Who are the favourites and underdogs for every category in the Oscars this year? Continue reading for our betting tips and predictions for this year’s ceremony.
The nominations are in and the short lists have been shown for the 91st Annual Awards — or as they are more affectionally known — The Oscars. On Sunday 24th February 2019, Hollywood’s biggest stars, old and new, will fill the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to see who’ll walk away with a coveted Academy Award and (more significantly ) to watch whatever dramas, controversies, and award snubs may happen.
The 2019 nominations came with some raised eyebrows and tons of cheering from the rafters. Roma and The Favorite guide the way with 10 nominations apiece using A Star Is Born and Vice both procuring 8. The greatest surprise is Black Panther bagging a total of 7 nods, including one for Best Picture, which makes it the very first superhero film to be nominated for its maximum award.
But today everybody’s focus turns to the service itself, that the ultimate winners would be and where money can be drawn up by correctly predicting the results. Who is a certain thing and where are the very best chances of an upset? Here I’ll take you through who will win, that should win and who’s a dark horse at most of the important 6 categories, so you’ve got the best suggestions on where to put your money.
“A Star Is Born”
The largest award of the night isn’t a stranger to controversies; The La La Land/Moonlight mix up of 2017 and Shakespeare In Love winning over Saving Private Ryan in 1999 spring to mind. So, to ever assume that this class is a lock is a fool’s game. With that being said, last year’s winner for Best Picture and manager – The form of Water and Guillermo Del Toro respectively – were about as easy to predict as you will see. It’s but one of the things we love about the Oscars and the finest Picture race in particular — it is either a boring, easy-to-call affair or a outrageous controversy… the problem is, you will never know which one you are going to find each year!
This year’s front runner is Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma. Almost everything about it screams’triumph’: it’s a black and white foreign language film with no scoretakes, shot superbly and directed by a previous Best Director winner in Cuaron. The only red flag is it is a Netflix film. Roma is the first Netflix movie to be nominated for Best Picture and because of this no one really knows what effect that is going to have on its own odds of winning. As for me, I really don’t think being a Netflix movie will hurt it at all, I actually think it may help it since the film has been far more accessible to crowds that some of its rivals. However, the fact of the matter is, nobody really 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 both neglected to secure Best Director nominations, this has undoubtably hurt both films chances of winning Best Picture. I think Green Book has a chance of creating a late rise to the top but since it currently stands, Roma is certainly the one to conquer.
As great as BlacKKKlansman and Bohemian Rhapsody were as movies, their Best Picture nominations are credit sufficient and that I can’t see either movie hard for the win here. The Same goes to Vice; even though catching 8 nominations, the movie has had mixed critics testimonials and I can’t see the Academy rewarding a film about Dick Cheney using its greatest award of the night.
Now, let’s discuss Black Panther; although the movie has a total of 7 nominations, none of these are for acting, directing or screenplay without a super hero film has ever been nominated for Best Picture, let alone won it. So, there is no way it could win, right? Realistically, no. However, in Hollywood anything could happen and Black Panther winning the top prize might 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 in which the film industry has been forced to have a long hard look at itself, a celebration of diversity in Hollywood isn’t only long overdue, but may well be a significant focus of the 2019 ceremony.
Consider this too; Dark Panther grossed around $1 Million worldwide. Yes, it’s an action-packed, CGI adventure, but there’s much more to it than that. Just like many previous Best Picture nominees and winners, Black Panther tackles a host of timely and pertinent questions about race and prejudice. The more I consider it, the more I think, it actually could happen!
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