Predictions: The 91st Academy Awards Nominations

In just over a month, The 91st Annual Academy Awards will be hosted (or, in this case, “un-hosted” by a slew of celebrities) and the finest cinematic achievements of 2018 will receive their just rewards. However, before the winners can claim their statuettes, the contenders must be announced.

Tonight, the nominations by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be revealed worldwide. As an Oscarologist and a betting man, I can’t help but try my hand at playing member of The Academy. So, with no further adieu (and no time to lose), here are my predictions in all 24 Oscar categories:

Best Motion Picture of the Year

  • Black Panther, Kevin Feige (producer)
  • BlacKkKlansman, Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele, Shaun Redick (producers)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody, Graham King, Jim Beach (producers)
  • The Favourite, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Yorgos Lanthimos (producers)
  • First Man, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner, Damien Chazelle (producers)
  • Green Book, Jim Burke, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Charles B. Wessler (producers)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk, Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, Barry Jenkins (producers)
  • Roma, Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodriguez, Nicolas Celis (producers)
  • A Star is Born, Bill Gerber, Jon Peters, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Lynette Howell Taylor (producers)
  • Vice, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Kevin J. Messick, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay (producers)

Best Achievement in Directing

  • BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee
  • The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Green Book, Peter Farrelly
  • Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
  • A Star is Born, Bradley Cooper

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
  • Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  • Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams, Vice
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Margot Robbie, Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • Christian Bale, Vice
  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
  • John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott, A Star is Born
  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

  • Incredibles 2, Brad Bird, John Walker, Nicole Paradis Grindle
  • Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson
  • Mirai, Mamoru Hosoda, Nozomu Takahashi, Yūichirō Saitō, Takuya Itō, Yūichi Adachi, Genki Kawamura
  • Ralph Breaks The Internet, Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, Clark Spencer
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Christina Steinberg, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

  • Black Panther, Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
  • BlacKkKlansman, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty
  • If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins
  • A Star is Born, Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

Best Writing, Original Screenplay

  • Eighth Grade, Bo Burnham
  • The Favourite, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
  • Green Book, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga
  • Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
  • Vice, Adam McKay

Best Achievement in Cinematography

  • Cold War, Łukasz Żal
  • The Favourite, Robbie Ryan
  • First Man, Linus Sandgren
  • Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
  • A Star is Born, Matthew Libatique

Best Achievement in Costume Design

  • Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter
  • Bohemian Rhapsody, Julian Day
  • The Favourite, Sandy Powell
  • Mary Poppins Returns, Sandy Powell
  • Mary, Queen of Scots, Alexandra Byrne

Best Achievement in Film Editing

  • BlacKkKlansman, Barry Alexander Brown
  • Bohemian Rhapsody, John Ottman
  • Green Book, Patrick J. Don Vito
  • Roma, Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough
  • A Star is Born, Jay Cassidy

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Bohemian Rhapsody, Jan Sewell, Charlie Hounslow-Smith, Rebecca Cole
  • Border, Göran Lundström, Pamela Goldammer
  • Vice, Kate Biscoe, Patricia DeHaney, Greg Cannom, Chris Gallaher

Best Achievement in Production Design

  • Black Panther, Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart
  • The Favourite, Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
  • First Man, Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
  • Mary Poppins Returns, John Myhre, Gordon Sim
  • Roma, Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enríquez

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

  • Black Panther, Ludwig Göransson
  • First Man, Justin Hurwitz
  • If Beale Street Could Talk, Nicholas Britell
  • Isle of Dogs, Alexandre Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns, Marc Shaiman

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

  • All The Stars from Black Panther, Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, Mark Spears, Solana Rowe, Al Shuckburgh
  • Revelation from Boy Erased,
  • I’ll Fight from RBG, Jon Thor Birgisson, Troye Sivan, Brett McLaughlin
  • Trip a Little Light Fantastic from Mary Poppins Returns, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
  • Shallow from A Star is Born, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

  • Black Panther, Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boedekker
  • First Man, Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout, James H. Mather
  • A Star is Born, Alan Robert Murray
  • A Quiet Place, Ethan Van der Dyn, Erik Aadhal

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

  • Black Panther, Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boedekker
  • Bohemian Rhapsody, John Casali, Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin
  • First Man, Mary H. Ellis, Jon Taylor
  • A Star is Born, Steve Morrow, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder
  • A Quiet Place, Michael Barosky, Brandon Proctor

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

  • Avengers: Infinity War, Dan Deleeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, Dan Sudick
  • Black Panther, Geoffrey Baumann, Jesse James Chisholm, Graig Hammack, Dan Sudick
  • First Man, Paul Lambert, J.D. Schwalm, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles
  • Mary Poppins Returns, Matt Johnson, Steve Warner, Jim Capobianco, Kyle McCulloch
  • Ready Player One, Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E Butler, David Shirk

Best Documentary, Feature

  • Free Solo, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Shannon Dill, Evan Hayes
  • Minding The Gap, Bing Liu, Diane Moy Quon
  • RBG, Betsy West, Julie Cohen
  • Three Identical Strangers, Tim Wardle, Becky Read, Grace Hughes-Hallett
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Morgan Neville, Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

  • Burning, South Korea
  • Capernaum, Lebanon
  • Cold War, Poland
  • Roma, Mexico
  • Shoplifters, Japan

Best Short Film, Animated

  • Animal Behaviour, Ryan Beil, Leah Juel, James Kirk, Andrea Libman
  • Bao, Daniel Kailin, Sindy Lau
  • Bird Karma, William Salazar
  • Late Afternoon, Lucy O’Connell, Louise Bagnall, Fionnula Flanagan, Michael McGrath
  • Pépé Le Morse, Romain Garance, Emilie Blon-Metzinger, Chann Aglat, Ilona Bachelier

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

  • End Game
  • Lifeboat
  • My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes
  • Period. End of Sentence. 
  • Zion

Best Short Film, Live Action

  • Caroline
  • Chuchotage
  • Detainment
  • Fauve
  • May Day

The nominees for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced live on Tuesday, January 22 at 5:20 PT/21:20 SGT.

Author: Aryan Varma

Aryan Varma is a senior and this is his second year as a reporter for The Eye. He has been at SAS for the past four years, and in Singapore for the past six. Regarded as the most perceptive film scholar at SAS by the school community, Aryan serves as the primary film columnist for The Eye. To call him a film-buff would be an understatement, for Aryan sets himself apart by his constant initiative to pursue film. If he isn’t building upon or showing off his remarkable knowledge of film history, he would be found listening to a wide-range of music. He can be contacted at

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