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With the new year comes awards season, namely for film and television. While there are many different programs that honor work in film and TV, the most highly anticipated remain as the Oscars. This year will mark the 91st year of the awards ceremony, and the nominations are as diverse as the art we see around us.


Some of the most coveted awards are the awards for Actor and Actress in a Leading Role. This year, the nominations for Actor include Christian Bale (“Vice”), Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”), Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), and Riggo Mortensen (“The Green Book”). Malek is predicted to win, but the competition will be stiff between him as well as Bale and Cooper, both highly regarded actors, where Malek, although accomplished, still remains as a “newcomer” to the scene, with this being his first Oscar nomination.


For Actress, the nominations include Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”), Glenn Close (“The Wife”), Olivia Coleman (“The Favourite”), Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”), and Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Forgive Me?”). The predictions state that Close is likely to win, however, with all the success brought in by “A Star Is Born”, Gaga may take the win.


With every lead actor or actress, you have their support that rounds out the cast. For Actor in a Supporting Role, the nominations include Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”), Adam Driver (“Blackkklansmen”), Sam Elliot (“A Star Is Born”), Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”), and Sam Rockwell (“Vice”). Ali is predicted to win the award, and I think he will take the win in that category regarding his performance in “Green Book”.


For Actress in a Supporting Role, the nominations are Amy Adams (“Vice”), Marina de Tavira (“Roma”), Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), Emma Stone (“The Favourite”), and Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”). King is slated to take the win, but there is a talented group of nominees, and it is likely that the award is anyone’s game, and we may be surprised with the outcome.


The category of Animated Feature Film is one that usually appeals to the viewers, and it usually tends to be the category where most viewers have seen every film (unless you’re a movie buff). This year, the nominees include “The Incredibles 2”, “Isle of Dogs”, “Mirai”, “Wreck-it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”. This is one of the more competitive categories, with Disney taking hold on three out of five of the categories. However, I believe it will be a close race between “Spider-Man” and “The Incredibles 2”.


A film is nothing without music. Music plays a crucial part in the film’s storytelling and can help the viewer immerse themselves into that universe. Two of the awards in the lineup are for music in the areas of Music (Original Score) and Music (Original Song). For Original Score, the nominees include Ludwig Goransson (“Black Panther”), Terence Blanchard (“Blackkklansmen”), Nicholas Britell (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”) and Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”). I think Desplat and Goransson are most likely to take the win, with both being accomplished in their respective areas.


For Music (Original Song), the nominees include “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA (“Black Panther”), “I’ll Fight” by Diane Warren (“RBG”), “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), and “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” (“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”). Due to the popularity of “All the Stars” and “Shallow”, it’s safe to say those two will be in a tight race for the win.


For the rest of the categories including cinematography, directing, production design, sound (mixing and editing), visual effects, set and costume design, it would be no surprise to see “Black Panther” swoop up the majority of those awards, however, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is expected to take the wins for sound.


The highly coveted award of the night usually remains as Best Picture. This year, the nominees include “Black Panther”, “Blackkklansmen”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “The Favourite”, “Green Book”, “Roma”, “A Star Is Born”, and “Vice”. So far, the strongest contenders for the win seem to be “Blackkklansmen”, “Roma”, and “Vice”, but the win could very well be anyone’s game.


This year, the nominations are diverse and well deserved, and the opportunities for success seem to be endless. To tune in and see if your favorites will win, be sure to watch the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

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