Oscar Predictions 2020

My favorite night of the year is quickly approaching, and it’s time for me to make my Oscar predictions!  Below is my list of winners, both who I want to win, and who I think will win.  Tune in February 9th on ABC to see who wins!

Find the full list of 2020 Oscar nominations here: https://oscar.go.com/nominees

Best Picture:

Who I want to win: “Jojo Rabbit

Who I think will win: 1917

Additional thoughts:

            This year’s best picture is a tight race.  1917 has been campaigning hard, and with its success at other award shows this season, it is definitely possible it will take the big prize.  At its heels is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s penultimate film.  With a star-studded cast and a brilliant script, it’s possible OUATIH could take the win, especially since its one of Tarantino’s final chances for the prize.  A fierce (VERY deserving underdog) is Jojo Rabbit.  Given the Academy’s penchant for choosing quirky, meaningful films like Shape of Water and Birdman, this lesser-known film could surprise everyone and take home the night’s biggest prize.  While there is lots of press and popularity surrounding Joker, I do not think it holds up to its competition in this category.

Lead Actor:

Who I want to win: Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Who I think will win: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker

Lead Actress:

Who I want to win: Renee Zellweger, “Judy”

Who I think will win: Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”

Additional Thoughts

            This category is a complete toss up, however I think it’s between Saoirse Ronan or Renee Zellweger.  Harriet was a beautiful movie and Cynthia Erivo did a superb job in her role, I do not think the Academy will select her over the more well-known names.

Supporting Actor:

Who I want to win: Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” OR Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”

Who I think will win: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Supporting Actress:

Who I want to win: Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”

Who I think will win: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”

Director:

Who I want to win: Sam Mendes, “1917”

Who I think will win: Sam Mendes, “1917”

Animated Feature:

Who I want to win: “Toy Story 4,”  Josh Cooley

Who I think will win: “Toy Story 4,”  Josh Cooley

Animated Short:

Who I want to win: “Memorable,” Bruno Collet

Who I think will win: “Hair Love,” Matthew A. Cherry

Additional Thoughts:  All the nominees are absolutely stunning, I had a hard time choosing between Dcera and Memorable, and Sister’s animation style is beautiful.  Since they’re all short, you should give them all a try!  (*The best I could do on the foreign ones is the trailer…)

“Dcera,” Daria Kashcheeva https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K4iTXElx4E
“Hair Love,” Matthew A. Cherry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNw8V_Fkw28
“Kitbull,” Rosana Sullivan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZS5cgybKcI
“Memorable,” Bruno Collet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heKo4wLYIAg
“Sister,” Siqi Song  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvkonayXWHw

Adapted Screenplay:

Who I want to win: “Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi

Who I think will win: “The Irishman,” Steven Zaillian

Original Screenplay:

Who I want to win: “Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han

Who I think will win: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino

Cinematography:

Who I want to win: “1917,” Roger Deakins

Who I think will win: “1917,” Roger Deakins

Best Documentary Feature:

Who I want to win: “For Sama,” Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts

Who I think will win: “The Cave,” Feras Fayyad

Best Documentary Short Subject:

Who I want to win: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone,” Carol Dysinger

Who I think will win: “St. Louis Superman,” Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan

Best Live Action Short Film:

Who I want to win: “Nefta Football Club,” Yves Piat OR “A Sister,” Delphine Girard

Who I think will win: “The Neighbors’ Window,” Marshall Curry

Additional Thoughts:  All the nominees in this category are also absolutely stunning.  You may want to watch them all separately; some of the subject matter is pretty heavy, and watching them all back to back is overwhelming.  If you do want to try them all in one sitting, save NEFTA for last, it’s the most lighthearted. (Unfortunately, only the previews are available online for the final two nominations).

“Brotherhood,” Meryam Joobeu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN67UI7psYo r
“Nefta Football Club,” Yves Piat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP30vp2mCeg
“The Neighbors’ Window,” Marshall Curry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1vCrsZ80M4
“Saria,” Bryan Buckley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xRl_nhESIE
“A Sister,” Delphine Girard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJw9UrewSAA

Best International Feature Film:

Who I want to win: “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho

Who I think will win: “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho

Film Editing:

Who I want to win: “Parasite,” Jinmo Yang

Who I think will win: “The Irishman,” Thelma Schoonmaker

Sound Editing:

Who I want to win: “Ford v Ferrari,” Don Sylvester

Who I think will win: “1917,” Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate


Sound Mixing:

Who I want to win: “Ford v Ferrari”

Who I think will win: “1917”

Production Design:

Who I want to win: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh

Who I think will win: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh

Original Score:

Who I want to win: “Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat

Who I think will win: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Williams

Original Song:

Who I want to win:  “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”

Who I think will win: “Into the Unknown,” “Frozen 2”

Makeup and Hair:

Who I want to win: “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

Who I think will win: “Joker”

Costume Design:

Who I want to win: “Little Women,” Jacqueline Durran

Who I think will win: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Arianne Phillips

Visual Effects:

Who I want to win: “Avengers Endgame”

Who I think will win: “The Irishman”

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