On March 15, the Academy Award nominations will begin the countdown to the biggest year of the year in Hollywood. Wildly late, and leaned down to the pandemic, this year’s Oscars are going to the strangest on record. So many films, major work set for release last year was bumped to 2021 and in most cases are still awaiting release. With the studios bumping their big Oscar films to the following year gave the smaller independent films and the streaming networks to step in and release their films with Oscars in their eyes. After the ten nominations last year for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, the years best film despite its poor showing at the Oscars. This year I do not see how the Academy can possibly ignore or try to humiliate Netflix this year given their outstanding showing. It seemed that the Academy nominated the greatest living filmmaker only to embarrass him with a complete shutting out of his film. With no less than potentially four films in the running for Best Picture and a multitude of other awards, this could be the year that streaming films are welcomed to the Academy Awards. From Netflix this year came Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7, The Midnight Sky, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Spike Lee’s brilliant Da Five Bloods. Not a bad output at all and the studios cannot compare. High time.

It will be an interesting year, one for the ages, I just wish I could get more excited about it. Anyway, here are my predictions. I intentionally left out the Best Documentary Feature and Short, as well as the Short Films, live-action and animation and International Feature because I simply have not seen enough of them this year given the limited screening access. Bear in mind there a single award for Sound this year, the two previous having been combined. Expect two nominations for the late Chadwick Boseman and at least a single win, maybe two, who knows? And there could be sentimental awards to Glenn Close in Hillbilly Elegy (no one thinks she deserves this do they?…seriously!) and Sophia Loren in The Life Ahead.

Here we go. Oh yeah, the alternate, the one that might bump one of the first five is in brackets at the end of each category.

BEST PICTURE

 

NOMADLAND

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

MANK

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

DA FIVE BLOOD

THE FATHER

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

NEWS OF THE WORLD

MINARI

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

 

BEST DIRECTOR

EMERALD FENNELL FOR PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

DAVID FINCHER FOR MANK

AARON SORKIN FOR THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

CHLOE ZHAO FOR NOMADLAND

SPIKE LEE FOR DA FIVE BLOOD

(PAUL GREENGRASS FOR NEWS OF THE WORLD)

 

BEST ACTOR

CHADWICK BOSEMAN IN MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

GARY OLDMAN IN MANK

ANTHONY HOPKINS IN THE FATHER

DELROY LINDO IN DA FIVE BLOODS

RIZ AHMED IN SOUND OF METAL

(TOM HANKS IN NEWS OF THE WORLD)

 

BEST ACTRESS

FRANCES MCDORMAND IN NOMADLAND

CARY MULLIGAN IN PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

VIOLA DAVIS IN MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

VANESSA KIRBY IN PIECES OF A WOMAN

SOPHIA LOREN IN THE LIFE AHEAD

(ROSAMUND PIKE IN I CARE A LOT)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

CHADWICK BOSEMAN IN DA FIVE BLOODS

BILL MURRAY IN ON THE ROCKS

DANIEL KALUUYA IN JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

JARED LETO IN THE LITTLE THINGS

SACHA BARON COHEN IN THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

(LESLIE ODOM JR. IN ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

GLENN CLOSE IN HILLBILLY ELEGY

AMANDA SEYFRIED IN MANK

MARIA BAKALOVA IN BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIE FILM

OLIVIA COLMAN IN THE FATHER

ZENGEL IN NEWS OF THE WORLD

(OLIVIA COOKE IN SOUND OF METAL)

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

MINARI

MANK

DA FIVE BLOODS

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

(SOUND OF METAL)

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

NOMADLAND

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

NEWS OF THE WORLD

THE FATHER

(BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIE FILM)

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

 MANK

TENET

DA FIVE BLOODS

NEWS OF THE WORLD

NOMADLAND

(THE MIDNIGHT SKY)

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

EMMA

MANK

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTON

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

THE MIDNIGHT SKY

 (NEWS OF THE WORLD)

 

BEST FILM EDITING

MANK

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

TENET

SOUND OF METAL

NEWS OF THE WORLD

 (MULAN)

 

BEST MUSICAL SCORE

SOUL

MANK

NEWS OF THE WORLD

THE MIDNIGHT SKY

DA FIVE BLOODS 

(TENET)

 

BEST MAKE-UP/ HAIRSTYLING

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

EMMA

BIRDS OF PREY

HILLBILLY ELEGY

MANK

(BIRDS OF PREY)

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

MANK

EMMA

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

NEWS OF THE WORLD

MULAN

(PROMISING YOUNG GIRL)

 

BEST SOUND

SOUND OF METAL

TENET

MANK

NEWS OF THE WORLD

DA FIVE BLOODS

(MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM)

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

BIRDS OF PREY

TENET

THE MIDNIGHT SKY

MULAN

MANK

 

BEST SONG

‘SPEAK NOW”  IN ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

“NEVER BREAK” IN GIVING VOICE

“HEAR MY VOICE” IN THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

“LOYAL LOVE BRAVE” IN MULAN

“FIGHT FOR YOU” IN JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

 

What are your picks for the Oscars this year. Do comment.

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