First came the Golden Globes. Then, we got the Grammys. And now, the biggest night in all of awards season is upon us: the Oscars. (We know, we know, we skipped over the SAG Awards, the BAFTAs, the WGA Awards, the DGA Awards…are there more? Probably.)
And even though we’re still bitter over the fact that Greta Gerwig (and Jennifer and Awkwafina and Lupita) were snubbed, that doesn’t mean we aren’t excited for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards, taking place on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.
In anticipation of the star-studded event, we’ve gone over the nominees with a fine-tooth comb and created our 100-percent accurate, no-way-we’re-gonna-get-any-of-these-wrong list of 2020 Oscar predictions. Here’s who we fully expect to deliver an acceptance speech on Academy Awards night…
Best Actress…Renée Zellweger
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy
OK, to say this is a stacked category would be an understatement. And don’t think we aren’t secretly rooting for a Cynthia Erivo upset (something tells us she’ll be up on the Oscars stage more than a few times in the coming years). But this award is definitely Zellweger’s to lose.
Her performance as Judy Garland in Judy was transformative. Some might make the same argument about Charlize Theron’s portrayal of Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, but did Theron also sing?! Not to mention, we’ve already awarded Theron for being totally unrecognizable in a role (remember Monster?).
Zellweger’s performance in this biopic has everything that the Oscars look for: drama, tears and the portrayal of a deeply flawed musical icon (Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody, anyone?).
Best Actor…Joaquin Phoenix
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Even thinking about the fact that the same actor who played the Joker in Joker also played Johnny Cash in Walk the Line makes our head hurt in a major way. Talk about range. And Phoenix’s beautifully nuanced performance in the Batman universe-inspired film is sure to land him another Academy Award.
Though all of the Best Actor performances this year were solid, Phoenix’s only real competition comes from Adam Driver for his emotionally charged role in Marriage Story. And Driver will undoubtedly come in a close second this year (seriously try to watch that screaming match between him and Scarlett Johansson without getting chills).
But the easy and natural way in which Phoenix is able to take us on the journey from mentally-disturbed, down-on-his-luck loner to full-fledged Batman villain is beyond impressive—and right up the Academy’s alley.
Best Supporting Actress…Laura Dern
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
We are 100 percent feeling the Dern (get it?) when it comes to Best Supporting Actress.
The Marriage Story actress is utterly captivating to watch in her role as Johansson’s divorce lawyer. She somehow manages to simultaneously make us hate and love her, disagree with her and, miraculously, totally understand her.
Dern’s Golden Globe win for Best Supporting Actress also indicates that she likely holds a slight edge over her competition—and it really is stiff competition. Pugh steals the show (well, along with Gerwig’s un-nominated direction) in Little Women, which also happens to star Dern. And Margot Robbie delivers a stunning performance in Bombshell. Just wait for that scene with Roger Ailes…
But Dern is sure to take home the statuette—a well-deserved win for an actress we’ve loved since Jurassic Park.
Best Supporting Actor…Brad Pitt
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
It may seem like an obvious and safe prediction, but the Academy loves to give their awards to the obvious and safe choice. In this case, that choice is Brad Pitt.
Yeah, yeah, he’s very good in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but we’re really all just hoping he shows up to the Oscars with Jennifer Aniston as his date, right? Kidding. Kind of.
The only potential for a surprise upset in this category lies with Joe Pesci, who (thankfully) came out of retirement to remind us all just how good of an actor he is with The Irishman. But really, the Oscars rarely surprise us, and we’re all expecting Pitt to give the acceptance speech.
Best Picture…Little Women 1917
Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Finally, we get to our favorite category, one that features quite a number of impressive films.
The conventional wisdom says that 1917 will go home with the win, and they probably will. War movie. Impressive cinematography. Director (Sam Mendes, shown above) who gave us one of the most stunning films of a generation, American Beauty.
But what if…what if…the Oscar went to Little Women?! Wouldn’t that be the perfect rebuttal to the travesty that was Gerwig not receiving a Best Director nom? It has happened before. Remember when Ben Affleck’s film Argo won Best Picture after he failed to capture a directing nod?
Alas, we dream. 1917 will edge out the competition with Joker coming in a close second. A predictable and anti-climactic end to an awards show that will inevitably go on for far too long (at least having no host will help keep the run-time down), but one that will have us talking at the water cooler the next day and tuning in again next year. Until then…