February 4, 2020

2020: AnksReview's 92nd Annual Academy (OSCAR) Awards Prediction

Again, it's that time of the year and we are nearly a week away from 92nd Academy Awards Night where movies of the world are being recognised and celebrated. 2019 is the year filled with amazing movies and that's what made it very tough to choose among the best of the lot in almost all the categories.

Every year when I put my predictions I tend to bend towards putting those names which will be usually picked up by Oscar Jury based either on past trends or get influenced by the social or political narrative. So this year I decided to put a WINNER as per my personal choice for that category followed by an alternate choice which may take the Oscar based on a typical way jury decides the winner. So here is the prediction for 2020 Oscar Award:

1. Best Picture
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Parasite - {WINNER}
1917 - {Alternate Choice} or Joker (deserves but quite a long shot as per the tradition of The Academy Award)
  • Ford v Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

This was really difficult to choose and I have to decide here between my heart and my mind. Before I decided on anything "Joker" is just a class apart, but quite a long shot to win the Best Picture especially when the academy likes to be politically correct and give it to a movie made on a comic character. There is a good possibility that "1917" will win Best Picture but I am going with my heart and choosing "Parasite" as Best Picture of 2019. Parasite is by far more than a perfect movie and it's a high time Oscar breaks its tradition and gives Best Picture to a movie made in Foreign language, otherwise friends it's "1917".  

2. Best Director
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Sam Mendes – 1917 - {WINNER}
Bong Joon-ho – Parasite - {Alternate Choice}
  • Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
  • Todd Phillips – Joker
  • Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

This will squarely go to Sam Mendes, just for the fact the way he shot 1917 with ultimate perfection. I also have a hunch that Bong Joon-ho will take this for "Parasite".

3. Best Actor
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Joaquin Phoenix – Joker - {WINNER}
  • Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Adam Driver – Marriage Story
  • Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

This is the only category where I have any second thought that this trophy will go to anyone but Joaquin Phoenix for Joker.

4. Best Actress
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Renée Zellweger – Judy - {WINNER}
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story - {Alternate Choice}
  • Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
  • Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
  • Charlize Theron – Bombshell

It's a tough call here and I believe Renee and Scarlett both equally deserve this one, I have selected Renne because she was the backbone of the movie Judy and superb in playing the character. 

5. Best Supporting Actor
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Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - {WINNER}
Joe Pesci – The Irishman - {Alternate Choice}
  • Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino – The Irishman

This one was the most difficult to predict when you have all equally top performers in one category. I literally watched all these movies again to decide on this award and I decided on Brad Pitt based on what uniqueness each actor brought to characters they played respective movies. My second choice will be Joe Pesci just out of respect for him who came back to the movies after quite a long break.

6. Best Supporting Actress
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Laura Dern – Marriage Story - {WINNER}
Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit - {Alternate Choice}
  • Jennifer Lopez - Hustlers
  • Florence Pugh – Little Women
  • Margaret Qualley - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Laura Dern role was small but significant in Marriage Story and I am sure she will bag this one. Scarlett Johansson may have shot here with her unique role in Jojo Rabbit.

7. Best International Feature Film
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Parasite (South Korea) in Korean - {WINNER}
  • Corpus Christi (Poland) in Polish
  • Honeyland (North Macedonia) in Turkish and Macedonian
  • Les Misérables (France) in French
  • Pain and Glory (Spain) in Spanish

I may not be surprised if Parasite wins Best Picture in the Main category, so it will definitely win this one.

8. Best Original Screenplay

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Parasite – {WINNER}
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - {Alternate Choice}
  • Knives Out
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917

Mind says Once Upon...... but I will go with heard here and "Parasite" it is with the crazy yet perfect story.

9. Best Adapted Screenplay
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Little Women - {WINNER}
Joker - {Alternate Choice}
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • The Two Popes

Simple, unique, beautiful and a great story about a family makes it stand out. This movie may not have shot at other categories because of great nomination but certainly deserves screenplay award the way the story is being presented. We may have an alternate winner from Joker as Tod Phillips crafts an amazing story from a famous character of a comic book that is being shown in several movies. 

10. Best Animated Feature Film
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I Lost My Body - {WINNER}
Toy Story 4 - {Alternate Chouce}
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • Klaus
  • Missing Link

The popular choice will go for Toy Story 4 here, however, the creative and screenplay of "I Lost My Body" is class apart.

11. Best Original Score
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Joker - {WINNER}

  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The dark, deep, sad and dramatic background score of Joker makes it a delightful watch. It's a sure shot winner for this one.

12. Best Original Song
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"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman - {WINNER}
  • "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" from Toy Story 4
  • "I'm Standing with You" from Breakthrough
  • "Into the Unknown" from Frozen II
  • "Stand Up" from Harriet

I usually do not do prediction in this category, I am doing it as I heard all the songs and this one indeed best among all.

13. Best Sound Editing
1917 - {WINNER}
  • Ford v Ferrari
  • Joker
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

14. Best Sound Mixing
1917 - {WINNER}
  • Ad Astra
  • Ford v Ferrari
  • Joker
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

15. Best Production Design
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - {WINNER}
1917 - {Alternate Choice}

  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Parasite

Amazing nominations here and each frame in Once Upon..... show the beauty and creativity of setup design reflecting retro era of Hollywood. The second choice is 1917 for sure the way setup the entire war scene with the finer details.  

16. Best Cinematography
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1917 – {WINNER}
Joker - {Alternate Choice}
  • The Irishman
  • The Lighthouse
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Hands down it's 1917 the way entire movie covered as it's taken through the same shot/frame and yet captured the entire war action with the outstanding backdrop. My alternate choice here is definitely Joker which depicted the Darkness of Gotham City and all the action.

17. Best Film Editing
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Parasite - {WINNER}

  • Ford v Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker

18. Best Visual Effects
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Avengers: Endgame - {WINNER}
  • The Irishman
  • The Lion King
  • 1917
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Avengers Endgame was way above everyone with larger than life special effect and action.

So, this is my final prediction to the biggest award night of movies, let me know your views and comment about the same.

* All images used in this post have been taken from random google image search are copyright to their respective owners.

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