The 91st Academy Awards are happening today (Monday morning for us UK viewers), and it will surely be an interesting one with no official presenter since 1989 due to Kevin Hart’s dismissal. The last time the Academy Awards were without a presenter they had this…

The Academy Awards haven’t had the best year with the news of introducing a ‘Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film’ category not going down well (eventually overturned); the choice to exclude three of the Best Original Songs performances at the ceremony… quickly undone; to their decision to not include four categories (Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Live-Action Short and Best Hair & Makeup) which was also, eventually reversed.

Photo by David Torcivia

All in all, The Oscars are still the biggest and (seen as) most important awards given to motion picture, whether you have a strong hate for them or disagree with their decisions (which seems to happen a lot apparently) there is still some cheer in watching your favourite movie, actor, actress, song, writer or director win and stand on the stage holding an iconic award.

We at Our Culture Mag have decided to give our predictions this year and although we admittedly have not seen every film nominated, neither have the Academy Voters and they’re literally voting for who wins. So anyway, let’s crack on…

Best Picture:
Modestas Mankus: Roma
Elias Michael: Roma
Eric Ng: Roma
Christopher Stewardson: BlacKkKlansman

Best Director:
Modestas Mankus: Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Elias Michael: Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Eric Ng: Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Christopher Stewardson: Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Modestas Mankus: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury
Elias Michael: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury
Eric Ng: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury
Christopher Stewardson: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Modestas Mankus: Olivia Colman – The Favourite as Anne, Queen of Great Britain
Elias Michael: Glenn Close – The Wife as Joan Castleman
Eric Ng: Olivia Colman – The Favourite as Anne, Queen of Great Britain
Christopher Stewardson: Olivia Colman – The Favourite as Anne, Queen of Great Britain

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Modestas Mankus: Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman as Philip “Flip” Zimmerman
Elias Michael: Mahershala Ali – Green Book as Don Shirley
Eric Ng: Mahershala Ali – Green Book as Don Shirley
Christopher Stewardson: Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman as Philip “Flip” Zimmerman

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Modestas Mankus: Emma Stone – The Favourite as Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham
Elias Michael: Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk as Sharon Rivers
Eric Ng: Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk as Sharon Rivers
Christopher Stewardson: Rachel Weisz – The Favourite as Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough

Best Original Screenplay:
Modestas Mankus: Roma – Written by Alfonso Cuarón
Elias Michael: Green Book – Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly
Eric Ng: The Favourite – Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
Christopher Stewardson: Roma – Written by Alfonso Cuarón

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Modestas Mankus: BlacKkKlansman – Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee
Elias Michael: BlacKkKlansman – Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee
Eric Ng: BlacKkKlansman – Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee
Christopher Stewardson: BlacKkKlansman – Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee

Best Animated Feature Film:
Modestas Mankus: Isle of Dogs – Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
Elias Michael: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Eric Ng: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Christopher Stewardson: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Best Best Foreign Language Film:
Modestas Mankus: Roma (Mexico) in Spanish and Mixtec – Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Elias Michael: Roma (Mexico) in Spanish and Mixtec – Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Eric Ng: Roma (Mexico) in Spanish and Mixtec – Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Christopher Stewardson: Roma (Mexico) in Spanish and Mixtec – Directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Best Documentary – Feature:
Modestas Mankus: Of Fathers and Sons – Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert
Elias Michael: Free Solo – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill
Eric Ng: Free Solo – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill
Christopher Stewardson: Of Fathers and Sons – Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert

Best Documentary – Short Subject:
Modestas Mankus: End Game – Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Elias Michael: Black Sheep – Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn
Eric Ng: Black Sheep – Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn
Christopher Stewardson: Black Sheep – Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn

Best Live Action Short Film:
Modestas Mankus: Skin – Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman
Elias Michael: Detainment – Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon
Eric Ng: Fauve – Jérémy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon
Christopher Stewardson: Detainment – Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon

Best Animated Short Film:
Modestas Mankus: One Small Step – Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas
Elias Michael: Bao – Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb
Eric Ng: Bao – Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb
Christopher Stewardson: Bao – Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb

Best Original Score:
Modestas Mankus: Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
Elias Michael: Black Panther – Ludwig Göransson
Eric Ng: If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
Christopher Stewardson: BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard

Best Original Song:
Modestas Mankus: Shallow from A Star Is Born – Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
Elias Michael: Shallow from A Star Is Born – Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
Eric Ng: Shallow from A Star Is Born – Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
Christopher Stewardson:

Best Sound Editing:
Modestas Mankus: A Quiet Place – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
Elias Michael: A Quiet Place – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
Eric Ng: Roma – Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay
Christopher Stewardson: A Quiet Place – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl

Best Sound Mixing:
Modestas Mankus: Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
Elias Michael: Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
Eric Ng: Roma – Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay
Christopher Stewardson: Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali

Best Production Design:
Modestas Mankus: The Favourite – Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton
Elias Michael: The Favourite – Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton
Eric Ng: The Favourite – Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton
Christopher Stewardson: The Favourite – Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton

Best Cinematography:
Modestas Mankus: Cold War – Łukasz Żal
Elias Michael: Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
Eric Ng: Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
Christopher Stewardson: Cold War – Łukasz Żal

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
Modestas Mankus: Mary Queen of Scots – Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks
Elias Michael: Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney
Eric Ng: Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney
Christopher Stewardson: Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney

Best Costume Design:
Modestas Mankus: The Favourite – Sandy Powell
Elias Michael: The Favourite – Sandy Powell
Eric Ng: The Favourite – Sandy Powell
Christopher Stewardson: Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

Best Film Editing:
Modestas Mankus: The Favourite – Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Elias Michael: Vice – Hank Corwin
Eric Ng: The Favourite – Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Christopher Stewardson: BlacKkKlansman – Barry Alexander Brown

Best Visual Effects:
Modestas Mankus: First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J. D. Schwalm
Elias Michael: First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J. D. Schwalm
Eric Ng: Avengers: Infinity War – Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick
Christopher Stewardson: First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J. D. Schwalm

We’d love to know your predictions, so comment below who you think will win or tweet us at @OurCultureOC

The 91st Academy Awards will be televised for UK viewers on Sky Cinema Oscars at 12:30 am Monday 25th February. OC will be tweeting live updates on our Twitter at @OurCultureOC throughout the ceremony.

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