Oscar Predictions

This page shows my current Oscar predictions, which will not include predictions for the short film categories. The current phase of the predictions is phase five — the Golden Globes are over and the BAFTA nominations have been released.

Please understand that many of my predictions are educated guesses, as I will not have seen many of the films when I make my early predictions. Films that I have not yet seen will be marked by an asterisk.


Last Updated: January 12th, 2020.


Best Animated Feature

#1 – Toy Story 4 – Disney/Pixar
#2 – Frozen 2* – Disney
#3 – Missing Link* – Laika
#4 – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Universal Pictures
#5 – I Lost My Body* – Netflix

Next in Line: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – Warner Bros. Pictures


Best Makeup and Hairstyling

#1 – Bombshell* – Lionsgate
#2 – Judy – Roadside Attractions
#3 – Rocketman – Paramount Pictures
#4 – Joker – Warner Bros.
#5 – Maleficent: Mistress of Evil* – Disney

Next in Line: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Sony Pictures


Best Original Score

#1 – 1917 – Thomas Newman
#2 – Joker – Hildur Guðnadóttir
#3 – Marriage Story – Randy Newman

#4 – Little Women* – Alexandre Desplat
#5 – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams

Next in Line: Ford v. Ferrari – Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders


Best Original Song

#1 – “Into the Unknown” – Frozen 2*
#2 – “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” – Rocketman
#3 – “Spirit” – The Lion King
#4 – “Stand Up” – Harriet*
#5 – “Speechless” – Aladdin

Next in Line: “Glasgow” – Wild Rose*


Best Sound Editing

#1 – 1917 – Universal Pictures
#2 – Ford v. Ferrari – 20th Century Fox
#3 – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Sony Pictures
#4 – Joker – Warner Bros.
#5 – The Irishman – Netflix

Next in Line: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Disney


Best Sound Mixing

#1 – 1917 – Universal Pictures
#2 – Ford v. Ferrari – 20th Century Fox
#3 – Rocketman – Paramount Pictures
#4 – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Sony Pictures
#5 – Joker – Warner Bros.

Next in Line: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Disney


Best Production Design

#1 – 1917 – Universal Pictures
#2 – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Sony Pictures
#3 – The Irishman – Netflix
#4 – Parasite – NEON
#5 – Joker – Warner Bros.

Next in Line: Little Women* – Sony Pictures


Best Visual Effects

#1 – Avengers: Endgame – Disney
#2 – The Lion King – Disney
#3 – The Irishman – Netflix
#4 – 1917 – Universal Pictures

#5 – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Disney

Next in Line: Terminator: Dark Fate – Paramount Pictures


Best Costume Design

#1 – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Sony Pictures
#2 – Dolemite Is My Name – Netflix

#3 – Rocketman – Paramount Pictures
#4 – Little Women* – Sony Pictures

#5 – The Irishman – Netflix

Next in Line: Joker – Warner Bros.


Best Film Editing

#1 – The Irishman – Netflix
#2 – Parasite – Neon

#3 – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Sony Pictures
#4 – Ford v. Ferrari – 20th Century Fox
#5 – 1917 – Universal Pictures

Next in Line: Joker – Warner Bros.


Best Cinematography

#1 – 1917 – Roger Deakins
#2 – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Robert Richardson
#3 – Joker – Lawrence Sher

#4 – The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto
#5 – Ford v. Ferrari – Phedon Papamichael

Next in Line: The Lighthouse* – Jarin Blaschke


Best International Feature Film

#1 – Parasite – South Korea
#2 – Dolor y Gloria – Spain
#3 – Les Miserables* – France
#4 – Atlantique* – Senegal
#5 – Honeyland* – North Macedonia


Best Documentary Feature

#1 – American Factory – Netflix
#2 – Apollo 11 – NEON
#3 – For Sama* – PBS Distribution

#4 – Honeyland* – North Macedonia
#5 – One Child Nation* – Amazon Studios


Best Adapted Screenplay

#1 – The Irishman – Steven Zaillian
#2 – Little Women* – Greta Gerwig
#3 – The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

#4 – Jojo Rabbit* – Taika Waititi
#5 – Joker – Todd Phillips & Scott Silver

Next in Line: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood* – Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster


Best Original Screenplay

#1 – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
#2 – Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach

#3 – Parasite – Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin Won
#4 – Knives Out – Rian Johnson
#5 – The Farewell* – Lulu Wang

Next in Line: 1917 – Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns


Best Supporting Actress

#1 – Laura Dern – Marriage Story
#2 – Margot Robbie – Bombshell*

#3 – Florence Pugh – Little Women*
#4 – Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
#5 – Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit*

Next in Line: Nicole Kidman – Bombshell*


Best Supporting Actor

#1 – Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
#2 – Joe Pesci – The Irishman
#3 – Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood*

#5 – Song Kang-ho – Parasite
#3 – Al Pacino – The Irishman

Next in Line: Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes


Best Actress in a Leading Role

#1 – Renée Zellweger – Judy
#2 – Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

#3 – Charlize Theron – Bombshell*
#4 – Saoirse Ronan – Little Women*
#5 – Awkwafina – The Farewell*

Next in Line: Lupita Nyong’o – Us


Best Actor in a Leading Role

#1 – Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
#2 – Adam Driver – Marriage Story
#3 – Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
#4 – Taron Egerton – Rocketman
#5 – Christian Bale – Ford v Ferrari

Next in Line: Antonio Banderas – Dolor y Gloria


Best Director

#1 – Bong Joon-ho – Parasite
#2 – Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
#3 – Sam Mendes – 1917
#4 – Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

#5 – Greta Gerwig – Little Women*

Next in Line: Todd Phillips – Joker


Best Picture

  1. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Sony Pictures.
  2. 1917, Universal Pictures.
  3. Parasite, NEON.
  4. The Irishman, Netflix.
  5. Joker, Warner Bros. Pictures.
  6. Marriage Story, Netflix.
  7. Little Women* – Sony Pictures.
  8. Jojo Rabbit*, Fox Searchlight.
  9. Ford v. Ferrari, 20th Century Fox.
  10. Knives Out, Lionsgate.

Next in Line: The Two Popes, Netflix.


– Jeffrey Rex Bertelsen