It’s Oscar Time! The 92nd Academy Awards will be announced in less than 24 hours. Here are our predictions of the Oscar award winners for this year.
The countdown has begun to the Academy Awards better known as the Oscars. With just a couple of hours to go the anticipation of who-will-win-what is rife. With some excellent work coming out of across platforms the Academy has some tough choices to make.
Martin Scorsese’s epic crime drama, The Irishman produced by Netflix is its first original to debut at the prestigious Oscar awards. Shot like a single-take 1917, Sam Mendes’ World War I drama has already set a foothold in award functions. A story of complex relations, Marriage Story narrated with utmost sensitivity by director Noah Baumbach has bagged 6 nominations this season.
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An all female-led movie Little Women also bags 6 nominations along with being a relief from an all-male crowd. While a nomination for Jennifer Lopez’s Hustler is a big miss for academy there’s some relief with Renee Zellweger’s nomination for Judy and Charlize Theron for her commendable work in biographical drama Bombshell.
Todd Philips and Joaquin Phoenix brought the anti-hero Joker’s origin story to the big screen without any big superhero to shoulder it and it worked beautifully. A balance in racial inclusivity in the nominations is brought by the presence of director Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite while self proclaimed Polynesian Jew, actor-director Taika Waititi plays Adolf Hitler.
- Ford v Ferrari
- The Irishman
- Jojo Rabbit
- Little Women
- Marriage Story
- Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
This year it’s a tough call for the academy in the best picture category. With a total of 9 nominations and the likes of Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood and Scorsese’s’ The Irishman, Tod Philip’s Joker and Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit – it’s hard to put your finger on one movie. But one work of art that stands out as (could-be) Oscar award winner for us in this category is director Sam Mendes’s, 1917.
The WW1 movie is made in a single-take style meaning film feels like a single, continuous take – taking viewers on a very intense journey on the battlefield. It has already garnered an award in the same category at BAFTA and no wonder it can bag one from the Academy.
- Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
- SAM MENDES, 1917
- Todd Phillips, Joker
- Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
- Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
With Jokers much needed take on mental health, thrilling Hollywood appeal of Once upon a Time.. in Hollywood , 1917’s ardent WWI depiction, The Irishman’s charm and Parasite’s gut wrenching social satire – directors vision came full circle this year, gripping its audience.
But for us Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite should be a clear winner. Ho has structured the movie in most fluid 5 acts with unimpaired tonal swerves which gave the entire narrative a pace that goes from comedy of manners to a thriller to a tragedy, effortlessly.
Out of all the entries here, Joon Ho’s Parasite took its audience on a very uncomfortable journey of class distinction. A sentiment that’s usually admired by the Academy!
Best Actor in a Leading Role
- JOAQUIN PHOENIX, JOKER
- Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
- Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
- Adam Driver, Marriage Story
- Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Where else can a Joker compete with the Pope? The best actor category is full of power-packed performance this year.
Adam Driver’s sensitive portrayal of a husband falling out of love, Jonathan Pryce’s sharp act in Two Popes, Leonardo di Caprio’s elegant portrayal of cultural nostalgia in Once Upon a Time… NONE comes close to the brilliant performance by Joaquin Phoenix in Joker.
Phoenix brought his own touch of madness to the titular role and made the viewers highly uncomfortable with his depiction of the much needed origin story. The tangible transformational act has always been favoured by the Oscar Awards Academy and this year should not be any different.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
- Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
- Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
- Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
- Charlize Theron, Bombshell
- RENÉE ZELLWEGER, JUDY
The clear Oscar winner in this category is Renee Zellweger in an as Judy. She gave a fantastic performance as Judy Garland. Her transformative comeback performance in Judy cements Zellweger as the frontrunner in this category.
Best Supporting Actor
- Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
- Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
- Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
- Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
- Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
Well, well, how to decide…? Pacino, Pesci, Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins and this is not even the leading actor category! Well, our bet is Brad Pitt to be the Oscar award winner. Pitt plays a stunt man in Once Upon a Time and it’s his second with Quentin Tarantino – the pair came together after a decade (post 2009 Inglorious Bastards) and Pitt’s performance is at par.
It’s to be noted that Brad Pitt has an Oscar for producing Oscar, winning ‘12 Years a Slave’ but he has none for his acting chops. Maybe it’s time.
Best Supporting Actress
- Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
- Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
- Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
- Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
- Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”
Move aside people Laura Dern is in the house and she Should Be the Oscar award winner. Anyone who could come close to Dern’s performance in this category was Hustler star Jennifer Lopez who sadly didn’t get a nomination. Dern’s performance in the Marriage Story ensured that the movie isn’t lagging at least in the nomination race. Hopefully, the win will resurge Dren’s career the way it deserves.