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Your 2019 Oscar Season Pronunciation Guide

How to pronounce the names of Timothée Chalamet, Rachel Weisz, Mahershala Ali, and more.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for 'Beautiful Boy' nominee Timothee Chalamet arrives for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 6, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)        (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Timothée Chalamet
Actor, Beautiful Boy

Though his parents gave his first name the French spelling (Chalamet’s father is French), the American actor pronounces his name the American way: “Timothy.” As for his last name, it’s SHALL-uh-MAY. As Pop Sugar points out, you can hear him say his name at the beginning of the clip below.


Rosamund Pike
Star, A Private War

While most Americans pronounce the Gone Girl star’s first name like: RAH-zah-mund PIKE (including Matthew McConaughey when he was presenting the award for Best Actress at the Oscars in 2015), the Brit actually pronounces her name: RAUS-mund PIKE.

Rami Malek
Star, Bohemian Rhapsody

With the success of Mr. Robot, it’s hard to believe there are still people who do not know how to pronounce the 37-year-old actor’s name, but for those of you wondering, it’s RAH-mee MAL-ik.


Charlize Theron
Star, Tully

While it seems as though her name has been pronounced quite a few ways throughout the years, the Tully star’s name is pronounced: SHAR-leeze THAIR-in. Watch the actor pronounce it at the beginning of the clip below.


Viggo Mortensen
Actor, Green Book

While doing the press tour for Green Book, Viggo Moretensen admitted that he’s heard his name pronounced incorrectly quite a few times, so we’re setting the record straight. It is pronounced: VEE-go MORE-tin-sin

Rachel Weisz
Actor, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz’s first name is pretty hard to mess up, however, her last name is a bit more tricky. As she’s been explaining for at least a decade, it’s pronounced : VICE.

Mahershala Ali
Actor, Green Book

Ali’s birth name was Mahershalalhashbaz, but he goes by Mahershala, pronounced mah-HER-shuh-luh, according to EllePeople, and others.


Alfonso Cuarón
Director, Roma

The Roma director’s first and last name feature a long “o”: al-FONE-zo kwah-ROAN.


Alexandre Desplat
Composer, Isle of Dogs

Alex is pronounced AL-ig-ZAHN-druh en français, while the T on Desplat is silent, leaving only dess-PLAH. Hear Jon Burlingame introduce him 20 seconds into the clip below.


Ludwig Göransson
Composer, Black Panther

The Black Panther composer’s name is pronounced LOOD-vig YOUR-an-son in Swedish, as you can hear in the clip below.


Marc Shaiman
Composer, Mary Poppins Returns

The Mary Poppins Returns composer’s name is pronounced SHAY-man.

Stephan James
Actor, If Beale Street Could Talk

It has been quite a year for the 25-year-old actor. From starring in Barry Jenkins’ followup to Moonlight and starring alongside Julia Roberts in Homecoming, his is a name that viewers are going to be hearing for a long time. While seemingly self-explanatory, Jame’s first name is not pronounced the way you might expect. The Canadian native’s first name is pronounced: Ste-FAHN.

Yalitza Aparicio
Star, Roma

The Roma breakout star’s name is pronounced: Yall-EAT-za Ah-par-EAT-see-o.

Yorgos Lanthimos
Director, The Favourite

Yorgos Lanthimos’ name is spelled phonetically and is pronounced: YOUR-gos LAN-thi-mos.