If you’ve been counting the days leading up to the 2019 Oscars, we’re finally in the home stretch now. This Sunday, February 24, the awards show will air on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. Of course, the red carpet coverage will begin a bit earlier, around 6:30 p.m.
If you’re not caught up on who the nominees are and what performances the show will include, don’t worry. We have totally got you covered.
And the nominees are…
A Star Is Born
Of course, we know a large number of people are rooting for Black Panther to win top honors on Sunday. Does the film actually stand a chance though? Several polls have featured it as a winner, but it’s not up to moviegoers to decide. Ultimately, it’s the Academy that will choose the winner.
There are several major contenders that the Marvel movie has to compete with. Green Book seems the most likely choice when it comes to the Academy’s old guard. However, Roma has made major waves lately as well.
Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay – Vice
Paweł Pawlikowski – Cold War
It’d be nice to finally see Spike Lee win an Academy Award, considering his impressive filmography. But will this actually be his year? Despite his extensive filmmaking career, the only Oscar he has ever been awarded was an honorary one.
However, Alfonso Cuaron really does seem to be the frontrunner in this category.
Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
Glenn Close – The Wife
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
This is a tough one to predict, but it likely comes down to two options: Yalitza Aparicio or Glenn Close. Considering the fact that she’s a seven-time nominee, it’d be a much overdue win for Close. In fact, she has had more nominations without a single win than any other living actor.
Still, Yalitza Aparicio gave an incredible performance in Roma and is also a serious contender here.
Christian Bale – Vice
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malik – Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
Here we believe it’s again likely a toss-up – this time between Rami Malik and Christian Bale.
Amy Adams – Vice
Marina de Tavira – Roma
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite
Hands down, this should – and likely will – go to Regina King. Of course, there’s a small chance that Adams could win, but we wouldn’t bank on it.
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliot – A Star is Born
Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell – Vice
We’re not so sure about some of these nominees, but Mahershala Ali seems like a shoo-in for this award.
If you tend to tune into the Oscars to see the musical performances, here’s what you can look forward to.
So far, it’s been confirmed that all of the Best Original Song nominees will be performed, save for one. It’s still unknown whether or not Kendrick Lamar and SZA will perform All The Stars from Black Panther.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will, of course, perform Shallow from their film A Star is Born. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will perform The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings. Additionally, Jennifer Hudson will sing I’ll Fight from RGB.
Plus, a very special guest will be performing The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns. Who, you ask is that special guest? Why, it’s none other than Bette Midler.
On top of all that, Queen and Adam Lambert will also be performing thanks to Bohemian Rhapsody’s Best Picture nomination.