Here are some predictions for the winners of this year’s Oscars 2020 in major categories. It’s unusual that the Academy Award nominations are revealed without some sort of controversy, but the choices for the 92nd Oscars felt specially designed to irritate the audiences, there is a lot of buzz on the Oscars odds coming out around now
There are some marvelous nominees up there, from Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite to Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, but it was difficult to ignore how this was yet one more year with an all-male director line-up and 19 out of the 20 movie nominees are all white. It seems like progress within Hollywood is always accompanied by a significant step back come Oscar season. 2019 was a cosmic year for movies but the Oscar nominations feel strangely safe. There are no actual surprises, although the snubs are important and particularly extreme.
There are some really incredible movies this year, but these were all movies we know they will get nominated. This could have been a glorious season for movie picks but the Academy didn’t even come close to do with the pickings. Will the winners be as predictable as the nominees? We will get to know on February 9th.
Joker has its fans on the back, as evident by the absolute number of nominations it got. There are however many Netflix dislikers among the Academy, which could prevent Marriage Story and The Irishman. 1917 surely has a lot of fans in its corner following those Golden Globes wins a few weeks back, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is ideal for a 2019 Best Picture winner.
WHAT WILL WIN: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Best Director category in 2020 was once again all-male nominations, much to the disappointment from the awards. It was certainly a packed year in terms of the race, but for the last few months, the big awards shows have often settled on these 5 talented men. Mendes, Scorsese, and Tarantino are former Oscar winners, Tarantino never won for Directing. Bong Joon-ho made history being the first South Korean director to get this nomination, while Todd Phillips was brought by all the Joker hype. While there’s a lot of love for Tarantino, the Academy likes to reward the hardest work and nobody showed that of more than Sam Mendes with the incredible 1917.
WHO WILL WIN: Sam Mendes
Adam Driver’s acting in Marriage Story as the lead actor performance that has won the hearts of the critics, the energy right now seems to thoroughly be in Joaquin Phoenix’s side and he is the favorite for the win. Joker has got the most nominations, which surely helps keep him front and center in these discussions, and he won the Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice Award for his brilliant actin work in the Joker.
WHO WILL WIN: Joaquin Phoenix
Best Actress grievously ended up being a rather dull Oscar category this year, with no nominations for Awkwafina (The Farewell) or a nomination for Lupita Nyong’o (Us). This was one more year where biopic dominated the category, with three out of the five contestants for the category based on real people. The sure shot front-runner here, based on leading award wins, is Renee Zellweger for her work in Judy, where she sang her own songs and played the character of Hollywood symbol Judy Garland.
WHO WILL WIN: Renee Zellweger
Best Supporting Actor is essentially determined by its starry names and A-List glamour. All of the candidates are past victors except for one: Brad Pitt. Many feel he’s long-delayed a win and there’s a lot of appreciation for his work in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He’s also usually very popular in Hollywood.
WHO WILL WIN: Brad Pitt
There is no nomination for Jennifer Lopez’s performance in Hustlers, To be honest, her performance was not particularly Oscar-winning but many pointing out for her nomination. This, however, is a category that’s essentially been a lock for Laura Dern since Marriage Story released and became a hit. She has a big scene-stealing monologue while performing a fascinating character and is an industry veteran who has never won an Oscar ever. This time there is a good chance she will pick her first oscar.
WHO WILL WIN: Laura Dern
Unsurprisingly Beyoncé and The Lion King didn’t make it to the Oscars this year, although Elton John can take home once again for the biopic of his life, Rocketman. “Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2 isn’t that pleasing as its predecessor “Let It Go” was the best in the category, but Lopez family knows how to write a hit and award movie song.
WHAT WILL WIN: Frozen 2
The animated category is the category where Disney typically shines, but much to the astonishment of the fans, their big 2019 hit Frozen 2 was not even nominated for the category, and the most famous company among the nominees is Netflix, I Lost My Body and Klaus. Toy Story 4 feels like it will win this one but there’s a lot of buzzing and industry admiration for Laika’s stop-motion wonder Missing Link. A stop-motion animated movie hasn’t won the category since 2005’s Wallace & Gromit, so I think it is time to win.
WHAT WILL WIN: Missing Link