It’s award season again and all of Hollywood elite is on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the 2019 Oscar nominees. From actors who transformed themselves for biopics to crime fighters to magical nannies who fly over houses. This year’s nominees may be eerily similar to this year’s Golden Globe nods, but we can never pass up an opportunity to give our take on who we’d like to see nab a trophy.
In the ‘Best Motion Picture’ category we foresee at least eight films being nominated this year. Our picks include: “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Green Book,” “BlacKkKlansman,” Bohemian Rhapsody,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Vice,” and “A Star Is Born.” Our money is on the critically acclaimed “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which has received rave reviews and support from theater goers and critics.
This year’s “Best Actor in a Motion Picture” category will likely feature a mix of actors who took on real-life portrayals and actors who poured their heart into innovative roles. Our picks are: Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Christian Bale (“Vice”), Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”), and John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”). The Academy could put a twist on things and nominate Robert Redford for his outstanding role in “The Old Man & the Gun,” but our guess is that they’ll nominate John C. Reilly for his uncanny portrayal of Oliver Hardy in “Stan & Ollie” instead.
This year’s “Best Actress in a Motion Picture” category will be a nail-biter. Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”) have both been receiving praise and awards for their respective roles. The duo even tied for the “Best Actress” trophy at the Critics’ Choice Awards, so it would come as no surprise if the Academy opted to give the statue to both ladies – an occurrence that hasn’t happened since both Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand took home the trophy 50 years ago. Rounding out the rest of our picks for this category include Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”), Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”), and Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”).
For the “Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture” category there’s no need to list all of our choices, as there is only one woman who we have our money on; it’s none other than Regina King for her phenomenal performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” King has been a standout actress from the first time she appeared on the screen in the hit 1980s series, “227.” She emerges herself into every role she takes on and she did the same here.
The Best Actor in a Supporting Role” category will have some familiar winners this year. Mahershala Ali who won for “Best Actor” in 2016 for “Moonlight” is a big contender for his work in the movie “Green Book.” He already won the Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor” for the film, so he seems to be the likely winner here. Another familiar face we know we’ll see on the roster this year is Sam Rockwell. The actor won this award in 2018 for the film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Rockwell’s performance in “Vice” has created a lot of buzz this season, but sadly we don’t see a repeat win here. Some other notable favorites of ours for this category include Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”), Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”).
For “Best Animated Film,” the Academy will give nods to “The Incredibles 2,” “Small Foot,” “The Grinch,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” and “Hotel Transylvania.” We are fully backing a win for “The Incredibles 2” in this category!
We are also giving honorable mention to the song “Shallow” from the movie “A Star is Born.” There is no doubt that the track will take home “Song of the Year.” Both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were a match made in heaven to collaborate on singing the song.
With the Oscars not having a host this year, viewers can look forward to seeing some of their favs that took home awards at the Golden Globes, do the exact same thing here. Repetition can be annoying in everyday life, but when you’re an actor, it’s a great thing.
Don’t forget to see who takes home a coveted statue, when the 2019 Oscars airs on Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.
The new version of the song, ‘We Are the World’ (“We Are the World: 25 for Haiti”) is set to premiere during the Olympics on February 12. In case you didn’t know, Michael Jackson co-wrote the song with fellow singer Lionel Richie. Now at the request of Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of the Jackson clan, the late Michael Jackson will be featured on the song and in the video.
There will be footage from the original ‘We Are the World’ with Michael Jackson in it. However, this time around he will be singing with his sister Janet.
Here’s what Lionel Richie had to say about the song:
“We left the original footage of that part, but now he is singing with his sister,” Richie said.
“It’s something we wanted to see, but his mother requested it too, for Janet to sing with Michael,” said Quincy Jones, who produced the original track and helped orchestrate the re-recording. “It was perfect. It was meant to be.”
Here’s my take:
Understandably so this is for a good cause. I think doing a charity song to raise awareness, or in this case to raise money for relief, is always a great idea. However, with all the talented song writers out there, why couldn’t a new song be written and recorded? One of the biggest problems in the music industry right now is a lack of creativity. Artists just seem to be complacent with taking other individuals hard work and musically assassinating it with what they feel is art.
The remake features about 80 persons or more and some of the individuals involved seem to be only looking for their next photo opportunity. One of the most unique things about the original ‘We Are the World’, was that there were an array of unique voices from all genres compiled to make one memorable work of art.
I for one, wholeheartedly believe that Jackson was thrown in there as an after-thought. Some of the most prominent figures in music were not included in this new rendition. The remake features artists and celebrities who, in my opinion, would be considered ‘popular’, instead of artists who have made an impact on the industry itself. Am I speaking of all the individuals featured in this remake? of course not, but I won’t name names at this point in time.
Agree to disagree if you like…