Oscars 2019 Predictions: Who Should Win And Who Will Win

Happy Oscar Sunday! For one day a year, it’s time for film nerds like me to geek out and watch 3+ hours dedicated to honoring the past year in movies. No more introductions. Here are my selections as to who should win and who will win.

Best Picture

Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star Is Born
Vice

In an unpredictable year, the race for Best Picture has been fascinating to watch throughout awards season. If you were to ask me in October, A Star Is Born was the clear favorite. Then, A Star Is Born fell to the back of the pack. Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody picked up major steam at the Golden Globes. Recently, Roma picked up the Best Picture win at the BAFTAs. This race is going to come down to two films, Green Book and Roma, and the preferential ballot. I encourage you to read how the preferential ballot works. In simplest terms, preferential balloting is when voters rank all the nominees from 1 to 8. If a film receives more than 50% of the vote, then that’s winner. That’s not going to happen the first time. Whichever film receives the fewest votes is eliminated, and those who ranked that eliminated film first have their second pick moved up to first.

Example: Let’s say my ballot has A Star Is Born at #1 and Black Panther at #2. If A Star Is Born is eliminated, then my first place vote now goes to Black Panther. My #2 becomes a first place vote. This process of eliminating films and redistributing votes will continue until one film has over 50% of the votes.

Roma / Netflix

Roma and Green Book will be towards the top of a lot of ballots. Roma is the betting favorite as of now, but Green Book won’t go away. Despite all of the controversies surrounding Green Book, the film continued to win major awards at big shows. I’ve been going back and forth on this for awhile. Is the Academy ready to give Netflix a Best Picture award? Gun to my head, I say no. I want to zero in on Green Book’s Producer’s Guild win for Best Theatrical Motion Picture. Since 2007, the winner of this award went on to win Best Picture 9 of the last 11 times. All of the odds say to pick Roma, but my gut is telling me to pick Green Book. 

Oh by the way, A Star Is Born would get my vote. There’s not even a close second for me.

Who Should Win: A Star Is Born

Who Will Win: Green Book

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The winner is Glenn Close, THE WIFE *Borat voice*

This is Glenn Close’s seventh Oscar nomination. Close is a legendary actress, but up until now, she has never won an Oscar. This is a lifetime achievement Oscar. I have nothing against Close winning an Oscar. Close wouldn’t be my pick here, but there’s no scenario where she doesn’t win on Sunday. To her credit, Close has been nailing her speeches all awards season.

Who Should Win: Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Who Will Win: Glenn Close, The Wife

Best 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

A Star is Born / Via Warner Bros.

Rami Malek is a stone cold lock. That being said, how can you look Bradley Cooper in the eyes and say that Rami Malek was better than him? How? You can’t do it. I like Rami Malek a lot, but I’m baffled as to why he’s been such an overwhelming favorite all awards season. I can’t say enough about Bradley Cooper’s performance. Cooper sang his own songs, learned guitar / piano, and gave his entire heart and soul to A Star Is Born. Bohemian Rhapsody barely used Malek’s voice and the film has been plagued with problems thanks to Bryan Singer’s exit. Plus, A Star Is Born is just a better movie than Bohemian Rhapsody. Bradley, I want to apologize on behalf of the Academy for not awarding you with this Oscar.

Who Should Win: Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Who Will Win: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Best 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 Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

The biggest lock of the night is Mahershala Ali in supporting category. I like Mahershala a lot so I have no problems handing him another Oscar.

Who Should Win: Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Who Will Win: Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Best 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

If Beale Street Could Talk / Via Annapurna Pictures

Why wasn’t If Beale Street Could Talk nominated for Best Picture? That’s a mistake. This race is very interesting. King won the Golden Globe in this category, but she lost at the SAGs and did not receive a nomination at the BAFTAs. Weisz has built some serious momentum in the past few weeks thanks to her win at the BAFTAs. If you’re betting and want to bet on a long shot to win money, bet Weisz. However, I’m pulling for King. King’s scenes in Puerto Rico were so heartbreaking and gut-wrenching. King won the movie and will win the Oscar.

Who Should Win: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Who Will Win: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Director

BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee
Cold War, Pawel Pawlikowski
The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos
Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
Vice, Adam McKay

Alfonso Cuarón will win. That is all.

Who Should Win: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
BlacKkKlansman, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee
Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born, Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, and Will Fetters

This race is extremely close. Last week, I would have picked If Beale Street Could Talk or BlacKkKlansman. However, Can You Ever Forgive Me? came out of nowhere to win Best Adapted Screenplay at the Writer’s Guild of America Awards. Spike Lee has never won an Oscar for one of his films. (Lee won an honorary Oscar in 2015.) It’s time to reward Lee with an Oscar for his achievements.

Who Should Win: If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins

Who Will Win: BlacKkKlansman, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee

Best Original Screenplay

The Favourite, Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
First Reformed, Paul Schrader
Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, and Peter Farrelly
Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
Vice, Adam McKay

The Favourite was tied with Roma for the most nominations in the field. They have to win something, right? The Favourite has been the favorite (lol, lame pun) in this category, but keep an eye on Green Book. If Green Book wins this category, they are going to win Best Picture. I’ll stick with The Favourite winning…for now.

Who Should Win: Roma

Who Will Win: The Favourite

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War, Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, and Dan Sudick
Christopher Robin, Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones, and Chris Corbould
First Man, Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and J.D. Schwalm
Ready Player One, Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler, and David Shirk
Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, and Dominic Tuohy

Who Should Win: Avengers: Infinity War

Who Will Win: Avengers: Infinity War

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Border, Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer
Mary Queen of Scots, Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, and Jessica Brooks
Vice, Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney

Who Should Win: Vice

Who Will Win: Vice

Best Animated Short Film

Animal Behaviour
Bao
Late Afternoon
One Small Step
Weekends

When in doubt, trust Pixar. Bao aired before The Incredibles 2 so that’s the move.

Who Should Win: Bao

Who Will Win: Bao

Best Live Action Short

Detainment
Fauve
Marguerite
Mother
Skin

From what I’ve read, these are all super depressing so I have a lot to look forward to when I finally watch them!

Who Should Win: Marguerite

Who Will Win: Marguerite

Best Documentary Short

Black Sheep
End Game
Lifeboat
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence.

Who Should Win: Black Sheep

Who Will Win: Black Sheep

Best Sound Mixing

Black Panther, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, and Peter Devlin
Bohemian Rhapsody, Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin, and John Casali
First Man, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee, and Mary H. Ellis
Roma, Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan, and José Antonio Gracía
A Star Is Born, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder, and Steve Morrow

Do you side with the musical films or the one about space? This is what I’ll say about First Man.

I will be pulling for First Man, but the pick is Bohemian Rhapsody thanks to its win at the Cinema Audio Society Awards for Sound Mixing.

Who Should Win: First Man

Who Will Win: Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Sound Editing

Black Panther, Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
Bohemian Rhapsody, John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone
First Man, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
A Quiet Place, Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
Roma, Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay

This is another category where Bohemian Rhapsody will be a slight favorite, but this award should and will go to A Quiet Place. Sound was the main character of the film! It should be rewarded, but I would not mind if First Man won here as well.

Who Should Win: A Quiet Place

Who Will Win: A Quiet Place

Best Costume Design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mary Zophres
Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter
The Favourite, Sandy Powell
Mary Poppins Returns, Sandy Powell
Mary Queen of Scots, Alexandra Byrne

The technical categories are brutal to predict this year. This race is between The Favourite and Black Panther. Sandy Powell is a well-oiled machine who has been nominated for 14 (!!!) Oscars. The Favourite is a costume drama so the outfits were on point, but I would like to see Black Panther rewarded in at least one category so I will be rooting for Marvel.

Who Should Win: Black Panther

Who Will Win: The Favourite

Best Production Design

Black Panther, Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart
The Favourite, Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton
First Man, Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas
Mary Poppins Returns, John Myhre and Gordon Sim
Roma, Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez

Another close race between Black Panther and The Favourite. Just like costume design, I’m pulling for Wakanda in this category, but The Favourite will win.

Who Should Win: Black Panther

Who Will Win: The Favourite 

Best Film Editing

BlacKkKlansman, Barry Alexander Brown
Bohemian Rhapsody, John Ottman
The Favourite, Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Green Book, Patrick J. Don Vito
Vice, Hank Corwin

It’s worth noting that the winner of sound mixing has also won film editing in each of the past five years. With Bohemian Rhapsody winning sound mixing, I will pick them to win here as well, but look out for Vice, which won the BAFTA award in this same category.

Who Should Win: Vice

Who Will Win: Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Cinematography

Cold War, Lukasz Zal
The Favourite, Robbie Ryan
Never Look Away, Caleb Deschanel
Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
A Star Is Born, Matthew Libatique

Shoutout to cinematographers. They are so important to the success of a film that I’m happy they will have their category announced live on the broadcast. Alfonso Cuarón is going to be walking onstage multiple times so get used to seeing his face a lot. Roma for the win.

Who Should Win: Roma

Who Will Win: Roma

Best Original Score

Black Panther, Ludwig Goransson
BlacKkKlansman, Terence Blanchard
If Beale Street Could Talk, Nicholas Britell
Isle of Dogs, Alexandre Desplat
Mary Poppins Returns, Marc Shaiman

I have no idea as to why First Man and A Star Is Born were snubbed in this category. Ludwig Goransson is having an unbelievable month as he’s coming off huge Grammy wins for “This Is America” and Black Panther. However, Barry Jenkins has found a winning composer in Nicholas Britell. A beautiful film with a wonderful score win this category.

Who Should Win: If Beale Street Could Talk

Who Will Win: If Beale Street Could Talk

Original Song

“All the Stars,” Black Panther
“I’ll Fight,” RBG
“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born
“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

I mean…

Who Should Win: “Shallow”

Who Will Win: “Shallow”

Best Documentary Feature

Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
RBG

This was such a strong year for documentaries. Won’t You Be My Neighbor and Three Identical Strangers were two of the most critically acclaimed and financially successful documentaries of the year and neither were recognized in this category. For the first time in my life, I would be quite content with a tie between Free Solo and Minding the Gap, two spectacular movies in their own way. If I have to choose one, I’m siding with Free Solo. Visually breathtaking, Free Solo was full of inspiration and edge-of-your-seat drama despite knowing how the film ends.

Who Should Win: Free Solo 

Who Will Win: Free Solo 

Best Foreign Language Film

Capernaum, Lebanon
Cold War, Poland
Never Look Away, Germany
Roma, Mexico
Shoplifters, Japan

Roma. No doubt about it.

Who Should Win: Roma

Who Will Win: Roma

Best Animated Feature

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Confession: I rarely see animated films. It’s not that I don’t like them. I just don’t make the time for them. That’s a huge mistake by me and I’m fully aware of it. I’m choosing the film that most critics want to win, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Plus, I enjoy the song “Sunflower.”

Who Should Win: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Who Will Win: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Golden Globes 2019 Film Predictions: Who Should Win And Who Will Win?

I love the Golden Globes. It’s my favorite awards show by far. For starters, it honors both film and television. More importantly, it’s a huge shitshow. Everyone drinks like it’s their last night on Earth and the mood in the room is very joyful. Plus, it provides a somewhat decent barometer for how the Oscars are going to pan out. Notice how I said “decent” because the Globes are not the be all, end all for Oscar predictions. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (organization who votes for the winners) tends to be unpredictable at times. Just look at last year. The Shape of Water won only two Golden Globes with none of them being for Best Picture. Fast forward to the Oscars and The Shape of Water takes home the top prize of Best Picture.

For this article, I’m covering the film categories. There’s no need for more introductions. It’s prediction time. Here are the actors / actress and films who I believe should win the Golden Globe and who will win the Golden Globe in each category.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

This is going to be a huge night for A Star Is Born. I don’t see it losing in most categories. The film lived up to the gigantic amount of hype surrounding it coming into the year. Bradley Cooper could not have had a better directorial debut and his chemistry with Lady Gaga was tremendous. A Star Is Born was the perfect homage to a classic Hollywood film with music, love, and legitimate, believable superstars. The road to the Oscars begins now. Plus, for prediction purposes, A Star Is Born‘s biggest competition (The Favourite, Green Book, Roma) is not in this category.

Who Should Win: A Star Is Born

Who Will Win: A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

This is a tough category to predict. Vice led the field with 6 nominations overall. Green Book picked up huge wins at TIFF and with the National Board of Review. The Favourite made its way to many top 10 lists and the trio of Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone have received acting nominations in almost every awards show. It would not surprise me if any of these three win the top prize. Green Book should win this for its crowd pleasing story, but a film that leads the field in nominations usually does not go home empty-handed. Vice wins.

Who Should Win: Green Book

Who Will Win: Vice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Lady. Gaga. There’s really nothing else to say. When the lights were brightest and all the attention was on her acting debut, Gaga delivered. I’m sorry, Glenn Close.

Who Should Win: Lady Gaga

Who Will Win: Lady Gaga

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

I have A Star Is Born fever and so does the HFPA. Cooper gave a tour de force performance as the aging country musician who battles with alcoholism and depression. Cooper’s performance was one of the best I saw all year. The best is yet to come for Cooper. If I have one concern, it’s that Rami Malek is slowly creeping his way to the top in terms of odds on sites like Goldderby.

Who Should Win: Bradley Cooper

Who Will Win: Bradley Cooper

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

The Musical / Comedy section is much more difficult to predict than the drama section. If I were voting, Elsie Fisher has my vote for Eighth Grade. Unfortunately, this is a two-way race between Emily Blunt and Olivia Colman. Colman’s performance may be more critically acclaimed, but I have a feeling voters are going to sway on the side of mass appeal, which would easily be Blunt as the iconic Mary Poppins. Blunt caps off a huge year with her second career Golden Globe.

Who Should Win: Olivia Colman

Who Will Win: Emily Blunt

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

A race between two actors who gained a lot of weight.

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney.

Christian Bale in Vice / Via Annapurna Pictures

Vs.

Viggo Mortenson as Tony Lip

Viggo Mortenson as Tony Lip / Via Universal Pictures

I enjoyed Mortenson’s performance as a tough-nosed Italian bouncer, but Bale was Dick Cheney’s clone. Bale nailed everything about Cheney from his physical appearance to his mannerisms. This is his award.

Who Should Win: Christian Bale

Who Will Win: Christian Bale

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Remember when I said that the Golden Globes can be unpredictable? This is a category where I could see the HFPA going against the grain. Regina King should win this award. Regina King should probably win the Oscar as well. However, I keep circling back to Vice because it led the field in nominations. Amy Adams was good in Vice, but it was nowhere near King’s performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. This reminds me of 2016 when Aaron Taylor-Johnson upset Mahershala Ali for supporting actor. However, Ali went home with the Oscar several weeks later. I believe that exact scenario is going to happen.

Who Should Win: Regina King

Who Will Win: Amy Adams

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Can Mahershala win two Oscars in the last three years? Before that happens, Ali will look to win a Golden Globe for the first time ever. As I mentioned before, Ali lost at the Globes a few years ago for his performance in Moonlight. Sam Rockwell has an outside chance for his hilarious turn as George W. Bush in Vice, but the Golden Globes will make up for their mistake from 2016 by rewarding Ali with the hardware.

Who Should Win: Mahershala Ali

Who Will Win: Mahershala Ali

Best Director – Motion Picture

Any other year and Bradley Cooper takes home this prize. However, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma has been described as a “masterpiece” from many critics. The black-and-white tribute to Cuarón’s childhood in Mexico City will be an unstoppable force in directing categories this awards season, and rightfully so.

Who Should Win: Alfonso Cuarón

Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Unlike the Oscars where screenplays fall into two categories, the Globes condense screenplays into one category. Your guess is as good as mine in this category because all five have a chance to win. Adam McKay is a solid choice, but my money is on Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara for their surprisingly funny, strange, and ridiculous screenplay for The Favourite.

Who Should Win: The Favourite

Who Will Win: The Favourite

Best Picture – Animated

If you asked me over the summer who would win, I would’ve said this category would go to The Incredibles 2 in a landslide. Now, I’m not so sure with the skyrocketing surge of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. However, the smart bet is Pixar. From 2006-2017, 10 Pixar films have been nominated for Best Picture – Animated at the Golden Globes. 8 of those films won the award (2 Pixar films were nominated in 2015).

Who Should Win: The Incredibles 2

Who Will Win: The Incredibles 2

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

Next question.

Roma / Via Netflix

Who Should Win: Roma

Who Will Win: Roma

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Out of all the films this year, five years from now, First Man is the film that people will look back at and say, “We messed up big time.” First Man faded into oblivion throughout the fall season despite being a very good film. Justin Hurwitz is becoming one of the best composers in all of Hollywood. Hurwitz will win this award and I have no problems with that selection. However, when sound is the main character and it’s treated masterfully onscreen, your film deserves to win an award CC: A Quiet Place.

Who Should Win: A Quiet Place

Who Will Win: First Man

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

Just use your head on this one.

Who Should Win: “Shallow”

Who Will Win: “Shallow”

Tune in Sunday Night! I’ll be active on Twitter @danny_giro so follow along!

A Star Is Born: Can Bradley Cooper And Lady Gaga Both Win An Oscar?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, the entertainment world has been captivated by A Star Is Born. From Bradley Cooper’s direction to Lady Gaga’s first performance on the big screen, audiences can’t get enough of this tragic love story. The film has been in theaters since October 5th and has already grossed over $135 million worldwide. Let’s be honest with ourselves. Once Lady Gaga let out her famous “HAAAA AHHHHHH ahh ahh ahhhhhh” in the trailer, this movie was going to be a hit.

Here is my quick review of the film in one tweet.

The hype was real. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut exceeded my expectations. His ability to craft a fresh take on a story that has previously been told three times was magnificent. Cooper’s dedication to the role and three year transformation to become Jackson Maine was insane. Cooper learned how to play guitar and piano as well as lower his voice down a whole octave to play the aging superstar. It also helps that Lady Gaga shined in her debut on the big screen. In simplest terms, Gaga was born to play this part.

With the movie in theaters, the topic of conversation shifts towards awards season. Can A Star Is Born win big at the Oscars? The film is a lock to receive multiple nominations. However, will Cooper and Gaga walk away with acting hardware come February? Here’s how they stack up against the field.

*All odds are taken from Goldderby.com. I’m going to focus on Best Actor and Best Actress. A Star Is Born will win for Best Original Song and will most likely receive nominations in Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture.*

BEST ACTOR

Can Cooper finally win an Oscar for acting? Cooper was previously nominated in the best acting category for Silver Linings Playbook and American Sniper as well as the best supporting category for American Hustle. Is the year he finally breaks through with the Academy? Right now, Cooper is the favorite on Goldderby with 9/2 odds. Second place is at 6/1. If A Star Is Born continues to explode at the box office, his campaign will only gain traction and stability with voters. Other contenders for the prize will be Viggo Mortensen (Green Book), Ryan Gosling (First Man), and Christian Bale (Vice). However, I believe the biggest disruptor to Cooper’s campaign could be Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody. No official reviews have been released, but if Malek puts on a tour de force performance as Freddie Mercury, voters will then have to choose between two musical performances for the top prize. This conflict may split the vote and someone like Mortensen or Bale might emerge when the dust settles. If I had to guess on October 15 as to who wins Best Actor, I’m choosing Bradley Cooper, but that could change in a few short months.

BEST ACTRESS

Lady Gaga is going to win Best Actress at the 2019 Oscars. Full disclosure, I have not seen all of Gaga’s competition yet because the films have yet to be released, but I can’t see anyone overtaking her lead. Right now, she’s a 39/10 favorite. The next closest odds are 9/2 so that’s not an insurmountable lead, but it’s solid for now. Her biggest competition will be Glenn Close (The Wife) and Olivia Colman (The Favourite). In my opinion, these roles are not as flashy in the public’s eye as Gaga’s. Gaga plays an up-and-coming singing sensation alongside Bradley Cooper. Close plays a wife attending the Nobel Prize ceremony with her husband and Colman plays Anne, Queen of Great Britain. Critics have lauded both Close and Colman for their scene-stealing performances. Plus, Close is a six-time nominee with zero wins. Is it time to reward Close with an Oscar to make up for lost times? Close deserves an Oscar, but it’s not going to be this year. Gaga’s star power and glamour alone will be on full display during the huge Oscar campaign the studio will build for her. Plus, let’s not forget about the heart of the matter, which is her magnificent performance. Between her strong chemistry with Cooper and her electrifying musical numbers, Gaga injected such life and vulnerability into a character that felt so personal and real. Gaga should start practicing her acceptance speeches now.

Do you think Cooper and Gaga will win Oscars?

A Star Is Born Is The Greatest Movie Of All-Time (And It Hasn’t Even Come Out Yet)

Do you want to know when I knew A Star Is Born was going to be a hit? It happened the second Lady Gaga grabbed the mic in the trailer and let out a “haaaaaa ah ah ah ahhhhhhhh.”

I tweeted this out over a week ago and after reading reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival, the sentiment remains the same. The hype for A Star Is Born is meteoric.

A Star Is Born has been on the radar of many film enthusiasts since the official announcement in 2016. The notion that Bradley Cooper would make his directorial debut with Lady Gaga is major news because of the possibilities it presents. Cooper has never stepped behind the camera and Gaga has never starred in a film of this nature. How will these two coexist on screen? Will the chemistry seem real? Will Bradley Cooper be able to sing onscreen and will his voice be able to compliment Lady Gaga’s? You could make a movie solely on the anticipation and question marks around this film.

Then, the trailer dropped and people FLIPPED OUT. (I did too, by the way.)

If trailers could win Oscars, A Star is Born would sweep every major category. Before its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, stories began to surface about the filmmaking procedures. There was the time Cooper wiped off Gaga’s makeup because he wanted her to be “completely open.” There was the story about how Cooper convinced Lorne Michaels to let him use the SNL stage for a performance in the film. Finally, after the premiere in Venice, the initial reviews swept the Internet by storm.

A Star Is Born is not good. It’s great.

Plus, Lady Gaga made a spectacular entrance on a boat.

Fast forward to the other day when the film screened at TIFF. More critics have now seen the movie and more positive reviews have occurred. This movie is going to be special.

It seems like A Star Is Born is going to be the greatest movie of all-time.

Well, I know that’s not going to be the case, but if you had your doubts if the hype was real, think again. A Star Is Born is going to be a special film and I can’t wait to watch.