Hollywood’s Biggest Night: My 2019 Oscars Predictions

I care about this way too much.

Anyone that knows me knows that my favorite season isn’t summer or spring, it’s awards season. As someone who works in the film industry and sees about two movies per week, you could understand why I get so excited about the Academy Awards every year!

Since tonight is the big night, I like to put my predictions out in the universe so I can “grade” myself during the show. I know, these are the types of things I do in my spare time. I saw a lot of amazing films this past year and I can’t wait to see which ones get their deserving recognition! Without further ado, here are my 2019 Oscars predictions…

BEST PICTURE

“Roma” – Although my favorite movie of the year was “Bohemian Rhapsody,” I don’t think it will be bringing home the gold because of the recent controversy involving the director. However, “Roma” has been getting the most praise this season, not only for the amazing story & international aspects, but for being from a streaming service. It would be awesome to see a Netflix film win Best Picture!

BEST ACTOR

Rami Malek – Please, for the love of God, let this award go to Rami Malek. If you’ve seen “Bohemian Rhapsody,” you will agree with me on this wholeheartedly. His transformation into and portrayal of Freddie Mercury still gives me chills every time I re-watch the film. He has gone home with many awards this season, so I believe he will be adding another one tonight.

BEST ACTRESS

Glenn Close – Although I didn’t see “The Wife” this year, I have a pretty strong feeling Close is going home her first Oscar after seven nominations. She’s been getting nothing but praise and applause for this recent role and was able to snag the Golden Globe for it as well.

BEST DIRECTOR

Alfonso Cuarón – I would be surprised if Alfonso doesn’t go home with this one! I see him winning Best Picture & Director for his amazing work on “Roma.” Also, I was able to come to this conclusion when comparing him to the other nominees & because he also won the Globe for this one as well!

SUPPORTING ACTOR/ACTRESS

Mahershala Ali/Regina King – One of my favorite performances of the entire year was Ali in “Green Book.” I still don’t understand why he’s in the Supporting category instead of Best Actor, but he definitely should be going home with this award. As for Regina King, her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk” without a doubt should have her awarded. She also went home with the Globe and Critics Choice Award so she should be pretty happy about this award season!

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Shallow” – If you’ve been riding the “A Star is Born” train since it’s release in October, you probably know every word to this song. Even though the film got a ton of Oscar buzz initially, I think this is going to be the one award they will be going home with tonight. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper kill this song & it truly is the focal point of the entire film. I’d be shocked if any other song snags this one.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” – This is one I am super passionate about. I am a huge comic book movie nerd, like huge. When I first saw the trailer for this film, I honestly thought it was aimed more towards children, being animated and all. But, this film was one of my favorites of the entire year. I’m all for “Avengers” and “Deadpool” Marvel movies, but this one was different. The animation alone is incredible & sets it apart from the other nominees. Please, just don’t let it be “Isle of Dogs.”

Although there are tons upon tons of more categories, I won’t bore you with the details. I’ll leave that to the extra extensive bracket that I make my parents and boyfriend participate in every year! What are some of your major predictions? Let me know down below!

How I Moved to LA Alone At 22

People thought I was crazy!

Yup, you read that right: I dropped everything, bit the bullet, and moved to Los Angeles all alone at 22 years old. A one way plane ticket and 2 suitcases was all I needed to start this amazing adventure.

To give some context to this crazy decision, I am a recent college graduate who works in the film industry. Before moving, I had a good amount of production experience in Indiana, but knew I needed to be in California to take it to the next level. So, that’s exactly what I did.

I worked all summer long at a Juice Bar to earn as much rent money as possible; I knew what I was getting myself into. That would be my biggest tidbit of advice – don’t go until you’re financially ready! Living in a place with an extremely high cost of living is NO fun if you run out of money after one rent payment.

ANYWHO – I pooled my graduation and summer job money, bought a plane ticket and booked an Airbnb and traveled 1,800 miles (with emotional support from my mom!). This is what I would suggest, if you’re moving somewhere completely new, try an Airbnb for a month or so. Los Angeles is so huge, that I didn’t exactly know where the best location would be for me was, yet. Having a temporary situation like that is a great safety net if you want to try out a new area.

Once my mom left after the weekend, I was all alone. I’ve always been a more independent person, so I wasn’t too worried but let me tell you – the loneliness hit HARD. You take your friends, family, and even your dog, for granted sometimes when you realize you can’t just meet up with them whenever you want. I reconnected with an old friend, met people through Facebook groups and work and I quickly had people to keep me company!

Living in Los Angeles, with the amazing weather and endless opportunities, is great, of course; but it definitely wasn’t easy. I wasn’t the special case where my parents paid for my rent, so I had to hustle hard. Working in the film industry is dicey because you’re mostly working freelance. I sometimes wouldn’t know if I was working on Tuesday until Monday night. I’m usually a planner, so I had to adopt a go with the flow attitude pretty fast.

If you want to move somewhere new to pursue a career or soothe that wanderlust, DO IT! As long as you prepare financially, socially, and have a hardworking attitude, you will figure it out! Like I suggested before, if you’re doing it all alone, start by renting an Airbnb or renting someone’s room until you find your best situation. Don’t let your age or anyone else’s opinion stop you, I sure didn’t.

We only live once people, take risks! Good luck out there, you got this.

Welcome To The Sh*t Show!

We all gotta start somewhere!

If anyone’s out there..

Hi! My name is Raychal. I’m starting Arrows + Attitude to have a platform to vent, share ideas and holy grail products and meet all of you bad a** people out there.

I’m a college graduate who works in the film industry and just needs an outlet to speak my mind. The industry in which I work in is very man-heavy. They don’t give a sh*t about my latest favorite eye serum, where my top is from, or the amazing crêpe I had over the weekend. But the internet does, yay!

As for the name, Arrows + Attitude pretty much encompasses me as a whole. I impulsively got a tattoo at 18 (shocking!) of an arrow on the back of my neck. An arrow means a lot to me because it represents always moving forward in life even when you get pulled back. And attitude, yeah that one speaks for itself. People have learned over time to not mess with me 🙂

I don’t claim to be a fashion icon, a skincare expert or a die-hard foodie, but I love to talk and share my experiences with others and I hope you’ll stick around for the ride!

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