For only the second time in the nine years since the academy expanded the category, we could see every Best Picture nominee take home at least one Oscar.
The first time this happened was at the 2015 Academy Awards, where the Best Picture nominees were eventual-winner “Birdman,” along with “American Sniper,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything,” and “Whiplash.” Here’s what each of them won:
“American Sniper” – Best Sound Editing
“Birdman” – Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography
“Boyhood” – Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette)
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Make-Up & Hair
“The Imitation Game” – Best Adapted Screenplay
“Selma” – Best Original Song
“The Theory of Everything” – Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne)
“Whiplash” – Best Supporting Actor (JK Simmons), Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing
Even when the Oscars only had five Best Picture nominees, for each to win at least one race rarely happened. Before 2015, the last time every Best Picture nominee claimed at least one Oscar was in 2007 when the five nominees were the eventual winner “No Country for Old Men,” along with “Atonement,” “Juno,” “Michael Clayton,” and “There Will Be Blood.” These films won the following:
“Atonement” – Original Score
“Juno” – Original Screenplay
“Michael Clayton” – Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton)
“No Country for Old Men” – Picture, Director (Joel & Ethan Coen), Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), Adapted Screenplay
“There Will Be Blood” – Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis, Cinematography
So what’s the likelihood of it happening this year? Well, here’s what the eight nominees are predicted to win:
“A Star is Born” – Original Song, Sound Mixing
“BlacKkKlansman” – Adapted Screenplay
“Black Panther” – NONE
“Bohemian Rhapsody” – NONE
“Green Book” – Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali)
“Roma” – Picture, Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Cinematography
“The Favourite” – Original Screenplay, Costume Design, Production Design
“Vice” – Actor (Christian Bale), Editing, Make-Up & Hair
So far, only six out of our eight nominated pictures are expected to win awards – with “Roma,” “The Favourite,” and “Vice” predicted to pick up three each, “ASIB” with two,” and “BlacKkKlansman” and “Green Book” with one each.
That means that it’s “Black Panther” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” that are letting the side down. However, they could very well snatch Oscars away from their competitors.
After Rami Malek beat Bale to win Best Actor at the SAG Awards, he could very well be the new favorite for the Best Actor Oscar. So “Rhapsody” could easily pick one up there.
“Black Panther,” meanwhile, is ranked second in four categories: Original Song, Score, Production Design, and Costume Design. So don’t be surprised if it manages to win one of those. And, boy, would it deserve to win any of them! Particularly Score and Costume Design. It’s also competitive in both Sound Mixing and Sound Editing, so it could triumph there, too.
That means that we could fairly easily have every Best Picture nominee pick up an Oscar and celebrated for their achievements in various aspects of filmmaking. And, in a time where movies and people are criticized incessantly, how nice would that be?
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