Thoughts On 2019’s Oscar Nominations

Every year the Academy makes some sort of cock up with regards to the nominations, ordinarily it’s one or two or perhaps a few. One of the most recent instances is not giving Amy Adams (Arrival) a nod and rewarding a fairly middle of the road performance from Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins). Come at me! However 2019 seems to be an utter shit show with regards to certain films being mostly or completely ignored and others being showered in undeserved praise.

Films like Beautiful Boy, Widows and First Man (how did this not get at least best score??) being mostly overlooked (the latter has a few in the technical categories so not a total loss) is somewhat odd. It’s the first year in a while when I’ve not really looked forward to what’s to come on February 25th. Somehow films which were being talked about for Oscar contention have been sidelined, Steve Carell should have been honoured with as Best Actor as well as Timothée Chalamet in the same category or at the very least Supporting for the drama Beautiful Boy. However we’re seeing the likes of the critically unacclaimed (but loved by audiences) Bohemian Rhapsody being nominated for best film AND best actor? It is neither of these things when you compare to what has come out in the same year. The fact that First Man didn’t even get a best score nod is absurd, as is ignoring Ryan Gosling’s subtle beauty as he portrays Neil Armstrong along with Claire Foy as his wife Janet.

Whilst the best actress and best supporting actress categories gets it pretty spot with nominees such as Lady Gaga, Olivia Colman, Amy Adams and Emma Stone it feels as if supporting actor could have included Brendan Gleeson or Hugh Grant both for Paddington 2, laugh all you want but they were superb in that. As was the film which was totally ignored. It’s not your typical Oscar contender but surely it’s one hell of an achievement to create a sequel which is this good??

Another film completely looked over is Widows which via Twitter got a mixed response. It’s odd that it did however it seems the performances should have been recognised. People have said that the film isn’t great but that those who starred in it were great. This as well as You Were Never Really Here are two films which have nothing to show for it even after performances from Joaquin Phoenix, Daniel Kaluuya, Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki to name but a few.

With Rami Malek recently winning the SAG for best actor it’s looking more and more likely that he will pick up the award at the Oscars too. Whilst it’s a good performance, it’s not up there with the likes of Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born and Christian Bale in Vice.

One final thought, it’s fantastic to see Black Panther up for best film. Perhaps it’s a token gesture but it certainly deserves to be in that category. And yes, it is better than Infinity War.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • 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

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • 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

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • 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?

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in Vice
  • Marina de Tavira in Roma
  • Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone in The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz in The Favourite

Best animated feature film of the year

  • Incredibles 2 – Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle
  • Isle of Dogs – Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
  • Mirai – Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet – Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Achievement in cinematography

  • Cold War– Łukasz Żal
  • The Favourite – Robbie Ryan
  • Never Look Away – Caleb Deschanel
  • Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
  • A Star Is Born – Matthew Libatique

Achievement in costume design

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Mary Zophres
  • Black Panther – Ruth Carter
  • The Favourite – Sandy Powell
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell
  • Mary Queen of Scots – Alexandra Byrne

Achievement in directing

  • BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee
  • Cold War – Paweł Pawlikowski
  • The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
  • Vice – Adam McKay

Best documentary feature

  • Free Solo – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening – RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim
  • Minding the Gap – Bing Liu and Diane Quon
  • Of Fathers and Sons – Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert
  • RBG – Betsy West and Julie Cohen

Best documentary short subject

  • Black Sheep – Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn
  • End Game – Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
  • Lifeboat – Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser
  • A Night at The Garden – Marshall Curry
  • Period. End of Sentence. – Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton

Achievement in film editing

  • BlacKkKlansman – Barry Alexander Brown
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman
  • The Favourite – Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • Green Book – Patrick J. Don Vito
  • Vice – Hank Corwin

Best foreign language film of the year

  • Capernaum – Lebanon
  • Cold War – Poland
  • Never Look Away – Germany
  • Roma – Mexico
  • Shoplifters – Japan

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • Border – Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer
  • Mary Queen of Scots – Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks
  • Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson
  • BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
  • Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • All The Stars from Black Panther

Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe

  • I’ll Fight from RBG

Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

  • The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns

Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman

  • Shallow from A Star Is Born

Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt

  • When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Music and Lyric by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Best motion picture of the year

  • Black Panther – Kevin Feige, Producer
  • BlacKkKlansman – Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Graham King, Producer
  • The Favourite – Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers
  • Green Book – Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers
  • Roma – Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers
  • A Star Is Born – Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers
  • Vice – Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers

Achievement in production design

  • Black Panther – Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Set Decoration: Jay Hart
  • The Favourite – Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton
  • First Man – Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Production Design: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
  • Roma – Production Design: Eugenio Caballero; Set Decoration: Bárbara Enríquez

Best animated short film

  • Animal Behaviour – Alison Snowden and David Fine
  • Bao – Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb
  • Late Afternoon – Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco
  • One Small Step – Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas
  • Weekends – Trevor Jimenez

Best live action short film

  • Detainment – Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon
  • Fauve – Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon
  • Marguerite – Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset
  • Mother – Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado
  • Skin Guy – Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman

Achievement in sound editing

  • Black Panther – Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone
  • First Man – Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • A Quiet Place – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • Roma – Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay

Achievement in sound mixing

  • Black Panther – Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
  • First Man – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis
  • Roma – Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García
  • A Star Is Born – Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow

Achievement in visual effects

  • Avengers: Infinity War – Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick
  • Christopher Robin – Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould
  • First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm
  • Ready Player One – Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story – Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy

Adapted screenplay

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • BlacKkKlansman – Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins
  • A Star Is Born – Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters

Original screenplay

  • The Favourite – Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
  • First Reformed – Written by Paul Schrader
  • Green Book – Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
  • Roma – Written by Alfonso Cuarón
  • Vice – Written by Adam McKay

Keep. It. Reel.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.