Heroes Are Early Front-Runners for 2019 Oscars

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Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:15 PM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018 1:15 PM GMT

It's never too early to speculate who might take home the Oscar for Best Picture next March. Ladbrokes odds favor some sort of hero movie. 

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Soon after the last thank you was uttered at this year’s Oscars, there already was buzz about which movie and actors will take home the golden guy in 2019.

A majority of the films considered for contention have yet to be released, but one Oscar prospect, “Black Panther”, has been enthusiastically embraced by critics and moviegoers. Ladbrokes is currently giving odds of 16-1 the blockbuster will take home the Academy Award for Best Picture. The origin story of Marvel’s superhero T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) rising to the throne of Wakanda, a technologically advanced African nation, has earned more than $1 billion globally.

But commercial success doesn’t necessarily translate to an Oscar nomination or win -- especially for comic book movies that are rarely recognized in major categories -- though we like Michael P. Jordan for a Best Supporting Actor nod. This year, there was hope “Woman Woman,” a showcase of female power and ferocity, would get a chance at an Oscar. It didn’t get a single nomination.

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“Logan,” featuring the last appearance of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) of X-Men fame, did garner a best adapted screenplay nomination, only to lose to James Ivory, who penned “Call Me By Your Name.” Wakanda may be forever and we’re still forever away from the Academy giving a comic book movie its biggest award.

In 2019, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is likely to reward a mortal superhero -- “First Man,” starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

Buzz in entertainment publications and blogs is strong regarding the Universal Studios movie about the enigmatic astronaut, based on the authorized biography of the same name by NASA historian and Auburn professor James R. Hansen. Ladbrokes also likes its chances -- and so do we -- giving it 12-1 odds to take the top prize at the Oscars.

Gosling, who was nominated in 2017 for Best Actor and lost for his performance in “La La Land,” is a shoo-in for another Oscar acting nod for his portrayal of this reluctant, stoic hero who took a giant leap for mankind on July 20, 1969. Hansen, who interviewed Armstrong for more than 50 hours, calls the elusive American hero “misunderstood,” and if Gosling successfully channels that he could claim acting gold.

Beyond the compelling subject matter and the actor bringing Armstrong to life, also fueling a positive trajectory for “First Man” are the people behind the camera, including Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Josh Singer (“Spotlight”).

“First Man" is scheduled for release on Oct. 12. The Oscars will be awarded on March 3, 2019.

Other potential Oscar contenders and their release dates (if known and subject to change) are:

  • “Beautiful Boy,” Oct. 12
  • “Widows,” Nov. 16
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk,” TBA
  • "Boy Erased,” Sept. 28
  • “Backseat,” Dec. 21
  • “Mary Queen of Scots,” Nov. 2
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