Monte Yazzie's Oscar Predictions


Oscar season draws to a close this Sunday night when the 91st Annual Academy Awards finalize the cluster of, in my opinion, crazy nominations that have composed this year’s ballots. “Green Book”, “A Star Is Born”, and “Roma” have been the “best picture” talk of the season while films like “First Reformed”, “Burning”, “Blindspotting”, and “If Beale Street Could Talk” missed the top award nomination. There was controversy for cutting the nominations for two critical elements of the filmmaking process from televised recognition, enough people complained and they brought them back. There was controversy about the early announced host for the Oscars, enough people complained and the host has been eliminated from the show. It’s been a crazy season.


Since everything seems a little off kilter this year, I’ve decided to embrace it. Every year I’ll make two ballots for Oscar nominations, one list designated from my “head” and another ballot designated from my “heart”. It is much more difficult than it should be trying to figure out which film deserves recognition. So, here is a list detailing both of the choices for a few of the categories for the Academy Awards.

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“Roma” – The Head Pick
“A Star Is Born”
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“The Favourite” – The Heart Pick
“Green Book”


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Glenn Close “The Wife” – The Head and The Heart Pick

Yalitza Aparicio “Roma”
Olivia Colman “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy “Can You Ever Forgive Me”




Rami Malek “Bohemian Rhapsody” – The Head Pick
Christian Bale “Vice”

Bradley Cooper “A Star Is Born” – The Heart Pick
Willem Dafoe “At Eternity’s Gate”
Viggo Mortensen “Green Book”


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Supporting Actress

Regina King “If Beale Street Could Talk - The Head and The Heart Pick
Amy Adams “Vice”
Emma Stone “The Favourite”
Marina de Tavira “Roma”
Rachel Weisz “The Favourite”



Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali “Green Book” - The Head Pick
Adam Driver “BlacKkKlansman"
Sam Elliott “A Star Is Born”

Richard E. Grant “Can You Ever Forgive Me?" - The Heart Pick
Sam Rockwell “Vice”




Alfonso Cuarón “Roma" - The Head and The Heart Pick

Yorgos Lanthimos “The Favourite”
Spike Lee "BlacKkKlansman”
Adam McKay “Vice”
Pawel Pawlikowski “Cold War”




“RBG” - The Head Pick
“Free Solo”
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

“Minding the Gap” - The Heart Pick
“Of Fathers and Sons”




Animated Feature

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” - The Head and The Heart Pick
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet"

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 Foreign Language

“Roma” Mexico - The Head and The Heart Pick
“Capernaum” Lebanon
“Cold War” Poland
“Never Look Away” Germany
“Shoplifters” Japan


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Film Editing

“Bohemian Rhapsody” – The Head Pick

“BlacKkKlansman” - The Heart Pick
“The Favourite”
“Green Book” 


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“Roma” - The Head and The Heart Pick
“Cold War”
“The Favourite”
“Never Look Away”
“A Star Is Born”