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2019 Oscar Predictions

2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (September)

Alfonso Cuarón has emerged from Venice, Telluride and Toronto as the one the beat in the Best Director Oscar race with ROMA and he is the new #1 for September. It’s an exciting month overall on the chart, lit up with green, red and blue everywhere as the fall festivals really began weeding out non-contenders, giving us frontrunners and three …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: ADAPTED and ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (September)

If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna) I’m still holding on to Spike Lee pulling off a competitive Oscar win with BlacKkKlansman but Barry Jenkins is a real threat to win this category again with If Beale Street Could Talk, which was the first runner-up for the People’s Choice Award at Toronto last weekend.  Beautiful Boy, A Star Is Born and …

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Frontrunner Friday: Venice and Telluride give us glimpses of Oscar gold

We’re just a few days into Venice and we’ve already got eyes on three major Oscar hopefuls in First Man, ROMA and The Favourite and A Star Is Born sounds like it’s going to be a winner, too. [Chart updated and ASIB reviews added] For this week’s Frontrunner Friday, those notices move some things around a little bit compared to last …

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2019 Oscars: The State of the Foreign Language Film Oscar Race – Part 2

Venice and Telluride have just begun. Toronto has announced its lineup and starts in less than a week.  That means another installment of AwardsWatch’s The State of the Foreign Language Oscar Race is due and I am joined again by AW foreign correspondent Mina Takla. As of right now we have 14 official submissions for Oscar consideration including Cannes and Berlin …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST PICTURE (August)

Does the Academy’s new ‘Popular Film’ category put the Best Picture chances for Disney’s Black Panther in jeopardy? Black Panther’s fate hangs in the balance It’s impossible to discuss this month’s Best Picture predictions without first addressing the hugely controversial decision by the Academy’s Board of Governors last week to vote on and approve a new category that will take effect …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (August)

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features) Spike Lee Still On Top Spike Lee remains at #1 with BlacKkKlansman, which just opened in theaters last weekend. It’s one of only two films in my top 10 this month that’s even been seen yet. The reviews are in for BlacKkKlansman and they’re overwhelmingly positive with many calling it the director’s best work to date. …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST ACTRESS (August)

Glenn Close in The Wife (Sony Classics) has her eyes locked on Oscar victory (photo credit: Roberto Filipe Terra @robertofilipeterra) Glenn is ready for her Close-up It’s time, isn’t it? Glenn Close has been nominated for SIX Academy Awards. She stands alone as the most-nominated living actor, male or female, to have never won. I hesitated in Spring and early …

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