"The Sisters Brothers" spins a unique Western yarn                "Colette" is another period piece showcase for Kiera Knightley                John C. Reilly looks like a late breaking Academy Award player in the Trailer for "Stan & Ollie"                Brie Larson saves the day in the First Trailer for "Captain Marvel"                The Toronto International Film Festival boosts "Green Book" with its Top Prize                Updated Academy Award predictions for early September                "White Boy Rick" is a compelling character study and period piece                Taking a look at potential Best Supporting Actress contenders                Shane Black gives "The Predator" his signature clever spin                Venice Film Festival award winners include "The Favourite" and "Roma"                Taking a look at potential Best Supporting Actor contenders                Watch out for Ben Foster in Best Supporting Actor for "Leave No Trace"                "The Favourite" releases a new Trailer to build off of its positive festival buzz                "All About Nina" and "Fahrenheit 11/9": Films to look forward to in September                Trailer for "The Front Runner" and Buzz from Telluride suggest another Oscar player for Jason Reitman        

Updated Academy Award predictions for early September


Things are getting interesting. Movies are playing at prestigious film festivals, contenders are being solidified as Oscar hopefuls, and the season is in full swing now. Frankly, you can even make the claim that there’s a solid top five contenders for Best Picture right now. The smart money is on one of these titles taking home the gold…BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, First Man, Roma, or A Star is Born. That’s how it looks here in early to mid September, before any real awards have been given out. Plenty can and will change, but that’s what the tea leaves are showing here as fall gets ready to hit.

For this update, I’ve thankfully removed Best Popular Film, as that category has been shelved for now. Also, it reflects how we’re down to just a few unseen titles. In fact, I’ve even seen a handful of these now, though I’ll have seen much more by the time the next update occurs. What you’ll see here, above all, is a potentially history making, and record breaking score for A Star is Born. A dozen nominations, Bradley Cooper directing himself to a Best Actor win (while taking home Best Director too), plus a Best Picture victory? Yeah, it seems like overboard, but if there’s a front runner, this is it. Read on for more…


Here now are my latest Academy Award predictions:

BEST PICTURE

1. A Star is Born
2. First Man
3. The Favourite
4. Roma
5. BlackKklansman
6. If Beale Street Could Talk
7. Untitled Dick Cheney Biopic
8. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
9. Black Panther
10. Green Book

Next in line: 11. The Front Runner 12. Boy Erased 13. On the Basis of Sex 14. Beautiful Boy 15. Cold War 16. Bohemian Rhapsody 17. Widows 18. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 19. At Eternity’s Gate 20. Mary Queen of Scots 20. 21. White Boy Rick 22. The Sisters Brothers 23. The Old Man and the Gun 24. Peterloo 25. Wildlife 26. Welcome to Marwen 27. Eighth Grade 28. Sorry to Bother You 29. Disobedience 30. Mary Poppins Returns

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
2. Damien Chazelle – First Man
3. Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
4. Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
5. Spike Lee – BlackKklansman

Next in line: 6. Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk 7. Ryan Coogler – Black Panther 8. Adam McKay – Untitled Dick Cheney Biopic 9. Jason Reitman – The Front Runner 10. Julian Schnabel – At Eternity’s Gate

BEST ACTOR

1. Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
2. Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
3. Ryan Gosling – First Man
4. Robert Redford – The Old Man and the Gun
5. Christian Bale – Untitled Dick Cheney Biopic

Next in line: 6. Hugh Jackman – The Front Runner 7. Steve Carell – Beautiful Boy (or Welcome to Marwen) 8. Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody 9. Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased (or Ben is Back) 10. John David Washington – BlackKklansman

BEST ACTRESS

1. Glenn Close – The Wife
2. Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga) – A Star is Born
3. Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
4. Olivia Colman – The Favourite
5. Felicity Jones – On the Basis of Sex

Next in line: 6. Saoirse Ronan – Mary Queen of Scots 7. Viola Davis – Widows 8. Nicole Kidman – Destroyer 9. Carey Mulligan – Wildlife 10. Mary Elizabeth Winstead – All About Nina

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Sam Elliott – A Star is Born
2. Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy (Could Go Lead)
3. Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
4. Robert Forster – What They Had
5. Ben Foster – Leave No Trace

Next in line: 6. Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther 7. Sam Rockwell – Untitled Dick Cheney Biopic 8. Oscar Isaac – At Eternity’s Gate 9. Jason Clarke – First Man 10. Armie Hammer – On the Basis of Sex (or Sorry to Bother You)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Claire Foy – First Man
2. Amy Adams – Untitled Dick Cheney Biopic
3. Sissy Spacek – The Old Man and the Gun (Could Go Lead)
4. Emma Stone – The Favourite
5. Nicole Kidman – Boy Erased

Next in line: 6. Vera Farmiga – The Front Runner 7. Margot Robbie – Mary Queen of Scots 8. Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk 9. Emily Blunt – A Quiet Place 10. Marina de Tavira – Roma

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

1. The Favourite
2. Roma
3. Untitled Dick Cheney Biopic
4. Eighth Grade
5. Sorry to Bother You

Next in line: 6. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 7. A Quiet Place 8. On the Basis of Sex 9. Peterloo 10. Hearts Beat Loud

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

1. BlackKklansman
2. First Man
3. A Star is Born
4. If Beale Street Could Talk
5. The Front Runner

Next in line: 6. Black Panther 7. Mary Queen of Scots 8. Can You Ever Forgive Me? 9. Beautiful Boy 10. Wildlife

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

1. The Incredibles 2
2. Isle of Dogs
3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
4. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2
5. The Grinch

Next in line: 6. Early Man 7. Smallfoot 8. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies 9. Peter Rabbit 10. Sherlock Gnomes

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

1. The Favourite
2. First Man
3. Black Panther
4. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
5. Bohemian Rhapsody

Next in line: 6. Mary Poppins Returns 7. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 8. Mary Queen of Scots 9. Peterloo 10. Colette

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. Roma
2. First Man
3. A Star is Born
4. The Favourite
5. If Beale Street Could Talk

Next in line: 6. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 7. Peterloo 8. Black Panther 9. Cold War 10. Annihilation

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

1. Black Panther
2. Mary Poppins Returns
3. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
4. The Favourite
5. Mary Queen of Scots

Next in line: 6. Colette 7. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms 8. Peterloo 9. First Man 10. A Wrinkle in Time

BEST FILM EDITING

1. First Man
2. A Star is Born
3. The Favourite
4. BlackKklansman
5. Black Panther

Next in line: 6. Roma 7. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 8. If Beale Street Could Talk 9. Untitled Dick Cheney Biopic 10. The Front Runner

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

1. Black Panther
2. Avengers: Infinity War
3. Mary Poppins Returns

Next in line: 4. A Star is Born 5. Mary Queen of Scots 6. A Wrinkle in Time 7. Bohemian Rhapsody 8. Peterloo

BEST SOUND MIXING

1. First Man
2. A Star is Born
3. Bohemian Rhapsody
4. A Quiet Place
5. Black Panther

Next in line: 6. Avengers: Infinity War 7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout 8. Ready Player One 9. Incredibles 2 10. Ant-Man and the Wasp

BEST SOUND EDITING

1. First Man
2. A Star is Born
3. Bohemian Rhapsody
4. A Quiet Place
5. Black Panther

Next in line: 6. Avengers: Infinity War 7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout 8. Ready Player One 9. Incredibles 2 10. Ant-Man and the Wasp

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1. First Man
2. Black Panther
3. Annihilation
4. Avengers: Infinity War
5. Solo: A Star Wars Story

Next in line: 6. Ready Player One 7. Ant-Man and the Wasp 8. Aquaman 9. A Wrinkle in Time 10. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

1. First Man
2. If Beale Street Could Talk
3. BlackKklansman
4. The Sisters Brothers
5. Mary Queen of Scots

Next in line: 6. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 7. Black Panther 8. Incredibles 2 9. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 10. Suspiria

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

1. A Star is Born (Shallow)
2. A Star is Born (I’ll Never Love Again)
3. Hearts Beat Loud (Hearts Beat Loud)
4. Boy Erased (Revelation)
5. Black Panther (All the Stars)

Next in line: 6. A Star is Born 7. Hearts Beat Loud 8. Black Panther 9. Mary Poppins Returns 10. Smallfoot

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
2. Three Identical Strangers
3. RBG
4. Fahrenheit 11/9
5. Minding the Gap

Next in line: 6. The Final Year 7. Whitney 8. The King 9. The Bleeding Edge 10. Generation Wealth

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

1. Roma
2. Cold War
3. Everybody Knows
4. Capernaum
5. Shoplifters

Next in line: 6. Burning 7. Happy as Lazzaro 8. Sunset 9. Birds of Passage 10. The Fall of the American Empire

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

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BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

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Stay tuned for another update before the end of the month!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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