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”)
The thing I remember most forcefully about 1982 isn't the Falklands Islands conflict, the crash of Air Florida Flight 90 into the Potomac, the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II, or the death of Brezhnev. It was the arrival in theaters of ...
It's time to begin hoping that The Quantum of Solace is a home run because, if it isn't, this could be a very dry holiday movie season. Over the years, the studios have done a good job of programming the November/December schedule such that there is...
From Titanic to Twilight
When James Cameron's Titanic opened on December 19, 1997, there were a lot of nervous executives at 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures, the two studios that had co-funded the hugely expensive, special effects-laden extravaganza. While most who ...