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Which Movies SHOULD Win Oscars? Critics Vote and Make Some Surprising Choices

41 critics voted on which films and performances deserve Oscars. They won't win your office pool, but they might help you fill some blind spots.

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Best Picture

1. “Roma” (21)

2. “The Favourite” (13)

3. “BlackKklansman,” “Black Panther,” “A Star is Born” (2)

4. “Vice” (1)

Best Director

1. Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” (23)

2. Spike Lee, “BlackKklansman” (10)

3. Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favorite,” Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War” (4)

Best Actor

1. Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born” (18)

2. Christian Bale, “Vice” (9)

3. Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate” (8)

4. Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (4)

5. Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book” (2)

Best Actress

1. Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” (14)

2. Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma” (9)

3. Glenn Close, “The Wife,” Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (7)

4. Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born” (4)

Best Supporting Actor

1. Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (26)

2. Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born” (8)

3. Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” (5)

4. Adam Driver, “BlackKklansman” (2)

Best Supporting Actress

1. Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk” (31)

2. Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite” (4)

3. Amy Adams, “Vice,” Marina de Tavira, “Roma,” Emma Stone, “The Favourite”

Best Original Screenplay

1. “The Favourite,” “First Reformed” (17)

2. “Vice” (4)

3. “Roma” (2)

4. “Green Book” (1)

Best Adapted Screenplay

1. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (20)

2. “If Beale Street Could Talk” (12)

3. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (5)

4. “BlackKklansman” (4)

Best Animated Feature

1. “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” (31)

2. “Isle of Dogs” (6)

3. “Incredibles 2,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (2)

Best Foreign-Language Film

1. “Cold War” (14)

2. “Roma,” “Shoplifters” (12)

3. “Capernaum” (2)

4. “Never Look Away” (1)

Best Documentary

1. “Minding the Gap” (18)

2. “Hale County, This Morning, This Evening” (10)

3. “Free Solo” (7)

4. “RGB” (4)

Best Documentary — Short Subject

1. “A Night at the Garden” (14)

2. “Period. End of Sentence,” “Black Sheep” (6)

3. “End Game” (4)

Best Live Action Short

1. “Marguerite” (16)

2. “Fauve” (6)

3. “Mother” (4)

4. “Skin” (3)

Best Animated Short

1. “Bao” (17)

2. “Weekends” (6)

3. “Animal Behaviour,” “Late Afternoon” (2)

4. “One Small Step” (1)

Best Original Score

1. “If Beale Street Could Talk” (32)

2. “BlackKklansman” (5)

3. “Isle of Dogs” (2)

4. “Black Panther,” “Mary Poppins Returns” (1)

Best Original Song

1. “Shallow,” from “A Star Is Born” (25)

2. “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” (5)

3. “All the Stars,” from “Black Panther”; “I’ll Fight,” from “RGB” (4)

4. “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” from “Mary Poppins Returns” (1)

Best Sound Editing

1. “First Man” (24)

2. “Roma” (9)

3. “A Quiet Place” (6)

4. “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2)

Best Sound Mixing

1. “First Man” (17)

2. “Roma” (13)

3. “Black Panther” (4)

4. “A Star Is Born,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” (3)

Best Production Design

1. “Black Panther” (19)

2. “The Favourite” (14)

3. “Roma” (6)

4. “First Man” (2)

Best Cinematography

1. “Roma” (20)

2. “Cold War” (12)

3. “The Favourite” (8)

4. “A Star Is Born” (1)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

1. “Border” (18)

2. “Vice” (13)

3. “Mary, Queen of Scots” (9)

Best Costume Design

1. “Black Panther” (27)

2. “The Favourite” (10)

3. “Mary Poppins Returns” (2)

4. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Mary, Queen of Scots” (1)

Best Editing

1. “The Favourite” (23)

2. “BlackKklansman” (11)

3. “Vice” (4)

4. “Bohemian Rhapsody” (3)

Best Visual Effects

1. “First Man” (25)

2. “Ready Player One” (9)

3. “Christopher Robin” (4)

4. “Avengers: Infinity War” (2)

5. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (1)

Best Feature, Independent Spirit Awards

1. “If Beale Street Could Talk” (10)

2. “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed” (9)

3. “Leave No Trace” (7)

4. “You Were Never Really Here” (5)

Best Director, Independent Spirit Awards

1. Debra Granik, “Leave No Trace”; Lynne Ramsay, “You Were Never Really Here” (11)

2. Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk” (8)

3. Tamara Jenkins, “Private Life” (6)

4. Paul Schrader, “First Reformed” (4)

Cassavetes Award, Independent Spirit Awards

1. “Thunder Road” (14)

2. “A Bread Factory” (7)

3. “En el Sépitomo Día” (5)

4. “Never Goin’ Back” (4)

5. “Socrates” (2)

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