2020 Oscars – Overview and Final Predictions

List compiled by Eddie on 06/02/2019

It’s not often we head into the Academy Awards ceremony with so many categories up in the air in regards to whose going to win.

Regardless of what film you are supporting heading in the industries night of nights is set to make for fascinating viewing as we tune in to see who will reign supreme.

In my mind it’s one of the strongest fields in many years and with the likes of industry greats like Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt and Sam Mendes all likely to walk away victorious, I feel like this will be the most likable Oscars night in some time.

Happy reading and happy watching.

2020 Wins Prediction Tally:    

5 – 1917

4 – Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood

2 – Joker 

Most Happy About –

The Best Picture field: Each film in the hotly contested Best Picture race is a deserving winner for many a varied reason. After year’s upon year’s worth of Oscar nights where more than a few unworthy films found themselves in the race and even winning, it’s great to see such an all-round strong group of contenders, even if JoJo Rabbit can count itself rather lucky to be amongst such great company.

Most Unhappy About –

No Willem Dafoe: Dafoe’s brilliant supporting turn in the bonkers The Lighthouse was one for the ages. It’s unfortunate that the Best Supporting Actor field is this year’s strongest individual category with many fine performances overlooked. In any other year, Dafoe would have been a shoe-in nominee and even a potential winner.

Biggest Surprise –

Joker’s 11 Oscar Nominations: Don’t get me wrong, I’m personally over the moon that the great Joker got so many nominations but not even the most optimistic of supporters would’ve thought Joker was going to lead the nomination totals on the night. While it’s likely the film will only walk away with 2 or 3 golden statues, the fact is the naysayers don’t have much ammunition left now the nominations are done and dusted.

Biggest Snub –

No Apollo 11 for Best Documentary: Like the bizarre snub last year of Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Apollo 11’s omission from the Best Doco field is utterly bizarre! An amazing experience, it really does make no sense that the film wasn’t allowed to even make the final cut of contenders.

Lucky to be There –

1917 in Best Original Screenplay: An undeniably great film that deserves all the awards it’s likely to win, it’s still surprising that Sam Mendes World War 1 thriller found itself in the Original Screenplay field. With film’s like The Lighthouse, Midsommar, Ad Astra, The Nightingale, The Report and more all at one time in contention here, 1917 can count itself lucky to be in this field.

Best Picture:

The Irishman is one of the years most nominated efforts

“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Winner: 1917

Dark Horse: Parasite

Lead Actor:

Joaquin Phoenix delivered an Oscar worthy turn for the ages in Joker

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”

Winner: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Dark Horse: Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Lead Actress:

It would be surprising if Renee Zellweger didn’t win Best Actress

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

Winner: Renee Zellweger – Judy

Dark Horse: Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Supporting Actor:

Brad Pitt shone bright in the loaded Hollywood

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”

Winner: Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Dark Horse: Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Supporting Actress:

Industry favorite Laura Dern is a strong chance to win on the night

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

Winner: Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Dark Horse: Margot Robbie – Bombshell


1917 is a directional masterclass by Sam Mendes

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

Winner: Sam Mendes – 1917

Dark Horse: Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood

Animated Feature:

Toy Story 4 would be a worthy winner here

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” Dean DeBlois
“I Lost My Body,” Jeremy Clapin
“Klaus,” Sergio Pablos
“Missing Link,” Chris Butler
“Toy Story 4,”  Josh Cooley

Winner: Toy Story 4

Dark Horse: Klaus

Adapted Screenplay:

Little Women would be a deserving winner here

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

Winner: Little Women

Dark Horse: The Irishman

Original Screenplay:

An original hit, Knives Out is a worthy nominee

“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

Winner: Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Dark Horse: Parasite


It’s nice to see The Lighthouse represented here

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

Winner: 1917

Dark Horse: Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Best Documentary Feature:

Netflix’s American Factory may just win in this hotly contested field

“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

Winner: For Sama

Dark Horse: Honeyland

Best International Feature Film:

The surest thing of the night is Parasite winning here

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

Winner: Parasite

Dark Horse: Honeyland

Tech Fields –

Film Editing:

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

Winner: Ford v Ferrari

Dark Horse: Parasite

Sound Editing:

“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

Winner: 1917

Dark Horse: Ford v Ferrari

Sound Mixing:

“Ad Astra”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Winner: 1917

Dark Horse: Ad Astra

Production Design:

“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

Winner: Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Dark Horse: 1917

Original Score:

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

Winner: Joker

Dark Horse: 1917

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 2”
“Stand Up,” “Harriet”

Winner: Stand Up

Dark Horse: I’m Gonna Love Me Again

Makeup and Hair:

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

Winner: Bombshell

Dark Horse: Joker

Costume Design:

”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

Winner: Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Dark Horse: Little Women

Visual Effects:

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

Winner: Avengers: Endgame

Dark Horse: The Lion King

Animated Short:

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

Winner: Kitbull

Dark Horse: Sister

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“In the Absence,” Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone,” Carol Dysinger
“Life Overtakes Me,” Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas
“St. Louis Superman,” Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
“Walk Run Cha-Cha,” Laura Nix

Winner: Walk Run Cha-Cha

Dark Horse: Life Overtakes Me

Best Live Action Short Film:

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

Winner: Saria

Dark Horse: Brotherhood

What are your bold predictions for Oscar night on the weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

9 responses to “2020 Oscars – Overview and Final Predictions

  1. Our predictions barely line up at all, you’ve definitely got some bold choices that go against the grain of some recent trends. I personally am hoping that Parasite wins Best Picture and I think it has a real shot at it, especially if it takes editing, production design, and/or writing. A lot of the major categories are hotly contested between two or three nominees. One thing is for certain though – The Irishman will walk away with no wins on Sunday night, and that’s kind of a shame.

    • You’re right Darren, poor Scorsese and crew!
      I really do think Parasite has a great shot at multiple awards, including some of the big ones!

  2. We’ve definitely got a few differences but I think pretty much everyone is in agreement on the 4 acting categories and the best picture. Any of those categories going to someone different is going to be the shock of the night, it almost feels like it’s destined that Phoenix, Pitt, Zelwegger, Dern and 1917 are taking home those awards.

    • Only thing for my mind is that I can’t shake the feeling Parasite can win the main prize. It feels like hype for it is building by the day.

      • I would love if it did, and the hype is big enough that it might just pull it off… but then I keep thinking “The Academy just isn’t exciting enough to do that” but god I want to be wrong there.

    • It’s pretty sad it’s likely the Irishman is going home empty handed, only thing I can see it winning maybe is adapted screenplay or maybe editing.

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