I went back and forth as to whether to pick 1917 or PARASITE for Best Picture and Sam Mendes or Bong Joon Ho for Best Director, and I chose wrong, maybe even cynically as I didn’t think that the same voting body that went with GREEN BOOK (does anybody every remember that movie now?) over ROMA last year would make the bold edgy choice this time around.
I loved both PARASITE and 1917, but Bong is well more deserving of the big award than Mendes as his film is a brilliant blast of a black comic thriller and it’s really satisfying to see it get such high acclaim. I wish I had gone with my gut.
Otherwise, I did pretty good with my predictions scoring 19 out of 24. The last several years I felt like I was slipping as my scores got worse and worse. Last year I got 13 right and that was my all-time low. But I’m back – with only these being the ones I missed:
BEST PICTURE: My prediction: 1917 / What won: PARASITE
BEST DIRECTOR: My prediction: Sam Mendes /Who won: Bong Joon Ho
ORIGINAL SCORE: My prediction: Thomas Newman (1917) / Who won: Hildur Guðnadóttir
LIVE ACTION SHORT: My prediction: BROTHERHOOD / What won: THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW
SOUND EDITING: My prediction: 1917 / What won: FORD V. FERRARI
Alright! That’s another Oscars done with. Now I need to watch a stupid movie with no stakes to get this prestige shiznit out of my system. Doubt that’ll be too difficult to find.