We are just two months away from 2018, a year which has witnessed some remarkable movies. The end of the year also triggers the countdown for Hollywood’s biggest annual event, this year, the Oscars 2019. Scheduled to be taking place on 24th February 2019 at Hollywood’s 17-year-old Dolby Theatre, Oscars 2019 promises a revamp to the pride of Oscars that faced a severe dip in ratings that led to the two producers, Michael De Luca, and Jennifer Todd, leaving Oscars stranded. New Producers, Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss, are ready to take up the challenge and hope Oscars removes the negative ratings this year.
2019 Oscars Best Picture Nomination Predictions
For the Oscars to start receiving positive ratings, good movies are a must before anything, and everything else and 2018 has been a year with many of them. Right from “Roma” to “A Star Is Born,” Hollywood has found many reasons to love 2018. The biggest award at the Oscars 2019, as is the case every year, will be undoubtedly for the best picture, which has quite a few contenders in the reckoning. Nominations are of course yet to be announced, but based on the critic ratings and the recent award festivals, a short list can be drawn out of which movies can nail it at the Oscars this year. Here are the top 5 movies which we believe are touching distance away from bringing home an Oscar.
First Man is expected to be director Damien Chazelle’s second go at the Oscars after bagging it two years ago for a then-infamous La La Land. Neil Armstrong’s Biopic, First Man, is expected to be present in quite a few categories and will pose a serious challenge to bag many awards including the best actor (Ryan Gosling) and Best Supporting Actress (Claire Foy). The film is expected to be a standard feature in the list of technical awards as well. There are not a lot of negatives about the movie to speak about which makes it better than the rest. What makes it stand behind the other four is the fact that it is a mere biopic and not a gripping tale that can woo the Academy. Its successful screenings at Toronto, Venice, and Telluride also make it a big contender in the race for the best picture award.
Widows mark the return of Steve McQueen, another Oscar award-winning director. Based on the story of women whose husband get killed while on the job, Widows has managed to string together one almost perfect crime thriller that promises a lot with its contrasting trailers. Following its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, Widows managed to impress one and all who got to watch the film. The fact that this is one of Fox’s best bid at the Oscars this year make Widows an even stronger contender. Starring Viola Davis, Widows is expected to have nominations in Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor category.
This has been one treat to watch for everyone alike at the Venice Film Festival. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite is set in the 18th Century England, which gives a lot of reasons to the Academy to ponder their thinking upon. The creativity and screenplay have been simply sensational. Add to that the fact that Fox is making their bid on The Favourite to be their lead runner at the Oscars 2019. The cast is spearheaded by Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, and Rachel Weisz and Colman too has impressed enough and looks set to bag a nomination for best actress. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether Lanthimos has done enough to connect with the Academy or not.
A Star Is Born
Currently, the top runner in the race for 2018’s best picture, A Star Is Born has been the highlight of Hollywood in 2018. Loved by both critics and audiences, sees Bradley Cooper making his directorial debut. Bradley Cooper has nailed both his roles; that of the actor as well the actor. Lady Gaga played a unique role and looked all set to be among the nominations as well. The previous versions of the movie have all been nominated as well and did manage to bag a few awards. This one though looks to be a far stronger contender with Bradley Cooper right up there in the Best Actor and Best Director category.
If there is one movie which clicks a green on every front this year, it has been Green Book. Story, screenplay, performances, and direction, everything has been nothing short of top-notch in Green Book. Released at the Toronto Film Festival, Green Book managed to gather applause from both critics and audiences. Directed by Peter Farrelly, the movie is based on a true story with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali playing the lead roles. Both of them are bound to have a shot at Best Actors nominations. The fact that it won the Toronto Film Festival only tells you why this movie is at the top of our list. Oscars is all about surprises and without a doubt Green Book fits in perfectly to match that surprise criterion of the Academy this year.
Many more movies are there that deserve to make a list but it is pretty premature to draw any predictions. From what we have seen so far, these five look to be the top contenders for the best picture award at Oscars 2019.