My 91st Oscars Predictions


With the 91st Oscars airing tonight on ABC, I present my final predictions as to how I believe that the awards will be honored during the telecast.

One of the biggest question marks for me is certainly Best Supporting Actress.  I would certainly not in any way be opposed to Regina King taking home the award for If Beale Street Could Talk.  She won during the Spirit Awards ceremony last night but the strong factor here is the lack of a SAG Award nomination.  There’s a considerable overlap given that the Actors’ branch is the largest Academy branch.  Will this be enough to overcome?   It’s entirely possible that SAG was wrong in general this year, too.  After all, Emily Blunt didn’t see her nomination repeated by the Academy while winning for A Quiet Place.

With Best Original Screenplay, my gut here wants to go with Adam McKay’s script for Vice but it seems like The Favourite has the strongest chance of taking home the win.  No matter what happens tonight, Eighth Grade certainly won’t be repeating tonight. It’s rather surprising that the WGA winner isn’t nominated this evening.

Best Documentary seems like it could go in any direction.  The current political climate is why I’m certainly leaning towards RBG.  While Free Solo is an excellent piece of cinema, I think RBG probably takes the win.

The shorts are almost always a crapshot.  The best bet is to probably go with whatever Disney or Pixar do for animated short.  This year’s winner will probably be Bao but Animal Behaviour holds a special place in my heart.  Similarly, I’ll forever champion Richard Raymond’s Souls of Totality starring Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen.  Even more importantly, this film not only took place during an eclipse but captured it on film!  It certainly blew me away during Tribeca in April.

While Visual Effects could very well go to Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, watch out for First Man.

Unfortunately, some wonderful films were truly robbed.  These include as If Beale Street Could Talk, First Man, Won’t You Be My Neighbor and Eighth Grade.

Oscars Predictions

  • Best Picture: Roma
  • Best Actor in A Leading Role: Christian Bale, Vice
  • Best Actress in A Leading Role: Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Best Actor in A Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Best Actress in A Supporting Role: Amy Adams, Vice
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Best Film Editing: Hank Corwin, Vice
  • Best Original Screenplay:  Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and  Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Best Animated Feature: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Best Animated Short: Bao
  • Best Documentary Feature: RBG
  • Best Documentary Short: Black Sheep
  • Best Live-Action Short: Marguerite
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Roma (Mexico)
  • Best Makeup/Hairstyling: Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney, Vice
  • Best Costume Design: Ruth Carter, Black Panther
  • Best Production Design: Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton; The Favourite
  • Best Visual Effects: Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm, First Man
  • Best Sound Editing: John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Best Sound Mixing: Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Best Original Score: Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Best Original Song: “Shallow,” A Star Is Born; Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt

The 91st Oscars will air tonight on ABC.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.