Berardinelli's Ballot: The 2019 OscarsFebruary 17, 2019
Every year I present my guesses as to what will win at the Oscars. This is all done in fun, of course and (even though I run a contest), I do not consider myself an expert. I have only once run the table with a perfect ballot and, most years, I miss between three and five categories. This year, I fully expect to miss a bunch. Whatever the 2019 roster’s faults (and they are numerous), predictability isn’t among them. That’s the byproduct of a weak field. When it comes to most of the technical categories, I play the odds. Sometimes, for the majors, if something isn’t a “lock”, I play a hunch.
For those who are curious or want to
laugh at me when I miss something obvious, here are my fearless predictions.
(Because of the contest, I can’t wait until the day before to post them.)
Glenn Close (The Wife)
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Regina King (Beale Street)
Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
Animated Feature Film
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
Foreign Language Film
Makeup and Hair
A Quiet Place
Avengers: Infinity War
A Star is Born (“Shallow”)
I'll give George Lucas a pass on his massive merchandising - from action figures and trading cards to lightsaber replicas - and his reworking of the original films. I'll even accept the umpteen versions of the films that have come out on VHS, ...
The Screen Gets Smaller
When it comes to today's TV sets, bigger is better. Gone are the days when a 28" set was admired far and wide. Now, such a television is relegated to basements and back rooms where the neighbors can't see it. So it's ironic that the bigger the ...
The Golden Boobs
Some people think I should care, but I really don't. To what do I refer? The Golden Globes, of course. Around noon yesterday, I saw a list of nominations. I didn't commit it to memory, but it seemed like it contained the usual suspects. Judi ...