Oscars 2019: Hostless Ceremony,The Favorites, Predictions, And Major Questions To Be Answered
It’s the most anticipated night of the year full of glitz and glamour, where all of Hollywood gathers with excitement. Millions of viewers worldwide tune in to witness the legendary event and see who will take home the golden statuette this year. With the ceremony only a few days away, plenty of assumptions have already been made as to who’s taking home the grand prize. Let’s take a look at the most realistic predictions and some of the drama that took place leading up to the awards show.
A HOSTLESS CEREMONY
We'll begin with the most talked about chain of events that unfolded just before the New Year. After being announced as the host for the 2019 Oscars, Kevin Hart stirred up a huge controversy because of some old tweets and comments. The backlash was so bad, that the comedian decided to step down from hosting at the Academy Awards ceremony.
It's clear that his tweets contained a number of remarks that the LGBTQ community found offensive and homophobic. Worried that the drama would distract from the annual awards ceremony, Hart decided it would be best to quit.
Apparently, this statement was a dramatic change from the comedian’s earlier reaction to the backlash. A video posted to Instagram revealed that the Academy gave him a chance to take responsibility for his actions, and formally apologize - allowing him to keep the gig afterward. However, Kevin supposedly refused.
“I chose to pass, I passed on the apology. The reason I chose to pass is because I’ve addressed this several times, this is not the first time this has come up, I’ve addressed this,” he said. “I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I’ve moved on and I’m in a completely different space in my life.”
Many were unsure whether the show will find a replacement host until the Academy announced that they have decided to continue without an MC. This will be the first time in 30 years that the Oscar’s will unfold hostless, with the format of the ceremony still unclear.
Now, on the actual awarding! We're going to start with listing the favorites that everybody's been buzzing about. When it comes to Best Original Song, this might sound like an obvious one, but most people are definitely rooting for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s ‘Shallow’ to take home the prize. For Best Picture, 'Green Book' has taken the lead, after already receiving an award at the Producer’s Guild Awards last month. This is a relevant development because almost every film (eight out of the last 10) that won an award at the PGA’s lead to an Oscar win.
However, the film definitely has some competition for the category - Netflix’s ‘Roma’ also won Best Picture at the Director’s Guild Awards and Baftas, creating an interesting faceoff between the two movies. Roma’s filmmaker, Alfonso Cuaron, is currently in the lead as well for Best Director after the successful wins. This is a promising development since the DGA’s correctly predicted the Best Director Oscar winner 14 out 15 times.
Speaking of Best Picture, we think it’s worth mentioning one of the more underrated films in this category. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' received lots of mixed reviews - critics (mostly) hated it, while the majority of the audience was leaving positive feedback. Despite the negative reviews, most viewers were shocked to see the movie take home the award for Best Picture at the Golden Globes. If it happened once, it’s very likely that it could happen again at the Academy Awards.
For Best Actor, it’s pretty evident that Rami Malek is widely favored for the win because of his essentially identical, jaw-dropping portrayal of Freddie Mercury. Because of Malek’s win for Best Actor at the Golden Globes, the prediction is a rational one. Although, Christian Bale’s imitation of Dick Cheney was so spot-on that this battle might end up being a close one.
After tying with Lady Gaga at the Critics’ Choice Award, it’s assumed that Glenn Close will most likely take home the award for Best Actress. But again, it goes without saying that the actress has some competition - Olivia Colman’s role in ‘The Favorite’ has also been praised within the public.
THE NOMINEES & PREDICTIONS
In the lead is Alfonso Cuaron’s 'Roma', a semi-autobiographical drama released on Netflix that takes place in 1970s Mexico. The film is about a young housekeeper that works for a wealthy family. Second on the list is Yorgos Lanthimos’ 'The Favourite', a drama that focuses on Queen Anne’s relationship with her aides. Both films have 10 nominations each - they include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.
Up for Best Picture, we have 'A Star Is Born' and 'Vice', coming in third with eight nominations each. And of course, one of the most talked-about developments is the historical nomination for ‘Black Panther’, breaking a record and becoming the first ever superhero movie to be included in the category.This year is also an exciting time for the first-time debutants Lady Gaga for ‘A Star Is Born’, and Yalitza Aparicio for her role in ‘Roma.’ Christian Bale received a nom as well for his portrayal of former US vice president, Dick Cheney, in ‘Vice’ - which, by the way, he won the Best Actor award at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards for. Glenn Close, Olivia Colman, and Regina King are all running for Best Actress.
As with every Oscar event, there’s always those who believe they’ve been unfairly snubbed of a nomination. This time around, many feel that Bradley Cooper was robbed and missed out on the Best Director nom, and he’s not the only one. Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Ethan Hawke, Claire Foy, and a number of other stars were totally excluded from any nominations. And, surprisingly, the British bio-drama ‘Mary Queen of Scotts’ is missing from all the categories as well.
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The Oscars will be taking place this Sunday on February 24th, 2019. Although predictions can be accurate, there's always a chance that viewers are going to be left blindsided. Do you agree with the list of Oscar favorites? Or is there someone missing? And do you believe that each nomination is well-deserved? Let us know what you think below! Make sure to stay tuned for more updates.