With the 91st Academy Awards just around the corner, the long-awaited date of the Oscars on the 24th February is fast approaching and with that brings the inevitable wave of predictions. 2018 was an eventful year for film, with movies like Black Panther bravely and necessarily hosting a predominately black cast; while Bohemian Rhapsody introduced the world to Rami Malek’s mesmerizing performance. However, as is the nature of the Oscars, there can only be one winner (although there have been six instances of a tie) and with that in mind, here are the movies and people industry experts have touted to succeed at this year’s most prestigious film awards.
The Golden Globes is often said to be a dress rehearsal for the Oscars, but this year’s Golden Globes was full of surprises and it will be equally surprising to believe history will repeat itself at the Oscars. With that being said, one notable winner at the Globes was Bohemian Rhapsody for ‘Best Drama’, which was met less with approving nods and more with gasps. However, Rami Malek was unanimously met with plaudits and thus perhaps less surprisingly won ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama’ for the same role, so place your bets on both Rami Malek and Bohemian Rhapsody to make waves on Sunday. However, unlike the Golden Globes, the Oscars do not break up movie awards into genres and simply opt for a ‘Best Picture’ award, meaning the category should be even more hotly contested than the Globes.
If a more certain success is what you are looking for, Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, appears to be the darling of this year and is most critic’s favourite of this year, heading most of their prediction lists. However, in recent weeks the buzz has turned to Alfonso Cuaron’s riveting picture Roma, which is currently the bookies’ favourite, at 2/7 on Bet365. Cuaron himself also looks to be a relatively safe bet to claim the prestigious statuette for ‘Best Director’, who has been praised by critics and the audience alike for his powerful storytelling.
The categories for best actors and actresses are far more of a tossup than their best film and director counterparts, with mesmerizing and magnetic performances across the board. Rami Malek remains the favourite for his performance, however, Christian Bale’s committed role as Dick Cheney in the biopic Vice remains a talking point. The ‘Best Actress’ category seems to be a three-horse race, as Olivia Colman claiming a BAFTA for her performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite. However, Colman does not seem to be the favourite where the Oscars are concerned as she will surely be met with fierce competition from Lady Gaga and Glenn Close for their performances in A Star is Born and The Wife respectively.
For the actors and actresses in a supporting role, the magnetic Mahershala Ali who was lauded for his Oscar-winning performance in 2017’s Moonlight, looks to be the frontrunner again for his performance in Green Book and has already cleaned up in this year’s awards season. First time nominee Regina King is this year’s favourite for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk, who goes up against Amy Adams in Vice, as she looks to take home her first Oscar after being nominated for the sixth time. Whatever the results in all its shocks and certainties, this year’s Oscars should prove to be a memorable one.