What could win big at the 2019 Oscars?

A Martin Scorsese team-up with Robert De Niro, a Steve McQueen heist film and a Neil Armstrong biopic – all could be contenders, reports Christian Blauvelt.

Last year’s Oscars featured one of the most dramatic moments in Academy Awards history – for about 30 seconds it appeared La La Land had won best picture only for the film’s producer Jordan Horowitz to reveal that there had been a mix-up with the envelopes and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight really had taken the top prize. Remarkably, a showdown between Jenkins and La La Land’s Damien Chazelle is possible once again next year.

We just finished this year’s Academy Awards, but it’s never too early to start prognosticating about the next awards season. And indeed, two top contenders will be Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel, and First Man, Chazelle’s biopic about Neil Armstrong, with Ryan Gosling taking a giant leap as the first astronaut to walk on the moon.

In the Talking Movies video above, BBC Culture’s Christian Blauvelt talks to Mike Hogan, digital director at Vanity Fair and co-host of the Little Gold Men awards podcast, who points out that 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen’s heist thriller Widows could be a best picture favourite. And Eric Kohn, deputy editor and chief critic at Indiewire, says that Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, about a mob-connected union official (Robert De Niro) and his ties to the murder of Jimmy Hoffa, could also be in the running.

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