Newsflash: Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star is Born’ Is Still Your Oscar Frontrunner

The Playlist | 1/8/2019 | Gregory Ellwood
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After what turned out to be a tumultuous Golden Globes, a slew of guild nominations were revealed over the past 36 hours and even with less than a week to go until final Oscar ballots are submitted thinks look “slightly” clearer. And as one prominent awards consultant is prone to say about Oscar, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

At the front of the pack is still Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born.” I know it must not seem that way after the Globes, but as we must, here’s another reminder that what the 88 members or so of the HFPA decide to anoint is not what 8,000 plus members of the Academy are prone to repeat. There is just one movie that has been recognized by every guild so far with a nomination in at least one category and that’s the Warner Bros. smash hit. In a rare feat, Cooper also found himself with two DGA Awards for both Feature Film Direction and First Time Direction. The movie even has key Grammy Award nods almost unheard of for a feature film single as “Shallow” landed Record of the Year and Song of the Year nominations (it’s worth noting “Black Panther” earned the first Album of the Year nod for a movie since 2000 and “All the Stars” also landed the same “Shallow” nods). Granted, “ASiB” may not win all these guild prizes, but it shows across the industry support for the film and no other contender can claim that. So, barring some unexpected twist on Oscar nominations on Jan. 22 it’s still your frontrunner.

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Now, “A Star is Born’s” consistency doesn’t mean the other two major contenders, “Roma” and “Green Book,” don’t have a shot. Alfonso Cuaron’s passion project has very strong support across multiple guilds and, likely, branches. If Yalitza...
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