By Brennan Atkins and Noah Barnes
Actor in a Leading Role
We predict: Rami Malek
Whether or not you liked “Bohemian Rhapsody,” everybody is talking about Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury. On top of looking eerily like him, Malek captured his movement and swagger to the dime.
We want: Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper put in an enormous amount of effort when preparing for the role of Jackson Maine in “A Star is Born.” Learning how to naturally deepen his voice, sing, and even play guitar, he was able to perform the songs live in order to make it feel real – because it was.
Actress in a Leading Role
We predict: Lady Gaga
For only having one acting role in “American Horror Story,” Gaga surprised audiences and critics alike with her stellar role as Ally, in “A Star is Born.” She didn’t stand out for her singing, or looks, two attributes that are usually associated with the pop star, but rather the genuine emotion that she brought into her role.
We want: Olivia Colman
The role of Queen Anne required an extreme range of emotions, and to pull it off would take not only effort, but genuine talent. Colman delivered just that in “The Favourite.” She was able to make the audience feel with her, rather than to feel for her, which is extremely commendable.
We predict: Yorgos Lanthimos
The amount of research and the attempt to make the world of “The Favourite” as real as possible is something that has to be appreciated. Yorgos wanted to fit the pieces of a historic puzzle together, and while some parts reach further than others, it’s a coherent story that aims to entertain.
We want: Yorgos Lanthimos
Lanthimos deserves an award because he has consistently put out quality film after quality film to the point where he has a distinct style unlike any other. Having a director’s voice shine through a film isn’t something easy to do, and yet, here we are.
We predict: “Roma”
This movie gained a lot of traction as a Netflix original and foreign film as well. The praise and love that have come from both fans and critics is staggering, and it seems to have come out of nowhere.
We want: “The Favourite”
This film just has everything going for it. The writing and directing are top notch, every scene is beautiful and purposeful, and it has an amazing cast as well. You can really feel the passion and dedication, which makes the film something special.
Animated Feature Film
We predict: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse”
This film offers a unique visual style and for the first time, it makes you feel like you are literally watching a comic book. It’s everything a Spider-Man movie should be, but separates itself far enough from the source material as to not come off as a rehashing of the same story.
We want: “Isle of Dogs”
Wes Anderson was able to show that he is not only able to keep his distinctive directing style consistent through his live action films, but animated ones as well. The stop motion animation is beautiful and the movie itself carries a wholesome, and important message.
The Oscars will premiere on Monday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. est.