By Lamar Battle
Here they are, The 2019 Drop Steps Oscar Picks, so without further ado :
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali “Green Book”
Scientific Rationale: Supremely talented actor who’s time has come.
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King ” If Beale Street Could Talk”
Scientific Rationale: Overdue award for this talented veteran actress in a field of relative newcomers. Regina, a pros pro delivers a powerful and transcendent performance.
Best Actor: Christian Bale “Vice”
Scientific Rationale: Absolutely stunning transformation into everybody’s hero Dick Cheney. Close second Rami Malek ” Bohemian Rhapsody”
Best Actress: Glenn Close ” The Wife”
Scientific Rationale: Deserving award for Actress with a body of work second to none. She lapped a field of excellent contenders who’s day will come. Transcendent performance by Yalitza Aparicio in “Roma” but at the end of the day Glenn Close was more deserving.
Best Director: Spike Lee ” BlacKkKlansman”
Scientific Rationale: At long last, the highly respected writer/director will get the recognition he so richly deserves. A great movie based on the true story of a black Colorado Springs Police detective infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan. Lee’s connection of past to present in the last act serve to remind us of this artist considerable chops. Close second Alfonso Cuaron “Roma”
Best Picture: Black Panther
Scientific Rationale: A first for a superhero movie but a movie so overwhelming that it has become a world wide cultural phenomenon. Black Panther succeeds on so many levels i.e. writing, top level acting especially by Micheal B. Jordan, cinematography and social impact. After years of being a disrespected genre an action film will finally win the big prize.