In the first nine years of the expanded Best Picture race at the Oscars, there has only been one ceremony that saw the entire roster of contenders each winning at least one Academy Award. That was in 2015 when “Birdman” was the big winner among the eight nominees, with four awards. Our experts think that this will happen again this year, with “Roma” also taking home four Oscars including Best Picture.
As per our official racetrack odds, these journalists who cover Hollywood year-round are predicting that three other Best Picture nominee will win a pair of awards and four will take home a single Oscar.
“Roma,” which is tied for first place among the Best Picture contenders with 10 bids, is predicted to win these four races: Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film.
The co-leader for the most nominations, “The Favourite,” is tipped to take home just Original Screenplay.
Two of the Best Picture nominees, “A Star is Born” and “Vice,” earned eight nominations each. The former is expected to win just for song (“Shallow) while the latter will collect two prizes (film editing, makeup and hairstyling).
Seven-time nominee “Black Panther” is forecast to win the two design awards for costumes and production.
Six-time contender “BlacKkKlansman” will win one Oscar, with director Spike Lee sharing in the Adapted Screenplay award.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” will go two for five, with Rami Malek winning Best Actor for his riveting portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and the sound mixing team also prevailing.
Likewise for the other five-time nominee, “Green Book,” with Mahershala Ali expected to collect his second Supporting Actor in just three years.
Last year, two of the nine Best Picture nominees were shut out entirely: five-time nominee “Lady Bird” and two-time contender “The Post.” In 2017, three of the nine left empty-handed: “Lion,” which had six bids; four-time contender “Hell or High Water”; and three-time nominee “Hidden Figures.” In 2016, six of the eight Best Picture contenders (75%) took home Oscars (“Brooklyn” and “The Martian” were overlooked).
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.