Predictions // 92nd ACADEMY AWARDS - November 2019

Sam Mendes is gearing up for his second Best Picture win.



Last updated: November 30, 2019


At this point, just about every anticipated film has been screened by industry professionals and journalists. Out of those screenings, only a few have left the majority raving in a way that seems to direct the flow of awards season buzz. And, if that can be measured as anything potentially promising, Sam Mendes' 1917 should follow the buzz to an Oscar win. This would mark the English director's second win in his career after American Beauty won the prize in 2000.


Martin Scorsese's The Irishman is still a healthy contender, however, now that it's released to the general public on Netflix. Even with the controversy surrounding Scorsese's opinion on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film has struck the right chord with audiences and critics, alike.


A few other titles that have been riding the season's tailcoats most of the year are ebbing and flowing at this point. Greta Gerwig's Little Women has proven to be likable, but not quite as favorable as anticipated. Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story is much-loved but hasn't bumped past Its praise into must-win status. And, Uncut Gems and Waves are going to need a decent box office to break into the limelight.


The nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced on January 13, 2020. The Oscars will be held Sunday, February 9, 2020.


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BEST PICTURE


1917

Dir. Sam Mendes

Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren

(Universal Pictures)


FORD V FERRARI

Dir. James Mangold

Peter Chernin, Lucas Foster, Alex Young, Kevin Halloran, James Mangold

(20th Century Fox)


THE IRISHMAN

Dir. Martin Scorsese

Prods. Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Gaston Pavlovich, Randall Emmett, Emma Tillinger Koskoff

(Netflix)


JOJO RABBIT

Dir. Taika Waititi

Prods. Taika Waititi, Carthew Neal, Chelsea Winstanley

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)


MARRIAGE STORY

Dir. Noah Baumbach

Prods. Noah Baumbach, David Heyman, Craig Shilowhich

(Netflix)


ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD

Dir. Quentin Tarantino

Prods. Quentin Tarantino, David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh

(Sony Pictures)


PARASITE

Dir. Joon Ho Bong

Prods. Young-Hwan Jang, Kwak Sin-ae

(NEON)


THE TWO POPES

Dir. Fernando Meirelles

Prods. Dan Lin, Jonathan Eirich, Tracey Seaward

(Netflix)



BEST DIRECTOR


Noah Baumbach

MARRIAGE STORY


Joon-Ho Bong

PARASITE


Sam Mendes

1917


Martin Scorsese

THE IRISHMAN


Quentin Tarantino

ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD



BEST ACTRESS


Cynthia Erivo

HARRIET


Scarlett Johansson

MARRIAGE STORY


Saoirse Ronan

LITTLE WOMEN


Charlize Theron

BOMBSHELL


Renee Zellweger

JUDY



BEST ACTOR


Robert De Niro

THE IRISHMAN


Leonardo DiCaprio

ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD


Adam Driver

MARRIAGE STORY


Joaquin Phoenix

JOKER


Jonathan Pryce

THE TWO POPES



BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS


Laura Dern

MARRIAGE STORY


Jennifer Lopez

HUSTLERS


Florence Pugh

LITTLE WOMEN


Margot Robbie

ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD


Taylor Russell

WAVES



BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


Willem Dafoe

THE LIGHTHOUSE


Anthony Hopkins

THE TWO POPES


Al Pacino

THE IRISHMAN


Joe Pesci

THE IRISHMAN


Brad Pitt

ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD



BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY


THE FAREWELL

Lulu Wang


KNIVES OUT

Rian Johnson


MARRIAGE STORY

Noah Baumbach


ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD

Quentin Tarantino


PARASITE

Joon-Ho Bong, Jin Won Han



BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY


HUSTLERS

Lorene Scafaria


THE IRISHMAN

Steven Zaillian


JOJO RABBIT

Taika Waititi


LITTLE WOMEN

Greta Gerwig


THE TWO POPES

Anthony McCarten



BEST ORIGINAL SCORE


1917

Thomas Newman


A HIDDEN LIFE

James Newton Howard


LITTLE WOMEN

Alexandre Desplat


MARRIAGE STORY

Randy Newman


STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

John Williams



BEST ORIGINAL SONG


ALADDIN

"Speechless"


BOMBSHELL

"One Little Soldier"


CATS

"Beautiful Ghosts"


FROZEN II

"Into the Unknown"


TOY STORY 4

"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away"



BEST ANIMATED FEATURE


FROZEN II

Prods. Peter Del Vecho, Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

(Walt Disney Pictures)


I LOST MY BODY

Prod. Jeremy Clapin

(Netflix)


MISSING LINK

Prods. Chris Butler, Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner

(Annapurna Pictures)


OKKO'S INN

Prods. Kitaro Kosaka, Shuhei Arai

(GKIDS)


TOY STORY 4

Prods. Jonas Rivera, Mark Nielsen

(Disney/Pixar)



BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM


ATLANTICS

(Senegal)


LES MISERABLES

(France)


MONOS

(Colombia)


PAIN & GLORY

(Spain)


PARASITE

(South Korea)



BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE


APOLLO 11

Prods. Todd Douglas Miller, Thomas Petersen, Evan Krauss

(NEON)


AQUARELA

Prod. Victor Kossakovsky

(Sony Pictures Classics)


THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM

Prod. John Chester, Molly Chester, Matthew Pilachowski

(NEON)


MAIDEN

Prods. Victoria Gregory, Alex Holmes

(Sony Pictures Classics)


ONE CHILD NATION

Prods. Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, Christoph Jorg, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn



BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY


1917

Roger Deakins


FORD V FERRARI

Phedon Papamichael


A HIDDEN LIFE

Jorg Widmer


THE IRISHMAN

Rodrigo Prieto


ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD

Robert Richardson



BEST VISUAL EFFECTS


AD ASTRA

Christopher Downs, Jiwoong Kim, Bradley Parker


AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Kelly Port, Daniel Sudick


THE IRISHMAN

Pablo Helman, Jiwoong Kim


THE LION KING

Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez


STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Roger Guyett, Dominic Tuohy



BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN


1917

Dennis Gassner


KNIVES OUT

David Crank, David Schlesinger


LITTLE WOMEN

Claire Kaufman


ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD

Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh


THE TWO POPES

Mark Tildesley, Véronique Melery



BEST COSTUME DESIGN


ALADDIN

Michael Wilkinson


DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

Ruth E. Carter


LITTLE WOMEN

Jacqueline Durran


ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD

Arianne Phillips


ROCKETMAN

Julian Day



BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING


ALADDIN

Christine Blundell


BOMBSHELL

Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, Vivian Baker


JOKER

Nicki Ledermann, Kay Georgiou


JUDY

Jeremy Woodhead


ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD

Janine Rath, Heba Thorisdottir



BEST SOUND EDITING


1917

TBD


AD ASTRA

Grant Elder


FORD V FERRARI

TBD


ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD

Harry Cohen, Leo Marcil


STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

David Acord, Matthew Wood



BEST SOUND MIXING


1917

TBD


AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Tom Johnson, Juan Peralta, Douglas Parker


FORD V. FERRARI

Richard Bullock, Jr., Paul Massey, Steven Morrow


JUDY

Paul Cotterell, Johnathan Rush


STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Ben Burtt, Andy Nelson



BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM


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BEST ANIMATED SHORT


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BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT


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