Team BAZAAR picks their favourites from this year’s Oscar nominees in anticipation for the award ceremony on 24 February!
Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief
Best Actor: Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody
Rami was incredible in his portrayal of this larger than life character, Freddy Mercury who was the front man for Queen. The sensitivity he played in showing both the flamboyant stage persona and the quieter, almost shy private side of Mercury and how that all changed when he fell into bad company and was looking for sexual freedom – it was a scintillating look into the pitfalls and lure of super stardom.
Charmaine Ho, Executive Editor
Best Animated Feature: Isle of Dogs
Wes Anderson does it again with a film that’s funny, witty and so out-of-this-world wacky that you can’t help but be captivated.
Windy Aulia, Associate Creative Director
Best Original Song: Shallow from A Star Is Born
This song has been garnering attention all over the airwaves and with Mark Ronson’s involvement behind the tune, it surely is a catchy pop tune. Besides, who wouldn’t want to hear Lady Gaga do her meme-worthy speech one more time? “There’s 100 people in one room, and you just need 1 who believes in you.”
Charmaine Chan, Associate Editor
Best actress: Olivia Colman in The Favourite
She first caught my attention with her humour and energy in The Night Manager. But this movie really allowed her to shine with this complicated role as the little-known Queen Anne, who presided over an unruly court and endured the deaths of 17 children. Can’t wait to see her as Queen Elizabeth II in the next season of The Crown.
Dana Koh, Beauty Editor
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Roma
How Cuarón captured the emotions inflicted by domestic/political turmoil is intensely honest and human (realities he faced growing up, realities that we all face everyday). And while set in mexico in the 1970s, centred around a middle-class family and their helper, he has managed to move everyone no matter their status, colour or age. Roma should win Best Picture and Best Cinematography too.
Gerald Tan, Associate Fashion News Editor
Best Animated Feature: Incredibles 2
It was more than 14 years in the making, but this colourful, funny and heart-warming sequel to 2004’s original smash hit delivered all the punches that made the wait worthwhile.
Gracia Phang, Fashion Stylist
Best Costume Design: Mary Queen of Scots by Alexandra Byrne
Having worked on Elizabethan films previous and having won an Oscars in 2008 for her work on Elizabeth: The Golden Age, it is without a doubt that English designer, Alexandra Bryne has done an incredible job this time on Mary Queen of Scots. Her knowledge on that period, and her innovative use of colours and materials to tell the story of two powerful women is prominent. Did you know that she used denim for the costumes in this movie?
Gracie Stewart, Senior Digital Writer
Best Visual Effects: Christopher Robin
As a child I grew up reading Winnie the Pooh so seeing him and his pals come to life on the big screen alongside such impressive live-action integration gets my vote!