And it’s the time of the year that movie lovers enjoy the most. If you are doing a ballot with your friends, this is a guide that could help you win those $$$:
Best Picture: This category is really down 1917 or Parasite. But I’d put my money on 1917. Parasite I feel that it will have a similar situation as Roma last year, that won best foreign picture, but not best picture just because Hollywood is still too close-minded to vote for a foreign movie you need to read subtitles. There might be a slight chance that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood win, though.
Best Director: Sam Mendes, no doubt. Directing a war movie in a single shot it’s probably one of the most challenging things ever.
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix for Joker. Very well-deserved in my opinion. Yes, Adam Driver gave us a compelling performance in Marriage Story but Joaquin Phoenix made you feel for a historic villain in a way, no one else has made us.
Best Actress: That for me is in between Renee Zellweger or Scarlett Johansson. Probably the first one though
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He should also win another Oscar for the best speeches at award ceremonies.
Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern for Marriage Story.
Best Original Screenplay: In my opinion should win Knives Out. I didn’t love the outcome of the movie, how it was directed, but I thought the script was brilliant. However there are more chances on Parasite or Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Joker would be my pick. JoJo Rabbit could also win since it won the WGA and BAFTA trophies.
Best Animated Feature Film: Klaus should win without a doubt and could win since it won the BAFTAS and 7 out of 7 Annie’s. The problem is that is compiting with Toy Story 4 and people who vote at the Oscars might choose the iconic franchise such for sympathy towards it as opposed to this amazing, ground-breaking animation story.
Best Documentary Feature: American Factory or Sama.
Best International Feature: Parasite, no questions.
Best Original Score: Joker or 1917.
Best Original Song: Rocketman Elton John’s song. It’s too hard for voters not to vote for such an iconic figure. Besides this time Frozen II “Into The Unknown” wasn’t as catchy as the “Let It Go” of the first one.
Best Production Design: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Cinematography: 1917. If Roger Deakins doesn’t win for 1917, a war movie, (not just a movie in a normal setting like Birdman), presented entirely in a single shot in a feat of technical imposibilities, something has gone really wrong with filmakers.
Best Film Editing: The Irishman. Just for editing a 3 hour long movie, they deserve this title.
Best Visual Effects: 1917
Best Costume Design: This is between Little Women or Jojo Rabbit.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Bombshell. The transformation of Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron into these two Fox journalists is just mind-blowing
Best Sound editing: This historically goes to war movies, so I’d put my money on 1917.
Best Sound Mixing: Also for 1917
Best Animated short: Hair Love
Best Live-Action Short Film: The Neighbor’s Window
Best Documentary Short Subject: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)