“A Star is Born” got eight Oscar nominations with Bradley Cooper sharing in three of those for producing, writing and acting in this remake of the Hollywood classic. Lady Gaga reaped bids for both acting and songwriting. Scene stealer Sam Elliott earned the first Oscar of his 50-year career. The cinematography and sound mixing are also in contention.
However, we expected the film to do even better with the academy and were shocked that Cooper could not parlay his DGA nomination into a Best Director bid at the Oscars. We also expected the film editor and sound editors to contend at the Academy Awards as they are at their guild awards.
We are predicting that Lady Gaga will share in a win for Best Original Song for “Shallow.” And we think that this tune-filled film will win Best Sound Mixing as did other musicals like “Chicago,” “Dreamgirls,” “Ray” and “Les Miserables.”
However, we expect “A Star is Born” to lose all six of its other races.
Best Picture is tipped to go to “Roma” with that film’s multi-hyphenate Alfonso Cuaron also claiming Oscars for lensing. Cooper is expected to fall in Best Actor to Christian Bale (“Vice) while Best Actress is all but certain to go to six-time Oscar also-ran Glenn Close (“The Wife”). Elliott will lose to Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”). Cooper and his co-writers will lose to Spike Lee, who is tipped to take home his first Oscar for the “BlacKkKlansman” screenplay.
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 Oscar predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until winners are announced on February 24.