This Sunday will see the 91st Academy Awards take place in Hollywood. To mark the celebration of the silver screen’s highest accolades, Bing has once again used its intelligent algorithm to predict this year’s Oscar winners.
Last year saw Microsoft’s search engine reach 87.5% accuracy with 21 out of 24 predictions hitting their mark. This year, Rami Malek – who played Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody – is ahead of fellow nominees Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, William Dafoe and Vigo Mortensen, with a 43% chance of winning the Best Actor award.
The Best Actress award is likely to go to Glen Close for her role in The Wife, with the 71-year-old actress having a 34% chance of success. She will face fierce competition from the UK’s Olivia Coleman however, who won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her performance in The Favourite. Coleman’s 32% chance of winning make this one of the closest categories of the ceremony.
The Best Picture award sees Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma lead rivals such as Black Panther, Green Book, and A Star is Born, with a 23% chance of winning. Alfonso Cuarón is also the overwhelming favourite to win this year’s Best Director Oscar, with a 79% chance of victory.
Roma is also expected to win the most Oscars, being the lead contender in four categories: Best Picture (23%), Best Director (79%), Best Foreign Language Film (83%) and Best Cinematography (51%). Second is The Favourite, which is expected to win three Oscars in categories for Best Original Screenplay (35%), Best Costume Design (42%) and Best Production Design (36%).
The Best Animated Feature winner is likely to be the action-packed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which has a 46% chance of winning, followed by the Incredibles 2 with 21%. Avengers: Infinity War and Ready Player One look set to fight it out for the Best Visual Effects award, with a 29% and 26% chance of winning, respectively.
Shifting to music, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Shallow from A Star Is Born has already seen success in the charts and will likely be a hit at the awards too, with a 73% chance of winning the Oscar the for Best Original Song. Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s Black Panther hit All The Stars is second with only a 10% chance, giving Gaga and Cooper a very strong chance of taking the award.
The Oscars will take place on Sunday 24 February 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. In the UK, televised coverage starts at midnight.
Please visit Bing for the full range of predictions across all categories.