Ben Cahlamer's Oscar Picks


Ben Cahlamer Final Oscar Picks


One thing is for certain: the 91st Oscar season has been anything but an assured thing. From one PR nightmare to another, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Academy) has pressed onward, and this Sunday, they announce the biggest winners of the season.

2018 was a magical year at the cinema. From a British period piece with vengeance on its mind to a live-in maid keeping an on-the-rocks family from falling apart, there has been no shortage of great cinema.

And no matter how hard the producers and studios campaigned for their respective films, yes, I am looking at you Netflix, my picks will ultimately have something in common with the actual winners: they will be completely chosen at random, because there’s absolutely no rhyme or reason to what’s happened this year.

Oh. Unlike the Academy, I have omitted certain categories because I did not see enough of the films for me to qualify a winner. Please note that this will not shorten your reading time in any way, shape, or form.  Thank you, ABC and, good night.


Screenplay (Original): “The Favourite,” Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara.

Screenplay (Adapted): “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty.

Visual Effects: “First Man,” Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, J.D. Schwalm

Sound Mixing: “Roma,” Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and Jose Antonio Garcia

Sound Editing: “A Quiet Place,” Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl

Music (Original Song): “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt

Music (Original Score): “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell

Makeup and Hairstyling: “Vice,” Greg Cannom, Kate Briscoe and Patricia Dehaney


Foreign Language Film: “Roma,” Mexico; Alfonso Curaon

Film Editing: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman

Documentary: “Free Solo,” Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill

Directing: “BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee

Costume Design: “Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

Cinematography: “Cold War,” Lukasz Zal

Animated Feature Film: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Actress in a Supporting Role: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”


Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Actress in a Leading Role: Glenn Close, “The Wife”

Actor in a Leading Role: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Best Picture: “BlacKkKlansman,” Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee