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2020 Academy Awards: Predictions & Potential Spoilers

It’s Oscar night this Sunday! Whether you see the Academy Awards as Hollywood’s annual orgy of self-congratulation or a yearly celebration of outstanding achievements in a year in film, those coveted gold statues represent the most prestigious honor in the industry and the highest form of recognition a filmmaker can receive. That said, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is far from the perfect governing body. Each year comes with its own controversies, be it in a policy change or in the nominations.

Unfortunately this year, we saw the return of the dreaded #OscarsSoWhite. Nearly every nominee from 2019 is a white and most of those folks are male. Cynthia Erivo, who was nominated for her performance in Harriet, was the single non-white actor nominated out of the twenty who are recognized every year. Similarly disappointing, no females were nominated for best director.

Regardless, this year’s batch of nominees largely represent the very best films and filmmaking from 2019. The result is one of the most unpredictable and consequently most exciting Oscar races in recent years. Despite the momentum some films have over others, a handful of the categories, including some of the heavy hitters, are still anybody’s game.

The 92nd Academy Awards will air live February 9 at 8pm EST on ABC. Check out below the complete list of nominees including my predictions for who and what will win:

FEATURE FILM

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Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Prediction: 1917
Potential spoiler: Parasite


DIRECTOR

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Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

Prediction: Sam Mendes, 1917
Potential spoiler: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite


LEAD ACTOR

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Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

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

Prediction: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Potential spoiler: Adam Driver, Marriage Story


LEAD ACTRESS

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Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renee Zellweger, Judy

Prediction: Renee Zellweger, Judy
What could win: Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story


SUPPORTING ACTOR

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Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Prediction: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Potential spoiler: Joe Pesci, The Irishman


SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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Photo courtesy of Netflix

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johannson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Prediction: Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Potential spoiler: Margot Robbie, Bombshell


ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Irishman, Steven Zaillian
Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
Joker, Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Little Women, Greta Gerwig
The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten

Prediction: Jojo Rabbit
Potential spoiler: Little Women


ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

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Photo courtesy of Neon

Knives Out, Rian Johnson
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
1917, Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
Parasite, Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han

Prediction: Parasite
Potential spoiler: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


FILM EDITING

Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox (Left) & Neon (Right)

Ford v Ferrari, Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland
The Irishman, Thelma Schoonmaker
Jojo Rabbit, Tom Eagles
Joker, Jeff Groth
Parasite, Jinmo Yang

Prediction: Ford v Ferrari
Potential spoiler: Parasite


ORIGINAL SCORE

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Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir
Little Women, Alexandre Desplat
Marriage Story, Randy Newman
1917, Thomas Newman
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams

Prediction: Joker
Potential spoiler: 1917


ORIGINAL SONG

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Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman
“I’m Standing With You,” Breakthrough
“Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2
“Stand Up,” Harriet

Prediction: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman
Potential spoiler: “Stand Up,” Harriet


CINEMATOGRAPHY

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Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

The Irishman, Rodrigo Prieto
Joker, Lawrence Sher
The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke
1917, Roger Deakins
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Robert Richardson

Prediction: 1917, Roger Deakins
Potential spoiler: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Robert Richardson


ANIMATED FEATURE

Photos courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures (Left) & Netflix (Right)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Prediction: Toy Story 4
Potential spoiler: Klaus


ANIMATED SHORT FILM

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Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

Dcera, Daria Kashcheeva
Hair Love, Matthew A. Cherry
Kitbull, Rosana Sullivan
Memorable, Bruno Collet
Sister, Siqi Song

Prediction: Hair Love
Potential spoiler: Kitbull


LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

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Brotherhood, Meryam Joobeur
Nefta Football Club, Yves Piat
The Neighbors’ Window, Marshall Curry
Saria, Bryan Buckley
A Sister, Delphine Girard

Prediction: The Neighbor’s Window
Potential spoiler: Brotherhood


DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

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Photo courtesy of A + E Networks

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Prediction: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Potential spoiler: St. Louis Superman


DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

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Photo courtesy of Netflix

American Factory, Julia Rieichert, Steven Bognar
The Cave, Feras Fayyad
The Edge of Democracy, Petra Costa
For Sama, Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
Honeyland, Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov

Prediction: American Factory
Potential spoilers: Honeyland


INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

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Corpus Christi, Jan Komasa
Honeyland, Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov
Les Miserables, Ladj Ly
Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodovar
Parasite, Bong Joon Ho

Prediction: Parasite
Potential spoiler: Pain and Glory


VISUAL EFFECTS

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Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Avengers Endgame
The Irishman
1917
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Prediction: 1917
Potential spoiler: The Lion King


MAKEUP & HAIR

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Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Prediction: Bombshell
Potential spoiler: 1917


PRODUCTION DESIGN

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Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

The Irishman, Bob Shaw and Regina Graves
Jojo Rabbit, Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova
1917, Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh
Parasite, Lee Ha-Jun and Cho Won Woo, Han Ga Ram, and Cho Hee

Prediction: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Potential spoiler: 1917


COSTUME DESIGN

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The Irishman, Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson
Jojo Rabbit, Mayes C. Rubeo
Joker, Mark Bridges
Little Women, Jacqueline Durran
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Arianne Phillips

Prediction: Little Women
Potential spoiler: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


SOUND MIXING

Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox (Left) & Universal Pictures (Right)

Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Prediction: 1917
Potential spoiler: Ford v Ferrari


SOUND EDITING

Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox (Left) & Universal Pictures (Right)

Ford v Ferrari, Don Sylvester
Joker, Alan Robert Murray
1917, Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Wylie Stateman
Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker, Matthew Wood, David Acord

Prediction: 1917
Potential spoiler: Ford v Ferrari


Those are my final predictions for which films and filmmakers will be walking away with a prestigious Academy Award this Sunday night. What do you think of my picks? Do you disagree with any? Sound off in the comments below and let me know all of your predictions for the Oscars!

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