My final prediction for the 2019 Oscars.


The 91st Academy Awards is finally happening this weekend. All the 13 guilds have handed out their prizes and major precursor awards (Golden Globes, Critics Choice, SAG, BAFTA) have announced their winners in the past several weeks.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ topped at the guild wins with 4 but these wins are mostly at the lesser important technical categories. The movie also won best motion picture – drama at the Golden Globes. ‘Green Book’ won at the Producers Guild Awards (PGA) and also won best motion picture – musical or comedy at the Golden Globes. ‘Roma’ won at the Directors Guild Awards (DGA) and also won Best Picture at the Critics Choice and the BAFTA. ‘Black Panther’ won Best Cast in Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG). So which film is going to win best picture this Sunday at the Oscars? Predicting the winner this year is super challenging as there is no clear frontrunner even after all the precursors. Now, this is really an exciting year.

I have previously published the full nomination list for the 2019 Oscars some time ago with my prediction but that wasn’t quite updated. Here, I will publish it again with my latest and final prediction of who will win and who should win.

Best Picture
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Roma”
“A Star Is Born”
“Vice”

Should win: Roma

Will win: Roma

Opinion: In term of statistic, ‘Roma’ is at a very slight upper edge over the other nominees in terms of winning in the precursor awards. This movie is beautiful, intimate and is a technical masterpiece. Since preferential system is applied for this category, ‘Roma’ has the advantage for being a movie that is not divisive or heavily hated by anyone (unlike Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther, Vice and Green Book) and is expected to take up a lot of 1st, and also crucial 2nd and 3rd pick by the voters. Out of the 8 nominees, I enjoyed ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ the most because it is highly entertaining. But other than that, I don’t think that it is best picture material. ‘Roma’ has my pick. ‘The Favourite’ or ‘Blackkklansman’ may upset but I think their chances are quite far behind.

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Adam McKay, “Vice”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”

Should win: Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)

Will win: Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)

Opinion: There is no doubt that Alfonso Cuaron is getting his second directing Oscars. The dark horse here would be Spike Lee but I don’t think he has that momentum to take down Cuaron at this point since the latter has been sweeping all the precursor awards already.

Best Actress
Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Should win: Glenn Close (The Wife)

Will win: Glenn Close (The Wife)

Opinion: Only losing the best actress to Olivia Colman in the BAFTA (due to Colman being a British and has the home advantage), Glenn Close is certainly the frontrunner (she won at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice and SAG) and my pick to win the best actress. This would be her first ever win in her 7th nomination. That is crazy and unbelievable that such an amazing actress has never won an Oscar before. She is winning this not because of the overdue factor but because she delivered an excellent performance in ‘The Wife’. I have to admit that the overdue factor is also giving her an advantage over the other nominees. I will scream if she doesn’t get to go up on stage to take that Oscar this Sunday. Looking forward to a standing ovation for her. She is a phenomenal actress. This shall be her year!

Best Actor
Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

Should win: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Will win: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Opinion: Rami Malek is the frontrunner after winning Golden Globes, BAFTA and SAG. He only lost the Critics Choice (to Christian Bale). Forget about Critics Choice. The critics have been seriously panning ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ but the film industry people have shown the opposite reaction to the movie instead (by giving it multiple major awards). I am with the industry people this time. The critics are wrong. Rami Malek didn’t just imitate Freddie Mercury but he brought the character to life with fantastic acting. His performance there is beyond imitation or lip-syncing. He made us believe that Freddie Mercury himself was in that movie.

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Marina de Tavira, “Roma”
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Should win: Emma Stone (The Favourite)

Will win: Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

Opinion: Regina King may still win this but I think Rachel Weisz will prevail especially after her recent BAFTA win. It gave her a lot of momentum. Between her and Emma Stone (both from the same film;The Favourite), I would slightly prefer the latter more because her role is slightly more complex and her performance slightly more engaging. But I don’t think she can win as she has just won best actress not long ago. The other nominees can pull off upset here too as this race is wide open till now.

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Should win: Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Will win: Mahershala Ali (Green Book)

Opinion: Mahershala Ali has been taking all the supporting actor prizes, making him the clear frontrunner in this category. He is certainly going to win (this will be his second supporting actor Oscar) but I would prefer Richard E. Grant to prevail. He is superb in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ alongside Mellisa McCarthy.

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Joel Coen , Ethan Coen)
“BlacKkKlansman” (Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee)
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)
“If Beale Street Could Talk” (Barry Jenkins)
“A Star Is Born” (Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters)

Should win: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Will win: Blackkklansman.

Opinion: Can You Ever Forgive Me? won at the Writers Guild Awards (WGA) and that’s my choice too. However, I think the Academy wouldn’t want ‘Blackkklansman’ to go home empty-handed since it is also a best picture nominee (Can You Ever Forgive Me? is not a best picture nominee).

Best Original Screenplay
“The Favourite” (Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara)
“First Reformed” (Paul Schrader)
“Green Book” (Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly)
“Roma” (Alfonso Cuarón)
“Vice” (Adam McKay)

Should win: The Favourite

Will win: The Favourite

Opinion: ‘The Favourite’ is the frontrunner here but ‘Green Book’ or even ‘Roma’ can pull off a surprise win here too. ‘The Favourite’ is a quirky, unconventional period film and its screenplay helps a lot for its success. If the love for ‘Roma’ is super strong, then it may also possible to take this one too.

Best Cinematography
“Cold War” (Lukasz Zal)
“The Favourite” (Robbie Ryan)
“Never Look Away” (Caleb Deschanel)
“Roma” (Alfonso Cuaron)
“A Star Is Born” (Matty Libatique)

Should win: Roma

Will win: Roma

Opinion: No debate. It’s going to be ‘Roma’. Another foreign film ‘Cold War’ is the dark horse here. English film has no chance for this category this year. Opps.

Best Costume Design
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Mary Zophres)
“Black Panther”(Ruth E. Carter)
“The Favourite” (Sandy Powell)
“Mary Poppins Returns” (Sandy Powell)
“Mary Queen of Scots” (Alexandra Byrne)

Should win: Black Panther

Will win: Black Panther

Opinion: This is going to be battle between ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Favourite’. Academy will certainly find a way to reward ‘Black Panther’ which is the first superhero film nominated for best picture ever (but unlikely to win best picture) and this is the category for it (also possible on the ‘best production design’ category). I’m giving the edge for ‘Black Panther’ due to their creative and futuristic looking costumes and I’m bored of seeing period movies keep on winning this from their typical massive traditional dresses.

Best Film Editing
“BlacKkKlansman” (Barry Alexander Brown)
“Bohemian Rhapsody” (John Ottman)
“The Favourite” (Yorgos Mavropsaridis)
“Green Book”(Patrick J. Don Vito)
“Vice” (Hank Corwin)

Should win: Vice

Will win: Vice

Opinion: It’s between ‘Vice’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. It’s too close to call but I’m picking ‘Vice’ in the end for its more obvious editing effort throughout the entire movie while ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has splendid and spectacular editing only particularly at its end during the Live Aid segment.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Border”
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“Vice”

Should win: Vice

Will win: Vice

Opinion: Same scenario as ‘Darkest Hour’ last year. Huge makeup to turn an actor unrecognizable and particularly into a fat politician and you are winning this.

Best 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)

Should win: Isle Of Dogs

Will win: If Beale Street Could Talk

Opinion: It is absurd that ‘First Man’ is not nominated here. I would have pick that to win here easily. This is the category where ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ has the higher chance of winning (besides than the very tight race in the supporting actress category).

Best Original Song
“All The Stars” from “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA

“I’ll Fight” from “RBG” by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” by Willie Watson, Tim Blake Nelson

Should win: Shallow (A Star Is Born)

Will win: Shallow (A Star Is Born)

Opinion: 100% sure that Lady Gaga (and Bradley Cooper) will still have their moment on stage to receive an award (rather than just performing the song live during the ceremony). They won’t have chance to win for the acting categories. ‘Shallow’ is a beautiful and powerful song (I love this song too) and it will secure the only win for the overrated ‘A Star Is Born’.

Best Production Design
“Black Panther” (Hannah Beachler)
“First Man” (Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas)
“The Favourite” (Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton)
“Mary Poppins Returns” (John Myhre, Gordon Sim)
“Roma” (Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez)

Should win: The Favourite

Will win: The Favourite

Opinion: Similar to the ‘best costume design’ category, this is the battle between ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Favourite’. The other nominees wouldn’t stand a chance at all. I’m fine with any of these two winning. If ‘The Favourite’ won here, I prefer ‘Black Panther’ to win for costume design. Hence, that’s my prediction right now.

Best Sound Editing
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“A Quiet Place”
“Roma”

Should win: A Quiet Place

Will win: A Quiet Place

Opinion: The only nomination for ‘A Quiet Place’ and I have a feeling that many voters will put a tick for it. The movie has great sound editing despite its content being mostly quiet due to its plot. Now, that is what makes the sound work from the movie so awesome and noticeable. ‘First Man’ or ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ may stun us with a win here too.

Best Sound Mixing
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“Roma”
“A Star Is Born”

Should win: Bohemian Rhapsody

Will win: Bohemian Rhapsody

Opinion: All the way for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. The sound mixing work in this movie is brilliant! Period.

Best Visual Effects
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Christopher Robin”
“First Man”
“Ready Player One”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Should win: Avengers: Infinity War

Will win: Avengers: Infinity War

Opinion: The visual effect on Thanos alone is enough for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to win. I must say that I’m also impressed by the visual effects from ‘Ready Player One’. But hey, this mega blockbuster (Infinity War) has to be rewarded!

Best Foreign Language Film
“Capernaum” (Lebanon)
“Cold War” (Poland)
“Never Look Away” (Germany)
“Roma” (Mexico)
“Shoplifters” (Japan)

Should win: Roma

Will win: Roma

Opinion: Definitely ‘Roma’. This film is even in contention at best picture category and is even projected to win there. So, it should take this one easily without any competition.

Best Animated Feature
“Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird
“Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson
“Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Should win: Spider-Man: Into The Spider- Verse.

Will win: Spider-Man: Into The Spider- Verse.

Opinion: No competition. ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ is going to win due to its brilliant story and unique animation. The other nominees are pretty ordinary.

– No comments or predictions for the last 4 categories below as I’m not interested in them and have not watched any of them too.-

Best Animated Short
“Animal Behavior”
“Bao”
“Late Afternoon”
“One Small Step”
“Weekends”

Best Documentary Feature
“Free Solo,” Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
“Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu
“Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
“RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Best Documentary Short
“Black Sheep,” Ed Perkins
“End Game,” Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
“Lifeboat,” Skye Fitzgerald
“A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry
“Period. End of Sentence.,” Rayka Zehtabchi

Best Live Action Short
“Detainment,” Vincent Lambe
“Fauve,” Jeremy Comte
“Marguerite,” Marianne Farley
“Mother,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen
“Skin,” Guy Nattiv

So, it looks like each of the 8 best picture nominee is going to win at least one award. That is good. No one is going home empty handed. Everyone will be happy at the end of the ceremony (except for the non best picture contender which lost in the categories they are contending). ‘Roma’ is projected to be the biggest winner with 4 wins (picture, director, foreign language film and cinematography). ‘The Favourite’ is expected to win 3 awards (production design, original screenplay and supporting actress). ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is to win 2 (lead actor, sound mixing) and ‘Vice’ is predicted to do the same (makeup & hairstyling, film editing).

So now, I have made my final prediction for the 91st Academy Awards (2019 Oscars) in 20 out of the 24 categories. Let see how many out of 20 that I got it right. The awards ceremony is happening this Sunday, 24th February 2019 at 8pm (will be the next day morning at local time). I will be watching it live. This year’s competition is intense and many categories are still wide open. It makes the awards to be more exciting than previous years.

(Images in this post are from various online sources)

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Post CNY dilemma…


Today is the 15th day of the lunar new year and that means it’s the last day of Chinese New Year celebration! Today is also known as Chap Goh Meh or Chinese Valentine Day. I spent most of the CNY period this year at Europe for my long vacation. I didn’t really get to celebrate CNY (like visiting relatives, gamble (a must for CNY…haha), don’t have chance to eat various CNY cookies, didn’t get to watch a single CNY movie and didn’t get enough angpow).

Now, the CNY festival is over. My Europe vacation ended last week. I have returned to Singapore and get back to work since last Thursday. Now, I’m feeling moody that all my favourite events were now history, and all the working months ahead. I’m officially in a post CNY dilemma. I am also feeling very exhausted recently as I need to travel back to Malaysia every weekend now to get my tooth canal and crowning treatment. It’s super expensive to do all these in Singapore. Hence, it’s better to settle that in KL. It saves me a huge sum of money although it took a toll on my energy. It’s all because of my wisdom tooth that got my tooth besides it affected.

After a quick browsing through the calendar, I have to wait till 19th April for the next public holiday here in Singapore. That’s exactly two months from now. That’s so far away. Singapore really has very few public holidays compared to Malaysia. For comparison, Malaysia (particularly KL) has over 16 days of public holiday per year while Singapore only has 11. 5 days! That’s a huge difference.

Alright. That’s it for my update to the blog. I’m basically here just to release my frustration.

Yes, I have over 70 emails to read on last Thursday (my first working day after my long CNY break). However, reading emails is the least of my concern. There’s so much more other major tasks waiting for me to complete. Wishing myself all the best to get this through.

And finally, it’s the last time for me to wish everyone a great lunar new year on this very last day of the festival and may you go through this new year of pig with abundance of wealth and great health!

(Images in this post are from various online sources)

 

Awesome 10 days 8 nights Eastern Europe trip during CNY 2019 break.


Good times pass by so quickly. There goes the conclusion of my long 10 days 8 nights trip to Eastern Europe. The trip took place from 2nd to 11th February 2019 during the Chinese New Year break and covers 6 countries; Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Czech Republic.

Day 1 (02/02/2019 – Saturday)

First light from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Muscat International Airport (at Oman) and then second flight to Munich International Airport (Germany). Basically spending whole day in various airports.

Day 2 (03/02/2019 – Sunday)

Heavy snowfall greeted our official first day of trip. Snowfall made it hard for us to walk in the city for the city tour. Wet environment, no sun, freezing temperature and snow-covered walkways made photographing a challenging task.

Had a quick city tour at Munich (Germany) and visited Marienplatz, the central square of the city.

Then, we proceed to Salzburg, the place famous for being the home of the popular late music composer, Mozart. We then visited the Mirabelle Garden (not picturesque during winter unfortunately). Then, we moved on to Vienna in the late afternoon.

Day 3 (04/02/2019 – Monday)

Commenced the day at Vienna (Austria) with city tour (photo stop) at The Ring Road, Opera House, Parliament House, Johann Strauss Statue, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Town Hall.

Next, we proceed to visit Schonbrunn Palace, a huge baroque-styled palace that contains 1441 rooms and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ended the day at Pandorf Outlet for quick shopping. Brought my first ever luxury branded wallet here. Then, we moved on to Budapest.

Day 4 (05/02/2019 – Tuesday)

It’s the first day of Chinese New Year! Had a city tour at Budapest (Hungary) to view the Hero’s Square, Parliament House, Chain Bridge, St. Matthias Church, Central Market Hall, Citadel Hill and Fisherman’s Bastion.

Spent the afternoon on a 1-hour cruise ride along the scenic Danube River. The view is spectacular and I took a lot of pictures here. Then, we proceed to another city; Bratislava.

Day 5 (06/02/2019 – Wednesday)

Quick city tour at Bratislava (Slovakia) with visit to Bratislava Castle, Presidential Palace, Michael’s Gate and Old Town area.

Spent the whole afternoon on long journey to Krakow.

Day 6 (07/02/2019 – Thursday)

Began the day with a city tour of Krakow (Poland). Visit to Jagiellonian University, Wavel Hill, Royal Castle, Old Town area, Cloth Market Hall and St. Mary’s Church. The main square of Krakow is breathtaking.

Then, we had an awesome visit to Wielicka Salt Mine. This is my first time visited a tourist attraction so deep below the ground (over 130m underground at one section).

Day 7 (08/02/2019 – Friday)

Only one tourist destination for today before continuing the journey to Brno. Today, we visited the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp. It is the largest Nazi concentration and extermination camp and is now a museum for us to learn more of the World War II history, particularly the suffering of the Jewish in Nazi German era.

Day 8 (09/02/2019 – Saturday)

We moved on from Brno to Prague (Czech Republic) for a city tour. Visited the Prague Castle Complex, Saint Vitus Cathedral, Golden Lane, Charles Bridge, Parizska Street (street for luxury brands shopping), Old Town and the Square. The Old Town Square is another fantastic spot for photographs.

Day 9 (10/02/2019 – Sunday)

Time flies. It’s already our last day of trip. We head to a brewery tour at Pilsner Urquell Brewery at Plzen (don’t like the bitter taste of this local beer). Then, we moved on to our last tourist attraction, the BMW Welt in Munich, a multi-functional exhibition facility of BMW. It’s the spot for car lovers.

Finally, we head back to the Munich International Airport for flight back home.

Day 10 (11/02/2019 – Monday)

Whole day spent at the airports just like on the first day of the trip (but now is on the other way round). Reached home in the evening. There goes the end of the trip.

Had an awesome time joining this trip (a guided tour with a group of 42 people). I took about 500 photographs! The good thing for this guided tour is that daily lunch is on our own which allow us to try local food at our preference. Certainly enjoyed this trip (except for that one or two days in the middle when I was not feeling well – vomiting, and also except for the lengthy and uncomfortable flights). This is my third time visiting Europe and it’s another unforgettable experience.

 

 

 

‘The Favourite’ won big at the BAFTA while ‘Roma’ widen the lead to be the Oscar frontrunner for best picture.


The 72nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) was held last evening with the movie ‘The Favourite’ emerged as the biggest winner with 7 wins. This is very much expected due to home advantage. Will it be able to win that many awards in the Academy Awards end of this month? I don’t think so.

Here’s the full list of winners for the 72nd British Academy Film Awards along with my opinions for several categories as usual:

BEST PICTURE
“BlacKkKlansman”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Roma” – WINNER
“A Star is Born”

Opinion: With this win, ‘Roma’ now is the frontrunner for the Oscar’s best picture race. The best picture competition is very exciting this year as each of the nominated films has their fair share of awards with no clear frontrunner like last year when it is very obvious that only ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri’ are fighting for the best picture title.

BEST DIRECTOR
Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma” – WINNER
Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born”

Opinion: Anyone besides than Alfonso Cuaron winning will be the most shocking news. Cuaron is going to win his second directing Oscars end of this month for sure. He is an excellent craftsman.

BEST ACTOR
Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born”
Christian Bale, “Vice”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” – WINNER
Steve Coogan, “Stan & Ollie”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

Opinion: I don’t see any more competition from other nominees at this point. Christian Bale is no longer a threat anymore to Rami Malek. Malek should get his Oscar acceptance speech ready after winning the same gong at Golden Globes, SAG, and BAFTA.

BEST ACTRESS
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Lady Gaga, “A Star is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” – WINNER
Viola Davis, “Widows”

Opinion: I’m not surprised that Olivia Colman won and not Glenn Close. Colman has a huge home advantage and she also did a great job in ‘The Favourite’. However, Glenn Close is still the one to beat for best actress in the Oscar end of this month due to the huge overdue factor and she has won more important precursor awards (Golden Globes, SAG, Critics Choice) than Colman. It’s a pity that Close couldn’t make a clean sweep after this loss.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” – WINNER
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”
Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”

Opinion: I would have prefer Richard E. Grant or Timothee Chalamet to win. Now, it is a lock for Mahershala Ali to claim his second Oscar.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Claire Foy, “First Man”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Margot Robbie, “Mary Queen of Scots”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite” – WINNER

Opinion: With Regina King and Emily Blunt missing in the nominees here, many are saying that Amy Adams may have a chance. But then, she lost again. Vote splitting isn’t enough to take out Rachel Weisz (as she share same film with Emma Stone who is also nominated here). It’s now Regina King vs. Rachel Weisz for the Oscar.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Janusz Glowacki, Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Deborah Davis, Tony Mcnamara, “The Favourite” – WINNER
Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, “Green Book”
Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”
Adam McKay, “Vice”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Wilmott, “BlacKkKlansman” – WINNER
Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Josh Singer, “First Man”
Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, Eric Roth, “A Star is Born”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Newton Thomas Sigel, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Lukasz Zal, “Cold War”
Robbie Ryan, “The Favourite”
Linus Sandgren, “First Man”
Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma” – WINNER

Opinion: Deserving win for ‘Roma’ as the movie is really excellent especially in its technical aspects including cinematography.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite” – WINNER
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Mary Queen of Scots”

Opinion: No surprise here. Actually, no surprise to all the categories of which ‘The Favourite’ is winning. Home advantage it is. I don’t really get the critical love to this movie. I like it but I don’t see it being a spectacular film.

BEST FILM EDITING
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“First Man”
“Roma”
“Vice” – WINNER

Opinion: I like the editing in ‘Vice’ but I still see huge competition in this category from ‘First Man’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

BEST MAKE UP & HAIR
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite” – WINNER
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“Stan & Ollie”
“Vice”

Opinion: Another obvious win due to home advantage. ‘Vice’ is definitely better in make up and hair. ‘Vice’ will still win in the Oscar for this category.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
“The Favourite” – WINNER
“First Man”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Roma”

BEST SCORE
“BlacKkKlansman”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“A Star is Born” – WINNER

Opinion: Now this is a joke. While I enjoyed and is very fascinated by the songs in ‘A Star Is Born’, its score doesn’t stood out at all. Poor choice from the voters.

BEST SOUND
“Bohemian Rhapsody” – WINNER
“First Man”
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”
“A Quiet Place”
“A Star is Born”

Opinion: Great to see ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ getting win on other category other than just the lead actor. The movie certainly has great sound work in it. Deserving win.

BEST SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Black Panther” – WINNER
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
“First Man”
“Ready Player One”

Opinion: Another joke! Visual effects in ‘Black Panther’ is just average. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ or ‘Ready Player One’ has much better VFX.

BEST ANIMATED FILM
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” – WINNER

Opinion: The clear frontrunner for best animated feature. No more competition. ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ stood out easily among the rest of the animated films last year.

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“Free Solo” – WINNER
“McQueen”
“RBG”
“They Shall Not Grow Old”
“Three Identical Strangers”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Capernaum”
“Cold War”
“Dogman”
“Roma” – WINNER
“Shoplifters”

BEST BRITISH FILM
“Beast”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite” – WINNER
“McQueen”
“Stan & Ollie”
“You Were Never Really Here”

Opinion: Expected although I prefer ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to win.

BEST DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Daniel Kokotajlo (writer/director), “Apostasy”
Michael Pearce (writer/director), “Beast” – WINNER
Chris Kelly (writer/director/producer), “A Cambodian Spring”
Leanne Welham (writer/director), Sophie Harman (producer), “Pili”
Richard Billingham (writer/director), Jacquie Davies (producer), “Ray & Liz”

BEST BRITISH ANIMATED SHORT
“I’m OK”
“Marfa”
“Roughhouse” – WINNER

BEST BRITISH LIVE-ACTION SHORT
“73 Cows” – WINNER
“Bachelor”
“The Blue Door”
“The Field”
“Wale”

RISING STAR AWARD
Barry Keoghan
Cynthia Erivo
Jessie Buckley
Lakeith Stanfield
Letitia Wright – WINNER

So now, we are all waiting for the final moment, the final and most important report card for 2018 films; the 91st Academy Awards on 24th February 2019.

(Images in this post are from various online sources)

February comes and it’s all about the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration!


First month of 2019 is over and now we welcomes not only the arrival of the second month of the year but also the wonderful Chinese New Year celebration! This lunar new year festival doesn’t comes until next Tuesday, 5th February but everyone is already in the celebration and holiday mood by now. Time to fill the month with plenty of red colour (deemed as auspicious colour for the Chinese) starting with this post!

I will be taking my flight to Europe tomorrow to kickstart my 10 days trip during this long holiday. I am very excited to visit all the amazing places in Eastern Europe soon (but not excited for the two long-hour flights to reach Europe which would definitely caused me huge discomfort). Hence, my next blog post will be somewhere on mid February when I returned from the trip to note down all the wonderful experience I had from it and share some amazing photographs I have taken.

For now, I would like to take this opportunity to wish to my family, relative, Chinese friends and colleagues a wonderful and prosperous lunar new year! Gong Xi Fa Cai! May this new lunar year of pig brings you abundance of great health, wealth and happiness! Yeah, it’s the year of the pig. The last animal zodiac sign in the 12-year cycle.

(Images in this post are from various online sources)

Result of the SAG Awards 2019 and what it means to the Oscar race.


Screen Actors Guild Awards is the third of the big five major Hollywood film awards and it serves as a major hint especially to the acting races for the upcoming Academy Awards. To recognize the best of actors in 2018 films, the 25th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards took place last evening with 9 award categories for television and 6 categories for film. I’ll miss the television section as I don’t watch them.

So here are the list of winners for the 25th Screen Actor Guild (SAG) Awards 2019 (only for film categories) along with my opinions:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
“A Star Is Born”
“Black Panther” – WINNER
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“Crazy Rich Asians”

Opinion: Hated this outcome very much. ‘Black Panther’ is seriously overrated. I don’t find anything spectacular about this movie in every aspects and yet it is so beloved by critics (I don’t get it at all). It is an average superhero movie at most (there’s a lot more much better superhero movies than this one obviously). Anything other than ‘Black Panther’ should win this. I think ‘Black Panther’ won this just because they had a large cast and they are all black (it’s all about celebrating diversity in recent years…but hey, Crazy Rich Asians is slightly more deserving than ‘Black Panther’ too). This doesn’t mean that ‘Black Panther’ is now the frontrunner for best picture in the Oscars because the two do not relate to each other much in recent years (which I’m glad). Well, this outcome also means that ‘A Star Is Born’ is totally out of picture and will only win for original song on next month’s Academy Awards. Its frontrunner status is certainly gone as it doesn’t win any major precursor prize to date. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ won Golden Globe for best motion picture – drama, ‘Green Book’ won Golden Globe for best motion picture – musical or comedy and Producer Guild Award (PGA) for best theatrical motion picture, ‘Roma’ won best film at Critics’ Choice and now ‘Black Panther’ won best cast at SAG. ‘A Star Is Born’ is no where to be seen. In fact, the movie came before the ceremony with most nominations (at 4) and ended up losing all of them (as predicted). Yes, that’s another overrated movie.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” – WINNER
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”
John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman”

Opinion: So glad that Rami Malek won in a very close competition with Christian Bale. This looks like a repeat in 2015 when Michael Keaton is the frontrunner after winning Golden Globe for best actor – musical or comedy and then winning both best actor – comedy and best actor in Critics’ Choice. Christian Bale is in that exact same position this year. However back in 2015, Eddie Redmayne suddenly surges out of no where and won Golden Globe for best actor – motion picture drama and then won at SAG. He then proceed to win at the BAFTA and the Oscars too in the end. Now, Rami Malek is on the same path with him. It’s the exact repeat of 2015. May people are predicting Christian Bale to win best actor in the Oscar next month after his double win in Critics Choice but I never got persuaded by that. I stay with Rami Malek all the way from the beginning because his performance as Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is marvelous and blew me away. Christian Bale is great too as Dick Cheney in ‘Vice’ but this is certainly Rami Malek’s breakthrough year. Sorry to the other contenders, you are just there to fill in the slots. There is literally no competition from the remaining nominees already clearly at this point.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”
Glenn Close, “The Wife” – WINNER
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Opinion: It’s finally the year for Glenn Close to take the Oscar. Although her performance in ‘The Wife’ is not the best in her impressive career that spans few decades or the most outstanding among the nominees, but no one should have a doubt that she is one veteran actress who is very much loved and is long overdue for an Oscar. This is certainly her year and no one will be obstructing her path to grab that Oscar (since now she swept all the best actress prize in the major awards already). She is expected to take the BAFTA next month too although there is a strong competition from a home favourite, Olivia Colman (she’s a British). Sorry, Lady Gaga. For me, she was just doing fine in ‘A Star Is Born’ (great singing of course and some good emotional scenes and that’s it) but so many had gone crazy by over complimenting her performance in that film. Like what I said many times before, she was literally only playing herself in that movie and that’s not a big challenge. Even Melissa McCarthy is better than her as the former nailed that dramatic role in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ which is a total opposite to her usual comedic roles in the past.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” – WINNER

Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Opinion: Well. Mahershala Ali is now on his way for his second Oscar although I find that it is way too soon to award him again. I would personally pick Richard E. Grant or even Timothee Chalamet (who shockingly got snubbed at the Oscars nomination). I hope that Oscars will pull off an upset in this category next month.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place” – WINNER
Margot Robbie, “Mary Queen of Scots”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Opinion: Wow! This is very surprising. Emily Blunt got snubbed for a nomination in the Oscars and yet she won it here at the SAG. She is fantastic in ‘A Quiet Place’ and I’m actually happy for her win here. There is no love for Amy Adams again unfortunately and she is predicted to win this one easily as Regina King is snubbed here (a strong contender after winning Golden Globe and Critics Choice). Both Emily Blunt and Regina King got snubbed in the BAFTA and we will see who will win there. Now, the race for best supporting actress in the Oscar is still wide open but Regina King remains the frontrunner at this stage.

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“Ant-Man and the Wasp”
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Black Panther” – WINNER
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

Opinion: The immense love for ‘Black Panther’ here is insane and had me annoyed. I don’t mind ‘Black Panther’ winning this and not the best cast. But winning this and the ‘best cast’ (the top honor) is beyond what I can bear with. I don’t hate this film but I just don’t enjoy it and certainly didn’t find it deserving to be winning major prizes and even get nominated for best picture in the Academy Awards.

So, next up will be the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) to be held on 10th February 2019 and is the last major film awards before the coveted 91st Academy Awards aka the Oscars on 24th February 2019.

(Images in this post are from various online sources)

Nomination list for the 91st Academy Awards


The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) had just announced its nomination list a moment ago. Known to many as the Oscars, this prestigious awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, 24th February 2019 to recognize the best of films released in 2018.

Here’s the full nomination list along with my comments on several categories:

Best Picture
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Roma”
“A Star Is Born”
“Vice”

Opinion: Only 8 films made it (usually it’s 9 and somewhere between 5 to 10 slots allowed for every year). These 8 films were in my prediction too, so there’s no surprise here. I personally would have prefer to see ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ getting nominated. I hate it when ‘Black Panther’ gets that much love. It is so overrated.

Predicted to win: Roma

My choice: – (wait till I watch most of the nominated films above)

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Adam McKay, “Vice”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”

Opinion: Bradley Cooper is missing. That’s one of the biggest snubs. Now, it says a lot of things; ‘A Star Is Born’ is not getting a lot of love from the Academy, Well, Alfonso Cuaron is now 100% likely to win this while the remaining 4 are just to fill in the slot. He had won the same award only several years ago from his directing in ‘Gravity’ which is also another splendid film.

Predicted to win: Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)

My choice: –

Best Actress
Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Opinion: This will be a three-way race (Close, Gaga and Colman). I personally prefer Glenn Close as she is a great actress and is definitely long overdue for an Oscar. Her performance in ‘The Wife’ is amazing as well. Lady Gaga, another hot favourite, is practically just being herself in ‘A Star Is Born’, so there’s actually not much a challenge for her obviously.

Predicted to win: Glenn Close (The Wife)

My choice: Glenn Close (The Wife)

Best Actor
Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

Opinion: John David Washington got snubbed here from his performance in ‘Blackkklansman’. Christian Bale is currently the frontrunner but I prefer Rami Malek to win from his exceptional transformation as Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Rami Malek’s performance there is hands down the best of the year. Now, we will just see who will win on SAG that will give us more clue on who will be the frontrunner for the Oscar.

Predicted to win: Christian Bale (Vice)

My choice: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Marina de Tavira, “Roma”
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Opinion: Claire Foy got snubbed here from her role in ‘First Man’. Regina King is back on track after being snubbed at BAFTA and SAG. Now, she remains as the frontrunner and is most likely to win as the other two strong contenders, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz will be cancelling each other out from their roles in the same film, ‘The Favourite’.

Predicted to win: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

My choice: Emma Stone (The Favourite)

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Opinion: Timothee Chalamet is missing! His performance in ‘Beautiful Boy’ is fantastic and yet got snubbed here to my surprise. I think the Academy wouldn’t want to award Mahershala Ali another supporting actor win that soon yet and so I believe Richard E. Grant may take it in the end. Sam Rockwell getting nominated here from his unimpressive role in ‘Vice’ is a joke.

Predicted to win: Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

My choice: –

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Joel Coen , Ethan Coen)
“BlacKkKlansman” (Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee)
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)
“If Beale Street Could Talk” (Barry Jenkins)
“A Star Is Born” (Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters)

Predicted to win: ‘Blackkklansman’

My choice: –

Best Original Screenplay
“The Favourite” (Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara)
“First Reformed” (Paul Schrader)
“Green Book” (Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly)
“Roma” (Alfonso Cuarón)
“Vice” (Adam McKay)

Predicted to win: Green Book

My choice: Vice

Best Cinematography
“Cold War” (Lukasz Zal)
“The Favourite” (Robbie Ryan)
“Never Look Away” (Caleb Deschanel)
“Roma” (Alfonso Cuaron)
“A Star Is Born” (Matty Libatique)

Predicted to win: Roma

My choice: –

Best Costume Design
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Mary Zophres)
“Black Panther”(Ruth E. Carter)
“The Favourite” (Sandy Powell)
“Mary Poppins Returns” (Sandy Powell)
“Mary Queen of Scots” (Alexandra Byrne)

Opinion: I’m tired of seeing period films winning this category already. It’s time for the Academy to look beyond the typical monstrous classic dresses to innovative contemporary fashion in films. Hence, I’m choosing ‘Black Panther’ although I’m not a fan of the movie.

Predicted to win: The Favourite

My choice: Black Panther

Best Film Editing
“BlacKkKlansman” (Barry Alexander Brown)
“Bohemian Rhapsody” (John Ottman)
“The Favourite”(Yorgos Mavropsaridis)
“Green Book”(Patrick J. Don Vito)
“Vice” (Hank Corwin)

Predicted to win: Green Book

My choice: Vice

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Border”
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“Vice”

Opinion: ‘Vice’ is going to win this just like last year for ‘Darkest Hour’. You get a man transformed into a bald, fat politician for a movie and you will take this. Same formula..boring.

Predicted to win: Vice

My choice: No choice…Vice

Best 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)

Opinion: ‘First Man’ got snubbed here. The best thing for ‘First Man’ is its score and it got snubbed here for that. What a shocker! I am even predicting it to win.

Predicted to win: Mary Poppins Returns

My choice: Isle of Dogs

Best Original Song
“All The Stars” from “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA

“I’ll Fight” from “RBG” by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” by Willie Watson, Tim Blake Nelson

Opinion: This is for Lady Gaga definitely. ‘Shallow’ is such a brilliant song. Love it and it easily stood out above the rest.

Predicted to win: Shallow (A Star Is Born)

My choice: Shallow (A Star Is Born)

Best Production Design
“Black Panther” (Hannah Beachler)
“First Man” (Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas)
“The Favourite” (Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton)
“Mary Poppins Returns” (John Myhre, Gordon Sim)
“Roma” (Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez)

Predicted to win: The Favourite

My choice: The Favourite

Best Sound Editing
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“A Quiet Place”
“Roma”

Predicted to win: First Man

My choice: First Man

Best Sound Mixing
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“Roma”
“A Star Is Born”

Opinion: I have a feeling that Academy will surely get ‘Black Panther’ to win one Oscar and this is the best pick (or sound editing).

Predicted to win: Black Panther

My choice: Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Visual Effects
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Christopher Robin”
“First Man”
“Ready Player One”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Opinion: Surprised that ‘Black Panther’ didn’t get nominated here but I’m fine with it. ‘Christopher Robin’ and ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ got nominated here is a surprise. They definitely will not win though.

Predicted to win: Avengers: Infinity War

My choice: Avengers: Infinity War

Best Foreign Language Film
“Capernaum” (Lebanon)
“Cold War” (Poland)
“Never Look Away” (Germany)
“Roma” (Mexico)
“Shoplifters” (Japan)

Opinion: 100% sure that ‘Roma’ will take it. ‘Roma’ is now even a strong contender for best picture. So, now, there is nothing betting against it.

Predicted to win: Roma.

My choice: Roma

Best Animated Feature
“Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird
“Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson
“Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Predicted to win: Spider-Man: Into The Spider- Verse.

My choice: Spider-Man: Into The Spider- Verse.

Best Animated Short
“Animal Behavior”
“Bao”
“Late Afternoon”
“One Small Step”
“Weekends”

Best Documentary Feature
“Free Solo,” Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
“Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu
“Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
“RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Best Documentary Short
“Black Sheep,” Ed Perkins
“End Game,” Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
“Lifeboat,” Skye Fitzgerald
“A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry
“Period. End of Sentence.,” Rayka Zehtabchi

Best Live Action Short
“Detainment,” Vincent Lambe
“Fauve,” Jeremy Comte
“Marguerite,” Marianne Farley
“Mother,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen
“Skin,” Guy Nattiv

Overall summary: ‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ received 10 nominations each, becoming the films with highest number of nomination this year. This surprised me as I (and many others) have been predicting that ‘A Star Is Born’ is going to get the most nominations. ‘A Star Is Born’ is fading out of voters’ mind now as it only manage to grab 8 nominations. ‘Vice’ also gets 8 nominations. Next is ‘Black Panther’ which has over performed with 7 nominations. It is the first superhero movie to contend for the top prize; best picture. ‘Blackkklansman’ has 6 nominations, followed by ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Green Book’ with 5 nominations each.