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2020 Oscar Predictions!

Well, the time has come to cast the votes! Based on what we've seen so far, here are our picks for who's gonna take home an Oscar at the Academy Awards this Sunday, February 9th.


Best Actor in a Leading Role

I gotta be honest, this was a tough category. Both Leo and Adam gave amazing performances and are more than deserving of winning; however, this one has to go to Joaquin. His complete and utter transformation into this character was both heartbreaking and mesmerizing.


Nominees:

  • Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

  • Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes


Best Actor in a Supporting Role

I could really see any of these men winning this category. The easy choice is Brad Pitt, who took home a Golden Globe for this role, though Tom Hanks may have a fighting chance.


Nominees:

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Gordon's vote)
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

  • Al Pacino, The Irishman

  • Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (Melissa's vote)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Again, this one is hard since we only saw Marriage Story and Little Women; however, chances are Renee Zellweger will win for her portrayal of Hollywood sweetheart, Judy Garland. If it were up to us, Gordon would put his money on Cynthia Erivo, while I would vote for Scar Jo.


Nominees:

  • Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

  • Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

  • Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

  • Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Renee Zellweger, Judy

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Damn you, Laura Dern. I have a feeling she's gonna take it here, though Gordon's personal vote is Kathy Bates while mine is Florence Pugh.


Nominees:

  • Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Laura Dern, Marriage Story
  • Scarlett Johannsson, Jojo Rabbit

  • Florence Pugh, Little Women

  • Margot Robbie, Bombshell


Best Animated Feature Film

Well, we didn't see ANY of these...but based on historical research, we're putting our money on Pixar.


Nominees:

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

  • I Lost My Body

  • Klaus

  • Missing Link

Toy Story 4

Best Cinematography

We're both split here, too. Again, all of these movies were so visually beautiful to watch. Gordon's vote is for 1917, while I'm pushing for Joker.


Nominees:

  • Rodrigo Prieto, The Irishman

Lawrence Sher, Joker (Melissa's vote)
  • Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse

Roger Deakins, 1917 (Gordon's vote)
  • Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood


Best Costume Design

Though I can totally see this going to Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, we both agree on Little Women.


Nominees:

  • Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson, The Irishman

  • Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit

  • Mark Bridges, Joker

Jacqueline Durran, Little Women
  • Arianne Phillips, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood


Best Directing

Will Quentin Tarantino finally get the directing Oscar he deserves? Probably not. We both agree Bong Joon Ho should absolutely win, but this one will probably go to Mendes.


Nominees:

  • Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

  • Todd Phillips, Joker

Sam Mendes, 1917
  • Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

  • Bong Joon Ho, Parasite


Best Documentary Feature

This guess is based purely on Googling each one of these because we haven't seen any of them. It's anyone's game!


Nominees:

  • American Factory

  • The Cave

  • The Edge of Democracy

For Sama
  • Honeyland


Best Documentary Short Subject

Again, purely based on Google research.


Nominees:

  • In the Absence

  • Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

  • Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman
  • Walk Run Cha-Cha


Best Film Editing

Easy, peasy. This one should totally go to Parasite.


Nominees:

  • Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland, Ford v Ferrari

  • Thelma Schoonmaker, The Irishman

  • Tom Eagles, Jojo Rabbit

  • Jeff Groth, Joker

Yang Jinmo, Parasite

Best International Feature Film

I don't think Parasite will win Best Picture, though it totally should. I do think, however, that they will give it the award here.


Nominees:

  • Corpus Christi (Poland)

  • Honeyland (North Macedonia)

  • Les Miserables (France)

  • Pain and Glory (Spain)

Parasite (South Korea)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Joker will most likely win this one, though both Gordon and I are in agreement that Renee Zellweger's stunning transformation into Judy Garland is worth mentioning.


Nominees:

  • Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker, Bombshell

Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou, Joker
  • Jeremy Woodhead, Judy

  • Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

  • Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole, 1917


Best Original Score

This will go to Guðnadóttir for Joker, though neither one of us would be upset if Thomas Newman won for 1917.



Nominees:

Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
  • Alexandre Desplat, Little Women

  • Randy Newman, Marriage Story

  • Thomas Newman, 1917

  • John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


Best Original Song

I'm shocked that this was the only nomination Rocketman received. Though "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" might win, we're taking a chance and voting for the ultra-powerful song, "Stand Up".


Nominees:

  • “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away”, Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman, Toy Story 4

  • “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”, Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Bernie Taupin, Rocketman

  • “I’m Standing with You”, Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren, Breakthrough

  • “Into the Unknown”, Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Frozen 2

“Stand Up”, Music and Lyrics by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Best Production Design

Again, this one was a no-brainer. Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood for the win!


Nominees:

  • Bob Shaw (Production) and Regina Graves (Set), The Irishman

  • Ra Vincent (Production) and Nora Sopková (Set), Jojo Rabbit

  • Dennis Gassner (Production) and Lee Sandales (Set), 1917

Barbara Ling (Production) and Nancy Haigh (Set), Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
  • Lee Ha Jun (Production) and Cho Won Woo (Set), Parasite


Best Animated Short Film

Kitbull was so cute, but the animation of Dcera and Memorable is insane.


Nominees:

Dcera (Daughter)
  • Hair Love

  • Kitbull

  • Memorable

  • Sister


Best Live Action Short Film

All of these look so good! Taking a chance on The Neighbors' Window.


Nominees:

  • Brotherhood

  • Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors’ Window
  • Saria

  • A Sister


Best Sound Editing

If my personal fave, Ford v Ferrari, is gonna win anything, it's gonna be for sound. Fingers crossed!


Nominees:

Donald Sylvester, Ford v Ferrari
  • Alan Robert Murray, Joker

  • Oliver Tarney and Rachel Tate, 1917

  • Wylie Stateman, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

  • Matthew Wood and David Acord, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


Best Sound Mixing

Bring it home, Ken Miles!


Nominees:

  • Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano, Ad Astra

Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow, Ford v Ferrari
  • Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland, Joker

  • Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson, 1917

  • Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood


Best Visual Effects

OK this one has to to go either Avengers or Star Wars...so we're splitting the difference.


Nominees:

Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick, Avengers: Endgame (Melissa's vote)
  • Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser and Stephane Grabli, The Irishman

  • Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Elliot Newman, The Lion King

  • Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy, 1917

Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Gordon's vote)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Couldn't agree on this one, either, but let's be honest, it'll probably be Joker.


Nominees:

Steven Zaillian, The Irishman (Gordon's vote)
  • Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit

  • Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, Joker

Greta Gerwig, Little Women (Melissa's vote)
  • Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes


Best Original Screenplay

While this 100% should go to Parasite, Hollywood loves a movie about itself.


Nominees:

  • Rian Johnson, Knives Out

  • Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

  • Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
  • Bong Joon Ho, Parasite


Best Picture

Again, Parasite should take this award, no questions asked. However, chances are a foreign film will most likely not win Best Picture. That being said, we've placed our bets on Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood and 1917.


Nominees:

  • Ford v Ferrari

  • The Irishman

  • Jojo Rabbit

  • Joker

  • Little Women

  • Marriage Story

1917 (Gordon's vote)
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (Melissa's vote)
  • Parasite

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