Winner: Superhero movies
Coming 10 years after “The Dark Knight,” arguably the greatest superhero movie ever, was snubbed of a Best Picture nom, Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” finally carried comic book movies to the cinematic mountain top.
Plus, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the frontrunner to take home Best Animated Feature. Both of these films prove that superhero movies are capable of being far more than spandex and explosions, but instead, cinematically and culturally-relevant works of art.
Winner: “The Favourite”
Ten nominations is no easy task, and “The Favourite” earned each one. After only one win at the Globes, it’ll be interesting to see if it can gather momentum heading into February. Best Lead Actress nominee Olivia Colman will be facing stiff competition with Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Lady Gaga, while Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz will have to duke it out against each other, and Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), to take home Best Supporting Actress.
Loser: 2017 Rematch
It looked as if history would repeat itself and directors Barry Jenkins and Damien Chazelle would be facing off once again for Best Director and Best Picture. The two collided in 2017 with Chazelle’s “La La Land” and Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” while this year featured “First Man” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” respectively. Instead, both were snubbed from each category, leaving fans of last-minute reversals disappointed.
Winner: Alfonso Cuarón
Cuarón crafted a deeply personal story inspired by his own upbringing in “Roma,” and offered it to people in a way everyone could enjoy – Netflix. At one point, critics worried not enough people would see “Roma,” so it’s nice to see Cuarón’s masterpiece get the respect it deserves and earn 10 nominations. Now that Cooper isn’t standing in his way for Best Director, it looks like Cuarón has a clear path to the win.
Loser: The horror genre
After the critical success of “Get Out” last year, it seemed the horror genre had finally broken through and would no longer be overlooked when it came to awards season recognition. Well, it’s one step forward and two steps back as this year saw the likes of “Hereditary” and “A Quiet Place” go unrecognized, save for a Sound Editing nod for the latter. Toni Collette delivered one of the year’s best performances in “Hereditary,” but because of the Academy’s genre discrimination against horror films, it will never get the appreciation it warrants.