93rd Academy Awards Predictions

2020 was a weird year–no need to elaborate further. I think that’s going to translate to a weird, jumbled group of winners and a few notable upsets. Expect the biggest awards of the night to each go to a different movie. As always, my predictions are below and I’ll update with the actual winners as the night goes on.

Best Picture
Predicted Winner: The Trial of the Chicago 7
Actual Winner: Nomadland
Nomadland seems to be the overwhelming favorite to win. It’s garnered the most critical praise and has racked up an impressive list of awards already. And while the Academy has definitely embraced smaller indie pictures recently (see Moonlight and Parasite), Chicago 7 just seems to check off more of the boxes Best Picture winners seem to have. It’s well-crafted; it’s well acted; it’s political but not radical; it’s historical but timely. I think we’re going to see a Chicago 7 win a la Argo, Spotlight, or Green Book.

Best Director
Predicted Winner: Chloe Zhao, Nomadland
Actual Winner: Chloe Zhao, Nomadland
Considering how many different hands Chicago 7 passed through before it was finally made, there’s no way Best Director is going to my Best Picture prediction. With Nomadland, Chloe Zhao does an incredible job crafting a simple, but elegant film with big emotions. Having won virtually every other director award in the industry this year, she’s getting the Oscar too.

Best Actress
Predicted Winner: Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Actual Winner: Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Continuing my prediction that the biggest awards of the night are all going to different films, this is Promising Young Woman‘s best shot at an Oscar. The main character is both a traumatized, grieving friend and an anti-creep vigilante, while hiding both from those around her. Carey Mulligan is practically playing three different roles simultaneously, and she absolutely pulls it off.

Best Actor
Predicted Winner: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Actual Winner: Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Chadwick Boseman was bound to win an Oscar at some point, but with his tragic death last year, this will be his last chance. It’s certainly not a sympathy vote though, as it’ll be well-earned for his performance in Ma Rainey. But he also deserves it as a cap on an iconic, far-too-short career.

Best Supporting Actress
Predicted Winner: Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
Actual Winner: Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
Probably the most memorable performance of any this year.

Best Supporting Actor
Predicted Winner: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Actual Winner: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Rounding out my theory that the top 6 awards are all going to different films, Daniel Kaluuya seems to be the standout among the nominees. Normally two actors nominated in the same category for the same film cancel each other out, and no disrespect to LaKeith Stanfield, but Kaluuya is the star of this movie.

Adapted Screenplay
Predicted Winner: Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller, The Father
Actual Winner: Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller, The Father

Original Screenplay
Predicted Winner: Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Actual Winner: Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Cinematography
Predicted Winner: Joshua James Richards, Nomadland
Actual Winner: Erik Messerschmidt, Mank

Costume Design
Predicted Winner: Ann Roth, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Actual Winner: Ann Roth, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Film Editing
Predicted Winner: Alan Baumgarten, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Actual Winner: Mikkel E. G. Nielsen, Sound of Metal

Makeup and Hairstyling
Predicted Winner: Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, and Jamika Wilson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Actual Winner: Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, and Jamika Wilson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Production Design
Predicted Winner: Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale, Mank
Actual Winner: Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale, Mank

Original Score
Predicted Winner: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste, Soul
Actual Winner: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste, Soul

Original Song
Predicted Winner: Leslie Odom, Jr and Sam Ashworth, “Speak Now” from One Night in Miami…
Actual Winner: H.E.R., “Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah

Sound
Predicted Winner: Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michellee Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés, and Phillip Bladh, Sound of Metal
Actual Winner: Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michellee Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés, and Phillip Bladh, Sound of Metal

Visual Effects
Predicted Winner: Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley, and Scott Fisher, Tenet
Actual Winner: Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley, and Scott Fisher, Tenet

Animated Feature
Predicted Winner: Soul
Actual Winner: Soul

Documentary Feature
Predicted Winner: My Octopus Teacher
Actual Winner: My Octopus Teacher

International Film
Predicted Winner: Another Round
Actual Winner: Another Round

Animated Short
Predicted Winner: If Anything Happens I Love You
Actual Winner: If Anything Happens I Love You

Documentary Short
Predicted Winner: A Love Song for Latasha
Actual Winner: Colette

Live Action Short
Predicted Winner: Two Distant Strangers
Actual Winner: Two Distant Strangers

2021 Results:
16/23 (69.6%)

Previous Results:
2020: 20/24 (83.3%)
2019: 16/24 (66.7%)
2018: 22/24 (91.7%)
2017: 16/24 (66.7%)
2016: 15/24 (62.5%)
2015: 17/24 (70.8%)
2014: 18/24 (75.0%)
2013: no predictions
2012: 19/24 (79.2%)
2011: 11/24 (45.8%)

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