91st Academy Awards Nominations Announced: My Thoughts on the Nominees from the Year of 2018


Hello everyone! Here are my thoughts on the Academy Awards Oscar Nominations for movies from 2018! Click below to listen to Episode 2 of the Layman’s Movie Podcast where I talk about snubs and predictions in each major category:

As I mentioned in the podcast, here are the rest of the categories’ nominations, along with my thoughts on them:

Animated Short

Animated Behaviour


Late Afternoon

One Small Step


Snub(s) / Predicition / Dark Horse: No idea / Pretty sure that Bao is the only one that I’ve seen so let’s go with that / Late Afternoon, just for the heck of it.

Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Joel and Ethan Coen

BlackkKlansman, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty

If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins

A Star Is Born, Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

Snub(s) / Prediction / Dark Horse: Avengers: Infinity War / A Star Is Born / BlackkKlansman

Original Screenplay

The Favourite, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

First Reformed, Paul Schrader

Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly

Roma, Alfonso Cuaron

Vice, Adam McKay

Snub(s) / Prediction / Dark Horse: N/A / The Favourite / Vice


Cold War, Lukasz Zal

The Favourite, Robbie Ryan

Never Look Away, Caleb Deschanel

Roma, Alfonso Cuaron

A Star Is Born, Matthew Libatique

Snub(s) / Prediction / Dark Horse: Irrelevant / Roma / Roma again (this is the entire point of the movie; if it doesn’t win, I don’t know what to tell ya).

Best Documentary Feature

Free Solo, Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Hale County This Morning, This Evening, RaMell Ross

Minding the Gap, Bing Liu

Of Fathers and Sons, Talal Derki

RBG, Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Snub(s) / Prediction / Dark Horse: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? / Free Solo / No idea

Best Documentary Short

Not gonna lie…….don’t really care enough about this one.

Best Foreign Language Film

Capernaum (Lebanon)

Cold War (Poland)

Never Look Away (Germany)

Roma (Mexico)

Shoplifters (Japan)

Snub(s) / Prediction / Dark Horse: N/A / Roma / Cold War

Film Editing

BlackkKlansman, Barry Alexander Brown

Bohemian Rhapsody, John Warhurst

Green Book, Patrick J. Don Vito

The Favourite, Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Vice, Hank Corwin

Snub(s) / Prediction / Dark Horse: N/A / The Favourite / BlackkKlansman

Sound Editing

Black Panther, Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boedeker

Bohemian Rhapsody, John Warhurst

First Man, Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan

A Quiet Place, Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl

Roma, Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay

Snub(s) / Predictions / Dark Horse: A Star Is Born / A Quiet Place / Bohemian Rhapsody

Sound Mixing

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man


A Star Is Born

Snub(s) / Predictions / Dark Horse: Avengers: Infinity War / Bohemian Rhapsody / A Star Is Born

Production Design

Black Panther, Hannah Beachler

First Man, Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas

The Favourite, Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton

Mary Poppins Returns, John Myhre, Gordon Sim

Roma, Eugenio Caballero, Barbara Enriquez

Snub(s) / Predictions / Dark Horse: Avengers: Infinity War & Bohemian Rhapsody / The Favourite / Black Panther

Original Score

BlackkKlansman, Terence Blanchard

Black Panther, Ludwig Goransson

If Beale Street Could Talk, Nicholas Britell

Isle of Dogs, Alexandre Desplat

Mary Poppins Returns, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Snub(s) / Prediction / Dark Horse: A Quiet Place / If Beale Street Could Talk / Black Panther

Original Song

“All the Stars” from Black Panther

“I’ll Fight” from RBG

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns

“Shallow” from A Star Is Born

“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Snub(s) / Prediction / Dark Horse: “Sunflower” from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse / “Shallow” / “All the Stars”

Makeup and Hair


Mary Queen of Scots


Snub(s) / Prediction / Dark Horse: The Favourite / Vice / Mary Queen of Scots

Costume Design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Black Panther

The Favourite

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Queen of Scots

Snub(s) / Predictions / Dark Horse: Aquaman & Bohemian Rhapsody / The Favourite / Black Panther

Visual Effects

Avenger: Infinity War

Christopher Robin

First Man

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story (really???)

Snub(s) / Predicition / Dark Horse: Aquaman / Avengers: Infinity War / Ready Player One

Those are my predictions and thoughts on all the Academy Awards nominees and categories. What do you think about the upcoming Academy Awards’ nominations? Are there any snubs that you’re outraged about? Which movie is going to win the golden statues? Let me know in the comments here or on Facebook, Instagram, or Soundcloud!

Thanks and God Bless!