2019 Oscars Watch: the frontrunners are debatable
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The runnings for this year’s Oscars is as stands: “The Favourite” and “Roma” lead with ten nominations each, “A Star is Born” with eight, followed by “Black Panther” and “Vice” both scoring seven, and finally “BlacKkKlansman” with six.
The lead actor nomination is in between Christian Bale for “Vice,” Bradley Cooper for “A Star is Born,” Willem Dafoe for “At Eternity’s Gate,” Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book.” Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury was astounding, hilarious, and heartbreaking all at once. The way he immersed himself into the character was phenomenal. However, it doesn’t go without saying Christian Bale as Dick Cheney and Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine hold potential to steal the title.
For lead actress Yalitza Aparicio for “Roma,” Glenn Close for “The Wife,” Olivia Colman in “The Favourite,” Lady Gaga for “A Star Is Born,” and Melissa McCarthy in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” each hold their prospective potential for winning the award. Although Glenn Close won the Academy Award for Best Actress in the past, all eyes are currently on Gaga for the possible win. However, it would be difficult to surpass Olivia Colman’s excellence in “The Favourite.” Olivia Colman offers the most incredible facial expressions, and her role as Queen Anne really allowed her immense talent as an actress to shine through. Olivia Colman brought the house down with an incredible emotional depth in Queen Anne, and managed to keep it hilarious with the iconic absurdist humour that is commonly known in Yorgos Lanthimos films.
The nominations for best director include Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” Pawel Pawlikowski for “Cold War,” Yorgos Lanthimos for “The Favourite,” Alfonso Cuarón for “Roma,” and Adam McKay for “Vice.” It was great to finally see Spike Lee in his element; “BlacKkKlansman” was very obviously a passion project for him, and it’s evident that his talent as a director and unique style come to play, giving him a possible chance of earning the award. However, Alfonso Cuarón rises above with “Roma” as a unique and distinct production; it is endearing, bizarre, uncomfortable, and funny in a way that does not feel like too much. Throughout the whole film, it is visible how much effort was put into making the film,and the result is a special and fun experience.
The most underrated category of the Oscars is animated feature, as each of these movies are deserving of more attention. This year, the list includes; “Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Mirai,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” “Isle of Dogs” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” were both incredible. “Spider-Verse” obviously gets a nod for the new genre of animation, but Wes Anderson nailed the most difficult type of animation in “Isle of Dogs” by using stop-motion animation. However, when it boils down to it, a captivating plot is more important, and the plot for “Isle of Dogs” was more interesting and unique than “Into the Spider-Verse.” This is, of course, a matter of personal taste, and though the visuals of “Into the Spider-Verse” were astounding, the plot was a little dull and predictable. Of course, there are many aspects to consider, such as the two genres of animation. “Into the Spider-Verse” needed to be kid-friendly, while “Isle of Dogs” was aimed at older audiences. For this reason, there should be more categories for animated movies. In every animated movie there are several different components to consider, and to group all animated movies together results in some great films being ignored.
The Oscars this year have a lot of great contenders. Productions such as “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Mary Queen of Scots,” and “First Man” should be given some recognition at this year’s Oscars. Regardless, it becomes increasingly clear every year that the Oscars are becoming popularity contests instead of actual content, and the standard for an Oscar-nominated movie is going down. As the results come in February 24, there will be disagreement about which movies won and lost. However, these films were decided based on many factors behind the scenes, creating unfair biases in all the categories.