The Northerner’s top picks for the 91st Academy Awards.
Well, it’s that time of year again; the time where we all anxiously await (or not so anxiously if movies aren’t your thing) the Academy Awards and the winners that accompany them. There are a significant amount of movies nominated every year, and it can get a little confusing to decide who you’re rooting for. Not to fear, though, because I’m going to help you out with my predictions for the 91st Academy Awards. Keep in mind, I’ll just do a few of the bigger categories in order to explain why they’re being chosen.
Best Picture- And the winner is….
Why I Think It Will Win- This film was entered into the Toronto International Film Festival last minute, with very little hype surrounding it and won the People’s Choice Award. It stars Viggo Mortenson, who has already been nominated for three Academy Awards, and Mahershala Ali, who won an Academy Award for his role in Moonlight, which won Best Picture in 2016. Overall, in recent years, films set in the 50s and 60s focused on racial segregation tend to do well, with movies like Hidden Figures and The Help getting nominated for Best Picture.It could be argued, that they treat the sensitive issue as if it is in the past rather than relevant to today’s culture. The movie is quite possibly an underdog due to the many nominations received by “The Favourite,” but it would be quite an achievement for director Peter Farrelly, who directed “Dumb and Dumber.”
Lead Actor- And the winner is…
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Why I Think He Will Win- While Bohemian Rhapsody looks to some in the LGBTQIA+ community as a step back for inclusion, it was a win for being a thoroughly entertaining biopic about Freddie Mercury and the forming of the band Queen, who created many well known songs such as “We Will Rock You” and “Another One Bites the Dust.” Malek’s portrayal of frontman Freddie Mercury makes the audience feel connected to him. The audience begins to feel his vision, as well as the sorrow that he experiences as he succumbs to the pressures of fame. This makes his performance one you won’t want to miss. Compare him to the real Freddie Mercury, and you’ll be astounded at the commitment he gives to this touching role.
Lead Actress- And the winner is….
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Why I Think She Will Win- While “The Favourite” was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, none seem more deserving than Olivia Colman.She not only won Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, but portrays an incredible range of emotion as Queen Anne. In this film about the downfall of a queen and the competition to be her only servant. She won over audiences. I am certainly excited to see how she fares when Oscar night comes around.
Supporting Actor- And the winner is…
Sam Elliott, “A Star is Born”
Why I Think He Will Win- I personally think he is an underdog for this category, but for someone who has been a Hollywood actor for a long time, he really stretches himself in this movie: He plays not just the smarmy, tough guy, but also a sibling with a complex relationship with his younger brother. Anytime someone steps out of their comfort zone and tries something different, I support it. And hopefully, the Oscar voters will too.
Supporting Actor- And the winner is…
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Why I Think She Will Win- “The Favourite,” again, got nominated 10 times. I think Emma Stone tends to play the dorky, girl-next-door type character often, but she has really stretched herself with her run in “Cabaret” on Broadway a few years back, as well as her role in “La La Land” in 2016. The main reason she is my pick over Rachel Weisz, who is also in “The Favourite,” is simply because she is better known and plays a more profound role in this film.
Animated Feature- And the winner is…
“Isle of Dogs”
Why I Think It Will Win- Wes Anderson regularly challenges audiences with his films by thinking outside the box. He continues to stretch himself with this film, so seeing how this one does at the Oscars will be very interesting. Also, due to Anderson’s appeal as a director, it seems likely that he will stand a chance against other family friendly movies like “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “The Incredibles 2.”
Original Song- And the winner is…
“Shallow”, “A Star Is Born”
Why I Think It Will Win- What can even be said about this song that hasn’t already been said? “A Star Is Born,” while enjoyed by audiences, brought us this masterpiece of vocal performance due to Lady Gaga’s superb singing ability. While it may not win Best Picture, it definitely deserves a win for this emotionally resonant piece of music. If this song doesn’t win, I will be truly shocked.
That’s it for my predictions for the 91st Academy Awards. Don’t forget to tune in to watch it live at 7pm on Sunday, Feb. 24.