The Oscars are this Sunday night. I have seen most of the nominated films, though there are some that I have missed (the shorts in particular). I have decided to list off the nominees and then give your my predictions for winners.
“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)
“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) I personally enjoyed the Trial of the Chicago 7 and Promising Young Woman more, but I think Nomadland is the most well rounded film of the group. Judas and the Black Messiah might be a sleeper pick.
“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
“Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”)
David Fincher (“Mank”)
Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”)
Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) Chloé Zhao does an amazing job with this story and the shots of the landscape are gorgeous. She also does a fantastic job getting performances out of the non-actors in her cast.
Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”)
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”)
Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) This feels like a sure thing. Not only do they get a chance to reward Chadwick in his final film, but the role was a dramatic sensation.
Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”)
Gary Oldman (“Mank”)
Steven Yeun (“Minari”)
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Andra Day (“The United States v. Billie Holiday”)
Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”)
Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”)
Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) I think Carey Mulligan truly gave a transcendent performance in this revenge flick. Viola Davis is my sleeper pick, but Mulligan takes this.
Best Supporting Actor
Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) Daniel Kaluuya is the driving force behind Judas. While the others in this category are all great in their films, Kaluuya takes it to the next level. I think the only way Kaluuya does not win is if Lakeith Stanfield splits the vote. In that case, Paul Raci may get the nod.
Leslie Odom Jr. (“One Night in Miami”)
Paul Raci (“Sound of Metal”)
Lakeith Stanfield (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)
Best Supporting Actress
Maria Bakalova (‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)
Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”)
Olivia Colman (“The Father”)
Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”)
Youn Yuh-jung (“Minari”) The Grandma from Minari stands out among a strong group of women (and Glenn Close). While I think Maria Bakalova may be a possibility, Youn Yuh-jung made the best impression on the film.
Best Adapted Screenplay
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Peter Baynham, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jena Friedman, Anthony Hines, Lee Kern, Dan Mazer, Nina Pedrad, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Swimer
“The Father,” Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller
“Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao
“One Night in Miami,” Kemp Powers The screenplay for this movie is easily the strength of the movie.
“The White Tiger,” Ramin Bahrani
Best Original Screenplay
“Judas and the Black Messiah,” Will Berson, Shaka King, Keith Lucas, Kenneth Lucas
“Minari,” Lee Isaac Chung
“Promising Young Woman,” Emerald Fennell
“Sound of Metal,” Abraham Marder, Darius Marder, Derek Cianfrance
“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Aaron Sorkin The Academy loves Aaron Sorkin, I think this is the award that the Academy gives to the Trial of the Chicago 7.
Best Original Song
“Fight for You,” (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) I don’t know any of these songs so I am just making a guess.
“Hear My Voice,” (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
“Húsavík,” (“Eurovision Song Contest”)
“Io Si (Seen),” (“The Life Ahead”)
“Speak Now,” (“One Night in Miami”)
Best Original Score
“Da 5 Bloods,” Terence Blanchard
“Mank,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
“Minari,” Emile Mosseri
“News of the World,” James Newton Howard
“Soul,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste The score of this Pixar film is nearly like another character. It is above everything else in this category.
“Greyhound,” Odin Benitez, Jason King, Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler, Jeff Sawyer
“Mank,” Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance, Drew Kunin
“News of the World,” John Pritchett, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller, Oliver Tarney, Michael Fentum
“Soul,” Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Vince Caro
“Sound of Metal,” Phillip Bladh, Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés, Carolina Santana The sound, or lack thereof, of Sound of Metal is unbelievable. The sound tells the story almost as much as the words.
Best Costume Design
“Emma,” Alexandra Byrne
“Mank,” Trish Summerville Not my favorite, but I believe that the Academy will want to give an award to Mank. The Academy loves movies about movies, and it is a period piece so the costumes are a good place.
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Ann Roth
“Mulan,” Bina Daigeler
Best Animated Short Film
“Burrow” (Disney Plus/Pixar) Haven’t seen these so sticking with the Pixar one seems reasonable.
“Genius Loci” (Kazak Productions)
“If Anything Happens I Love You” (Netflix)
“Opera” (Beasts and Natives Alike)
“Yes-People” (CAOZ hf. Hólamói)
Best Live Action Short Film
“The Letter Room”
“Two Distant Strangers” Another guess, but I saw this on Netflix so maybe I should watch it before the ceremony.
Best Animated Feature Film
“Over the Moon” (Netflix)
“Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” (Netflix)
“Soul” (Pixar) I prefer Wolfwalkers, but I think Soul is the popular choice here.
“Wolfwalkers” (Apple TV Plus/GKIDS)
“Judas and the Black Messiah,” Sean Bobbitt
“Mank,” Erik Messerschmidt
“News of the World,” Dariusz Wolski
“Nomadland,” Joshua James Richards Beautiful cinematography which makes this film one of the best of the year.
“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Phedon Papamichael
Best Documentary Feature
“Collective” (Magnolia Pictures and Participant) Total guess. Haven’t seen any of these.
“Crip Camp” (Netflix)
“The Mole Agent” (Gravitas Ventures)
“My Octopus Teacher” (Netflix)
“Time” (Amazon Studios)
Best Documentary Short Subject
“Colette” (Time Travel Unlimited)
“A Concerto Is a Conversation” (Breakwater Studios) Sounds like something the Academy likes….
“Do Not Split” (Field of Vision)
“Hunger Ward” (MTV Documentary Films)
“A Love Song for Latasha” (Netflix)
Best Film Editing
“The Father,” Yorgos Lamprinos
“Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao
“Promising Young Woman,” Frédéric Thoraval
“Sound of Metal,” Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Alan Baumgarten
Best International Feature Film
“Another Round” (Denmark)
“Better Days” (Hong Kong)
“The Man Who Sold His Skin” (Tunisia)
“Quo Vadis, Aida?”(Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Emma,” Marese Langan
“Hillbilly Elegy,” Eryn Krueger Mekash, Patricia Dehaney, Matthew Mungle
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Matiki Anoff, Mia Neal, Larry M. Cherry
“Mank,” Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams
“Pinocchio,” Dalia Colli, Anna Kieber, Sebastian Lochmann, Stephen Murphy
Best Production Design
“The Father,” Peter Francis, Cathy Featherstone
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Mark Ricker, Karen O’Hara, Diana Stoughton
“Mank,” Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale
“News of the World,” David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan
“Tenet,” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
Best Visual Effects
“Love and Monsters”
“The Midnight Sky,” Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, Dave Watkins, Max Solomon
“Mulan,” Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury, Steve Ingram
“The One and Only Ivan,” Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones, Santiago Colomo Martinez
“Tenet,” Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley, Scott R. Fisher, Mike Chambers
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