movie has been far more accessible to audiences that any of its rivals. However, the simple fact of the matter is, nobody actually knows and only time will tell.
Hot on the heels of Roma are Green Book, The Favourite, and A Star Is Born. Of the 3, The Favourite is, well… the preferred to steal the prize. Ahead of nominations, Green Book could have been right up there. But with the news that Green Book’s director Peter Farrelly and A Star Is Born director, Bradley Cooper equally neglected to secure Best Director nominations, this has undoubtably hurt both films chances of winning Best Picture. I think Green Book has an opportunity of making a late rise to the top but since it now stands, Roma is certainly the one to conquer.
As great as BlacKKKlansman and Bohemian Rhapsody were as movies, their Best Picture nominations are charge sufficient and that I can not see either movie challenging for the win . The exact same goes for Vice; even though grabbing 8 nominations, the film has had blended critics testimonials and I can’t see the Academy rewarding a movie about Dick Cheney with its highest award of the night.
Now, let’s talk about Black Panther; although the film has a total of 7 nominations, none of them are for acting, screenplay or directing and no super hero film has been nominated for Best Picture, let alone won it. So, there’s absolutely no way it could win, right? Realistically, no. However, in Hollywood anything could happen and Dark Panther winning the top prize could be the next step in the development of cinema and the Academy Awards.
Black Panther is composed, directed and largely created by black filmmakers and at a year where the movie industry was forced to have a long hard look at itself, a celebration of diversity in Hollywood is not just long overdue, but may well be a substantial focus of this 2019 ceremony.
Consider this also; Dark Panther grossed over $1 Million worldwide. Yes, it is an action-packed, CGI experience, but there’s so much more to it than that. Just like many preceding Best Picture nominees and winners, Black Panther tackles a host of timely and relevant questions about race and prejudice. The more I think about it, the more I believe, it actually could happen!
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