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In a normal year, which 2020 was anything but, I would have posted these predictions -- traditionally based largely on my own big-screen viewing of all the major and minor contenders -- at the end of last year. However, theaters in the Los Angeles area have been closed since March 16, 2020, so I was only able to see 33 of the 366 films which have been declared Oscar-eligible for this year’s awards (including films released up until the end of February 2021). So these predictions are based largely on reviews, on awards from other organizations, and even more sheer guesswork than usual. As with so many things relating to 2020, it’s best to put an asterisk next to it. The nominations will be announced this coming Monday, March 15 (coincidentally, the one-year anniversary of the last time I saw a movie in a theater. Sigh.)
 
This is a strange Oscar year for so many reasons. Because the releases of so many potential box-office attractions were postponed (not that Black Widow or No Time to Die were likely to be major Oscar contenders), the emphasis this year more than ever has been on smaller, more “serious” films. One doesn’t necessarily think of Best Picture contenders as box-office blockbusters, but the last several decades have seen many of the biggest hits nominated in that category (if rarely winning), including Jaws, Star Wars, Heaven Can Wait, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Tootsie, Fatal Attraction, Ghost, Beauty and the Beast, Jerry Maguire, Titanic, The Sixth Sense, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar, Inception, Gravity, The Martian, Black Panther and Joker. Similarly, many Best Picture winners that seemed unlikely box-office contenders proved to be genuine box-office smashes, including Platoon, Driving Miss Daisy, A Beautiful Mind, Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech. What’s really rare is a year like 1984, where none of the Best Picture nominees (Amadeus, The Killing Fields, A Passage to India, Places in the Heart and A Soldier’s Story) did particularly impressive business. 
 
BEST PICTURE
 
1. NOMADLAND  
2. THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7  
3. MANK  
4. ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…
5. MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
6. MINARI  
7. SOUND OF METAL  
8. SOUL 
9. NEWS OF THE WORLD  
10. PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN 
 
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
 
RIZ AHMED – Sound of Metal   
CHADWICK BOSEMAN – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom  
ANTHONY HOPKINS – The Father  
MADS MIKKELSEN – Another Round
GARY OLDMAN – Mank  
 
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
 
VIOLA DAVIS – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom  
VANESSA KIRBY – Pieces of a Woman  
SOPHIA LOREN – The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti A Se)
FRANCES McDORMAND – Nomadland  
CAREY MULLIGAN – Promising Young Woman  
 
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
 
SACHA BARON COHEN – The Trial of the Chicago 7  
CHADWICK BOSEMAN – Da 5 Bloods  
DANIEL KALUUYA – Judas and the Black Messiah   
DELROY LINDO – Da 5 Bloods
LESLIE ODOM JR. – One Night in Miami…
 
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
 
ELLEN BURSTYN – Pieces of a Woman  
GLENN CLOSE – Hillbilly Elegy  
OLIVIA COLMAN – The Father  
YUH-JUNG YOUN – Minari  
HELENA ZENGEL – News of the World  
 
DIRECTING
 
DAVID FINCHER - Mank  
REGINA KING - One Night in Miami…  
DARIUS MARDER - Sound of Metal 
GEORGE C. WOLFE - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
CHLOE ZHAO - Nomadland  
 
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
 
MANK  
MINARI  
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN  
SOUL
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7  
 
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
 
THE FATHER  
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM   
NEWS OF THE WORLD  
NOMADLAND  
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…   
 
CINEMATOGRAPHY
 
MANK  
MULAN  
NEWS OF THE WORLD  
NOMADLAND    
TENET  
 
FILM EDITING
 
MANK  
NEWS OF THE WORLD   
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN  
TENET  
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7  
 
PRODUCTION DESIGN
 
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM   
MANK   
THE MIDNIGHT SKY  
MULAN  
TENET  
 
COSTUME DESIGN
 
EMMA  
THE GLORIAS  
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM  
MANK  
MULAN  
 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
 
MANK – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
THE MIDNIGHT SKY – Alexandre Desplat
MINARI – Emile Mosseri
NEWS OF THE WORLD – James Newton Howard
SOUL – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste
 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
 
“FIGHT FOR YOU” –  Judas and the Black Messiah - Gabriella Wilson, Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas
“HEAR MY VOICE” – The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Daniel Pemberton, Celeste Waite
“LO SI` (SEEN)” – The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti A Se) – Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolo Agliardi
“SHOW ME YOUR SOUL” - Mr. Soul! – Robert Glasper, Muhammad Ayers, Lalah Hathaway, Melissa Haizlip
“SPEAK NOW” - One Night in Miami... – Leslie Odom Jr., Sam Ashworth
 
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
 
EMMA
HILLBILLY ELEGY
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
MANK
PINOCCHIO
 
VISUAL EFFECTS
 
MANK
THE MIDNIGHT SKY
MULAN
THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN
TENET
 
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
 
ONWARD
OVER THE MOON
A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON
SOUL
WOLFWALKERS
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My prediction is this will be the lowest-rated Oscar telecast in history...

ok...

I am pretty sure Lolita Ritmanis is getting Oscar nominated!

You can find the noms here:

https://aframe.oscars.org/news/post/oscar-nominations-2020

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