Hello again, blog lovers! Hope you all had a lovely long weekend. Well, it’s that time of year again folks! The Oscars are coming to you live this coming Sunday, February 24th, on ABC. There’s always a good deal of controversy surrounding the Oscars, this year included. However, I’d like to toss my hat in the ring and give some predictions for this year’s big awards! I know I’m not the first blog (and definitely not the last) to do a pre-Oscar prediction blog, but the categories this year are stacked with talent, and I’d like to give it a go! So here we go!
Best Picture- A Star is Born
As you all know from my previous post on the subject, I absolutely adored this movie. Bradley Cooper (fellow Pace University alum!) showed his ability to stretch himself as an artist without wearing himself too thin. Additionally, Lady Gaga has truly become a star in her own right. Her music career has definitely been successful, but this has taken her to an entirely new level. Now, I understand that Roma is the favorite to win in this category. I also understand that this is a remake of a remake…of a remake. BUT. It’s a beautiful film. It talks about the music industry in a real and raw way without being overly dramatic. It also shows the harsh realities of addiction in all of its forms. I know they may not go home with the gold, but I’d certainly like to see it.
Best Director- Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
There’s no denying that Spike Lee is one of the most prolific directors of our time. And yet, somehow, he has NEVER won an Oscar. That’s a crime in and of itself. This movie contains his sense of humor as well as his sense of justice. Again, Roma is the favorite to win, with Alfonso Cuaron at the helm, especially after his win at the Golden Globes. However, Mr. Lee is more than deserving after being in the film industry and making ground-breaking work for as long as he has. (Also Bradley Cooper was snubbed. But again…just my opinion here.)
Best Actress- Olivia Colman, The Favourite
While The Favourite wasn’t quite MY favorite movie of the year, Olivia Colman deserves this award. In a very strange movie, she was able to hold her own and give an incredible performance. She has the perfect balance of drama and comedy here. While the movie itself was…bizarre, Colman’s performance held it together and stood out. Maybe I’m not high-class enough to understand the metaphors and everything that went on in the film, but I got that I was seeing Colman give the performance of her life.
Best Actor- Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
In my perfect world, I would have had Bradley Cooper win Best Director while still being nominated for Best Actor with Rami taking home the trophy. Unfortunately, Cooper was denied his shot at directorial gold. Despite this, I think it’s still fitting that Rami Malek takes it home for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Don’t get me wrong- Bradley Cooper did an astounding job and his performance deserves to be recognized. However, Malek’s performance was truly transformative. There were points when I forgot that I was watching a portrayal and not Freddie Mercury himself strutting his stuff at Live Aid. He really dug his teeth into one of the greatest frontmen in history and came out on top. A win at the Golden Globes doesn’t always guarantee a win at the Oscars, but I think he’s got an amazing chance. Bonus: Queen is performing this year!
I hope you all tune in on Sunday and let me know if I was right! Comment below with your predictions for this year’s awards. Until next time, blog lovers!