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And the Oscar Goes to… Academy Award 2020 Predictions

And the Oscar Goes to… Academy Award 2020 Predictions

The -ber months have a way of making people feel excited. Some see it as a time to prepare for the new year, and others are just excited for Christmas. If you’re like me, you’re excited because the Oscars are fast-approaching.

As an avid film fan, I’ve come to associate the end of the year with the award season. Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) conduct preliminary votes on December and announce the final nominees early January. You have November to early January to catch the much-talked about movies that are in the running.

Fitting all of the year’s movies in such a short time can be overwhelming. So I’ve compiled a list of movies that will surely takeover next year’s Oscars. Check them out for yourself and make your own predictions.

Best Picture

They’re smiling for a big, squishy reason Image from IMDB

The Best Picture category has always been controversial; debates are always loud between critics and audience members. This year’s frontrunners are no different with a collection of films that cover a range of topics, from the slow end of a marriage to a child’s perception of Nazism.

  • The Irishman
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Marriage Story
  • Parasite
  • 1917
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Little Women
  • The Farewell
  • Joker

Experts’ Choice: “The Irishman”

My Choice: “Parasite”

Best Director

After “snowpiercer” and “Okja,” Bong Joon Ho now brings you the riveting story of a freeloading family Image from IMDB

This year’s predictions for Best Director are the industry’s celebrated veterans. Each one has been praised for directing a film that critics and audience members considered to be their magnum opus. But it’s disappointing to see, once again, only men on these lists. Although Greta Gerwig continues to get positive reactions for her take on “Little Women,” she is often absent from the list of front-runners.

  • Martin Scorsese
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Sam Mendes
  • Bong Joon Ho
  • Noah Baumbach

Experts’ Choice: Martin Scorsese

My Choice: Bong Joon Ho

Best Actress

Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr

It’s common to see acting predictions and eventual nominees from films that aren’t considered for Best Picture. This just goes to show how powerful these actresses’ performances were in their respective films.

  • Renee Zellweger
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Saoirse Ronan
  • Awkwafina
  • Alfre Woodard

Experts’ Choice: Renee Zellweger

My Choice: Scarlett Johansson

Best Actor

Photo by Octavian Micleusanu on Wikimedia Commons

This year’s Best Actor predictions are made up of familiar faces. Each one has turned in a performance that critics and audience members have praised long after the film ended its run.

  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Adam Driver
  • Robert De Niro
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Antonio Banderas

Experts’ Choice: Joaquin Phoenix

My Choice: Joaquin Phoenix

Best Supporting Actress

Shuzhen Zhao and Awkwafina in a scene from “The Farewell” Image from IMDB

These women have proven how you can still be the star even if you don’t have as much screen time as the lead. This year’s predictions for Supporting Actress are some of the industry’s most talented performers.

See Also

  • Laura Dern
  • Margot Robbie
  • Zhao Shuzhen
  • Annette Bening
  • Scarlett Johansson

Experts’ Choice: Laura Dern

My Choice: Zhao Shuzhen

Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt as stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” Image from IMDB

There are instances when our attention is caught by the supporting actor. Whether this is because they’re a familiar face or their performance is better than the lead’s, it’s safe to say they deserve just as much attention.

  • Brad Pitt
  • Al Pacino
  • Tom Hanks
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Joe Pesci

Experts’ Choice: Brad Pitt

My Choice: Brad Pitt

Final Thoughts

The cast and crew of “Green Book,” winner of Best Picture from the Oscars 2019
Image from Oscar.go

It’s early to tell who’s going to pick up an Oscar, but it’s fun to guess, isn’t it?

Pencil in a staycation with family and friends for a special screening of your favorites. Get them in on the fun and have them make their predictions.

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