This insane Oscar season finally comes to an end this Sunday night, which will not have a host and, after so much controversies and mix-ups, all 24 categories will be aired live. Ratings are projected to be even lower than before, and it will be interesting to see just how the show will playoff with just presenters carrying the show instead of a host.

Alfonso Cuarón’s critical darling “Roma, the black-and-white art house film that was my choice for the best film of 2018  is the clear front-runner to win best picture. However a foreign-language film has never won best picture, and neither has a Netflix distributed film. At first “Green Book” was a front-runner, however the film failed to receive a Best Director nomination for Peter Farrelly. The well-intended dramedy about race-relations is the type of film the AMPA voters lap up, however the film has had its fair share of controversies as well, including a tweet  from “Green Book” co-writer Nick Vallelonga who expressed support for President Trumps false claim that numerous Muslims in New Jersey were cheering for the demise of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Peter Farrelly has also had allegations of improper misconduct towards Cameron Diaz while they were on set together for the 1998 slapstick comedy “There’s Something About Marry”. These controversies are probably making Oscar forecasters think “Roma” is a front-runner. However if one film could take home the Best Picture prize, it will be “Green Book”. After all it’s like a modern “Driving Miss Daisy”, and Oscar voters tend to favor films that are noble, sentimental, and accessible that holds a message. “Green Book” fits all of that. “Green Book” also won the Produders Guild Award, and “Roma” is just too art-house for the AMPAS to hand it over the top prize. As much as I want “Roma” to win, I just can’t see it winning best picture because the general public would be ripping that film apart because it’s too “arty” or “slow”, and the last thing the Oscars want is to lose more viewers with the public.

Then again “A Star is Born” was certain to be a lock for best picture for the longest time, but now the films awards season momentum appears to be in limbo since it failed to win any huge awards at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild, or the Producer Guilds Awards. Even Bradley Cooper failed to receive a best director nomination. I have been following the Oscar race all season. Here is what I think will happen at the Oscars this Sunday.

Best Picture

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

Best Director

  • Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
  • Paweł Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
  • Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
  • Adam McKay, “Vice”

Best Actor

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

Best Actress

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

Best 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”

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best 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”

Best Original Score

  • “Black Panther”
  • “BlacKkKlansman”
  • ✓ “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • “Isle of Dogs”
  • “Mary Poppins Returns”

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
  • ✓ Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott, “BlacKkKlansman”
  • Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
  • Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, Eric Roth, “A Star Is Born”

Best Original Screenplay

  • Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara, “The Favourite”
  • Paul Schrader, “First Reformed”
  • ✓ Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, “Green Book”
  • Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
  • Adam McKay, “Vice”

Best Documentary Feature

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

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • “Black Sheep”
  • “End Game”
  • “Lifeboat”
  • “A Night at the Garden”
  • ✓ “Period. End of Sentence.”

Best Foreign Language Film

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

Best Animated Feature Film

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

Best Animated Short Film

  • “Animal Behaviour”
  • “Bao”
  • “Late Afternoon”
  • “One Small Step”
  • ✓ “Weekends”

Best Live Action Short Film

  • “Detainment”
  • “Fauve”
  • “Marguerite”
  • “Mother”
  • ✓ “Skin”

Best Cinematography

  • ✓ Lukasz Żal , “Cold War”
  • Robbie Ryan, “The Favourite”
  • Caleb Deschanel, “Never Look Away”
  • Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
  • Matthew Libatique, “A Star is Born”

Best Production Design

  • “Black Panther”
  • ✓ “The Favourite”
  • “First Man”
  • “Mary Poppins Returns”
  • “Roma”

Best Visual Effects

  • “Avengers: Infinity War”
  • “Christopher Robin”
  •  ✓ “First Man”
  • “Ready Player One”
  • “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Best Film Editing

  • “BlacKkKlansman”
  • ✓ “Bohemian Rhapsody
  • “The Favourite”
  • “Green Book”
  • “Vice”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • “Border”
  • “Mary Queen of Scots”
  • ✓ “Vice”

Best Sound Editing

  • “Black Panther”
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • ✓ “First Man”
  • “A Quiet Place”
  • “Roma”

Best Sound Mixing

  • “Black Panther”
  • ✓”Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • “First Man”
  • “Roma”
  • “A Star Is Born”

Best Costume Design

  • “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
  • “Black Panther”
  • ✓ “The Favourite”
  • “Mary Poppins Returns”
  • “Mary Queen of Scots”