What to Watch: The 2019 Academy Awards This Sunday

The 91st Annual Academy Awards will air live on ABC this Sunday, February 24, 2019, and I can’t wait! I love watching all of the red-carpet excitement unfold from the comfort of my own home—and I really like to make things interesting by doing an Oscar Pool with my friends and family. I don’t think it’s bragging (exactly) to say that I have a knack for picking winners. Maybe it’s because I’m so lucky in my day job that I get to meet so many of the talented people who are nominated. Maybe I’ve just got a sixth sense about this stuff. Whatever it is, we’ll all just have to wait till this Sunday night to find out who takes home Oscar gold. Below, you’ll find my picks in a few of the top categories (you can check out a full list of nominations here or download the complete Oscar ballot). Good luck!

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
CHRISTIAN BALE, Vice
BRADLEY COOPER, A Star Is Born
WILLEM DAFOE, At Eternity’s Gate
RAMI MALEK, Bohemian Rhapsody
VIGGO MORTENSEN, Green Book


ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
MAHERSHALA ALI, Green Book
ADAM DRIVER, BlacKkKlansman
SAM ELLIOTT, A Star Is Born
RICHARD E. GRANT, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
SAM ROCKWELL, Vice

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
YALITZA APARICIO, Roma
GLENN CLOSE, The Wife
OLIVIA COLMAN, The Favourite
LADY GAGA, A Star Is Born
MELISSA MCCARTHY, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
AMY ADAMS, Vice
MARINA DE TAVIRA, Roma
REGINA KING, If Beale Street Could Talk
EMMA STONE, The Favourite
RACHEL WEISZ, The Favourite

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
INCREDIBLES 2 (Brad Bird, John Walker, and Nicole Paradis Grindle)
ISLE OF DOGS (Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, and Jeremy Dawson)
MIRAI (Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito)
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, and Clark Spencer)
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller)

COSTUME DESIGN
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS, Mary Zophres
BLACK PANTHER, Ruth Carter
THE FAVOURITE, Sandy Powell
MARY POPPINS RETURNS, Sandy Powell
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, Alexandra Byrne

DIRECTING
BLACKKKLANSMAN, Spike Lee
COLD WAR, Paweł Pawlikowski
THE FAVOURITE, Yorgos Lanthimos
ROMA, Alfonso Cuarón
VICE, Adam McKay

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
CAPERNAUM, Lebanon
COLD WAR, Poland
NEVER LOOK AWAY, Germany
ROMA, Mexico
SHOPLIFTERS, Japan

MUSIC (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

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
“ALL THE STARS,” from Black Panther (Music by Kendrick Lamar, Mark “Sounwave” Spears, and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar, SZA and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith)
“I’LL FIGHT,” from RBG (Music and Lyric by Diane Warren)
“THE PLACE WHERE LOST THINGS GO,” from Mary Poppins Returns (Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman)
“SHALLOW,” from A Star Is Born (Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt)
“WHEN A COWBOY TRADES HIS SPURS FOR WINGS,” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Music and Lyric by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch)

BEST PICTURE
BLACK PANTHER (Kevin Feige, Producer)
BLACKKKLANSMAN (Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, and Spike Lee, Producers)
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (Graham King, Producer)
THE FAVOURITE (Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers)
GREEN BOOK (Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga, Producers)
ROMA (Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers)
A STAR IS BORN (Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper, and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers)
VICE (Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers)A

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