Will Gaga take home the gold? Predicting the 2019 Oscar winners

What are we going to do about the Oscars? In the past few years, the granddaddy of all award shows has weathered unthinkably embarrassing fiascos, from #OscarsSoWhite to #EnvelopeGate. (Team La La Land forever!) The events leading up to the 91st annual event have been nothing short of a public relations disaster.

Let’s go there, shall we? The now-jettisoned Most Popular Oscar category. The ouster of would-be host Kevin Hart. The announcement that four trophies would be handed out during commercial breaks – then overturning that. So what are we going to do about the Oscars? Devour every glorious moment, of course — and hope our favorites are golden. Here’s my forecast for all 24 categories, keeping in mind that my No. 1 prediction is that we’ll all have something to talk about on Monday morning. Happy watching!

Best Picture
Who Will Win?Roma
Dark Horse:Black Panther
This year, the biggest category is the trickiest to predict. All signs point to Alfonso Cuarón’s poignant love letter to his Mexican upbringing. Heck, if you throw a dart at a collage of 1,000 critical reviews of the Netflix drama, chances are high that it would land on the word “masterpiece.” Rewarding it with the ultimate honor would also be a triumphant message in these politically divisive times. But, I wouldn’t be shocked if Academy voters instead chose to reward the gazillion-dollar-grossing, SAG-winning Black Panther, despite Ryan Coogler’s Best Director snub. Other factors to consider: Green Book won the Producers Guild Award; Bohemian Rhapsody won the big Golden Globe; and A Star Is Born won the hearts of many, many fans.

Best Actress
Who Will Win? Glenn Close
Dark Horse: Olivia Colman
After seven nominations, Close is not going to be ignored – and she deserves it just for the scene alone in which her character puffs on a cigarette in a Stockholm hotel restaurant and artfully dodges Christian Slater’s nosy reporter questions. (PSA: The Wife makes for a great airplane movie. Be sure to watch if you haven’t already.) Her Close-est competitor is Colman, who’d be a shoo-in for her scene-chewing portrayal of Queen Anne had she competed in the Best Supporting Actress category. Lady Gaga will be the one Best Actress nominee in the room who gets the Best Original Song category.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Helen Mirren attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Allison Janney attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Saoirse Ronan attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Nicole Kidman attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Meryl Streep attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Lupita Nyong'o attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Sandra Bullock attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Jane Fonda attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Greta Gerwig attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Emily Blunt attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Viola Davis attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Emma Stone attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Laura Dern, whose hair was styled by Dove stylist Creighton Bowman, attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Jennifer Garner attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Armie Hammer attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Timothee Chalamet attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Salma Hayek attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Maya Rudolph attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Leslie Mann attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: (L-R) Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Danai Gurira attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Octavia Spencer attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Betty Gabriel attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Lily Tomlin attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Laurie Metcalf attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Gal Gadot, whose hair was perfected by Dove stylist Mark Townsend attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Kate Capshaw (L) and Steven Spielberg attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Mary J. Blige attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Matthew McConaughey attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Tiffany Haddish attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Zendaya, whose hair was styled with Dove, Tresemme and Suave products, attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Kumail Nanjiani (L) and Emily V. Gordon attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Allison Williams attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Taraji P. Henson attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Danai Gurira attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Daniel Kaluuya attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
US actress Kelly Ripa arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Gina Rodriguez attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Ashley Judd attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Chadwick Boseman attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Elisabeth Moss attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Dee Rees (L) and Sarah Broom attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Mira Sorvino attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Eiza Gonzalez attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Kobe Bryant (R) and Vanessa Laine Bryant attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Chelsea Peretti (L) and Jordan Peele attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Willem Dafoe and Giada Colagrande attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: (L-R) Jason Clarke, Rob Morgan and Garrett Hedlund attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Taraji P. Henson attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Christopher Plummer attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Whoopi Goldberg attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Olympic medalist Adam Rippon attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Olympic medalist Adam Rippon attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Tom Holland attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Lindsey Vonn attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Beanie Feldstein, whose hair was styled by Dove stylist Bobby Eliot, attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04:Maria Menounos attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Marilou York (L) and Mark Hamill attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Diane Warren attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Andy Serkis (L) and Lorraine Ashbourne attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Blanca Blanco attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Andra Day attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Mirai Nagasu arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Nancy O'Dell attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Sofia Carson attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Zoey Deutch attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Mirai Nagasu attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Michael Strahan attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Wendi McLendon-Covey attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Sara Haines attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Ashley Judd (L) and Mira Sorvino attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Giuliana Rancic attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: TV personality Kristin Cavallari attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Abbie Cornish attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Paz Vega attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Eva Marie Saint attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Darrell Britt-Gibson attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Janet Mock attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Nazanin Mandi and Miguel arrive for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Gael Garcia Bernal attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Fatma Al Remaihi attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Phoebe Waller-Bridge attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Leslie Bibb attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Samara Weaving attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Martin McDonagh attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Doug Jones attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Rita Moreno (L) and Fernanda Luisa Gordon attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Christine Lahti attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: (L-R) Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Garbine Muguruza attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Musician Dominique Lemonnier (L) and composer Alexandre Desplat attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Director, writer, editor and producer Agn� Varda arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: St. Vincent attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Sandy Martin attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Mark Mangini (L) and Ann Mangini attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
US singer Raphael Saadiq arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger and Willow Bay attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (L) and Maria Eladia Hagerman attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Willow Bay attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Dawn Hudson attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Keala Settle attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Italian director Luca Guadagnino and guest arrive for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Lesley Manville attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Ansel Elgort (R) and Violetta Komyshan attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Margot Robbie attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Camila Alves attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Timothee Chalamet (L) and Armie Hammer attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Octavia Spencer and Tate Taylor attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Molly Sims attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Dolores Huerta attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Laura Louie and Woody Harrelson attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Best Actor
Who Will Win?Rami Malek
Dark Horse:Christian Bale
Even the people that hate Bohemian Rhapsody with a fervent vigor can begrudgingly admit that Malek’s confident take on Queen front man Freddie Mercury mesmerizes. The Golden Globe and SAG winner is a champion, indeed. Bale’s transformation as former vice president Dick Cheney astounds as well, but more because it still seems impossible to believe that the dashing guy with that thick Welsh accent working the awards circuit is the same overweight, balding American bureaucrat on the screen. The role is a bit more one-note, though.

Best Supporting Actress
Who Will Win? Regina King
Dark Horse: Marina de Tavira
Very soon in the near future, Amy Adams will walk to the podium and grab that Oscar. But not this year. (Emily Blunt’s surprise win at the SAGs sealed her fate.) The smart money is on King, an Emmy-winning veteran actress — she was a smart-aleck teen on the NBC sitcom 227 a full decade before Jerry Maguire! — who brings passion and heart to the role of a protective mother in the drama. The only snag is that Beale Street was so little-seen that she didn’t even get a SAG nomination. That’s why I could also envision de Tavira — also playing a strong-willed mother — riding a Roma tidal wave all the way to victory.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: French Canadian singer and businesswoman Celine Dion poses for a portrait during The 71st Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals on March 21, 1999 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Gwyneth Paltrow arrives. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Actors Billy Bob Thorton and Laura Dern at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21, 1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
Actor Matt Damon attends the 71st Annual Academy Awards Pre-Party Hosted by Miramax Films on March 20, 1999 at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Jennifer Lopez during 71st Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Comedian Ellen DeGeneres (R) and Actor Anne Heche at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21,1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
Drew Barrymore and Ed Norton during 71st Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Actor Tom Hanks and singer Rita Wilson at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21,1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: Actor Alec Baldwin and wife, actress Kim Basinger arrive before the 71st Annual Academy Awards on March 21, 1999 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Musician Steve Tyler and Cyrinda Foxe at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21,1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Actor Meryl Streep at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21, 1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)e
Actress Annette Bening and actor Warren Beatty attend the 71st Annual Academy Awards on March 21, 1999 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Actor Catherine Zeta-Jones at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21, 1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Actors Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21, 1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Actor Helen Hunt at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21, 1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Actor Drew Barrymore at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21,1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Singer Mariah Carey at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21, 1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: Actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attend The 71st Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals on March 21, 1999 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Jennifer Lopez arrives. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actress Jane Seymour attends 56th Annual Academy Awards on January 24, 1999 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
(Original Caption) Val Kilmer arrives with his girlfriend. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Brendan Fraser arrives with his wife. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Actress Lisa Kudrow arrives. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Christina Ricci arrives. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Steven Spielberg with his wife Kate Capshaw. (Photo by Siemoneit/Sygma via Getty Images)
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Best Supporting Actor
Who Will Win? Mahershala Ali
Dark Horse: Sam Elliott
Green Book has been radioactive this awards season, with a new controversy arising seemingly every week surrounding this true tale of the friendship between white club bouncer Tony Lip and black musician Don Shirley circa 1962. But Ali has been immune to the drama, collecting several trophies to add to the hardware he received just two years ago for Moonlight. As well he should: His complex, fully nuanced performance is the soul of the movie. Just make a note that Elliott is a beloved actor’s actor who’s been doing solid work for 40-plus years.

Best Director
Who Will Win? Alfonso Cuarón
Dark Horse: Spike Lee
This is a sure thing for Cuarón, who’s burned serious calories over the past few months walking from his seat in the audience to the stage and holding up all his trophies. His black-and-white film is visually beautiful and will earn him his second Best Director nod in the past five years. (Amazingly, he and his friends Alejandro Inarritu and Guillermo del Toro will have won five out of the past six Best Director awards.) That means the legendary Lee — amazingly, a first-time nominee in the category — will have to applaud from afar.

Best of the Rest
Original Screenplay — The Favourite
Best Adapted Screenplay — BlackKklansman
Best Cinematography — Roma
Best Costume Design — The Favourite
Best Film Editing — BlackKklansman
Best Makeup & Hairstyling — Vice
Best Production Design — The Favourite
Best Score — If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Song — “Shallow” (duh)
Best Sound Editing — First Man
Best Sound Mixing — First Man
Best Visual Effects — Avengers: Infinity War
Best Animated Feature — Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
Best Documentary Feature — RBG
Best Foreign Language Film — Roma
Best Animated Short — Bao
Best Documentary Short — Black Sheep
Best Live Action Short — Marguerite

The 91st Annual Academy Awards air on ABC Sunday, February 24, at 8 p.m. ET.

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