People really seem to like Queen. I mean, I can dig one or two Queen songs, but…
I don’t get it. That’s okay, though.
Let’s proceed to the actual scorecard. I’m counting it a win if either my Probable or Sleeper Predictions won. Does that give me an unfair double-shot of being right, and smug about it? Yes. It also gives me two chances to be wrong. So I think it’s fair. This is my scorecard. Go do your own predictions.
What I Predicted: The Favourite, with Black Panter as a Sleeper.
What Won: Green Book. Race stuff still trumps gender stuff.
What I Predicted: Spike Lee collecting Dues, with Yorgos Lanthimos as a Sleeper
Who Won: Alfonso Cuaron, for Roma. Foreign Language films are becoming safer than I realized.
What I Predicted: Yalitza Aparicio, with Olivia Colman as a Sleeper
Who Won: Olivia Colman
What I Predicted: Rami Malek, with Christian Bale as a Sleeper
Who Won: Rami Malek.
Best Supporting Actress:
What I Predicted: Rachel Weisz, with Regina King as a Sleeper
Who Won: Regina King
Best Supporting Actor:
What I Predicted: Mahershala Ali, with Richard E. Grant as a Sleeper
Who Won: Mahershala Ali
Best Animated Feature:
What I Predicted: Mirai, with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as a Sleeper
What Won: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. More important than this, however is my prediction, almost a year-old now, that Wes Anderson will not win an Oscar. The Academy does not love you, Wes. It never will. Your stuff is too cute for them.
Best Adapted Screenplay:
What I Predicted: If Beale Street Could Talk, with A Star is Born as a Sleeper
What Won: BlacKKlansman. They gave Spike Lee his Lifetime Achievement/Paid Your Dues award with a Screenplay Oscar? That’s cold. But it did give us our Political Grandstanding of the night, so that’s something.
Best Original Screenplay:
What I Predicted: Vice, with Greek Book as a Sleeper
What Won: Green Book. I really did not expect them to shut Vice out, but they did.
The Technical/Craft/Unimportant Awards did not provoke strong predictions from me, so I’ll just list my shots and whether they were right.
The Favourite Roma
RBG Free Solo
Documentary Short: Period. End of Sentence.
Live Action Short:
Foreign Language Film: Roma
BlacKkKlansman Bohemian Rhapsody
A Quiet Place Bohemian Rhapsody
Sound Mixing : Bohemian Rhapsody
Production Design: Black Panther
Mary Poppins Returns Black Panther
“All the Stars” “Shallow”
Makeup and Hair: Vice
The Favourite Black Panther
Visual Effects: First Man
Correct predictions – 12
Incorrect predictions – 12
Conclusion: I am awesome at calling shots of an awards show I care nothing about, celebrating a collection of films I hardly saw any of.