Early Monday morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards. This awards ceremony is to recognize the best films, filmmakers, on and off screen and more of 2019.
Here, we are going to take an in-depth look in the major Academy Award nominees, who I think will win, major names to be left out and more.
Actors in a leading role:
Antonio Banderas – “Pain and Glory”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood”
Adam Driver – “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix – “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce – “The Two Popes”
My prediction: Joaquin Phoenix – “Joker”
“Joker” leads the Academy Awards in nominations this year with 11. The major question to ask now is whether the Academy is ready to accept a comic book movie as a serious contender for major awards. The nominations may say one thing, but the decision is more than likely going to be a political one for the Academy. If “Joker” does not win the Oscar for Best Picture, then I think they will make it up to Phoenix and his masterful performance with this award. Closely behind him could be DiCaprio and Driver, who both turned in eye catching performances in their roles, but I believe those movies will win awards in other categories.
Actress in a leading role:
Cynthia Erivo – “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson – “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan – “Little Women”
Charlize Theron – “Bombshell”
Renee Zellweger – “Judy”
My prediction: Cynthia Erivo – “Harriet”
The cultural significance of a movie portraying a person as important as Harriet Tubman cannot be overlooked when it comes to the Academy’s decision. Erivo is the only actor of color being recognized at the Awards, which she said was “bittersweet” according to the Chicago Tribune. “Harriet” is also only nominated for one other award (Music: Original Song), which comes across as a slap in the face to a movie so important in today’s world.
Animated Feature Film
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Lost My Body”
‘Toy Story 4”
My Prediction: “Missing Link”
The stop-motion animation style always makes for a great, visually pleasing motion picture, and “Missing Link” was the best of the year. An entertaining and captivating story with great voice acting from Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis and Zoe Saldana, to name a few. I think the story, voice acting, animation style and overall presentation of “Missing Link” propel it winning the Oscar.
“Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”
My Prediction: “1917”
A one-shot film like this should almost always win for cinematography. No cuts make for a beautiful movie and helps tell the story of two young British soldiers given the impossible task of delivering a message deep in enemy territory. The drama of a one-shot film makes it all the more heart-pounding.
Martin Scorsese – “The Irishman”
Todd Philips – “Joker”
Sam Mendes – “1917”
Quentin Tarantino – “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho – “Parasite”
My Prediction: Quentin Tarantino – “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”
Tarantino is back at it with another amazing film only a creative mind like Tarantino could come up with. Tarantino has a specific charm and style he brings to every movie, with comical camera work, interesting writing and a vast display of emotions felt throughout. Tarantino has won two Best Original Screenplay awards and has been nominated twice for Best Director (“Inglorious Basterds” and “Pulp Fiction”), but I believe this is the year he wins it.
“Ford V Ferrari”
“Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood”
My Prediction: “Joker”
To answer the question I presented earlier, I do believe the Academy is ready to accept a comic book movie as the best movie of the year. The acting, production, camera work and more not only makes “Joker” the best comic book film ever made, it makes it the best film of 2019. Phoenix’s performance and work on the film only boost it more. I truly do not see another film from 2019 beating “Joker” for the Oscar.