The Oscar nominations are finally here. Who will win big at the 91st annual Academy Awards? We’ll have to wait until Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. to find out, but until then, you can predict the winners below and share your picks.

If you need a quick refresher on this year’s nominations, take a look. Who will win best picture? Will it be a true story such as “Vice,” “BlacKkKlansman” or “Green Book”? Or will films such as “A Star Is Born” or “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which have strong musical components and characters, rule the show? Will the blockbuster smash “Black Panther” win? And then there’s “The Favourite” and “Roma” with 10 nominations each.

Citic Ann Hornaday’s pick

Poll responses

Best picture

1 of 24

A Star Is Born


Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book



“Black Panther” is the first superhero movie to be nominated for best picture. Does it have a chance?

Best director

2 of 24

Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”

Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”

Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”

Adam McKay, “Vice”

Pawel Pawlikowski, "Cold War"

Spike Lee has never been nominated for Best Director before this year.

Best actor in a leading role

3 of 24

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 in a leading role

4 of 24

Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”

Glenn Close, “The Wife”

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”

Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Though she has been nominated six times, Glenn Close of “The Wife” has never won an Oscar.

Actor in a supporting role

5 of 24

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”

Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”

Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Actress in a supporting role

6 of 24

Amy Adams, “Vice”

Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Emma Stone, “The Favourite”

Marina de Tavira, “Roma”

Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Best original screenplay

7 of 24

“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara

“First Reformed,” Paul Schrader

“Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón

“Vice,” Adam McKay

Best adapted screenplay

8 of 24

“BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

“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 and Will Fetters

Best animated feature film

9 of 24

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs


Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Peter Ramsey, who directed “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," is the first African American director nominated in the best animated feature film category.

Documentary feature 

10 of 24

Free Solo

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Minding the Gap

Of Fathers and Sons


Best foreign language film

11 of 24

“Capernaum” (Lebanon)

“Cold War” (Poland)

“Never Look Away” (Germany)

“Roma” (Mexico)

“Shoplifters” (Japan) 

The Academy proposed a plan for the “Popular Oscar” this year but it didn’t fly.

Best original score

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“Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson

“BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard

“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell

“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat

“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman

Best original song

13 of 24

“All The Stars,” “Black Panther”

“I’ll Fight,” “RBG”

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

“Shallow,” “A Star Is Born”

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings,” “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

Best sound editing

14 of 24

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

A Quiet Place


Best sound mixing

15 of 24

A Star Is Born

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man


Where is Meryl Strep this year? (Oh yeah, she’s in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," and "Mary Poppins Returns.") But no Oscar noms for her.

Best makeup and hair styling

16 of 24


Mary Queen of Scots


Best cinematography

17 of 24

“A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique

“Cold War,” Lukasz Zal

“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan

“Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón

Best production design

18 of 24

Black Panther

The Favourite

First Man

Mary Poppins Returns


Best film editing

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“BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman

“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis

“Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito

“Vice,” Hank Corwin

Best visual effect

20 of 24

Avengers: Infinity War

Christopher Robin

First Man

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

“Avengers: Infinity War” was the highest grossing movie of 2018.

Best animated short film

21 of 24

Animal Behaviour


Late Afternoon

One Small Step


Best documentary short subject

22 of 24

Black Sheep

End Game


A Night at the Garden

Period. End of Sentence.

Best costume design

23 of 24

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Mary Zophres

“Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter

“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell

“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell

“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

Best live action short film

24 of 24






Thanks for filling out your ballot. We’re gathering readers’ votes up until the Oscars ceremony airs (Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.). Check back to see how your picks stacked up against the night’s big winners.

Illustrations by Till Lauer for The Washington Post


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