2020 Oscars Predictions

I rarely have time to watch all the movies that are nominated for all the different categories but this year I was able to sit through them and I know what I like and I think I know what the oscars voting body will pick. here are my predictions:

  • ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
    • ANTONIO BANDERAS
      • Pain and Glory
    • LEONARDO DICAPRIO
      • Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
    • ADAM DRIVER
      • Marriage Story
    • JOAQUIN PHOENIX- should win and will win
      • Joker
        • His performance is quintessential artistic Hollywood actor. He sacrifices his body for the role by losing weight. (i guess by that definition every female actor should get an Oscar). But on top of that his performance is top notch…I just hope he doesn’t do the whole I’m to cool for this thing he did at the golden globes. Many people work as hard if not harder than you and never get nominated so don’t throw away this honor as a marketing ploy for your movie.
    • JONATHAN PRYCE
      • The Two Popes
  • ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
    • TOM HANKS
      • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
    • ANTHONY HOPKINS – should win
      • The Two Popes
        • His performance is brilliant in this. It is subtle but brilliant nonetheless.
    • AL PACINO
      • The Irishman
    • JOE PESCI
      • The Irishman
    • BRAD PITT – will win
      • Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
        • Hollywood pretty boy. An ok actor but not worthy of an Oscar for this.
  • ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
    • CYNTHIA ERIVO –should win
      • Harriet
        • Playing an iconic person in history and not making her efforts grandiose. It’s not easy to play someone of this stature and still make her relatable.
    • SCARLETT JOHANSSON
      • Marriage Story
    • SAOIRSE RONAN
      • Little Women
    • CHARLIZE THERON
      • Bombshell
    • RENÉE ZELLWEGER – will win
      • Judy
        • Like Erivo playing an iconic person, but one that known by many. There are a lot biographies depicting this person. Renée does a great job but I don’t Hinkleman it’s the best.
  • ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
    • KATHY BATES
      • Richard Jewell
    • LAURA DERN – will win
      • Marriage Story
        • It’s just Laura Dern playing Laura Dern. Not really acting to me. Not really the role for an Oscar
    • SCARLETT JOHANSSON
      • Jojo Rabbit
    • FLORENCE PUGH
      • Little Women
    • MARGOT ROBBIE – Should Win
      • Bombshell
        • Not really excited about any of these nominees really, but if I had to choose one it would be Robbie.  She did a fine job Bombshell.  But not as good as Julia Fox in Uncut Gems.
  • ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
    • HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD
      • Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis and Bonnie Arnold
    • I LOST MY BODY
      • Jérémy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice
    • KLAUS – Should Win
      • Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh and Marisa Román
        • A new and artful interpretation of the Santa Claus story.
    • MISSING LINK
      • Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight
    • TOY STORY 4 – Will Win
      • Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera
        • Left overs from the same meal. They keep saying we’ll tell the story if we can think of a good one. This really wasn’t a good one. Cute but not art.
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY
    • THE IRISHMAN
      • Rodrigo Prieto
    • JOKER
      • Lawrence Sher
    • THE LIGHTHOUSE
      • Jarin Blaschke
    • 1917 – Should Win and Will Win
      • Roger Deakins
        • An entire movie in one continuous shot and on this scale.  This took a lot of work to make it happen and the movie overall is great.
    • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
      • Robert Richardson
  • COSTUME DESIGN
    • THE IRISHMAN
      • Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson
    • JOJO RABBIT
      • Mayes C. Rubeo
    • JOKER
      • Mark Bridges
    • LITTLE WOMEN – Should Win and Will Win
      • Jacqueline Durran
        • Period piece..harder to do.
    • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
      • Arianne Phillips
  • DIRECTING
    • THE IRISHMAN
      • Martin Scorsese
    • JOKER
      • Todd Phillips
    • 1917 – Should Win and Will Win
      • Sam Mendes
        • Really a great film even though it is another World War movie…which always win anyway…but this one deserves it.
    • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
      • Quentin Tarantino
    • PARASITE
      • Bong Joon Ho
  • DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
    • AMERICAN FACTORY
      • Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert
    • THE CAVE
      • Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær
    • THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY – Should Win and Will Win
      • Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan
        • Pretty good for a documentary
    • FOR SAMA
      • Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
    • HONEYLAND
      • Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska and Atanas Georgiev
  • DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
    • IN THE ABSENCE
      • Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
    • LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) – Should Win and Will Win
      • Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva
        • Right movie at the right time.
    • LIFE OVERTAKES ME
      • John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson
    • ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN
      • Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
    • WALK RUN CHA-CHA
      • Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt
  • FILM EDITING
    • FORD V FERRARI – Should Win and Will Win
      • Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
        • Tough movie to edit and make it look like each cut goes to the next with all the racing action.  I actually think that 1917 should win for editing because being one shot is only an illusion that the editors make possible.
    • THE IRISHMAN
      • Thelma Schoonmaker
    • JOJO RABBIT
      • Tom Eagles
    • JOKER
      • Jeff Groth
    • PARASITE
      • Yang Jinmo
  • INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
    • CORPUS CHRISTI
      • Poland
    • HONEYLAND
      • North Macedonia
    • LES MISÉRABLES
      • France
    • PAIN AND GLORY
      • Spain
    • PARASITE – Should Win and Will Win
      • South Korea
        • It is up for best picture as well…duh.
  • MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
    • BOMBSHELL
      • Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker
    • JOKER
      • Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou
    • JUDY
      • Jeremy Woodhead
    • MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL – Should Win and Will Win
      • Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White
        • Only fantasy type movie that asks the artist to truly imagine.
    • 1917
      • Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole
  • MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
    • JOKER
      • Hildur Guðnadóttir
    • LITTLE WOMEN
      • Alexandre Desplat
    • MARRIAGE STORY
      • Randy Newman
    • 1917 – Should Win
      • Thomas Newman
        • Really moving score…truly original.
    • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – Will Win
      • John Williams
        • Same stuff different movie…however last one so the academy will give him this.
  • MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
    • I CAN’T LET YOU THROW YOURSELF AWAY
      • from Toy Story 4; Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
    • (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN – Will Win
      • from Rocketman; Music by Elton John; Lyric by Bernie Taupin
        • Hollywood loves Elton.  Of course he’ll get it.
    • I’M STANDING WITH YOU
      • from Breakthrough; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
    • INTO THE UNKNOWN
      • from Frozen II; Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
    • STAND UP – Should Win
      • from Harriet; Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo
        • Really special and moving piece.
  • BEST PICTURE
    • FORD V FERRARI
      • Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and James Mangold, Producers
    • THE IRISHMAN
      • Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers
    • JOJO RABBIT
      • Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi and Chelsea Winstanley, Producers
    • JOKER
      • Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers
    • LITTLE WOMEN
      • Amy Pascal, Producer
    • MARRIAGE STORY
      • Noah Baumbach and David Heyman, Producers
    • 1917 – Should Win and Will Win
      • Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Callum McDougall, Producers
        • For all of the above reasons.
    • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
      • David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh and Quentin Tarantino, Producers
    • PARASITE
      • Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho, Producers
  • PRODUCTION DESIGN
    • THE IRISHMAN
      • Production Design: Bob Shaw; Set Decoration: Regina Graves
    • JOJO RABBIT
      • Production Design: Ra Vincent; Set Decoration: Nora Sopková
    • 1917 – Should Win and Will Win
      • Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
        • THE SET FOR THIS MOVIE IS UNBELIEVABLE!
    • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
      • Production Design: Barbara Ling; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
    • PARASITE
      • Production Design: Lee Ha Jun; Set Decoration: Cho Won Woo
  • SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
    • DCERA (DAUGHTER)
      • Daria Kashcheeva
    • HAIR LOVE
      • Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver
    • KITBULL – Should Win and Will Win
      • Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson
        • Really cute
    • MEMORABLE
      • Bruno Collet and Jean-François Le Corre
    • SISTER
      • Siqi Song
  • SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION) Don’t know didn’t see them all.
    • BROTHERHOOD
      • Meryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon
    • NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB
      • Yves Piat and Damien Megherbi
    • THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW
      • Marshall Curry
    • SARIA
      • Bryan Buckley and Matt Lefebvre
    • A SISTER
      • Delphine Girard
  • SOUND EDITING
    • FORD V FERRARI
      • Donald Sylvester
    • JOKER
      • Alan Robert Murray
    • 1917
      • Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate
    • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
      • Wylie Stateman
    • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – Should Win and Will Win
      • Matthew Wood and David Acord
        • The only oscar this movie should get.
  • SOUND MIXING
    • AD ASTRA
      • Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano
    • FORD V FERRARI – Should Win and Will Win
      • Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow
        • Tough movie to mix with all the background noise.
    • JOKER
      • Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland
    • 1917
      • Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson
    • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
      • Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano
  • VISUAL EFFECTS
    • AVENGERS: ENDGAME
      • Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick
    • THE IRISHMAN
      • Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser and Stephane Grabli
    • THE LION KING – Should Win
      • Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Elliot Newman
        • Entire movie life like talking animals…duh.
    • 1917
      • Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy
    • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – Will Win
      • Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy
        • Same thing different movie.
  • WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
    • THE IRISHMAN
      • Screenplay by Steven Zaillian
    • JOJO RABBIT – Should Win
      • Screenplay by Taika Waititi
        • Fun take on Hitler.
    • JOKER – Will Win
      • Written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
        • Hitler never wins.
    • LITTLE WOMEN
      • Written for the screen by Greta Gerwig
    • THE TWO POPES
      • Written by Anthony McCarten
  • WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
    • KNIVES OUT – Should Win
      • Written by Rian Johnson
        • Really well written.
    • MARRIAGE STORY
      • Written by Noah Baumbach
    • 1917
      • Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
    • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD – Will Win
      • Written by Quentin Tarantino
        • This is how Hollywood bows to Quentin.
    • PARASITE
      • Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won; Story by Bong Joon Ho

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