Final Oscar Predictions 2020

I’ve written a lot about the Oscars in the past 12 months: I implored voters to recognize feminist musical dramas, I highlighted how women’s alliances laid the foundation for many of 2019’s films, and I drew the historical relationship between silent female performances and Oscar love. (Sadly, I also had to call Academy voters to account for fearing a changing world.)

And thus concludes another roller coaster-like Oscar season. (Justice for Adam Sandler, J.Lo, and everyone involved in The Farewell.) Without further ado, here are my picks for the 92nd Academy Awards:

Best Picture 

Will win: 1917
Might upset: Parasite
Should have been nominated: The Farewell
My Pick: Parasite

Best Director

Will win: Sam Mendes (1917)
Might upset: Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)
Should have been nominated: Greta Gerwig (Little Women)
My Pick: Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)

Best Actor 

Will win: Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
Might upset: Antonio Banderas (Pain & Glory)
Should have been nominated: Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems)
My Pick: Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

Best Actress

Will win: Renée Zellweger (Judy)
Might upset: No one.
Should have been nominated: Awkwafina (The Farewell)
My Pick: Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)

Best Supporting Actor  

Will win: Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood)
Might upset: No one.
Should have been nominated: Kang Song-ho (Parasite)
My Pick: *shrug* at all of them

Best Supporting Actress

Will win: Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
Might upset: Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)
Should have been nominated: Zhao Shuzhen (The Farewell) and Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers)
My Pick: Florence Pugh (Little Women)

Best Original Screenplay

Will win: Parasite
Might upset: Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Should have been nominated: The Farewell
My Pick: Parasite

Best Adapted Screenplay

Will win: Jojo Rabbit
Might upset: Little Women
Should have been nominated: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
My Pick: Little Women

Best Animated Feature Film:

Will win: Klaus
Might upset: Toy Story 4
Should have been nominated: The Addams Family
My Pick: n/a

Best International Feature:

Will win: Parasite
Might upset: Pain & Glory
Should have been nominated: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
My Pick: Parasite

Best Documentary – Feature:

Will win: American Factory
Might upset: Honeyland
Should have been nominated: Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins
My Pick: American Factory

Best Original Song:

Will win: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (Rocketman)
Might upset: “Into the Unknown” (Frozen II)
Should have been nominated: “Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” (Wild Rose)
My Pick: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (Rocketman)

THE BEST OF THE REST

Best Animated Short Film: Hair Love 
Best Cinematography: 1917
Best Costume Design: Little Women
Best Documentary – Short Subject: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Best Film Editing: Ford v Ferrari
Best Live Action Short Film: The Neighbor’s Window
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Bombshell
Best Original Score: Joker
Best Production Design: 1917
Best Sound Editing: 1917
Best Sound Mixing: 1917
Best Visual Effects: 1917

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