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2018 was a stunning year for cinema. Check out our highlights from some of the most powerful films that are primed to win big, and watch our playlist of interviews with awards contenders like Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Christian Bale and Melissa McCarthy.
This year, eight films earned the most coveted honour of them all: A Best Picture nomination. Living up to its name, The Favourite leads the pack alongside Roma, securing ten nominations each. But based on previous wins from other award groups this year, it looks like Green Book may be the front-runner for the prize. The uplifting dramedy follows an Italian bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) who is hired as a personal driver for a classical pianist (Mahershala Ali) as he tours the southern states of America in the 1960s. The dark horse here is Spike Lee’s BlackKklansman, which received a lot of love from the Academy today, earning six nominations. It’s widely considered the most relevant and unanimously loved film of the bunch. But to be honest, Black Panther is already a winner for being the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture.
The Best Director category offered some surprises and snubs. While we’re disappointed that no women were recognized in the category (Lynne Ramsay and Marielle Heller were worthy contenders), it’s certainly an impressive line-up. For the second time in history, two foreign language films earned director nominations: Alfonso Cuaron for Roma and Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War. Spike Lee finally received his first nomination in this category for BlacKkKlansman, and Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos hit a home-run with his unconventional period piece, The Favourite.
The Best Actor category honoured some leading men who have multiple nominations under their belt, and are long overdue for a win. Bradley Cooper and Willem Dafoe both just received their fourth acting nom, while Viggo Mortensen brought in his third. Christian Bale is the only previous winner in the group (he won in 2011 for The Fighter) and this will be his fourth nom in the category. The only newbie here is Rami Malek, who could very well win the award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody (he’s hot off his Golden Globe win, too).
It looks like there will be a continuation of the Glenn Close vs. Lady Gaga narrative at the Oscars. The veteran actress is toe-to-toe with the pop star, who is receiving accolades for her debut film performance, as both seem poised to snag Best Actress. This is Close’s seventh nomination, and she’s long overdue for a win. But there’s fierce competition among all the nominees, including first-timers Olivia Colman (The Favourite) and Yalitza Aparicio (Roma), who turned in two of the best performances of the year, and Melissa McCarthy, whose poignant portrayal of author turned forger in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, cemented her as an Oscar-worthy dramatic actress.
Best Supporting Actor
There’s a good chance that Mahershala Ali will become a two-time Oscar winner in the span of two years, if he continues his winning streak for his performance in Green Book. That would be an incredible feat for the actor who catapulted onto the scene with his Oscar-winning turn in Moonlight. He faces competition from last year’s Supporting Actor winner, Sam Rockwell, who has been nominated again, this time for playing George W. Bush in Vice. The other three contenders are all first-time nominees: Adam Driver, tops off his increasingly impressive career with a nom for BlacKkKlansman, and two acting veterans, Sam Elliott and Richard E. Grant are finally having their moment to shine.
Best Supporting Actress
The Favourite displayed three women at the height of their talents: Olivia Colman nominated for her leading turn, and her co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, both nominated in this category. Both women already have an Oscar win under their belt (for La La Land and The Constant Gardener), and also are likely to cancel each other out here. It’s exciting to see that both Roma actresses snagged nominations despite the film being in the Foreign Language category, and Amy Adams has long been considered overdue for a win. However, the real threat here is Regina King’s subtle and moving turn as a mother fighting for her child and son-in-law in If Beale Street Could Talk.
Best Animated Feature
This exciting category offers up two excellent Disney films (Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet), a Japanese film (Mirai), a Wes Anderson film (Isle of Dogs) and a Spider-Man film (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) making this one stacked line-up. You can’t go wrong with any of these movies, but based on the glowing praise for Spider-Verse, we’re guessing this is the one to beat.
Best Original Song
It’s Lady Gaga vs. Kendrick Lamar in this category, which is maybe the most exciting Best Original Song has ever been. While it seems like the main track from A Star is Born is the front-runner, the Black Panther soundtrack is an all-time best, and even received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, something very few movie soundtracks have accomplished. We wouldn’t be surprised if Kendrick took the prize on Oscar night and can’t wait to see the two mega-stars perform their tracks at the ceremony. Also look out for a potential upset by the songs from Mary Poppins Returns, RBG or The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
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