The 91st Academy Awards, which will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 24th, will most likely see The Favourite, First Man, BlacKkKlansman, A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody battle it out for Best Film.
Buzz for Oscars 2019 has already generated plenty of chatter on social media thanks to the Kevin Hart controversy prompting event organisers to go ahead without a host for the first time in 30 years. The 91st Academy Awards, which will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 24th, will most likely see The Favourite, First Man, BlacKkKlansman, A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody battle it out for Best Film.
Various commentators, critics, industry insiders and of course fans have opined about the virtues of the various contenders for the Oscars’ top prize as well as the highly anticipated personal awards for Best Actor and Actress, and Best Director. The show – without its usual compere and instead featuring a collection of high profile guests presenting (expect several viral-friendly skits) – is likely to focus on a strong year for music in film, with Lady Gaga tipped to take to the stage to perform a song from A Star is Born.
That would make sense as the film is widely expected to take home multiple awards. Director and star Bradley Cooper will be in line for more than one big prize while Gaga’s critically acclaimed performance might see her win Best Actress. The singer and actor is likely to be up against Olivia Colman for her turn in The Favourite and Saoirse Ronan for Mary, Queen Of Scots.
Cooper might have a better chance of winning Best Film than Best Actor in a category that’ll prove difficult to predict. Indeed, Rami Malek’s surprise Golden Globe would suggest the smart money is on him triumphing in the category but the Foreign Press Association’s prize winners haven’t historically proven to tally with the Academy’s choices in recent years.
So it’s a spin of the roulette wheel with Cooper and Malek tackling the likes of Robert Redford in Old Man and the Gun and Ryan Gosling in First Man as well as Christian Bale (Vice) and Steve Carell (Beautiful Boy) for Best Actor.
It’s similarly unpredictable regarding the Best Director too. Damien Chazelle (who made First Man and won this award in 2017 for La La Land) is an Oscar favourite but Spike Leigh (BlacKkKlansman) and Bradley Cooper will also be in the running. Roma’s success in the Sight and Sound critics’ polls also suggests Alfonso Cuaron’s name is likely to be in the hat as is Moonlight’s director Barry Jenkins for If Beale Street Could Talk.
In a year which has seen cinema attendances rise, the Academy Awards 2019 promises to be an event filled with optimism, especially given the assortment of terrific movies released over the last 12 months. While it’s tricky to pick a winner in each of the main categories, expect A Star is Born to feature heavily.