Let’s get this out of the way, big results, interesting winners and lots of surprises. Some of my expectations were very off, others were pretty accurate. I have to say that I underestimated Bong Joon-ho. Honestly, I barely watched his movie a few days before and a few days after I wrote my expectations, after watching it I realized how off I was and that he obviously deserved more. Let’s fix my previous post, shall we? (I’ll leave in blacks all the winners)
Let’s start with something “less important” but that I really enjoy. “Best Animated Feature Film” In my opinion I Lost My Body deserves this award 100%. ( I still agree with this, I still think this movie deserved this award and I think it was unfair for Toy Story to get the Award instead) I will be very disappointed if another one gets it since I don’t consider the other movies to be Award deserving (Word). The nominees are, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, I Lost My Body, Klaus, Missing Link and Toy Story 4
With Best International Feature Film I have to admit that I haven’t seen the movies yet, but I’m very excited to watch “Pain and Glory”, by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar and with Antonio Banderas on the leading role, but I personally consider “Parasite” to be the most probable of winning, directed by Bong Joon-ho. (Little did I know, am I right?) The nominees are Corpus Christi (Poland), Honeyland (North Macedonia), Les Misérables (France), Pain and Glory (Spain)and Parasite (South Korea).
Best Adapted Screenplay is also one of the Awards I really care about and this year it’s tough. I really want “The Irishman” to win this one, but I also feel like “Little Woman” and “The Two Popes” have a great chance of winning. I guess I’ll find the day of the awards. (Jojo Rabbit going hard on this one) The nominees are The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women, and The Two Popes.
Now, to the main once and the ones most people are excited for. Starting with the Actors and Actresses
Best Supporting Actor, this one is so very even that I don’t know where to start. Okay, my favorite is Anthony Hopkins for “The Two Popes”, but then there’s Joe Pesci and Al Pacino from “The Irishman”. Brad Pitt was phenomenal in Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, I found his character hilarious but unfortunately, I have my doubts about him winning. (How wrong I was though) It’s going to be good, that’s all I know. The nominees are Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), Al Pacino and Joe Pesci (The Irishman)and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood).
Best Supporting Actress goes again to Scarlett Johansson for “Jojo Rabbit”. Although I still haven’t seen it, I am rooting for it. I wasn’t a big fan of the other nominations so, I don’t know. (I guess I’m watching Little Women very soon because Florence Pugh seemed like an obvious win for many, who knew) (also, at least Laura Dern won and Marriage Story got something) The nominees are Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell), Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit), Florence Pugh (Little Women) and Margot Robbie (Bombshell).
For Best Actor we have some pretty great interpretations, the only one I haven’t seen is Antonio Banderas’s character in Pain and Glory, but I consider it to have a very good chance. From the once I have seen my favorite is Joaquin Phoenix in Joker. (This was a given, Joaquin going strong) I don’t need to explain myself here, if you want to know, go check out my post on “Joker”, I think I said enough and praised him enough. The nominees are Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes).
For Best Actress we have my personal favorite Scarlett Johansson in “Marriage Story”, I haven’t seen the rest but it seems like Saoirse Ronan from “Little Women” was also phenomenal, so I guess we’ll see. (No, I disagree, I did not like Judy, I did not like Renee Zellweger and I do not recognize this, there were so many much better actresses nominated, but well, what can I say) (I’m not salty you are salty) The nominees are Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Saoirse Ronan (Little Women), Charlize Theron (Bombshell)and Renee Zellweger (Judy).
And now the most anticipated Awards from them all, Cinematography, Movie, and Director.
Starting with Best Cinematography my favorites for the Oscar are, first of all, “The Lighthouse”, a movie I already talked about before on my blog (you should check it out by the way), in second place “1917”, a movie that really blew my mind when I watched it. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it is truly filmed with love and passion. In third place we have my personal favorite movie of 2019, “Joker” (which I have also talked about before), I think I’ve said enough about Joker, especially to the people who know me, but I personally think the Award for Best Cinematography should still go to “The Lighthouse”. (Honestly, I still hopped The Lighthouse would win this, but I knew it wouldn’t happen, I know the Oscar’s don’t really like horror films or controversial movies, so I’m happy that the Lighthouse won) The nominees are The Irishman, Joker, The Lighthouse, 1917 and Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood.
For Best Director I want Quentin Tarantino to win, he deserves an Academy Award already, he’s more legendary than any of the directors who have won his previous awards (except for Robert Zemeckis, he definitely has the most memorable movies from the 80s and 90s). But in all seriousness, Todd Phillips and Martin Scorsese all deserve the award just as much. Although Sam Mendes made a phenomenal job at directing 1917 my heart is closer to Joker and The Irishman. My guess is that Todd Phillips is getting this award, but we’ll see. (I got to say, I wasn’t expecting Bong Joon-ho to win so many categories but I’m happy for him, Parasite was just phenomenal and It deserves it) The nominees are Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Todd Phillips (Joker), Sam Mendes (1917), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood)and Bong Joon-ho (Parasite).
Drum roll please (close your eyes and imagine the drum roll). Ford v Ferrari. Wait, wait, sorry no, the award goes to Joker. It’s written right here, sorry I’m fully responsible for this, my bad. (If you get it you get it) All jokes asides, “Joker” deserves the award (get it, jokes-Joker). Although there are so many great movies nominated, I still consider Joker as the most greedy and masterful of them. If I look at it from the Academy’s perspective, I know that this might not happen, since we know how controversial it was and we know how little the Academy likes to be around controversy (cof cof Kevin Spacey cof cof). With this in mind, I consider 1917 and Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood as strong contenders. The Irishman has a big chance but I also find it hard for it to win. The once I don’t see as Best Picture worthy are Ford v Ferrari, Little Women, and Marriage Story. (This took me by surprise, a good surprise, we saw history happening before our eyes and I’m glad that it happened the way it happened. Like I said, Parasite deserved all these awards thrown at it, congratulations)The nominees are Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, 1917, Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood and Parasite.
I’m satisfied with most of the award winners, congratulations to all the people who were involved, it was a great night and a great year. I’m happy I was able to communicate all this information to you, my (probably like three) regular readers. Parasite dominated. Joker, Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood and The Irishman were not able to do much, but we saw others get their well-deserved awards like 1917 and Little Woman. I’m excited to see what this year will bring us and to find out what I’ll be writing about for the next awards. Thank you for joining me.