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If Pajiba Ran The Oscars

By Pajiba Staff | Film | January 23, 2019 |

By Pajiba Staff | Film | January 23, 2019 |


The Oscar nominations are out, and the Overlords are underwhelmed. So our cadre of critics convened to come up with the nominees you’d see if Pajiba ran the Oscars.

Spoilers: Big Oscar night contenders Vice and Bohemian Rhapsody get nothing in our dream ceremony. Green Book, on the other hand, is up for one very special honor. Note: Films that did get Academy Award nominations are in bold.

Best Director
Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Damien Chazelle, First Man
Debra Granik, Leave No Trace
Marielle Heller, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Carlos López Estrada, Blindspotting
Lynne Ramsey, You Were Never Really Here
Boots Riley, Sorry To Bother You
Chloé Zhao, The Rider

Best Adapted Screenplay
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Crazy Rich Asians
If Beale Street Could Talk
Lean on Pete

Best Original Screenplay
Sorry To Bother You
Eighth Grade
The Favourite

Best Actor
Ryan Gosling, First Man
Brian Tyree Henry, Widows
Ben Mendelsohn, The Land of Steady Habits
Shameik Moore, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
Charlie Plummer, Lean on Pete
Robert Redford, The Old Man and the Gun
Lakeith Stanfield, Sorry to Bother You
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Best Actress
Glenn Close, The Wife
Toni Collette, Hereditary
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Viola Davis, Widows
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Regina Hall, Support The Girls
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Carey Mulligan, Wildlife
Charlize Theron, Tully

Best Costume Design
Black Panther
The Favourite
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Mary Queen of Scots
Ocean’s 8
A Simple Favor
A Wrinkle in Time

Best Supporting Actor
Brian Tyree Henry, If Beale Street Could Talk
Russell Hornsby, The Hate U Give
Nicholas Hoult, The Favourite
Hugh Grant, Paddington 2
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Daniel Kaluuya, Widows
Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Evan Peters, American Animals
Steven Yeun, Burning

Best Supporting Actress
Elizabeth Debicki, Widows
Cynthia Erivo, Bad Times at the El Royale
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace
Millicent Simmonds, A Quiet Place
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Michelle Yeoh, Crazy Rich Asians

Best Song
“All The Stars” from Black Panther by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“Girl in the Movies,” from Dumplin’ by Dolly Parton
“Hollywood Ending,” from Anna and the Apocalypse by Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly
“A Place Called Slaughter Race,” from Ralphs Breaks The Internet by Alan Menken, Phil Johnston and Tom MacDougall
“Shallow” from A Star Is Born by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice

Best Documentary
The Dawn Wall
Free Solo
Minding The Gap
Science Fair
Tea with the Dames
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best Picture
Black Panther
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Eighth Grade
The Favourite
Paddington 2
The Rider
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Sorry To Bother You

And some special Pajiba-created categories:

Most Criminally Overlooked Film of the Year
First Man
The Little Stranger
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Skate Kitchen
Sorry To Bother You

Movie That Should Be Shot Into The Sun
Fifty Shades Freed
Green Book
Life Itself
Mile 22
The Mule
Sicario: Day of the Soldado
Welcome to Marwen

Kristy Puchko is the film editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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