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Rami Malek in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Rami Malek in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Here are our predictions for the 2019 Oscars

Forget Ray Winstone’s floating head. Our very own Oscars savant Joshua Rothkopf picks the likely winners (and losers) at this weekend’s Academy Awards

By Joshua Rothkopf
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Already, this year’s Oscars ceremony is making waves – and Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty haven’t misread a single envelope yet. Don’t make us explain the decision to drop four categories from the show, including Best Cinematography and Best Editing, not that those arts are central to cinema or anything. Now that the Academy has returned to sanity, we’re stoked for a decent horse race and the potential train wreck of a show without a host. Catch the ninety-first Academy Awards ceremony from 1.30am on Mon Feb 25 on Sky Cinema. And remember: you can still see all the Best Picture nominees on the big screen at the Barbican’s Oscar Week, Fri Feb 22-Feb 28.

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Green Book
Green Book
Photo credit: Patti Perret

Best Picture

What will win This one is the toughest to call, but ‘Green Book’ is a showcase for acting and actors are the largest block of Academy voters. It’s bound to have tickled their fancy. Watch it win out over more auteur-ish nominees like ‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’.

What deserves to win None of the eight nominees feel as impassioned or relevant as Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’. ‘Black Panther’ was thrilling too, while the gorgeous ‘Roma’ should win in other categories.

ROMA
ROMA
Photo by Carlos Somonte

Best Director

Who will win Alfonso Cuarón (‘Roma’) recently won the top prize from the Director’s Guild of America, and only seven times since 1948 has the DGA winner not gone on to seize Oscar gold. The last was Ben Affleck for ‘Argo’ (he took the snub well).

Who deserves to win Cuarón would be a worthy winner, but Yorgos Lanthimos’s distinctive visual style in ‘The Favourite’ clinches it with sharp performances and adrenaline-pumping duck-racing scenes.

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Best Actress

Who will win Don’t get in the way of the Glenn Close train. Close’s flinty turn in ‘The Wife’ gives voters the chance to reward an illustrious career, and her fierce ‘follow your dreams’ speech at the Golden Globes may just have sealed the deal.

Who deserves to win Olivia Colman for her magnificent Queen Anne in ‘The Favourite’, a role that scored her a BAFTA. Colman will get to the podium one day soon, where she will deliver the greatest speech ever made.

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Best Actor

Who will win Initially, Christian Bale seemed nailed-on to win for his eerie turn as Dick Cheney in ‘Vice’. Now, though? We’re calling it for Rami Malek in the otherwise divisive ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Yes, Freddie Mercury is rising on our Oscar barometer.

Who deserves to win What Viggo Mortensen pulls off in ‘Green Book’ is tricky. He plays a broadly written stereotype with real depth. Besides, who wants to live in a world where Viggo doesn’t have an Oscar? Not us.

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Photo by Carlos Somonte

Best Supporting Actress

Who will win Are we in for a dark-horse-wins upset in this category? Marina de Tavira was a shock nominee for her role in ‘Roma’, prevailing over the likes of Claire Foy and Emily Blunt. That’s a sign of deep support.

Who deserves to win Regina King is the heart and soul of the largely (and unfairly) overlooked ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ – she’s already bagged a thoroughly deserved Golden Globe for her role in the weighty romantic drama.

Best Supporting Actor

Who will win Mahershala Ali won this one for ‘Moonlight’ only two years ago, and he’s about to repeat the trick with  ‘Green Book’. He’d join Christoph Waltz and Michael Caine as two-time winners of the award (now there’s a trio we’d love to have a natter with).

Who deserves to win Richard E Grant, partly for his bitchy, urbane survivor in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’, and partly because he should have won an Oscar already for that Shakespeare soliloquy in ‘Withnail & I’. 

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