...and that's a wrap! Another year in film is over! This was definitely the most unpredictable year in movies we've had in a long time, particularly on my end. Out of my 24 predictions, I only got 13 correct, which was worse than last years. :( At times the winner went to the right movie, at times I'd easily say it went to the worst movie. But the envelopes have already been opened, there was no mix-up anywhere, what's said has been said.
Below are the results. Thankfully all 24 of them were broadcast live, and none of them were for "Best Popular Film." The ones highlighted in gold are the ones that absolutely deserved to win. The ones highlighted in green are the ones that were among the worst in their respective nominees, and thus, should not have won.
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Best Adapted Screenplay: BlacKkKlansman
Best Original Screenplay: Green Book
Best Actor: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Film Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Sound Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Sound Mixing: Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Cinematography: Roma
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Vice
Best Costume Design: Black Panther
Best Production Design: Black Panther
Best Original Score: Black Panther
Best Original Song: Shallow, A Star Is Born
Best Visual Effects: First Man
Best Animated Feature: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Foreign Language Film: Mexico, Roma
Best Documentary Feature: Free Solo
Best Documentary Short: Period. End of Sentence.
Best Animated Short: Bao
Best Live Action Short: Skins
Speaking of which, Melissa McCarthy deserves an Oscar for that not-at-all-distracting dress of hers! It was a part of a ceremony that I actually have to say is the best they've had in years. Turns out they're way better off without a host to waste our time on meaningless filler!
Now, for the wins I'm not happy about, starting with Black Panther. It already got seven more nominations than it deserved, and now it has three more wins than it deserves. I'm sorry but the sets and costumes in that movie were ugly: plasticy, loud, overdesigned, disrespectful to Africa's heritage, no different than anything else designed by Marvel. The musical score, aside from the inconsistently used African chants and boom-whackers, wasn't anything special. I'm looking forward to when people years from now look back on this movie, see its Oscar attention and think, "really?" I can already foresee it being among Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Blind Side as some of the most infamous Best Picture nominees ever.
And finally, the big winner of the night: Green Book. Now I didn't hate this movie, it did manage to make me feel good afterward, and I did have some pleasant laughs all throughout, it was overall an average movie. But to call it the best movie of the year, in a year where Annihilation, Eighth Grade, The Hate U Give, Hereditary, Searching, Sorry to Bother You, Tully, BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, If Beale Street Could Talk, Isle of Dogs, A Quiet Place, Roma, A Star Is Born, and many others I haven't seen this year exist, it's absolutely laughable. I definitely believe that the Academy should bare in mind what the public wants to see in their shows and acknowledge films that the public has actually heard of, but they should not do that at the cost of their winners lacking genuine artistry. I can tell you with strong confidence that there was nothing at all artistic about Green Book.
From this point onward, I'm just hoping that the Academy learns from their mistakes made this year, and know that they have to make a fair compromise between what the public wants to see and what deserves to be awarded. You have a part in that too: Don't just pay money to see content you are already familiar with. Challenge yourself, go see the more independently produced films that aren't advertised as much. Not a horror fan? Give Annihilation a shot, it has the horror elements in it while keeping its genre predominantly sci-fi. You hang out around mostly White people all day? Give The Hate U Give a try, give yourself a glance into a point of view different than your own. If you do that, I guarantee you'll become a more open-minded and happier person who can treat others with kindness to greater capacity. In addition, the Academy will see what the people really want to see, and start awarding Best Picture to films that are both popular and well made.
Have a fabulous time at the theaters in 2019! And remember: "As an artist, it is our job to look where others don't." -Alfonso Cuarón.