The Oscars will be awarded Sunday for the best in cinema for 2018. Here are my predictions (those I think will win) and preferences (if they let me vote) for the winners on Sunday:

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

The Oscars are often about legacy awards, especially in the supporting actor categories. I'm not usually in favor of that, but I happen to think Sam Elliott gave one of the best performances of his storied career in "A Star is Born." But I suspect Mahershala Ali will win his second Oscar in this category (after "Moonlight") for "Green Book" -  a movie Academy voters seem to really like. Adam Driver was fantastic in "BlackKklansman," but he'll have other chances to win. I'm appalled by Sam Rockwell being nominated for a role Will Ferrell did so much better for years on Saturday Night Live.

Will Win: Mahershala Ali
Should Win: Sam Elliott

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, “Vice”
Marina de Tavira, “Roma”
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Regina King looks like a lock for this category for her work in "In Beale Street Could Talk," a movie that played for one week in Lubbock - when I was out of town on vacation. I hate that I missed it. While I admired both Stone and Weisz in "The Favourite," I wouldn't claim they should win this award over King, whose performance I didn't see. 

Will Win: Regina King

Best Actress

Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Glenn Close has been winning this category pretty handily in other awards ceremonies, and we can expect this well-respected actress who has been Oscar nominated seven times to finally win her first. But I would have a hard time voting against Lady Gaga, who delivered a powerhouse performance in her first leading role. But she'll win an Oscar for Best Original Song for "A Star is Born," so she'll at least get to make a speech.

Will Win: Glenn Close
Should Win: Lady Gaga

Best Actor

Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

The only thing better than Lady Gaga in "A Star is Born" is Bradley Cooper in an emotionally raw performance - the best of his career so far, which already had some impressive work on the resume. He is sensational playing a character who shares some of Cooper's real life addictions. I'm not saying he deserves to win this because he was shut out of the Best Director race, but... okay, if it helps, let's do that. He also does his own singing, which is not something you can say for Rami Malek, who will likely win Best Actor for playing Freddie Mercury. Don't get me wrong, Malek is very good in a movie that really isn't - so that's something. The Academy also tends to gravitate toward actors playing real people. While Cooper is the only in this category playing a fictional character, it somehow feels the most real.

Will Win: Rami Malek
Should Win: Bradley Cooper