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Merry-Go-Round’s 2019 Oscars Ballot

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For our Oscars predictions, we listed who will take home the Oscar, who should take home the Oscar, and who shouldn’t have even shown up in the list of nominees in the first place.

BEST PICTURE

  • BLACK PANTHER
  • BLACKKKLANSMAN
  • BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
  • THE FAVOURITE
  • GREEN BOOK
  • ROMA
  • A STAR IS BORN
  • VICE

Who Will Win: ROMA

Who Should Win: ROMA

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Christian Bale, VICE
  • Bradley Cooper, A STAR IS BORN
  • Willem Dafoe, AT ETERNITY’S GATE
  • Rami Malek, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
  • Viggo Mortensen, GREEN BOOK

Who Will Win: Rami Malek

Who Should Win: Willem Dafoe

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Yalitza Aparicio, ROMA
  • Glenn Close, THE WIFE
  • Olivia Coleman, THE FAVOURITE
  • Lady Gaga, A STAR IS BORN
  • Melissa McCarthy, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Who Will Win: Glenn Close

Who Should Win: Olivia Coleman

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Mahershala Ali, GREEN BOOK
  • Adam Driver, BLACKKKLANSMAN
  • Sam Elliott, A STAR IS BORN
  • Richard E. Grant, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE?
  • Sam Rockwell, VICE

Who Will Win: Mahershala Ali

Who Should Win: Mahershala Ali

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: Sam Rockwell

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Amy Adams, VICE
  • Marina De Tavira, ROMA
  • Regina King, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
  • Emma Stone, THE FAVOURITE
  • Rachel Weisz, THE FAVOURITE

Who Will Win: Regina King

Who Should Win: Regina King

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: Amy Adams

DIRECTOR

  • Spike Lee, BLACKKKLANSMAN
  • Pawel Pawlikowski, COLD WAR
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, THE FAVOURITE
  • Alfonso Cuaron, ROMA
  • Adam McKay, VICE

Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuaron

Who Should Win: Alfonso Cuaron

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: Adam McKay

CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Łukasz Żal, COLD WAR
  • Robbie Ryan, THE FAVOURITE
  • Caleb Deschanel, NEVER LOOK AWAY
  • Alfonso Cuarón, ROMA
  • Matthew Libatique, A STAR IS BORN

Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón

Who Should Win: Alfonso Cuarón or Łukasz Żal

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: Caleb Deschanel

COSTUME DESIGN

  • THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
  • BLACK PANTHER
  • THE FAVOURITE
  • MARY POPPINS RETURNS
  • MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Who Will Win: THE FAVOURITE

Who Should Win: THE FAVOURITE

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

ANIMATED FEATURE

  • THE INCREDIBLES II
  • ISLE OF DOGS
  • MIRAI
  • RALPHS BREAKS THE INTERNET
  • SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

Who Will Win: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

Who Should Win: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

  • FREE SOLO
  • HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING
  • MINDING THE GAP
  • OF FATHERS AND SONS
  • RBG

Who Will Win: RBG

Who Should Win: MINDING THE GAP or OF FATHERS AND SONS

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

  • BLACK SHEEP
  • END GAME
  • LIFEBOAT
  • A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN
  • END OF SENTENCE

Who Will Win: PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE

Who Should Win: PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

FILM EDITING

  • BLACKKKLANSMAN
  • BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
  • THE FAVOURITE
  • GREEN BOOK
  • VICE

Who Will Win: VICE

Who Should Win: THE FAVOURITE

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • CAPERNAUM
  • COLD WAR
  • NEVER LOOK AWAY
  • ROMA
  • SHOPLIFTERS

Who Will Win: ROMA

Who Should Win: ROMA

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: NEVER LOOK AWAY

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

  • BORDER
  • MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
  • VICE

Who Will Win: VICE

Who Should Win: BORDER

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

  • BLACK PANTHER
  • BLACKKKLANSMAN
  • IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
  • ISLE OF DOGS
  • MARY POPPINS RETURNS

Who Will Win: BLACK PANTHER

Who Should Win: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: MARY POPPINS RETURNS

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

  • “All the Stars” from BLACK PANTHER
  • “I’ll Fight” from RBG
  • “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from MARY POPPINS RETURNS
  • “Shallow” from A STAR IS BORN
  • “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS

Who Will Win: “Shallow”

Who Should Win: “Shallow”

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: “I’ll Fight”

PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • BLACK PANTHER
  • THE FAVOURITE
  • FIRST MAN
  • MARY POPPINS RETURNS
  • ROMA

Who Will Win: THE FAVOURITE

Who Should Win: THE FAVOURITE

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

  • ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR
  • BAO
  • LATE AFTERNOON
  • ON SMALL STEP
  • WEEKENDS

Who Will Win: BAO

Who Should Win: ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

  • DETAINMENT
  • FAUVE
  • MARGUERITE
  • MOTHER
  • SKIN

Who Will Win: MARGUERITE

Who Should Win: FAUVE

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: DETAINMENT

SOUND EDITING

  • BLACK PANTHER
  • BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
  • FIRST MAN
  • A QUIET PLACE
  • ROMA

Who Will Win: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Who Should Win: ROMA

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

SOUND MIXING

  • BLACK PANTHER
  • BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
  • FIRST MAN
  • ROMA
  • A STAR IS BORN

Who Will Win: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Who Should Win: ROMA

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

VISUAL EFFECTS

  • AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
  • CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
  • FIRST MAN
  • READY PLAYER ONE
  • SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Who Will Win: FIRST MAN

Who Should Win: FIRST MAN

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

  • THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
  • BLACKKKLANSMAN
  • CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
  • IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
  • A STAR IS BORN

Who Will Win: BLACKKKLANSMAN

Who Should Win: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

  • THE FAVOURITE
  • FIRST REFORMED
  • GREEN BOOK
  • ROMA
  • VICE

Who Will Win: GREEN BOOK

Who Should Win: FIRST REFORMED

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: VICE

Sergio Zaciu
Sergio is the Merry-Go-Round Magazine Film Editor and a film connoisseur from Romania. He pretends to understand culinary culture enough to call himself an LA foodie, but he just can't manage to like scallops.

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