Wow, that was one hell of a year. I have not been out to a theater since early March 2020, so all the Oscar nominated films I watched were all in the comfort of my own home. And while that’s a nice convenience, I miss the theater. The darkness, the huge screen, the trailers, being surrounded by strangers who are also wrapped up in a story for a while. I’m happy to wait until it’s safer, but can’t wait to get back out there.
But before that, it’s time to make some Oscar night predictions! Let’s start with a little game where I pretend it’s the ye olde days where the Best Picture nominees were limited to 5. I think they would be:
Sound of Metal, The Father, Promising Young Woman, Minari and Nomadland
Thanks for playing. Anyway, onto my official Oscar predictions:
Lead Actor: Chadwick Boseman RIP #WakandaForever
Lead Actress: seen 3/5, but loved Carry Mulligan’s performance and hope she wins
Supporting Actor: I have not seen One Night In Miami, but feel like the other 4 are wide open, I’d personally like to see Sacha Baron Cohen win for fun (he might hate it!) and I think he did a great job in TTOC7
Supporting Actress: I think this will go to Yuh-Jung Youn, but I’d be very happy to see Maria Bakalova win this.
Director: I’m so excited to see two very deserving women in this category!!! And honestly, I’d be happy if anyone besides Fincher wins here, but I’m pulling, and rooting for my ladies. My official prediction: Chloé Zhao for the win!
Original Screenplay: This is a tough one to choose…why not Sound of Metal?
Adapted Screenplay: I’ll be honest, I want Borat to win this one. Do I think it will win? No. So let’s pick The Father, cause I think that writing deserves a win.
Cinematography: This is the big thing Mank has going for it, but I think the beautiful shots in Nomadland are going to win.
Editing: The Trial of the Chicago 7, so much of that film works directly because of the editing.
Production Design: Only seen 3/5 (What?! You haven’t seen Tenet?!) I know, calm down you Nolan fanboys. But I’ll side with the Citizen Kane fans today, Mank for the win.
Costume Design: Emma.
Sound: Sound of Metal just makes sense.
Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. I mean, did you SEE Viola!?
Original Score: Maybe it’s because it’s my toddler’s favorite movie right now because he loves the music...Soul.
Original Song: I looove Husavik from Eurovision Song Contest.
Visual Effects: How have I only seen Mulan in this category? How? Oh yeah, the pandemic. Officially skipping this one.
Documentary Feature: Crip Camp
Animated Feature: Soul is the obvious choice, but Wolfwalkers could come outta nowhere and take it and I wouldn’t mind if they do.
Animated Short: If Anything Happens I Love You, a 12 minute film has never made me cry so hard.
And Best Picture…. Last year was so obvious, but I don’t see any big winner standing ahead of the rest this year. It’ll probably be Nomadland, but I could see Chicago7, Judas or Promising Young Woman taking it as well. And while Hollywood loves Hollywood, I don’t see Mank taking top prize. My official prediction: Nomadland.
Thanks for reading and sticking around another year. I’m glad we made it. Have a great Oscar night!