Hot Takes on the 2019 Oscar Nominations

By Josie Gramig, Video Editor

Everyone who knows me knows that I am the film girl! I love going to see films, love talking about films, and I even have made some short films myself. Two years ago, I made it a mission to watch every Best Picture Oscar nominated film that came out that year. Unfortunately, in the next two years, I fell behind and only saw about two-thirds of the films that were nominated those years. This is my disclaimer that though I am “Film Girl,” I actually have not seen all of the Best Picture nominees yet, but I will be discussing my favorites that I have seen so far.

The 2019 Best Picture Nominees are as follows:

Black Panther


Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book


A Star Is Born


Out of these my favorite is The Favourite (pun intended). I loved every aspect of this film! It had amazing performances, costume and production design, cinematography, writing, editing, and directing. What more can you ask for? This film also is groundbreaking in the subject matter it deals with and takes on an almost comedic dramatic tone. There was also some amazing symbolism throughout the film that tied everything together seamlessly! But if I had to pick a runner up it would be BlacKkKlansman for it’s amazing performances, editing, and costume and production design.

My top picks in each category are:

Lead Actor

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Lead Actress

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Supporting Actor

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Supporting Actress

Emma Stone, The Favourite


Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Animated Short

Bao, Domee Shi

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Balled of Buster Scruggs, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Best Original Screenplay

The Favourite, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara


The Favourite, Robbie Ryan

I am skipping Best Documentary Feature and Short Subject, Best Live Action Short Film, and Best Foreign Language Film because I have not seen these.

Film Editing

BlacKkKlansman, Barry Alexander Brown

Sound Editing

Bohemian Rhapsody, John Warhurst

Sound Mixing

Bohemian Rhapsody

Production Design

The Favourite, Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton

Original Score

BlacKkKlansman, Terence Blanchard

Original Song

“Shallow” from A Star Is Born by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice

Makeup and Hair

Mary Queen of Scots

Costume Design

The Favourite, Sandy Powell

Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War

These are just my favorites that I have seen so far and that I feel were the overall best in their respective categories. I would love to see my predictions come true, but because I am not a member of The Academy (yet…), it is very unpredictable.

So, who do you think is going to win?




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