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    • March 13, 2021 5:09 PM EST
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      My Predictions For The 2020 Oscar Nominations

      A lot of people wondered if movie awards like the Oscars deserve to be held this year because of the pandemic. Over time, it became clear most of the films would need to be sent to streaming services and even those that still had box office activity had to have it very limited and need to have a streaming life as well.

       

      The Academy knew this and made a lot of rule adjustments to how a film is Oscar-eligible for 2020. Especially with release dates extended until February 28th of this year. They also changed the dates for awards such as nominations on March 15th and the Awards on April 25th. As they say in showbiz, the show must go on!

       

      Even though I’ve only seen a few of the Best Picture favorites, all on Netflix, I still want to give a shot of predicting the nominees for the 2020 Academy Awards. However I won’t have any For Your Consideration (FYC) picks as I normally do. So here goes it:

       

      BEST PICTURE
      The Father
      Judas And The Black Messiah
      Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
      Mank
      Minari
      Nomadland
      One Night In Miami
      Promising Young Woman
      Sound Of Metal
      The Trial of the Chicago 7

       

      Dark Horse 1: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
      DH2: Da 5 Bloods
      DH3: News Of The World

       

      Of all my picks here, I’ve only seen Mank and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. I hope to see more in the future. As most of you know, it’s my annual goal to see all the nominees before Oscar night. However it won’t be easy to do. Few are in theatres and many are on different streaming services. Many are on Netflix, Nomadland is on Hulu, while films like Minari and Promising Young Woman are streamed through Youtube for as much as $20 a pop. How can I afford it all?

       

      BEST DIRECTOR
      LEE ISAAC CHUNG/Minari
      EMERALD FENNELL/Promising Young Woman
      DAVID FINCHER/Mank
      AARON SORKIN/Trial Of The Chicago Seven
      CHLOE ZHAO/Nomadland

       

      DH1: SPIKE LEE/Da 5 Bloods
      DH2: REGINA KING/One Night In Miami

       

      I remember last year, there was a lot of social media anger over Greta Gerwig being snubbed in this category at the major movie awards, not just the Oscars. They highlighted how this category has so few nominees in its history. This year, there looks to be at least two female nominees, which would be an Oscars first if it happens. Regina King could make it a third!

       

      BEST ACTOR
      RIZ AHMED/Sound Of Metal
      CHADWICK BOSEMAN/Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
      ANTHONY HOPKINS/The Father
      GARY OLDMAN/Mank
      STEVEN YEUN/Minari

       

      DH1: TAHAR RAHIM/The Mauritanian
      DH2: SACHA BARON COHEN/Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

       

      BEST ACTRESS
      VIOLA DAVIS/Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
      ANDRA DAY/The United States vs. Billie Holiday
      VANESSA KIRBY/Pieces Of A Woman
      FRANCES McDORMAND/Nomadland
      CAREY MULLIGAN/Promising Young Woman

       

      DH1: SIDNEY FLANAGAN/Never Rarely Sometimes Always
      DH2: ROSAMIND PIKE/I Care A Lot

       

      BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
      CHADWICK BOSEMAN/Da 5 Bloods
      SACHA BARON COHEN/Trial Of The Chicago Seven
      DANIEL KALUUYA/Judas and the Black Messiah
      LESLIE ODOM Jr./One Night In Miami
      PAUL RACI/Sound Of Metal

       

      DH1: JARED LETO/The Little Things
      DH2: BILL MURRAY/On The Rocks

       

      This year has some excitement as the late Chadwick Boseman could be the latest actor to score nominations in both lead and supporting categories. Scarlet Johannson did it last year.

       

      BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
      MARIA BALAKOVA/Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
      OLIVIA COLMAN/The Father
      JODIE FOSTER/The Mauritanian
      AMANDA SEYFRIED/Mank
      YUH-JUNG YOUN/Minari

       

      DH1: GLENN CLOSE/Hilbilly Elegy
      DH2: HELENA ZENGEL/News Of The World

       

      Over at our site, there’s normally excitement when a child actor has a chance at a nomination. This year’s best hope is 12 year-old Helena Zengel. If she does, she’ll be the first since Quvenzhane Wallis.

       

      BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
      LEE ISAAC CHUNG/Minari
      EMERALD FENNELL/Promising Young Woman
      JACK FINCHER/Mank
      ELIZA HITTMAN/Never Rarely Sometimes Always
      AARON SORKIN/Trial Of The Chicago Seven

       

      DH1: WILL BERSON and SHAKA KING/Judas and the Black Messiah
      DH2: ABRAHAM and DARIUS MARDER/Sound Of Metal

       

      BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
      PAUL GREENGRASS and LUKE DAVIES/News Of The World
      CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON and FLORIAN ZELLER/The Father
      KEMP POWERS/One Night In Miami
      RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON/Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
      CHLOE ZHAO/Nomadland

       

      DH1: RAMIN BAHRANI/White Tiger
      DH2: JONATHAN RAYMOND and KELLY REICHARDT/First Cow

       

      BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
      The Croods: A New Age
      Onward
      Over The Moon
      Soul
      Wolfwalkers

       

      DH1: The Willoughbys
      DH2: Farmageddon: A Shaun The Sheep Movie

       

      Animated movies have to be one of the biggest reasons why the theatres should hope to reopen to full capacity once this pandemic ends.

       

      BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
      HOYTE VAN HOYTEMA/Tenet
      ERIC MESSERSCHMIDT/Mank
      PHEDON PAPAMICHAEL/Trial Of The Chicago Seven
      JOSHUA JAMES RICHARDS/Nomadland
      DARIUS WOLSKI/News Of The World

       

      DH: NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL/Da 5 Bloods

       

      BEST COSTUME DESIGN
      ALEXANDRA BYRNE/Emma
      BINA DAIGELER/Mulan
      SUSAN HARMAN and DAVID WOLSKY/The Personal History of David Copperfield
      ANN ROTH/Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
      TRISH SUMMERVILLE/Mank

       

      DH1: NANCY STEINER/Promising Young Woman
      DH2: FRANCINE JAMISON-TANCHUK/One Night In Miami

       

      BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
      Dick Johnson Is Dead
      My Octopus Teacher
      Time
      The Truffle Hunters
      Welcome To Chechnya

       

      DH1: The Painter And The Thief
      DH2: Boys State

       

      BEST FILM EDITING
      ALAN BAUMGARTEN/Trial Of The Chicago Seven
      KIRK BAXTER/Mank
      YORGOS LAMPRINOS/The Father
      FREDERIC THORAVAL/Promising Young Woman
      CHLOE ZHAO/Nomadland

       

      DH1: MIKKEL E. G. NIELSEN/Sound Of Metal
      DH2: JENNIFER LAME/Tenet

       

      Interesting how Chloe Zhao writes, directs, co-produces and edits. Talk about being in control!

       

      BEST HAIR and MAKEUP
      Birds of Prey – Harley Quinn
      Emma
      Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
      Mank
      One Night In Miami

       

      DH: Hillbilly Elegy

       

      BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
      Another Round (Denmark)
      Dear Comrades (Russia)
      La Llorona (Guatemala)
      Quo Vadis Aida? (Bosnia-Hercegovina)
      Two Of Us (France)

       

      DH1: Collective (Romania)
      DH2: Night Of The Kings (Ivory Coast)

       

      BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
      TRENT REZNOR and ATTICUS ROSS/Soul
      JON BATISTE, TRENT REZNOR and ATTICUS ROSS/Mank
      ALEXANDRE DESPLAT/The Midnight Sky
      EMILE MOSSERI/Minari
      LUDWIG GORANSON/Tenet

       

      DH: JAMES NEWTON HOWARD/News Of The World

       

      If you were a teen in the 90’s, you’d remember a certain group called Nine Inch Nails. I’m sure today if you listened to the music, you would find it either ‘warped’ or ‘demonic!’ Isn’t it funny how Trent Reznor went from performing ‘demonic’ music to now composing scores?

       

      BEST ORIGINAL SONG
      “Fight For You” - Judas And The Black Messiah
      “Io Se (Seen) – The Life Ahead
      “Hear My Voice” – Trial Of The Chicago Seven
      “Husavik” – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga
      “Speak Now” – One Night In Miami

       

      DH1: “Loyal Brave True” – Mulan

       

      BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
      Mank
      Mulan
      News Of The World
      The Personal History of David Copperfield
      Tenet

       

      DH1: Emma
      DH2: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

       

      BEST SOUND
      Greyhound
      Mank
      News Of The World
      Soul
      Sound Of Metal

       

      DH1: Trial Of The Chicago Seven
      DH2: Nomadland

       

      Here's a bit of trivia. It was recently decided for this year to amalgamate the Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing categories into a single Oscar category of Best Sound! Should make for some interesting results.

       

      BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
      Birds Of Prey – Harley Quinn
      Mank
      The Midnight Sky
      Mulan
      Tenet

       

      DH1: Welcome To Chechnya
      DH2: Soul

       

      Actually it's the films with the big-time visual effects that most can't wait for the theatres to reopen at full-capacity! Visual effects are meant to be expeienced on the big screen instead of your computer screen, television or your smart phone. Even though this period of time is the COVID-versary, we shouldn't lose hope that the movie theatres will reopen big one day.

       

      And there you have it! Those are my predictions for the 2020 Academy Awards. All to be decided on Monday morning. Then six weeks of streaming and hopefully a theatre-going or two!

      This post was edited by OmahaTrevor85 at March 28, 2021 5:58 PM EDT
    • March 13, 2021 6:23 PM EST
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      I really liked "MInari", "One Night In Miami" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7."

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      I have not seen a single movie on that list, not even The Croods that I want to see others not so much.

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      Exactly, how can you judge visual effects on TV I don't care how big some TVs are today and also sound but I do admit there are some good sound home systems but not like at the movies.

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      Thanks for the post I am totally clueless about this Oscars field of movies due to the circumstances, even in streaming I found myself having a steady diet of sold classic series so I will just have to wait and see what happens vs your picks.

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      Thanks again Trevor but this year is not for me, I see the topic is at FTS I will say more there, Former Teen Stars is now leaving TSO in the dust in terms of visitors. and page views from what I heard but then again that is a much broader topic blog.

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      All I can think of is the Public Enemy track---Burn Hollywood Burn.

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      And yet here you are on an entertainemt site, well Ia m also very critical of Hollywoods Iniquity so I should be quiet. :P well I love many mvoes but Holywood does have a seedy underside.
      Darth Maul said:

      All I can think of is the Public Enemy track---Burn Hollywood Burn.

       

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