Pedigree Oscars: nominations for the Academy Awards are the makings of a bumper year for cinema

Oscar winners end up disappearing into posterity, but the nominations are a splendid excuse to make a fairly accurate diagnosis of the joys this year has bestowed upon us, at least in cinematographic terms. And 2019 was a bumper year in this sense, with the decision being between movies the likes of “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”, “Joker”, “The Irishman”, “Parasites”, “1917” and “Marriage Story” already gives you an idea of what the level of the playing field. Victory has gone this year to cinemagoers for whom the Oscars is the perfect synthesis of a good year for the movies. An excellent example of this is that movies traditionally treated as endurance runners (in the case of “Le Mans ’66” as the perfect example) are a good peg higher than the usual standards.

Making a kitty to bet on who’s going to win can be risky, because the Golden Globes have long been far from symptomatic when it comes to winners and everyone knows the Academy’s criteria can be occasionally a tad unpredictable. It looks like it’ll be a year where the glories are shared, with each of the nominees winning an acting award and in addition, a few technical mentions, and with the winner for best film having few other awards. I might even go so far as to state that the spoils will be split between “1917” and “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”, but you cannot underestimate the industrial impact of “Joker” or the unanimity around “Parasites”, which may very well deprive Pedro Almodóvar of winning another Oscar for the Best International Feature Film with “Pain and Glory.” Among the big losers, it seems that the role will fall unfairly to “Marriage Story” and “The Irishman.” If these films win nothing and Tarantino’s the winner, the story will be clear: Netflix loses and cinema (the cinema that talks about cinema as conceived to be watched on the big screen in theaters) wins.

Nominations this year are almost fair looking, but as always you have to regret a few absences. There’s no good reason for the lack of women for example in certain candidacies in a year in which the screenplays actually have had a strong feminine accent; nor that “Avengers: Endgame”, one of the great emotional and artistic experiences of 2019, is not among the best film candidates. Nor is it explained that they have forgotten Adam Sandler and “Uncut Gems”, since they are the perfect image of a Hollywood that knows how to break with its misunderstandings and give renewed airs to its fundamental themes.


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A film event like the Oscars is ideal for speculation and pools. There are opinions for all tastes. Let’s see what some of our collaborators say.

Conxita Casanovas gives the Oscar to Best:

-Actor: Joaquin Phoenix

-Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt

-Actress: Renée Zellweger

-Supporting Actress: Laura Dern

-Soundtrack: “Joker”

-Original song: “(I’m gonna) Love Me Again” (Elton John)

-Director: Sam Mendes, “1917”

-Production Design: “1917”

-Costume Design: “Little Women”

-Sound Editing: “For Sama”

-Visual Effects: “1917”

-Cinematography: “1917”

-Adapted Screenplay: “Jojo Rabbit”

-Original Screenplay: “ Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood”

-Makeup and Hairstyling: “Judy”

-Film Editing: “1917”

-Picture: “The irishman”

-Animated Feature Film: “Klaus”

-International Feature Film: “Parasites”

-Sound: “1917”

Helena Cortés gives the Oscar to Best:

-Actor: Joaquin Phoenix

-Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt

-Actress: Renée Zellweger

-Supporting Actress: Scarlett Johansson

-Soundtrack: “Joker”

-Original song: “(I’m gonna) Love Me Again” (Elton John)

-Director: Sam Mendes , “1917”

-Production Design: “1917”

-Costume Design: “Little Women”

-Sound Editing: “1917”

-Visual Effects: “The Avengers”

-Cinematography: “Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood”

-Adapted Screenplay: “The Irishman”

-Original Screenplay: “Knives Out”

-Makeup and Hairstyling: “Judy”

-Film Editing: “The Irishman”

-Picture: “1917”

-Animated Feature Film: “Toy Story 4”

-International Feature Film: “Parasites”

-Sound: “Ad Astra”

And the Oscar’s by Àlex Gutiérrez go to Best:

-Actor: Joaquin Phoenix

-Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt

-Actress: Renée Zellweger

-Supporting Actress: Laura Dern

-Soundtrack: “Joker”

-Original Song: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (Elton John)

-Director: Sam Mendes, 1917

-Production Design: “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”

-Costume Design: “Little Women”

-Sound Editing: “1917”

-Visual Effects: “Avengers: End game”

-Cinematography: “1917”

-Adapted Screenplay: “Joker”

-Original Screenplay: “Parasites”

-Makeup and Hairstyling: “Joker”

-Film Editing: “The Irishman”

-Picture: “Joker”

-Animated Feature Film: “Toy Story 4”

-International Feature Film: “Parasites”

-Sound: “1917”

And the Oscar’s by Arnau Martín go to Best:

-Actor: Joaquin Phoenix 

-Supporting Actor: Al Pacino

-Actress: Scarlett Johansson

-Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates

-Soundtrack: “1917”

-Original Song: “Stand Up”, by Joshuah Brian Campdell and Cynthia Erivo 

-Director: Sam Mendes

-Production Design: “The Irishman” 

-Costume Design: “Little Women”

-Sound Editing: “1917”

-Special Effects: “The Lion King”

-Cinematography: “1917”

-Adapted Screenplay: “The Irishman”

-Original Screenplay: “Knives Out” 

-Makeup and Hairstyling: “Joker”

-Film Editing: “Le Mans ’66”

-Picture: “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”

-Animated Feature Film: “Toy Story 4”

-International Feature Film: “Parasites”

-Sound: “1917”

And the Oscar’s by Bárbara Padilla go to Best:

-Actor: Joaquin Phoenix

-Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt

-Actress: Renée Zellweger

-Supporting Actress: Scarlett Johansson

-Soundtrack: “Joker”

-Original Song: “Frozen II”

-Director: Sam Mendes, 1917

-Production Design: “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”

-Costume Design: “Jojo Rabbit”

-Sound Editing: “1917”

-Special Effects: “1917”

-Cinematography: “1917”

-Adapted Screenplay: “Little Women”

-Original Screenplay: “Marriage Story”

-Makeup and Hairstyling: “Judy”

-Film Editing: “The Irishman”

-Picture: “Joker”

-Animated Feature Film: “Klaus”

-International Feature Film: “Parasites”

-Sound: “Le Mans ‘66”     

And the Oscar’s by Pere Vall go to Best:

-Actor: Joaquin Phoenix

-Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt

-Actress: Renée Zellweger

-Supporting Actress: Laura Dern

-Soundtrack: “1917”

-Original Song: Into the Unknown, “Frozen”

-Director: Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”

-Production Design: “The Irishman”

-Costume Design: “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”

-Sound Editing: “1917”

-Special Effects: “Avengers”

-Cinematography: “The Lighthouse”

-Adapted Screenplay: “Little Women”

-Original Screenplay: “Marriage Story”

-Makeup and Hairstyling: “Bombshell”

-Film Editing: “Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood”

-Picture: “1917”

-Animated Feature Film: “Mr. Link”

-International Feature Film: “Parasites”

-Sound: “1917”