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.

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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.

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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.

After winning big in Golden Globes last weekend, Bohemian Rhapsody goes home empty handed in Critics Choice.


Here comes the second out of five major Hollywood film awards honouring the best of 2018 films; Critics Choice Awards 2019. After a shocking major win by Bohemian Rhapsody in Golden Globes in the last weekend, the film wins nothing in Critics Choice, cementing the fact that critics (Broadcast Film Critics Association, BFCA) really do not like the movie as much as Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

Here below is the full list of winners (only for film categories) for the 24th Critics Choice Awards along with my opinions:

BEST PICTURE

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

The Favourite

First Man

Green Book

If Beale Street Could Talk

Mary Poppins Returns

Roma (WINNER)

A Star Is Born

Vice

Opinion: Ahhaa…a foreign film wins the top honor and that is very unusual. It means that ‘Roma’ is really an excellent film and is now the strong frontrunner for the Academy Awards next month. Usually, whichever film wins Critics Choice for best picture will win the Oscars for the same. Seeing Bohemian Rhapsody not even nominated for the 10 slot here is a strong sign that the film isn’t appealing to critics. The critics are all wrong. On the other hand, ‘A Star Is Born’ is losing some strength. It will still pose a big risk to Roma for best picture win in the Oscar though.

 

BEST ACTRESS

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

Glenn Close, The Wife (WINNER)

Toni Collette, Hereditary

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born (WINNER)

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Opinion: A tie, seriously?! Just ignore Lady Gaga and hand this to Glenn Close only. Now, it shows that Lady Gaga is still in position to grab the Oscars and it now makes the best actress race much more exciting with a three-way fight (Glenn Close, Lady Gaga and Olivia Colman). Lady Gaga is good in ‘A Star Is Born’ but isn’t impresssive enough for best actress honour. For me, she is just acting as her own self (a person who can sing as required for the film) with some added emotion in to make it work. It’s nothing difficult especially for her whom is a talented singer.

 

BEST ACTOR

Christian Bale, Vice (WINNER)

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Ryan Gosling, First Man

Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Opinion: Rami Malek is robbed. Best actor should easily goes to Rami Malek for his marvelous performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. No one could top that. Christian Bale is just doing something so similar with Gary Oldman last year (portraying as a fat politician). The exact same formula and you get to win best actor again. The critics just love to see actors transformed literally with huge makeup and gave them best actor honour. Christian Bale is good in Vice but Rami Malek is a step ahead clearly. Now, it depends on SAG (Screen Actors Guild Awards) end of this month to determine who will be the frontrunner for the Oscars next month. It’s now between Christian Bale and Rami Malek. Others have all lost their momentum especially Bradley Cooper. He just seems doesn’t have luck for awards every year.

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Damien Chazelle, First Man

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (WINNER)

Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay, Vice

Opinion: This is a lock in. Alfonso Cuaron had been snatching all the precursor awards for best director for his work in Roma. He will went on to win Oscars, taking that award twice which is an impressive achievement.

 

#SEEHER AWARD

Claire Foy

Opinion: Don’t know what’s this about. It’s something about an award to honour woman in film industry.

 

BEST COMEDY

Crazy Rich Asians (WINNER)

Deadpool 2

The Death of Stalin

The Favourite

Game Night

Sorry to Bother You

Opinion: A good recognition for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’. I would have thought that ‘The Favourite’ would win this easily. Looks like ‘The Favourite’ isn’t getting a lot of love here surprisingly.

 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Christian Bale, Vice (WINNER)

Jason Bateman, Game Night

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2

Lakeith Stanfield, Sorry to Bother You

Opinion: Christian Bale again. It reminds me of Michael Keaton winning both best actor awards in Critics Choice last time but ended up losing the Oscar to Eddie Redmayne. I hope the same case applies here (Rami Malek is my pick for the Oscar). It all comes to the SAG most likely to determine the eventual Oscar winner.

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

Olivia Colman, The Favourite (WINNER)

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

Rachel McAdams, Game Night

Charlize Theron, Tully

Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Opinion: Yes, certainly! Olivia Colman is great in ‘The Favourite’. She still has the momentum to go for the Oscar glory (but now looks more likely that Glenn Close will prevail due to overdue factor for the Oscar).

 

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Black Panther

Crazy Rich Asians

The Favourite (WINNER)

Vice

Widows

Opinion: Agreed. The best thing from ‘The Favourite’ comes from the great chemistry and performances from all the three main female leads in the film; Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.

 

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

Annihilation

Halloween

Hereditary

A Quiet Place (WINNER)

Suspiria

Opinion: Agreed on this too. ‘A Quiet Place’ is an impressive film and it ranks among my top 3 most favourite films last year.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, Vice

Claire Foy, First Man

Nicole Kidman, Boy Erased

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk (WINNER)

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Opinion: Regina King won at the Golden Globe and now at Critics Choice. So is she an Oscar frontrunner? Not so fast. She had been snubbed surprisingly for even nomination at the SAG and BAFTA. It makes the supporting actress race intense this year. All the nominees in this category are incredible by the way.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali, Green Book (WINNER)

Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther

Opinion: Ohh, looks like Mahershala Ali is on his way to his win his second supporting actor win at the Oscar so soon. Many would have thought that this would go to Richard E. Grant. Anyway, Grant still remains the darkhorse for the remaining awards.

 

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade (WINNER)

Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace

Ed Oxenbould, Wildlife

Millicent Simmonds, A Quiet Place

Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give

Sunny Suljic, Mid90s

Opinion: Nothing to comment here as I didn’t watch ‘Eighth Grade’.

 

BEST SONG

All the Stars, Black Panther

Girl in the Movies, Dumplin’

I’ll Fight, RBG

The Place Where Lost Things Go, Mary Poppins Returns

Shallow, A Star Is Born (WINNER)

Trip a Little Light Fantastic, Mary Poppins Returns

Opinion: Very much expected. ‘Shallow’ is a powerful and a beautiful song and is going to sweep all ‘best original song’ awards. I personally like this song a lot too.

 

BEST ACTION MOVIE

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Deadpool 2

Mission: Impossible — Fallout (WINNER)

Ready Player One

Widows

Opinion: I disagree to this choice. Fallout is good but it is just like a typical Mission Impossible movie with nothing exceptional. I would have prefer ‘Infinity War’ or even ‘Ready Player One’ to take this one.

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The Grinch

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Mirai

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (WINNER)

Opinion: Now, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is the clear frontrunner for the Oscar next month after winning also at the Golden Globe last week. Incredibles 2 has lost the momentum heavily.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Bo Burnham: Eighth Grade

Alfonso Cuarón: Roma

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara: The Favourite

Adam McKay: Vice

Paul Schrader: First Reformed (WINNER)

Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie and Peter Farrelly: Green Book

Bryan Woods, Scott Beck and John Krasinski: A Quiet Place

Opinion: No comment as I didn’t watch ‘First Reformed’. This movie jumped out of nowhere and win this. Many didn’t expect ‘First Reformed’ to win anything. Now that is quite surprising.

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole: Black Panther

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Barry Jenkins: If Beale Street Could Talk (WINNER)

Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters: A Star Is Born

Josh Singer: First Man

Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee: BlacKkKlansman

Opinion: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ gain back some momentum after its win here in adapted screenplay. Didn’t watch the movie.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (WINNER)

James Laxton, If Beale Street Could Talk

Matthew Libatique, A Star Is Born

Rachel Morrison, Black Panther

Robbie Ryan, The Favourite

Linus Sandgren, First Man

Opinion: Didn’t watch Roma but I knew it is a black-and-white film. The film must be really good in capturing lighting even when the final product is just black and white without colours.

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart, Black Panther (WINNER)

Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez, Roma

Nelson Coates and Andrew Baseman, Crazy Rich Asians

Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton, The Favourite

Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas, First Man

John Myhre and Gordon Sim, Mary Poppins Returns

Opinion: Some love for Black Panther. I didn’t enjoy Black Panther like what most critics do but I do felt fine with the film winning best production design.

 

BEST EDITING

Jay Cassidy, A Star Is Born

Hank Corwin, Vice

Tom Cross, First Man (WINNER)

Alfonso Cuarón and Adam Gough, Roma

Yorgos Mavropsaridis, The Favourite

Joe Walker, Widows

Opinion: Good for ‘First Man’. Now, the movie gained back also some strength for contention of some technical awards in next month’s Academy Awards. This is one of them. ‘First Man’ does really have great editing.

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Alexandra Byrne, Mary Queen of Scots

Ruth Carter, Black Panther (WINNER)

Julian Day, Bohemian Rhapsody

Sandy Powell, The Favourite

Sandy Powell, Mary Poppins Returns

Opinion: Quite surprising for a superhero film to win best costume design. It means that the critics really love Black Panther a lot. I would have picked ‘The Favourite’ or even any other nominees in this list.

 

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Mary Queen of Scots

Suspiria

Vice (WINNER)

Opinion: Expected. The body and face transformation for Christian Bale in Vice alone earns the film the trophy. Same as what ‘Darkest Hour’ had done last year to Gary Oldman face and body. Boring…

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther (WINNER)

First Man

Mary Poppins Returns

Mission: Impossible — Fallout

Ready Player One

Opinion: Black Panther again. Boring again…I personally think that this award should goes to either Infinity War or Ready Player One.

 

BEST SCORE

Kris Bowers, Green Book

Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk

Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs

Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther

Justin Hurwitz, First Man (WINNER)

Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Opinion: Yes. The score in ‘First Man’ is the most outstanding aspect of the movie. Period.

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Burning

Capernaum

Cold War

Roma (WINNER)

Shoplifters

Opinion: Wow…Roma taking this as well as the best picture! Roma is the biggest winner. Looks like I have to check out the movie soon to see how great it is.

Right. That’s it for Critics Choice. The next major awards (the third one) will be the Screen Actors Guild Awards to be presented on 27th January 2019 (Sunday).

(Images in this post are from various online sources)

Golden Globes 2019 gave us some seriously shocking outcome. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is the champion while ‘A Star Is Born’ dims.


The 76th Golden Globe Awards had just taken place yesterday (this morning at local time) with some seriously major shocks. However, I’m actually very delighted by that. Golden Globes is the first major Hollywood film awards (out of 5) in annual award season and the result is determined by votes from the 90+ members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
I always like the Golden Globes ceremony because it is more fun, less formal and always deliver very hilarious opening monologue in the past years. Same goes to this year. Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh hosted the ceremony. So, here’s the full list of Golden Globes 2019 winners (only for film section as I’m not interested on TV section) along with my thoughts:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Panther”
“BlackKklansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody” *WINNER
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”
Opinion: Sometime, I have just got to go with my gut. My personal preference is ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ but it has the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score among the five nominees. So, I didn’t have any expectation at all for it to win. Everyone is picking ‘A Star Is Born’ because it is an easy pick and the movie received universal acclaim. I myself is predicting ‘A Star Is Born’ to win due to all the positive reviews it had and all the love it received. People were already surprised when ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ manages to score a nomination, and now the whole world is in shock that it won too. I’m happy with this surprise. After this shocking win, no one should play down the probability of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ winning some major hardware in the following awards although ‘A Star Is Born’ is still the heavy favourite.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book” *WINNER
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Vice”
Opinion: Nothing much to comment on this category as I have only watched ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘The Favourite’.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”) *WINNER
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)
Opinion: Well, another surprise! Lady Gaga is tipped to win this but she lost it to a great veteran actress, Glenn Close. Now, it makes the best actress competition in the Oscars an interesting three-way race; Glenn Close, Lady Gaga and Olivia Colman. Vote splitting is sure to happen in this scenario and any one of the three can win.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) *WINNER
John David Washington (“BlackKklansman”)
Opinion: Very happy for Rami Malek. I’m very impressed by his performance in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. It was as though I watched the real Freddie Mercury in that movie. He dissolves himself fully into the character and his transformation is simply splendid. A very deserving win. Now, it looks like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ may not win any more best film in the coming awards, but Rami Malek is the strong frontrunner for best actor. A lot are praising Bradley Cooper but I think his performance in ‘A Star Is Born’ is just average.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) *WINNER
Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)
Opinion: I had just watched ‘The Favourite’ last evening. Olivia Colman is good as Queen Anne but I think the movie’s success comes not from a single person but from the three ladies altogether; Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Since Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz lost in supporting actress race, this is the chance to award ‘The Favourite’.
Best Director
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”) *WINNER
Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Spike Lee (“BlackKklansman”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘Roma’ but I knew Alfonso Cuaron is a great director. I still remember very well his past work especially ‘Gravity’.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (“Vice”) *WINNER
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Vigo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man and the Gun”)
John C. Reilly (“Stan and Ollie”)
Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘Vice’ but I’m supposed that this is the only reasonable category to reward ‘Vice’ so that it won’t go home empty handed despite scoring the highest number of nomination at 6.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams (“Vice”)
Claire Foy (“First Man”)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) *WINNER
Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)
Opinion: I realize this pattern where award voters love to award black person for best supporting actor or actress in recent years. I’m not stressing on anything racially but it’s true. Emma Stone and Rachel Weiz are great but I think they cancelled each other out, leaving room for Regina King to emerge as winner. Claire Foy’s role is a bit too bland in ‘First Man’ although she is a great actress while Amy Adams just doesn’t have luck in awards.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) *WINNER
Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Adam Driver (“BlackKklansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)
Opinion: Didn’t watch Green Book and I personally prefer Timothee Chalamet to win from his heartbreaking performance in ‘Beautiful Boy’. Golden Globe decided to compensate for Mahershala Ali this time when he lost in the same race 2 years ago when he was the heavy favourite from his performance in ‘Moonlight’.
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”) *WINNER
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Opinion: This is the only category to reward ‘First Man’. The score is really incredible. End of story. No other score can get close to that.
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)
“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin'”)
“Requiem for a Private War” (“A Private War”)
“Revelation” (“Boy Erased”)
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”) *WINNER

Opinion: Easy pick. From the moment ‘Shallow’ song is released to the public, everyone is already in love and saying that it is going to win in this category for all the awards. I am in that same opinion. ‘Shallow’ is such a powerful and beautiful song. The only win for ‘A Star Is Born’ which came with a strong 5 nominations.
Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture
Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”) *WINNER
Opinion: I have only watched ‘The Favourite’ out of all the five nominees. Hence, nothing much to comment for ‘Green Book’ win here.
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Capernaum”
“Girl”
“Never Look Away”
“Roma” *WINNER
“Shoplifters”
Opinion: Very much expected. ‘Roma’ is tipped to win all the ‘best foreign language film’ awards easily this year.
Best Animated Film
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mirai”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” *WINNER
Opinion: I haven’t watch ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ but I have heard a lot of good things for it. So, yeah, I’m fine for it winning. ‘Incredibles 2’ is entertaining, ‘Isle of Dogs’ is unique, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is good but they are still not enough to be deemed awesome.
‘Green Book’ is the biggest winner of the ceremony with 3 wins while ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ surprises everyone by winning two out of two nominations it received (and they are the big ones; best motion picture – drama and best actor – motion picture drama). ‘A Star Is Born’ fails to take off with only one win and it lost out in all the major categories (Bradley Cooper must be really sad as he has three nominations and lost them all – director, producer, and actor). ‘Vice’ also didn’t do well with just one win despite scoring the highest number of nomination at 6.
The next major Hollywood film awards to look out for is the Critics Choice which is set to take place on this weekend, 13th January 2019.
(Images in this post are from various online sources)

Recap of films in 2018 and my personal selection of the best.


It’s the last day of the year and it’s time for me to again continue with my blog’s tradition to have a post that compiles all the films released in that particular year that I have watched along with my star rating and my personal selection of the best for the year. This post will as usual, generally be updated from time to time to capture more 2018 films that I will have watched later on after the original publishing date of the post.

Here’s the list of 2018 films that I have watched (updated on 13th February 2019) along with my star rating (maximum of 5).

Hollywood films in 2018 that I have watched: (The ones in bold are my top 10 favourites)

  1. Maze Runner: The Death Cure. *****
  2. Guardians of the Tomb. **
  3. The Cloverfield Paradox. ***
  4. Midnighters. *
  5. Game Night. ****
  6. Tomb Raider. ****
  7. Black Panther. ***
  8. Annihilation. ***
  9. Pacific Rim: Uprising. ***
  10. A Quiet Place. *****
  11. Fifty Shades Freed. **
  12. Deep Blue Sea 2. **
  13. Rampage. ****
  14. Red Sparrow. ***
  15. Winchester. ***
  16. Early Man. ****
  17. Truth Or Dare. ***
  18. Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell. *
  19. Avengers: Infinity War. ****
  20. Ready Player One. ****
  21. Deadpool 2. ****
  22. The Strangers: Prey At Night. ****
  23. Love, Simon. ****
  24. Sherlock Gnomes. ***
  25. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. ****
  26. Isle Of Dogs. ***
  27. The Lodgers. ***
  28. Ant-Man And The Wasp. *****
  29. Mission Impossible: Fallout. ****
  30. Extinction. ****
  31. Skyscraper. ****
  32. The Meg. ****
  33. The First Purge. ***
  34. Lake Placid Legacy. **
  35. The Nun. ****
  36. Solo: A Star Wars Story. ****
  37. Sicario: Day Of The Soldado. **
  38. Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation. ****
  39. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. ****
  40. American Fright Fest. **
  41. Frenzy. **
  42. Johnny English Strikes Again. ****
  43. A Star Is Born. ****
  44. Venom. ****
  45. The Spy Who Dumped Me. ***
  46. Slender Man. **
  47. Primal Rage. **
  48. The Hurricane Heist. ***
  49. Incredibles 2. ****
  50. Halloween. ****
  51. Our House. ****
  52. Hunter Killer. *****
  53. Crazy Rich Asians. ****
  54. The Predator. ****
  55. Blood Fest. **
  56. Searching. *****
  57. Bohemian Rhapsody. ****
  58. Alpha Wolf. **
  59. Curse Of The Scarecrow. *
  60. First Man. ****
  61. The House With A Clock In Its Walls. ***
  62. Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle. ***
  63. Under The Silver Lake. **
  64. The Mermaid: Lake Of The Dead. **
  65. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. ***
  66. Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes Of Grindelwald. ***
  67. Aquaman. *****
  68. Hell Fest. ****
  69. Bumblebee. ****
  70. Replicas. ****
  71. Bird Box. ****
  72. Ralph Breaks The Internet. ***
  73. Beautiful Boy. ***
  74. Rust Creek. *
  75. Jonathan. ****
  76. The Favourite. ***
  77. The Wife. ***
  78. Vice. ***
  79. Time Freak. ***
  80. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. *****
  81. Boy Erased. ****
  82. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms. ***
  83. Robin Hood. ***
  84. Can You Ever Forgive Me? ****
  85. The Grinch. ***
  86. End Of The World. *
  87. Dead In The Water. **
  88. Night School. **
  89. Instant Family. ***
  90. Bad Times At The El Royale. ***
  91. Overlord. ****
  92. Discarnate. ***

Chinese films in 2018 that I have watched: (The one in bold is my top favourite)

  1. A Beautiful Moment. *** (Hong Kong film)
  2. Agent Mr Chan. ** (Hong Kong film)
  3. Lee Chong Wei: Rise Of The Legend. **** (Malaysian film)
  4. Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings. **** (China film)

Other foreign films in 2018 that I have watched: (The one in bold is my top favourite)

  1. What The Waters Left Behind. *** (Argentinian film)
  2. The Quake. *** (Norwegian film)
  3. Rampant. **** (South Korean film)
  4. Roma. **** (Mexican film)

As of 13th February 2019, I have watched a total of 100 films that are released in year 2018. I managed to break the 100-mark. Years have go on and I’m still clearly a movie fans. It’s my hobby, my favourite thing to do in leisure time and is my great source of entertainment.

Moving on, here’s the list of top 10 highest grossing films of 2018 (as of 13th February 2019):

  1. Avengers: Infinity War. $ 2.048 billion.
  2. Black Panther. $ 1.346 billion.
  3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. $ 1.309 billion.
  4. Incredibles 2. $ 1.242 billion.
  5. Aquaman. $ 1.120 million.
  6. Venom. $ 855 million.
  7. Bohemian Rhapsody. $ 844 million.
  8. Mission Impossible: Fallout. $ 791 million.
  9. Deadpool 2. $ 784 million.
  10. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald. $ 652 million.

A record 5 films joined the 1-billion dollar club this year. Avengers: Infinity War topped the table with a huge comfortable margin and is the 4th movie to surpass the 2-billion milestone and is currently also the 4th highest grossing film of all time. Incredibles 2 becomes the 2nd highest grossing animated film of all time (only behind 2013’s Frozen). Out of the 10 films above, 6 of them are based on superheroes (including the animated film Incredibles 2). That shows that the world audiences aren’t tired of superhero genre yet.

So now, to the final section of this post is where my personal selection of the best of films in 2018 is. Here, I’m pretending to be a professional film academy voter.

Best Film: A Quiet Place

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)

Best Leading Actor: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Best Leading Actress: Glenn Close (The Wife)

Best Supporting Actor: Timothee Chalamet (Beautiful Boy)

Best Supporting Actress: Nicole Kidman (Boy Erased)

Best Young Performer: Ansel Elgort (Jonathan)

Best Original Screenplay: A Quiet Place

Best Adapted Screenplay: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Film Editing: Vice

Best Cinematography: Roma

Best Production Design: Isle of Dogs

Best Action Choreography: Aquaman

Best Visual Effects: Aquaman

Best Original Score: First Man

Best Original Song: Shallow from ‘A Star Is Born’ 

Best Sound Mixing and Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Costume Design: Black Panther

Best Make-up and Hair-styling: Vice

Best Youth or Superhero Film: Aquaman

Best Horror or Supernatural Film: A Quiet Place

Best Musical or Comedy Film: Johnny English Strikes Again

Best Sci-fi or Fantasy Film: Ready Player One

Best Action or Thriller Film: Hunter Killer

Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

(This post is originally published on 31st December 2018 and is updated on 13th February 2019)

It is endgame!


Last Friday’s evening got everyone excited because the first trailer for the upcoming Avengers 4 is finally released. Everyone already cannot wait for this one after the Avengers 3 (Infinity War) early this year. Everyone wanted to see where it all leads to after half of the world population turned into dust at the end of the Infinity War after Thanos succeeded on his plan after securing all the 6 infinity stones for the powerful infinity gauntlet.

Not much detail has been revealed earlier on for this upcoming Avengers 4 including its title although it is just a year apart from Infinity War. Finally, the first revelation came last evening with the official first trailer and the announcement of the movie’s title in the trailer itself. It’s Avengers: Endgame. No more speculation, guessing and rumors. It’s endgame. And after missing in the Infinity War, Hawkeye and Ant-man will return to Endgame to everyone’s excitement!

Before the release of Avengers: Endgame, there will be another Marvel movie out. It’s Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson as the titular role and it will be out on March 2019, a month before Avengers: Endgame. I have watched its two trailers and I have to say that I’m not impressed. I think Brie Larson doesn’t fit into being a superhero. I just couldn’t feel any intensity from its two trailers so far. Well, I’m still not going to miss it (not missing a single MCU movies in all the phases).

Can’t wait that long for a superhero movie? No worry. There has been a lot of superhero films in recent years and moviegoers appear to be still not feeling tired of movies of this genre. Without Marvel, we still have DC. And it’s upcoming Aquaman is going to be released next week! Yes, next week! I also can’t wait for this one. The trailer looks promising and I have absolute faith on James Wan who is the director (he directed The Conjuring, first two Saw films, Fast and Furious 7, etc). Not many DC films do well to the critics except Wonder Woman and I think Aquaman will be fabulous and is going to revive the less stellar DC cinematic universe.

It is a huge challenge for DC film to cross US$ 1 billion in worldwide box office but it is a very easy task for Marvel films. Sorry DC fans, but it is a fact. (I’m neutral on both side and I’m more swayed towards Marvel since they released more films so far). This year’s Black Panther grossed US$1.346 billion while Avengers: Infinity War gained a whopping US$2.047 billion (even get past 2-billion milestone). Black Panther is even nominated for Golden Globes 2019 for best motion picture – drama (though I don’t see any chance of it winning and I actually don’t enjoy Black Panther much and I think it is overrated).

(Images in this post are from various online sources)