The Oscar nominations will be revealed Tuesday morning, and while here at Take 2 I have been monitoring awards season since October, it is difficult to predict what is in store for the Feb. 24 event. After all, it’s going hostless anyway.

Below is what I would call my dream, go-for-broke ballot of the major categories. There are a few contenders I have not seen yet, so those choices will be accompanied by an asterisk. Their selections are based on how close I have followed the chase.

This image released by Disney shows Michael B. Jordan in a scene from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.” The film may emerge as a major contender Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, when nominations to the 91st Oscars are announced. (Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)

Best Picture


“Black Panther”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“The Favourite”

“If Beale Street Could Talk”*

“First Reformed”

“A Quiet Place”


“A Star is Born”


Bradley Cooper, left, and Matthew Libatique on the set of “A Star is Born.” (Warner Bros.)

Best Director

Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born”

Alfonso Cuaron – “Roma”

Yorgos Lanthimos – “The Favourite”

Spike Lee – “BlacKkKlansman”

Adam McKay – “Vice”

This image released by NBC shows presenters Adam Driver, left, and John David Washington during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

Best Actor

Christian Bale – “Vice”

Willem Dafoe – “At Eternity’s Gate”*

Ethan Hawke – “First Reformed”

Rami Malek – “Bohemian Rhapsody”

John David Washington – “BlacKkKlansman”

Glenn Close, left, and Lady Gaga, winners in a tie for the best actress award, pose in the press room at the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Close won for her role in “The Wife” and Lady Gaga won for her role in “A Star Is Born.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Best 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?”*

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali – “Green Book”

Timothée Chalamet – “Beautiful Boy”

Adam Driver – “BlacKkKlansman”

Sam Elliott – “A Star Is Born”

Michael B. Jordan – “Black Panther”

Amy Adams arrives at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams – “Vice”

Emily Blunt – “A Quiet Place”

Regina King – “If Beale Street Could Talk”*

Emma Stone – “The Favourite”

Rachel Weisz – “The Favourite”