2019 Notable Oscar Nominees and their Timepiece Preferences

The 91st annual Academy Awards, or Oscars, are fast approaching. This year’s show will be a bit different from decades past. After Kevin Hart stepped down as host following a controversy last December, they elected not to replace him. So, the event with go without a host this year. In its place, you can expect to see a star-studded lineup of presenters. They include legends like Samuel L. Jackson to rising stars like Emilia Clarke and many more.

The red carpet coverage is set to begin an hour and a half prior to the Oscars. You can bet there’s one thing we’ll have our eye on: the wrists. Several of this year’s nominees share in our love of a fine timepiece. Here, we’ve rounded up which nominees you should keep your eye out for. We’ve also highlighted the watches featured in two of this year’s nominated films.

Mahershala Ali

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Mahershala Ali is up for his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor this year. His previous win was for the 2017 film Moonlight. Now, he received a nomination for his portrayal of Dr. Don Shirley in Green Book. While accepting his previous Oscar, Ali wore a handsome IWC DaVinci with a sleek, all-black tuxedo. So be sure to keep an eye on his wrist at this year’s event. See if he’s sporting the same model or something new.

Sam Rockwell

Oscars - Rolex GMT Master IISam Rockwell will being going head to head with Ali, hoping to score his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Rockwell won the category last year for the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This year, he’s up for his portrayal of President George W. Bush in Vice. Rockwell also wore one of his favorite watches to last year’s Academy Awards. He’s a Rolex man, and his model of choice is the GMT Master II.

Rachel Weisz

Oscars - Cartier TankRachel Weisz is up for her first Oscar nomination in thirteen years. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for her performance in The Constant Gardner. But this year, she’s hoping to score her second Academy Award for her portrayal of Lady Sarah in The Favourite. You can often find Weisz wearing one of the most classic and timeless watches of all-time: the Cartier Tank Francaise.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga made her film debut in 2018 in the remake of A Star is Born. However, she’s scored her first two Academy Award nominations at this year’s event. Gaga is up for both Best Lead Actress and Best Original Song for “Shallow.” For the past two years, Gaga has been loyally devoted to Tudor. She’s proudly served as their ambassador and one of the faces of their “Born to Dare” campaign. See if you can spot her wearing her favorite Tudor model, the Black Bay.

Bradley Cooper

Oscars - IWC Big Pilot


Bradley Cooper made his directorial debut this year with his adaptation of A Star is Born. He also starred in the film alongside Gaga. His work has landed him two Academy Award nominations, for Best Lead Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. Cooper has received several nominations before, for his work in American Sniper, American Hustle, and Silver Linings Playbook. However, he’s yet to score his first Oscar win. Like his co-star, Cooper also serves as a watch ambassador. He joined IWC’s ranks just last year and enjoys wearing the Big Pilot.

Rami Malek

Rami Malek is a young actor known for his work in television, starring in Mr. Robot. This year, he has just landed his first Academy Award nomination. He’ll go up against Cooper for Best Lead Actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. At the world premiere of the film in London, Malek wore a Montblanc 4810 Day-Date. We’ll check him out at the Oscars to see what he might be sporting in hopes of landing his first win.

First Man

Oscars - Speedmaster Professional

In addition to the nominees who share our passion for watches, we’d be remiss to pass over the nominated films that feature important timepieces. First Man is up for four awards in the production category. The biopic chronicles the life of Neil Armstrong throughout the space race. The film wouldn’t be complete without one of the most crucial instruments associated with the first lunar landing: the Speedmaster. The film partnered with OMEGA, who supplied them with authentic reproductions as well as pieces from the brand’s archives.


Oscars - Rolex President

Last but not least, the film Vice is up for a total of five awards at this year’s Oscars. The nominations include Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The film chronicles the life of Dick Cheney throughout his vice presidency under President George W. Bush. Christian Bale plays Cheney in the film. Despite being Vice President, you can coincidentally, or perhaps not so coincidentally, find him wearing a Rolex President.

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