Berardinelli's Ballot: The 2019 Oscars

February 17, 2019
A thought by James Berardinelli

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.)


Lead Actress
Glenn Close (The Wife)

Lead Actor
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Supporting Actress
Regina King (Beale Street)

Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali (Green Book)

Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)

Animated Feature Film
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

Documentary Feature
Free Solo

Foreign Language Film

Adapted Screenplay

Original Screenplay
The Favourite


Film Editing

Costume Design
The Favourite

Production Design
The Favourite

Makeup and Hair

Sound Editing
A Quiet Place

Sound Mixing
Bohemian Rhapsody

Visual Effects
Avengers: Infinity War

Original Song
A Star is Born (“Shallow”)

Original Score
Black Panther