2020 Oscar Predictions

2020 Oscars: Predictions, Nominees, Winners

By Tim Nasson

The 2020 Oscar Predictions are here.

By the time the 2020 Oscars roll around on Sunday, February 9, 2020, this list will have been updated at least a half dozen times. Until the 2020 Oscars ceremony, let’s have some fun predicting which stars, directors and movies will take home awards. We are concentrating on the Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director Oscars.

November 4, 2019 – 2020 Oscar predictions updated below.

Best Picture
1917
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
The Irishman
Joker
Ford vs Ferrari
Marriage Story
Richard Jewell
A Hidden Life
Parasite

Best Actor
Robert DeNiro – The Irishman
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Christian Bale – Ford vs. Ferrari
Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Best Actress
Alfre Woodard – Clemency
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renee Zellweger – Judy
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Sam Rockwell – Richard Jewell
Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse

Best Supporting Actress
Florence Pugh – Little Women
Margot Robbie – Bombshell
Nicole Kidman – Bombshell
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Olivia Wilde – Richard Jewell

Best Director
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Clint Eastwood – Richard Jewell
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Sam Mendes – 1917
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

I will say it: No matter how hard the independent studios try to garner acting nods for Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers, Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems and Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse, they won’t receive Oscar nominations. There is just too much competition.

As it is, most likely these actors, directors and/or films will be left out in the cold as well:

Tom Hanks for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Best Actor
Cynthia Erivo for Harriet – Best Actress
Matt Damon for Ford vs Ferrari – Best Actor
James Mangold for Ford vs Ferrari – Best Director
Everyone from Cats
Kathy Bates for Richard Jewell – Best Supporting Actress
Timothee Chalamet for Little Women – Best Supporting Actor
Meryl Streep for Little Women – Best Supporting Actress
Ian McKellen for The Good Liar – Best Actor
Helen Mirren for The Good Liar – Best Actress
Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes – Best Actor
Anthony Hopkins for The Two Popes – Best Actor
Avengers: Endgame for all major Oscar nods
Terrence Malick for A Hidden Life – Best Director
Samuel Jackson for The Banker – Best Actor
Todd Haynes for Dark Waters – Best Director
Mark Ruffalo for Dark Waters – Best Actor
Vanessa Redgrave for Mrs. Lowry and Son – Best Actress
Brian Cox for The Etruscan Smile – Best Actor
Eddie Murphy for Dolemite Is My Name – Best Actor
The Farewell for everything
Lucas Hedges for Honey Boy – Best Actor
Jo Jo Rabbit for everything
Jamie Foxx for Just Mercy – Best Supporting Actor
Motherless Brooklyn for everything
Knives Out for everything
Noah Baumbach for Marriage Story – Best Director
Antonio Banderas for  Pain and Glory – Best Actor
Lupita Nyong’o for Us – Best Actress
Taron Egerton Rocketman – Best Actor
The entire cast of Parasite
The entire cast of 1917
Clive Owen for The Song of Names – Best Actor

October 23, 2019 – 2020 Oscar predictions updated below.

Best Picture
1917
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
The Irishman
Joker
Ford vs Ferrari
Marriage Story
Richard Jewell
A Hidden Life
Parasite

Best Actor
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Christian Bale – Ford vs. Ferrari
Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems

Best Actress
Alfre Woodard – Clemency
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renee Zellweger – Judy
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Ian McKellen – The Good Liar
Sam Rockwell – Richard Jewell
Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse

Best Supporting Actress
Florence Pugh – Little Women
Margot Robbie – Bombshell
Chloë Sevigny – Queen & Slim
Nicole Kidman – Bombshell
Olivia Wilde – Richard Jewell

Best Director
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Clint Eastwood – Richard Jewell
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Sam Mendes – 1917
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

September 17, 2019 – with this first list of predictions leading up to the 2020 Academy Awards, I have seen only Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. As of today, that is my favorite movie of 2019 and will, without a doubt, earn a plethora of Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. As the weeks and months go by, and I have seen everything eligible for not only Oscars, but Best of Lists, as well, expect a lot of edits in each category.

The biggest question of all is how will Netflix’s more than 10 films eligible for Oscar nominations fare?

Best Picture
1917
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Little Women
The Irishman
Joker
Ford vs Ferrari
Marriage Story
Motherless Brooklyn

Best Actor
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Edward Norton – Motherless Brooklyn
Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse

Best Actress
Alfre Woodard – Clemency
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renee Zellweger – Judy
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Christian Bale – Ford vs Ferrari
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Ian McKellen – The Good Liar
Sam Rockwell – JoJo Rabbit

Best Supporting Actress
Meryl Streep – Little Women
Margot Robbie – Bombshell
Chloë Sevigny – Queen & Slim
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Linda Hamilton – Terminator: Dark Fate

Best Director
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Greta Gerwig – Little Women
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Sam Mendes – 1917
Ang Lee – Gemini Man

It is highly doubtful, no matter how much money is spent on trying to buy an Oscar nomination for Jennifer Lopez, for Hustlers, that she will earn one. There is way too much competition. And Oscar voters generally avoid pop stars. Before Jennifer Lopez would receive a nomination, it would seem more likely that Nicole Kidman would for Bombshell, Lupita Nyong’o would for Us, Jodie Turner-Smith would for Queen & Slim, Helen Mirren would for The Good Liar, or Meryl Streep would for The Laundromat.

As for Best Actor. Ford vs Ferrari will most likely earn only one nomination for its talent, and not Matt Damon. Same for The Lighthouse. It is doubtful that Robert Pattinson will earn an Oscar nomination. Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro have been there done that, so unless The Irishman is a masterpiece, I don’t see them getting nominations (especially because the film is a Netflix release).

Best Picture and Best Director are really hard to predict as of today, because no one has seen Cats, Gemini Man, 1917, Bombshell, The Irishman, Little Women and virtually every other November and December theatrical release. That being said, I really think that Cats is going to end up in the litter box when it comes to virtually all major nominations, perhaps scoring a couple of technical nominations. Whether or not anyone cares about Sam Mendes’ WWI epic, 1917, remains to be seen. As for Ang Lee’s Gemini Man, having seen only the trailer, I find it doubtful Oscar voters will care enough to nominate it for Best Picture. If Ang Lee gets the cold shoulder, look for Noah Baumbach to take his spot for Marriage Story. Greta Gerwig was an Oscar darling for her very overrated Lady Bird. Her follow-up, Little Women, has been remade countless times, and her being able to bring anything new to the story is doubtful. Nonetheless, she is a female, and in this PC culture, she just may end up earning a Best Picture (and Best Director) nomination, no matter how good or bad the picture is.

Motherless Brooklyn could be an upset in every category.

Behind the Scenes of the movie Cats