When the 2019 Oscar nominations were announced, one-time Best Picture front-runner “A Star Is Born” was hit with two major snubs: Best Director for Bradley Cooper and Best Film Editing for Jay Cassidy. Of course, it’s still possible to win Best Picture without one of these two nominations — just ask “Argo” (snubbed for directing in 2012) and “Birdman” (shunned in editing in 2014). No film has ever won Best Picture without either a directing OR an editing bid. Can “A Star Is Born” make Oscars history by becoming the very first?
The good news for Warner Bros’ drama musical is that is was still nominated in eight categories: Best Picture, Best Actress (Lady Gaga), Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing and Best Song (“Shallow”), which it’s predicted to win. Only two other films did better in terms of their nominations tallies: “Roma” and “The Favourite,” which tied at 10 apiece.
This is the fourth film adaptation of the popular “A Star Is Born” story, following the 1937, 1954 and 1976 versions. The only director to be nominated at the Oscars was William A. Wellman (1937), while none of the franchise’s editors have ever been recognized. In this 2018 edition Cooper plays alcoholic country singer Jackson Maine, while Lady Gaga takes on the role of aspiring singer-songwriter Ally.
Instead of Cooper, the Oscar nominees for Best Director are Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Favourite”), Adam McKay (“Vice”) and Pawel Pawlikowski (“Cold War”). And this year’s five nominated movies for Best Film Editing are “Vice,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “The Favourite,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book.”
“Black Panther” joins “A Star Is Born” as the only other Best Picture nominee this year to miss out on those crucial Best Director and Best Film Editing citations. “BlacKkKlansman,” “The Favourite” and “Vice” nabbed BOTH directing and editing nominations. As for the others, “Roma” scored a directing nom while “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book” earned editing bids.
Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Oscar contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Oscar predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on February 24.