July 22, 2024

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Watson & Ryan Debate The 2019 Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominees are here, so Ryan and I had to chat about them all.  While these aren’t necessarily our predictions, since that comes after careful consideration and evaluation of various oddsmakers, here is what we’re thinking.

Best picture:

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
A Star Is Born

Watson says:  No real favorite here, but there is one Favourite.  Not a great year, so I am pulling for a GOOD, popular film; so I want Black Panther or Bohemian Rhapsody to win.

Ryan says: If the popular route is taken, Black Panther has to win.  If they’re awarding based on legacy, Spike Lee should get BlacKkKlansman.  If they’re awarding based on what I really want to win, they’ll give it to Black Panther or just skip because I’m yawning despite loving Black Panther.

Lead actor:

Christian Bale (Vice)
Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)

Watson says: I realllllllly want Rami to win this one.  Bale is his competition, but who wants to reward Dick Cheney.  He was the bad guy Republican of his day.  Oddly, I miss him…

Ryan says: Rami technically counts as a person of color, but holy crap this category is so white I have to put my phone in night mode just to read the nominees.

Lead 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?)

Watson says: None of these performances were particularly good, so I am pulling for Glenn Close in a lifetime achievement role.

Ryan says: McCarthy would have a shot if the movie was called Can You Ever Forgive Me For The Happytime Murders?  The answer is still no.  My only prediction is that by April we will already forget who won this award and only be reminded when the winner comes out to present at next year’s Oscars.

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)

Watson says: First, let’s all acknowledge that there is no Michael B Jordan because Killmonger was a weak villain.  Next, lets say this is a two man race between Ali and Grant.  Both were simply amazing.

Ryan says: Michael B Jordan would have won this category in a landslide if he’d been nominated.  Sure, Ali gets the nod because he’s won before, but nominating Sam Elliott for playing Sam Elliott?  Or the white guy in the Spike Lee movie?  Ludicrous.

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Supporting actress:

Amy Adams (Vice)
Marina de Tavira (Roma)
Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

Watson says: Regina King wins this, hands down.  I was really hoping the silence of A Quiet Place would get nominated.  Clearly that was the lead, but the film’s lack of noise campaigned as a supporting role for some political reason…

Ryan says: Man, the Academy is chuckling so hard over nominating two women from The Favourite.  Now all the journalism school dropouts that became entertainment reporters get to make THE SAME JOKE.  Oh, it will be so amusing.  People will smirk and smile and shoot me.

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Best director:

Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
Adam McKay (Vice)
Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)

Watson says: But for the nomination of Pawlikowski, I would have been able to say I have seen EVERY film nominated across the major categories.  So I am rooting against him.  This one is Cuaron’s for sure.  A boring movie, but so beautifully shot.

Ryan says: Where the hell is Ryan Coogler?  Oh, was there an artsy film directed by a white guy nobody knows?  SOLD!

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Animated feature:

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Watson says: Spider-Verse should have been in the discussion for Best Picture, so it needs to win this walking away.

Ryan says: Yes, it wins, yawn.

Adapted screenplay:

A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters and Eric Roth)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)

Watson says: I think you have to give this to Spike Lee and team.  That was one crazy, cool script.

Ryan says: Further signs that the Oscars are out of touch.  The top 10 grossing films of the year are all adapted scripts.  None of them were nominated for screenplay or director.  Not saying all 10 deserve to be nominated, but NONE?

Original screenplay:

The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
Green Book (Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga)
Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
Vice (Adam McKay)

Watson says: This is usually my favorite category, but this year I don’t really care. Vice was certainly originally in its kookie and fun take on a serious subject.  I would vote for it over all the others.

Ryan says: Um, where the hell is Sorry to Bother You?  Where is A Quiet Place?


The Favourite (Robbie Ryan)
Never Look Away (Caleb Deschanel)
Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
A Star Is Born (Matty Libatique)
Cold War (Lukasz Zal)

Watson says: Roma is as heavy a favorite to win this as any nominee this year; maybe in several years.  The only potential upset is if JK Simmons from Whiplash somehow takes the statue.

Ryan says: Yay.

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Best documentary feature:

Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons

Watson says: HUGE SNUB!  I thought Won’t You Be My Neighbor was the front runner.  Wasn’t Even Nominated!!!  Neither was Three Identical Strangers. This is such a weird category.

Ryan says: Both huge gaps.  The Academy needs an age cut-off.

Best documentary short subject:

Black Sheep
End Game
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence.

Watson says: Not sure who would win, but if the producers of End Game was smart, they would have held its release to April. I’ll be they would have pulled in at LEAST $125m in confusion alone!

Ryan says: Actually asleep.

Animated short:

Animal Behaviour
Late Afternoon
One Small Step

Watson says: I hear Bao is a tearjerker that will make Jenny cry.  What do you think, Ryan?

Ryan says: Snore.

Best live-action short film:


Watson says: Marguerite sounds a lot like Margarita, so it has my full support.  All the other films sound like menu items at an S&M Bondage Parlor…

Ryan says: Mumble grumble toss and turn.

Best foreign language film:

Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

Watson says: Though Roma is the heavy favorite, I think Cold War could surprise us.

Ryan says: Foreign snore.

Film editing:

BlacKkKlansman (Barry Alexander Brown)
Bohemian Rhapsody (John Ottman)
The Favourite (Yorgos Mavropsaridis)
Green Book (Patrick J. Don Vito)
Vice (Hank Corwin)

Watson says: John Ottman gets my support for editing out all the boring, realistic stuff Jonathan wanted to see and making this a fascinating movie.

Ryan says: Sure.

Sound editing:

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Quiet Place

Watson says: I will not comment on this abortion of a category.  FUCK SOUND EDITING!

Ryan says: Sound Editing is now the most interesting category of the year.  First Man is the front runner because for most of the Academy they can compare the movie to what the actual moon landing sounded like, so it gets the advantage.

Sound mixing:

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Star Is Born

Watson says: A solid year of the masters at the top of their games.  Except for First Man, though I am sure Ryan will come along and serve as that bastard’s apologist….yet again…

Ryan says: Sound mixing needs to be abolished from the Oscars.  It makes no sense.  It’s a goddamned dial.  Oh, did someone turn the dial artistically?  Good for them.

Production design:

Black Panther (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart)
The Favourite (Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton)
First Man (Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas)
Mary Poppins Returns (John Myhre and Gordon Sim)
Roma (Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez)

Watson says: Black Panther better take this one. In a way, this nomination is for Wakanda as Best Supporting Actor or Actress.  Wakanda Forever!

Ryan says: Should Black Panther win?  Of course.  Will it?  Nope.

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)

Watson says: A Quiet Place was snubbed.

Ryan says: If only one of these movies was delightfully quirky.

Original song:

“All the Stars” (Black Panther, written by Kendrick Lamar, Al Shux, Sounwave, SZA and Anthony Tiffith)
Performed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA

“I’ll Fight” (RBG, written by Diane Warren)
Performed by Jennifer Hudson

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” (Mary Poppins Returns, written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman)
Performed by Emily Blunt

“Shallow” (A Star Is Born, written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt)
Performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, written by Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch)
Performed by Tim Blake Nelson and Willie Watson

Watson says: Shallow all the way…though I do like a sound as performed by Willie Watson.  This was the best rendetion of a song by Willie Watson since I hummed “Achtung Baby” this morning in the shower…

Ryan says: Shallow wins in an apt description of the Oscar voters.

Makeup and hair:

Mary Queen of Scots

Watson says: Vice get this one. No doubt.  Did you know that WASN’T Vice-President Cheney?  It was Batman!

Ryan says: Border?  How the hell does Border get nominated?  If everyone in the world who’s actually seen Border voted for it, it still shouldn’t be nominated.

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)

Watson says: This is the one category I would give Mary Poppins…then take it away and give it to Black Panther.

Ryan says: Black Panther was literally the only film here that actually had to design costumes.  The others just recreated historical clothing.  And yet….

Visual effects: 

Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

Watson says: Does Infinity War get credit for adding Hulk to the trailer?  #Scholars!

Ryan says: Oh, nice!

More Oscar discussion between now and the ceremony here on Gabbing Geek!


(“Or not…” – Ryan)