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Our picks for the 2019 Oscars: Which films will win Hollywood’s most prestigious award?

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With the 91st Oscars just mere hours away, I’ve compiled my picks for what will and what should win at tonight’s awards ceremony, which was an incredibly difficult task to complete given just how unpredictable this awards season turned out to be.

However, in recent weeks, following the Golden Globes and all of the various guild awards, it seems as though things did finally come into full focus, and I’m looking forward to seeing if my predictions this year are as accurate as my ones from last year.

So, without further ado, here we go:

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Best Picture

Will win: Roma

Should win: Roma

Best Director

Will win: Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Should win: Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Golden Globe Awards Bohemian Rhapsody Queen Bryan Singer

Best Actor

Will win: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Should win: Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

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Best Actress

Will win: Glenn Close, The Wife

Should win: Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

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Best Supporting Actor

Will win: Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Should win: Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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Best Supporting Actress

Will win: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Should win: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

The Favourite Critics' Choice Awards

Best Original Screenplay

Will win: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite

Should win: Paul Schrader, First Reformed

BlacKkKlansman

Best Adapted Screenplay

Will win: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Should win: Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, A Star Is Born

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

Best Animated Feature Film

Will win: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Should win: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Best Foreign Language Film

Will win: Roma

Should win: Roma

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Best Documentary Feature

Will win: Free Solo

Should win: Minding the Gap

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Best Cinematography

Will win: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Should win: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

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Best Costume Design

Will win: Sandy Powell, The Favourite

Should win: Sandy Powell, The Favourite

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Best Film Editing

Will win: Hank Corwin, Vice

Should win: Yorgos Mavropsaridis, The Favourite

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Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Will win: Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney, Vice

Should win: Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks, Mary Queen of Scots

If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Original Score

Will win: Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk

Should win: Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born Directors Guild

Best Original Song

Will win: “Shallow” from A Star Is Born – Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt

Should win: “Shallow” from A Star Is Born – Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt

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Best Production Design

Will win: Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton, The Favourite

Should win: Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton, The Favourite

A Quiet Place

Best Sound Editing

Will win: Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl, A Quiet Place

Should win: Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan, First Man

Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Sound Mixing

Will win: Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali, Bohemian Rhapsody

Should win: Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow, A Star Is Born

Infinity War

Best Visual Effects

Will win: Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick, Avengers: Infinity War

Should win: Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm, First Man

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John David Washington lands lead role in Christopher Nolan’s secretive next film

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Let the hype begin: Variety is reporting that Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington has been tapped to star in Christopher Nolan’s secretive new film, with production on the project expected to get underway in the coming months.

According to the story, “Nolan recently finished the script for the movie and Warner Bros. quickly dated it for July 17, 2020,” but, as you can imagine, with this being a Nolan film and all, plot details are being kept very tightly under wraps at the moment.

What we do know is that the film is being described “as a massive, innovative action blockbuster,” which puts to rest those rumors we heard in recent weeks about it being some romantic thriller of sorts. Oh, and did we mention this thing is going to be shown in IMAX? Because this thing is going to be shown in IMAX.

As for Washington’s role, well, we don’t really know much about that either, but Variety does mention that “the gig has become one of the more highly coveted in town,” which makes me so very happy for John David Washington. The dude absolutely killed it in BlacKkKlansman and deserves this opportunity 100%.

That’s all we have for you right now regarding Nolan’s latest, but be sure to stay tuned for any future developments that might come across our desk. You definitely don’t want to be in the dark when it comes to this one.

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Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox will become effective at midnight tonight

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It’s officially official: The Walt Disney Company announced today that their massive $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox will become effective at 12:02 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, March 20, 2019.

Disney’s acquisition of the 20th Century Fox movie and television studios has all of the comic book fanboys giddy about the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool finally being under Marvel control because now they’ll get all of those crossovers they’ve been waiting so desperately for in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What the fanboys fail to see, however, is that this acquisition brings us one step closer to a media monopoly and will come at the expense of thousands and thousands of jobs being lost. Actually, more than 4,000 to be exact, according to THR.

“It’s harder to predict potential layoffs within the Fox film studio itself, which has about 3,200 employees, but cuts are expected to be especially deep, particularly in overlapping divisions such as marketing, distribution and home entertainment,” the report says.

Media analyst Rich Greenfield thinks there will be much more than just 4,000 layoffs. “There will be bloodshed over time,” he said, estimating that there will be roughly 5,000 to 10,000 jobs lost over the course of the next few years.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I fail to see how one could possibly be excited about the X-Men or Deadpool or whoever the fuck crossing over to the MCU when you really put the human cost of this acquisition into perspective. It’s simply not worth it.

But, hey, hooray for capitalism and Marvel movies, I guess?

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The first full-length trailer for ‘Toy Story 4’ reveals the adventures of Woody and Forky

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If you had told me a couple years ago that a fourth Toy Story movie following the adventures of a Woody stuck in an existential crisis and a depressed, suicidal spork was coming out, I probably would’ve laughed in your face. Wait, no. I definitely would’ve laughed in your face!

However, as evidenced by the first full-length trailer for Toy Story 4, that’s exactly the case here, and I can’t believe just how fucking weird and emotional this thing looks. Like, Toy Story 3 was already weird and emotional enough with the whole “toys making peace with death” trope. I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle whatever the hell Pixar has in store with this sequel.

Toy Story 4 seems to pick up shortly after the events of the previous film follows the gang (including Forky, voiced by Tony Hale) as they embark on a road trip adventure with Bonnie and her family. However, things take a turn for the worst when Woody and Forky end up on an unexpected detour, leading them down a shocking path of surprises.

Look, I’m not gonna lie and say I’m not excited for Toy Story 4, because I am, but I also can’t help but continue to question the necessity for this sequel, especially when it seems to be recycling the same narrative arcs from both the second and third films. Plus, we can all pretty much agree that Toy Story 3 felt like the perfect ending to this trilogy, right?

I guess we’ll find out if Toy Story 4 can do the rest of the trilogy justice when it opens in theaters on June 21.

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