The 91st Academy Awards (more popularly known as the Oscars 2019) are scheduled to be held on the 25th of February this year. It is regarded as the most coveted award for films in the world although it recognises and honours primarily English cinema. Over the years though, it has become a little more inclusive and has entries from around the world as well.
The Oscars 2019 will have no host and it is only the third Oscars ceremony which won’t be having a host since its inception. What makes these awards so prestigious is that unlike other award ceremonies that make up categories and give out awards just for the sake of it, the Academy Awards have maintained a standard and done a commendable job of giving credit where it is due. The movies awarded are critically acclaimed whilst entertaining the masses.
This year has quite an intriguing assortment of nominees. The picks are a reflection of the maturing tastes of the audience & how actors and movie makers have evolved to cater to a more rational and more difficult-to-impress group of moviegoers.
Nominees for Best Picture
When I was younger, I couldn’t even understand Oscar movies and would stick to superhero flicks and romcoms. Over the past few years however, I feel more genres have been included in the nominees’ list. The movie doesn’t necessarily have to be the kind to shake you from your core or document the suffering of a marginalised community. It should nevertheless have an impactful story to tell and be relatable with deep complex personalities that depict not extraordinarily righteous people but real human characters.
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
The first film in the running for Best Picture is Bohemian Rhapsody. It is a biopic of sorts but doesn’t just take us through the journey of one person but his entire band. We all need to know the story behind “We Will Rock You” and the movie gives us that and much more.
2. The Favourite
The next in the running is the most nominated film this year – The Favourite. It is a period film showing two cousins competing to be the favourite of the Queen. It is a raw and real take on what one could do for power and status.
3. Black Panther
Black Panther, the next nominee, is the first superhero movie to receive a nomination in this list. It shows us how a young boy takes on the responsibility as king after his father’s death.
BlacKkKlansman, the fourth film in the running, is a comedy-drama movie which follows Ron Stallworth as he sets out to expose the Ku Klux Klan. The Oscars are said to have a bias towards stories that showcase racism and discrimination faced by African Americans and Blacks.
5. Green Book
Green Book is yet another movie, that made it to the list of nominees, portraying the friendship between an African-American pianist and his Italian driver. It depicted the often times obvious discrimination faced by the pianist despite his achievements.
Vice, the sixth nominee, is a comedy-drama that takes us through the journey of Dick Cheney, the Vice President to George W. Bush.
7. A Star is born
The seventh nominee is a romantic drama that stars two of my favourites Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. It is both a love story as well as a story of fame and its darkside.
The last but not the least in the list of nominees, ties with The Favourite to be the most nominated movie this year. It takes us through the life of a Mexican Maid in the 70s.
Best Actresses in a Leading Role
1. Yalitza Aparicio
Yalitza Aparicio, plays Cleo in Roma, the mexican maid based on whom the picture is made. Yalitza is only 25 years of age with Roma being her debut film. She is the first indigenous woman to be nominated in this category.
2. Glenn Close
Glenn Close plays Joan Castleman in The Wife. She plays a selfless sacrificing woman who works hard to support her husband.
3. Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman plays the moody and eccentric Queen Anne, in The Favourite. Both Colman and Close have previously received several accolades but for Colman it is her first Oscar nomination whereas the second for Close.
4. Lady Gaga
We all know Lady Gaga for her singing, so it may come as a surprise to us that she has been nominated for best actress for her role in A Star Is Born. She has also received a nomination for her song Shallow in the same movie. While she is no stranger to awards this is her first Oscar nomination.
5. Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy received her second Oscar nomination for her role as Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me?. She plays a talented biographer who takes to unfair means to escape her hard times.
Best Actors in a Leading Role
1. Christian Bale
Christian Bale received yet another Oscar nomination for his role as Dick Cheney in the Vice. He has already received a Golden Globe for the same and is seen as the most likely winner in this category.
2. Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper the recipient of 7 Academy Award nominations has received a nomination for his role as Jackson Maine, an alcoholic singer, in A Star Is Born.
3. Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe, who played Green Goblin in Spider-man (2002), has received his fourth Academy Award nomination for his role as Vincent Van Gogh, the unstable artistic genius, in At Eternity’s Gate.
4. Rami Malek
Rami Malek received his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. He adds great depth to the character who has a tough time being a musician with the ongoing drama in his personal life.
5. Viggo Mortensen
The final nominee is my personal favourite – Viggo Mortensen. He received his third Academy Award nomination for playing Tony Vallelonga in the Green Book. Mortensen plays an easy-going italian driver whose smart and resourceful ways allow him to complete his job whilst developing an unexpected friendship on the way.
- Alfonso Cuaron for Roma
- Yorgos Lanthimos The Favourite
- Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman
- Adam McKay for Vice
- Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War
Best Actresses in Supporting Role
- Amy Adams for Vice
- Marina de Tavira for Roma
- Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk
- Emma Stone The Favourite
- Rachel Weisz The Favourite
Best Actors in Supporting Role
- Mahershala Ali for Green Book
- Adam Driver for BlacKkKlansman
- Sam Elliott for A Star Is Born
- Richard E. Grant for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
- Sam Rockwell for Vice
Over To You!
Are you a Hollywood Movie Buff rooting for anyone specific? Do you wish the nominees list left out someone/something noteworthy? Mention the same in the comments below.