It’s almost time to watch Hollywood’s biggest stars on the red carpet in glamorous gowns and sleek suits to accept the entertainment industry’s most prestigious award: an Oscar.
With the nominations in and the award ceremony just around the corner, start placing your bets for which films you think will clean up at the Academy Awards this year.
Here’s the list of Oscars nominees for 2019, plus check out our personal pick for each category.
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- Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman
- Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War
- Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite
- Alfonso Caurón for Roma
- Adam McKay for Vice
Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman
It’s the early 1970s when Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective of the Colorado Springs police department. Alongside seasoned detective Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), Ron sets out on an undercover sting operation on the Ku Klux Klan. As unlikely partners, the pair hopes to take down the extremist hate group.
Best original song:
- “All The Stars” – Black Panther
- “I’ll Fight” – RBG
- “The Place Where Lost Things Go” – Mary Poppins Returns
- “Shallow” – A Star Is Born
- “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” – The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” – Mary Poppins Returns
The now adult Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) learns he has five days to repay a loan before his home is repossessed. While Michael and his sister (Emily Mortimer) attempt to save their home they receive a surprise visitor, their childhood nanny Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt), who takes the entire Banks family on a magical journey.
Best foreign language film:
- Capernaum – Lebanon
- Cold War – Poland
- Never Look Away – Germany
- Roma – Mexico
- Shoplifters – Japan
Roma – Mexico
Directed and written by Academy Award-winner Alfonso Caurón, Roma is set in the early ’70s in Mexico City. This semi-autobiographical film tells the story of and pays respect to the live-in housekeeper, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) who worked for Caurón’s middle-class family and helped raise him during his childhood.
Best animated film
- Incredibles 2
- Isle of Dogs
- Ralph Breaks the Internet
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is the one and only Spider-Man, or so he thinks. After some interesting encounters with Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld) and other Spider-heroes from alternate realities, Miles must use his new-found powers to defeat the evil Kingpin (Live Schreiber) and help get his new friends back to where they belong before it’s too late.
- Christian Bale in Vice
- Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born
- Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate
- Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody
- Viggo Mortensen in Green Book
Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody
Taking its name from the chart-topping single, Bohemian Rhapsody follows the rise of the legendary British rock band Queen with a particular focus of the group’s lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek). After leaving the group to pursue a solo-career and dealing with his AIDS diagnosis, will Freddie be able to reconnect with his old band members in time to perform for Live Aid?
- Yalitza Aparicio in Roma
- Glenn Close in The Wife
- Olivia Colman in The Favourite
- Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born
- Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born
This classic Hollywood remake follows the love story of musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) and struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). Having almost given up hope of fulfilling her singing dreams, Ally is encouraged by Jackson to come out of her shell and her career starts to take off as a result. But the couple is far from happy as issues start to take root and Jackson’s inner turmoil begins to surface…
Best supporting actor:
- Mahershala Ali in Green Book
- Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman
- Sam Elliott in A Star Is Born
- Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
- Sam Rockwell in Vice
Mahershala Ali in Green Book
During the era of segregation in the United States, Dr Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class African-American pianist, hires Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), an Italian-America bouncer from the Bronx, to drive him across the country on his concert tour of the Deep South. The unlikely pair develops a close bond which is tested by danger and racism throughout their journey.
Best supporting actress:
- Amy Adams in Vice
- Marina de Tavira in Roma
- Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk
- Emma Stone in The Favourite
- Rachael Weisz in The Favourite
Amy Adams in Vice
Selected as George W. Bush’s (Sam Rockwell) presidential running mate in 2000, Dick Chaney (Christian Bale) is the CEO of Halliburton Co. and a political veteran, having served as the White House’s Chief of Staff and House Minority Whip. After a narrow victory for Bush, Chaney now finds himself in a position of power which, with the support of his wife (Amy Adams), he uses to help remake the United States and the world.
- Black Panther
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- The Favourite
- Green Book
- A Star Is Born
Returning to his home of Wakanda, a technologically-advanced African country, Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) prepares to take his rightful place as king as well as the country’s protector, the Black Panther. But before he can do this an unknown enemy, War Monger (Michael B. Jordan), arrives to challenge him. The young monarch must fight to defend his position and protect his people.