Who will win at the Oscars? Peter Howell picks the favourites
|Toronto Star 22 Feb 2019 at 06:07|
Why: Roma, Alfonso Cuaron’s Spanish-language memory movie about his early life in Mexico, is the most glorious expression of cinema art among the Best Picture nominees. Its numerous wins in many pre-Oscar industry votes suggest victory, but it will have to leap two sizable hurdles: All previous Best Picture winners have been in the English language, and no Netflix movie has ever triumphed in this category.
In this wide-open Oscar year, the Academy might instead go for the crowd-pleasing comedy Green Book or finally give Spike Lee his due with a win for historical thriller BlacKkKlansman. And the weird math of Best Picture’s preferential ballot, which includes second, third and subsequent choices, means you also can’t rule out Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther, The Favourite, A Star Is Born or Vice to take top gold.