There’s always lots of speculation about who will take home the hardware at the Oscars. Why wait to learn the big winners this year? We’ve created a few of our own categories and declared a winner, or loser, in each. So sit back, grab your popcorn and see if you agree with our take on who should take home our golden statue, and who deserves nada this go ‘round.
Who’s already won (and lost) at this year’s Oscars
Most bankBlack Panther made the most at the box office of all the best picture nominees. The superhero film grossed $700.1 million at box offices in North America. The other seven didn’t even come close. Bohemian Rhapsody was far behind in second place at $202.5 million. In last place? The Favourite at $23 million (there is no data for Roma because Netflix withholds the numbers).
Winner: Black PantherGetty Images
Best hostThe last time the Academy Awards show didn’t have a designated host was 1989. There are no plans for a host this year since comedian Kevin Hart stepped down from the role after controversy over past jokes and comments he made that contained homophobic slurs. Some have welcomed his apologies, others, not so much.
Loser: Kevin HartGetty Images
Biggest first timersIt’s the first time Yalitza Aparicio and Lady Gaga have been nominated for an acting Oscar. Both are up for best actress in Roma and A Star is Born, respectively. Roma has two more nods than A Star is Born, but Lady Gaga has one more (best original song) than Aparicio. While Gaga brings some serious star power, it’s impressive that Aparicio’s first role as an actress has earned her an Oscar nom. Plus, she’s the first Indigenous woman to be nominated for best actress.
Winner: Yalitza AparicioGetty Images
Most shocking snubThere were a few raised eyebrows and headshakes when the nomination list came out this year. Critics didn’t see Bradley Cooper or Ryan Coogler as names on the best director list for A Star is Born and Black Panther, both of which are up for best picture. But, the most surprising is Crazy Rich Asians being snubbed from everything. Romantic comedies don’t often rack up nominations, but Crazy Rich Asians was a breakout hit at the box office and made history when it comes to Asian representation in Hollywood. You’d think the academy would recognize that in at least one category.
Winner: Crazy Rich AsiansGetty Images
Most streaming nomsNetflix has been nominated for 13 awards this year and beat out major distributors like Universal and Warner Bros., both of which are up for nine awards. While Disney had the most nominations at 17, we're pitting this battle between two streaming companies: Amazon Studios had 10 nods less than Netflix. Even last year Netflix had more at eight nominations.
Winner: Netflix Shutterstock
Worst film scandalsTwo best picture nominees have been embroiled in controversy leading up to the show. Green Book has been criticized for inaccuracies according to the real life main character’s family. Lead Mahershala Ali apologized to Donald Shirley’s family for the flaws. Others have said it oversimplifies race in an out-dated way. Bohemian Rhapsody’s disgraced director Bryan Singer is facing several accusations of sexual misconduct. GLADD disqualified the film from its Media Award nominations.
Losers: Both films lose but Bohemian Rhapsody loses more Getty Images
Worst female inclusivityThere are zero female directors up for nominations this year. All five nominations went to men, and all eight movies nominated for best picture are by male directors. Only five females have ever been nominated for best director at the Academy Awards and only one has been successful: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker.
Loser: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesGetty Images
Best low budgetThe Favourite and Roma both raked in the most award noms at 10 each and both worked off the same miniscule $15 million budget. Put head-to-head against each other for the impressive number of nominations, the two films have no doubt impressed the Academy. The Favourite is considered the frontrunner among some critics, but If Roma wins it would be unprecedented being filmed in black and white and in Spanish.
Winner: RomaGetty Images
Best performanceSeven performances are scheduled at this year’s show including Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Bette Midler. There’s still no official confirmation as to whether Kendrick Lamar and SZA will perform “All the Stars.” Every other act was previously made public but the Academy waited until this week to announce something major: Queen will be hitting the stage. Current lead singer Adam Lambert will join the iconic band, which Bohemian Rhapsody is based on.
Winner: Queen and Adam LambertGetty Images
Best academy controversyThis year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has stirred the pot before the show has even begun. It made a few questionable changes followed by some backtracking including nearly implementing a “best popular picture” category, and almost not honouring the tradition of inviting last year’s winners to present awards. The biggest blunder was announcing four Oscars would be presented during commercial breaks. There was immediate backlash to the idea of snubbing cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling and live-action shorts to shorten the televised version. The academy has since changed its mind.
Winner: Cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling and live-action shortsShutterstock
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