It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Forget Christmas, I’m here for the pomp and ceremony of the Oscars! I’m not going to lie, it’s been a fairly mixed for me on the nominee front. Some categories are absolutely popping, whilst others feel decidedly dull. No matter what, though, I’ll be there with my ballot and my snacks to see who ends up with the prizes on the big night! Keeping up with my annual tradition, here are my head versus heart predictions for some of the major categories at this year’s Annual Academy Awards.
Head says: Roma / Heart says: The Favourite
The Roma train has been building a head of steam for months now, and though I can absolutely understand and celebrate the technical brilliance of the picture, I can’t say that it truly won me over until the final fifty minutes or so. The Favourite, however, had me from minute one. Yorgos Lanthimos’s amazingly contemporary take on the story of Queen Anne absolutely blew me away, the only truly five star film in the entire bunch in my opinion. I don’t think I’m over doing it when I say that The Favourite might have permanently changed the future of the period drama genre. It’s going to be a benchmark of comparison for years to come.
Head says: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) / Heart says: Christian Bale (Vice)
Honestly, this year’s Best Actor bunch has been the most personally underwhelming for a long time. Rami Malek has quietly gone along collecting all of the important major awards up to this point, so I can’t really see anything different happening on Sunday. His Freddie Mercury was good, but my feelings on that film as a whole are not overly positive. I can’t say that my heart is truly in any of the nominated performances here, but for the sake of choosing, I will admit to being impressed with Christian Bale’s take on Dick Cheney (Vice being another film that left me mostly cold).
Head says: Glenn Close (The Wife) / Heart says: Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
This the most hotly contested Best Actress race for years, with pretty much every single nominee staking a valid and strong claim for the prize. As much as I would love to see Olivia Colman take the statuette home for her scene stealing turn as Queen Anne, I can feel the tide turning in Glenn Close’s direction. She might not be the one that my heart is with, but I can’t deny that she deserves it just as much. She is sensational in The Wife, and with no many previous unrewarded nominations under her belt, there is a distinct feeling that this year is finally ‘her time’.
Best Supporting Actor
Head says: Mahershala Ali (Green Book) / Heart says: Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Green Book was another film this awards season that I had mixed feelings about, but something I feel very strongly about it that Mahershala Ali is the saving grace of the picture. With a not too long ago win in the same category for Moonlight, Ali is really carving out a niche for himself as someone who can take charge of a film in a supporting role. I’m anticipating he makes it two wins on Sunday, and I hope he soon progresses to find himself in the leading category instead.
Best Supporting Actress
Head says: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) / Heart says: Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)
Regina King has been a really popular figure this awards season, and she has picked up most of the awards that matter on the way to the Oscars. Her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk is a small but powerful one, and that seems to be the sort of vibe that Best Supporting Actress voters tend to look for when casting their ballots. My heart, though, is fully with Rachel Weisz for her turn as Sarah Churchill in The Favourite. The fact that Emma Stone is also nominated in the same category, for the same film, will no doubt lead to vote splitting, which is a shame. She has a BAFTA to cherish for her work on the film, but in my opinion no actress in a supporting role did a better job this year.