92nd Oscars Predictions

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A collage of the nine nominees for Best Picture.

Carson Zorn, Writer

   The Oscars air on Sunday night and the winners of Hollywood’s top honors will be revealed. There could be some surprise upsets, but the big categories seem pretty set. I have some thoughts on who is going to win the awards, and in this article I will be giving my thoughts, as well as who will win and who should win. I will not be predicting anything for the following categories:

-Documentary Short Subject

-Animated Short Film

-Live-Action Short Film

-Documentary Feature Film

I have not seen any of the films in question in those categories, so therefore it’s not fair for me to pick a winner. But without further adieu here are my Oscar predictions.

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

“Bombshell”

“Joker”

“Judy”

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

“1917”

This category seems pretty straightforward at this point. “Bombshell” will win the award, and it deserves it. The way it transformed the actresses and actors to look like their real life counterparts was phenomenal. This will probably be the only award “Bombshell” takes home on Oscars night.

Will Win: “Bombshell”

Should Win: “Bombshell”

 

Original Score:

“Joker”

“Little Women”

“Marriage Story”

“1917”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

A while ago this appeared to be a three film race between “Joker”, “Little Women” and “1917”, but now the winner seems pretty clear. Hildur Gudnadóttir will win for “Joker” and she deserves it. “Joker” has one of the most powerful scores of the year, and the deep Cello melody that gets stuck in everyone’s heads is unforgettable. It will be great to see Gudnadóttir take home this award.

Will Win: “Joker”

Should Win: “Joker”

 

 

Original Song:

“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 II”

“Stand Up,” “Harriet”

This is a race between “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” and “Into the Unknown”. The award will probably go to Elton and thankfully so, because even though “Unknown” is good, “Love me Again” is so catchy and it would be great to see Elton and Bernie on stage accepting the award. Fingers crossed that “Rocketman” takes home the only award it was nominated for.

Will Win: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”

Should Win: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”

 

Sound Editing:

“Ford v Ferrari”

“Joker”

“1917”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

This category and the Sound Mixing category almost always have the same winners, and it looks like “1917” will be the technical award darling this year, so I’m going to say “1917” wins it, and since I don’t really have a clue what Sound Editing means, I’ll say it deserves the win.

Will Win: “1917”

Should Win: “1917”

 

 

Sound Mixing:

“Ad Astra”

“Ford v Ferrari”

“Joker”

“1917”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Again, I’m going to go with “1917” because I picked it to win the last category, but I guess I also wouldn’t be surprised if “Ford v Ferrari” pulled off a win in these categories either.

Will Win: “1917”

Should Win: “1917”

 

 

Costume Design:

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Joker”

“Little Women”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

This one is between “Jojo Rabbit” and “Little Women” because they are both period pieces with accurate costumes. I think I see “Little Women” taking this one because of all the dresses and suits used throughout the film, and honestly, it deserves it even though I like “Jojo Rabbit” more as a film, I think the costumes in “Little Women” were better.

Will Win: “Little Women”
Should Win: “Little Women”

 

 

Visual Effects:

“Avengers: Endgame”

“The Irishman”

“The Lion King”

“1917”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

This is a pretty stacked category this year, and I really hope “Endgame” wins it, because it would be nice to finally see Marvel Studios come away with an award, but I’m worried that “The Irishman” might take it. The de-aging technology was cool, yes, but sometimes it was a little distracting. I honestly feel that since it doesn’t look like “The Irishman” is going to win any more awards, the Academy might give it to the film, so that’s what I’m going to pick, but I’m going to hold out hope for “Endgame”.

Will Win: “The Irishman”

Should Win: “Avengers: Endgame”

 

Cinematography:

“1917”

“The Irishman”

“Joker”
“The Lighthouse”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

This is “1917”’s category to lose. Roger Deakins is maybe the best cinematographer working today, and the one-shot effect worked so well in the movie. There is no debate “1917” is taking this award home, and it deserves it.

Will Win: “1917”

Should Win: “1917”

 

 

Film Editing:

“Ford v Ferrari”

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Joker”

“Parasite”

This is the category I think “Ford V Ferrari” could easily take. The racing scenes in this movie are pieced together phenomenally and it will probably take home the award for it. I really don’t see any other film nominated posing a threat, so congratulations “Ford v Ferrari”, you’re taking home an Oscar! 

Will Win: “Ford v Ferrari”
Should Win: “Ford v Ferrari”

 

 

Production Design:

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“1917”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“Parasite”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” basically has this in the bag, it did a great job of recreating 60s Hollywood, and appeals to all the voters who grew up in that era. “Parasite” is being slept on a little bit, but “Hollywood” is taking this one home at the end of the night.

Will Win: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Should Win: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

 

Animated Feature Film:

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

“I Lost My Body”

“Klaus”

“Missing Link”

“Toy Story 4”

This category has become a lot more complicated as of late. “Toy Story 4” seemed to be the clear winner to kick off awards season, but after numerous upsets, everyone seems to be confused. I really want “Toy Story 4” to win but I just don’t think it will. Somehow, I think this category is down to “Missing Link” vs “Klaus” and I think “Klaus” will take home the gold Sunday night. “Frozen II” not getting nominated proves Academy voters are getting tired of Disney winning every year, and I think they want to give the award to something new and original, so I think “Klaus” will win and make Netflix and competitor for Disney for years to come.

Will Win: “Klaus”

Should Win: “Toy Story 4”

 

 

International Feature:

“Corpus Christi”

“Honeyland”

“Les Miserables”

“Pain and Glory”

“Parasite”

This one is basically set in stone. “Parasite” will win this award and deserves the win. End of story. 

Will Win: “Parasite”

Should Win: “Parasite”

 

Original Screenplay:

“1917”

“Knives Out”

“Marriage Story”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“Parasite”

First off, I’m happy to see “Knives Out” in this category. I know it probably won’t win, but I’m just happy to see it recognized. This is a neck-and-neck race between “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Parasite” and I think “Hollywood” will take it. “Parasite” probably deserves it more but “Hollywood” panders directly to Academy voters. That’s not a dig at “Hollywood” because it has a fantastic script, but “Hollywood” winning is probably the most boring, and most likely, outcome.

Will Win: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Should Win: “Parasite”

 

Adapted Screenplay:

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Joker”

“Little Women”

“The Two Popes”

Like the other screenplay category this is a race to the finish line between two films: “Jojo Rabbit” and “Little Women”. “Jojo Rabbit” is my personal favorite and I hope it wins, but I just have a gut feeling that “Little Women” will take it. Neither Taika Waititi (“Rabbit”) or Greta Gerwig (“Women”) were nominated for Best Director, so either way this is the Academy’s way of paying them back, but since there was such an uproar over Gerwig not getting nominated the award will probably go to her. I have nothing against Gerwig and would be perfectly content if she won the award, I just prefer “Jojo Rabbit” (It’s literally my favorite movie of the year if that helps with comparison).

Will Win: “Little Women”

Should Win: “Jojo Rabbit”

 

 

Best Director:

Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”

Sam Mendes, “1917”

Todd Phillips, “Joker”

Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”

Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Now we get to the boring part of the predictions. Basically, all of the big categories are pretty much decided from trends from all other award shows. This award is going to Sam Mendes and out of all the nominees, he probably deserves it the most. There are some people who did not get nominated that I think deserve it more than anyone on this list, but Sam Mendes deserves it most and will get it.

Will Win: Sam Mendes, “1917”

Should Win: Sam Mendes, “1917”

 

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

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

Once again, pretty simple, this award is going to Brad Pitt. He deserves it, he hasn’t won an Oscar and this role definitely deserves to land him his first one. I’m still a little partial to Joe Pesci, but Brad Pitt deserves it.

Will Win: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Should Win: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

 

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”

Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”

Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”

Florence Pugh, “Little Women”

Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

Once again, this category is pretty obvious. Laura Dern is going to come away with the win here. She did great in “Marriage Story” and deserves an Oscar for her performance. I personally preferred Johansson in “Jojo” a bit more, but her character was more fun to watch and that might be why.

Will Win: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”

Should Win: Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”

 

Best Actor:

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”

This one is straightforward as well. This is Phoenix’s award to lose, and his only real competition is Adam Driver. Both of them gave amazing performances in their respective roles, but I actually preferred Adam Driver’s performance overall, and his acting in the fight scene in “Marriage Story” emotionally broke me. But, Phoenix will win the award, and he deserves it. Hopefully Driver’s Oscar comes soon. 

Will Win: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

Should Win: Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”

 

Best Actress:

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”

Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”

Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”

Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”

Renée Zellweger, “Judy”

Again, locked in, Renée Zellweger has been the favorite to win this award for quite a while, and while she’s great I actually prefer both Johansson and Theron to her. But, no discredit to Zellweger, she did a great job portraying Hollywood legend Judy Garland.

Will Win: Renée Zellweger, “Judy”

Should Win: Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”

 

Best Picture:

“Ford v Ferrari”

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Joker”

“Little Women”

“Marriage Story”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“1917”

“Parasite”

This one could have an interesting upset, but it looks like “1917” is in prime position to win Best Picture. The potential upsets? “Parasite” because it is so critically loved. “Jojo Rabbit” in a “Green Book” style win like last year. “Joker”, it got eleven nominations. I would personally love to see “Jojo Rabbit” win Best Picture, but I know it’s not very likely. “1917” will probably take home the award after sweeping the technical categories and winning Best Director. This year is pretty predictable, but hopefully this category changes it up a little bit.

Will Win: “1917”

Should Win: “Jojo Rabbit”

Those are my Oscars predictions! Make sure to tune in to the Oscars Sunday night and follow @patpress_OLHS where I will be live tweeting the Oscars!