Movies | Oscars 2019 Scorecard
So, how did I do with my predictions? In all honesty, surprisingly well. The thing is, is that praise for me figuring out how the Academy would vote or is it just the Oscars being very predictable? I'd say a little of the former and a whole heap of the latter.
Moving on from that thought, I'm just going to do a quick run-down of what i got spot on, what I got half-right and what I got completely wrong, so let's get going!
Actor in a Leading Role: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) - I even think the reason I gave of the Academy wanting to reward the movie but not Bryan Singer is still accurate. I just didn't realise how far they'd go with that idea...
Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali (Green Book) - okay, I'll admit that this was a bit of a shot in the dark, but it still counts!
Actress in a Leading Role: Olivia Colman (The Favourite) - there seemed to be quite a few people shocked that Glenn Close didn't win, but Colman's performance was brilliant and definitely Oscar-worthy.
Animated Feature Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - completely and utterly predictable. Completely and utterly deserved.
Cinematography: Alfonso Cuarón (Roma) - still haven't seen the movie myself, but it seems like the Academy agreed with everyone else I've seen talking about how fantastic it looks.
Makeup and Hairstyling: Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney (Vice) - the most tediously predictable choice out of a boring selection. Why wasn't Black Panther nominated here again?
Music (Original Song): Shallow (A Star is Born) - after Spider-Verse, this was probably the next easiest award to guess.
Short Film (Animated): Bao - not to repeat myself too quickly, but after Spider-Verse and Shallow, this was the next easiest to guess. Pixar had to get something, right?
Visual Effects: Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm (First Man) - the Academy lived up to expectations here. After all, there was no way they were going to let three different Marvel movies win on the same night, was there?
Costume Design: Ruth Carter (Black Panther) - I wanted this to win, but didn't expect it to and am glad the Academy actually went for the most creative and imaginative entry in the field.
Music (Original Score): Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther) - Like above, I wanted this to win and was pleasantly surprised that the Academy actually picked this over something more 'traditional'.
Best Picture: Green Book - I know my official prediction was The Favourite, but I did note that it was between that and Green Book. My opinion of the Academy's voters was unfortunately too high here.
Foreign Language Film: Roma - Cheating a bit here, as I didn't cover this category 'properly', but I did still say I expected Roma to win this and was right, which I think is worth something.
Production Design: Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart (Black Panther) - another case of the Academy pleasantly surprising me by rewarding the movie I wanted to win before the plummet that was Green Book as Best Picture.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) - I wanted this to win and was very happy that it did, even if it did end up being 'just' a consolation prize for Spike Lee.
Actress in a Supporting Role: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) - I thought one of the other amazing performances in The Favourite would nab this, but it turned out that this was Beale Street's consolation and not the screenplay as I thought...
Directing: Alfonso Cuarón (Roma) - I'm only surprised at this because I thought that this would be Spike Lee's 'career' win as a way of also honouring his earlier work. Oh well.
Film Editing: John Ottman (Bohemian Rhapsody) - maybe the people who voted for this were still suffering from motion sickness from all the cuts and ticked the wrong box?
Sound Editing: John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone (Bohemian Rhapsody) - this made me think that that the vast majority of voters for this Oscar don't know what sound editing is...
Sound Mixing: Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali (Bohemian Rhapsody) - ...and this confirmed that maybe technical categories shouldn't be voted on by people who have no idea about them.
Writing (Original Screenplay): Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly (Green Book) - look, if you just ignore Vallelonga's horrific Islamophobia and not even talking to the family of one of the characters he was writing about, this still shouldn't have come close to winning.
I'm relatively happy with how my predictions turned out, and am not disappointed that I couldn't guess some of them at all (*cough*BohemianRhapsody*cough*) because there were better films not even nominated that were far superior to the actual winners.
Ah well, roll on 2020 and the Avengers: Endgame clean sweep... ha.