Existing stars and ‘A Star Is Born’ factor into 91st Oscars

Movie awards have Glenn Close vs. Lady Gaga for best actress

The best films of the past year will be honored at The Oscars, airing Sunday on ABC.

For any and all aspects the 91st Oscars may have, the event also is being defined by what it won’t have.

For instance, Kevin Hart as host.

And a “popular movie” Oscar that was postponed after a major outcry.

And a running time that overshoots the scheduled three hours … though that remains to be seen.

The film industry’s top celebration has lurched toward its ABC air date Sunday, Feb. 24, when it again will be broadcast from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Once more, the independent-film world and movies backed by streaming services play significant roles – but there’s still room for such blockbusters as “Black Panther” and the latest “A Star Is Born.”

Content to be a spectator this time is filmmaker Jennifer Todd (“Jason Bourne,” the “Austin Powers” movies), who produced the past two Oscar shows with Michael De Luca. “Doing it for two years is a lot,” Todd confirms, “but I love the show, and I’m sure the people in charge (producer Donna Gigliotti and co-producer and director Glenn Weiss) will do a great job.”

Two years ago, the Oscars famously ended with the wrong movie announced as best picture (“La La Land,” when “Moonlight” actually won), and Todd says she now thinks about that moment “not that often. “Obviously, it was weird when it happened, but then I also did the (Oscar show) after that. It’s the beauty of a live show, and I’m happy it wasn’t my fault! At least I did nothing terrible to destroy the Oscars.”

Following are the nominees in several categories in the 91st Academy Awards.

The best films of the past year will be honored at The Oscars, airing Sunday on ABC.

Best picture:

  • “Black Panther”;
  • “BlacKkKlansman”;
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”;
  • “The Favourite”;
  • “Green Book”;
  • “Roma”;
  • “A Star Is Born”;
  • “Vice”

Lead actor:

  • Christian Bale, “Vice”;
  • Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”;
  • Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”;
  • Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”;
  • Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

Lead actress:

  • Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”;
  • Glenn Close, “The Wife”;
  • Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”;
  • Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”;
  • Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Supporting actor:

  • Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”;
  • Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”;
  • Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”;
  • Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”;
  • Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Supporting actress:

  • Amy Adams, “Vice”;
  • Marina de Tavira, “Roma”;
  • Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”;
  • Emma Stone, “The Favourite”;
  • Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”


  • Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”;
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”;
  • Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”;
  • Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”;
  • Adam McKay, “Vice”

Animated feature:

  • “Incredibles 2”;
  • “Isle of Dogs”;
  • “Mirai”;
  • “Ralph Breaks the Internet”;
  • “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Documentary feature:

  • “Free Solo”;
  • “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”;
  • “Minding the Gap”;
  • “Of Fathers and Sons”;
  • “RBG”

Foreign-language film:

  • “Capernaum” (Lebanon);
  • “Cold War” (Poland);
  • “Never Look Away” (Germany);
  • “Roma” (Mexico);
  • “Shoplifters” (Japan)
Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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