As the A-list stars get prepped and pampered for the Academy Awards, they will all be hoping to get their hands on the prestigious prize.
Sunday 9th February at 8pm (Monday 10th at 1am, for UK viewers) sees the 92nd annual Academy Awards take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Iconic stars will be in attendance for the biggest and last show of the film award season.
Every star wants to get their hands on an Oscar, so we look at who’s been nominated and is in the running to win.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is made up of around 7,000 industry workers, ranging from Actors, Directors, Sound editors and more.
Nominees for each category are selected by votes from members of these specific branches. For instance, only actors get to submit nominees for the acting category.
The Baftas (British Academy Film Awards) took place last Friday, where Sam Mendes’ 1917 scooped up seven awards out of its nine nominations; including the prestigious Best Director and Best Picture awards- but can his winning streak continue?
Actor in a leading role:
- Antonio Banderas- Pain and Glory
- Adam Driver- Marriage Story
- Jonathan Pryce- The Two Popes
- Leonardo DiCaprio- Once upon a time…In Hollywood
- Joaquin Phoenix- Joker
Our prediction: Joaquin Phoenix
Surprising to some, Joaquin Phoenix’s performance was actually panned by a lot of critics. Some writing “the aggressive terribleness of his performance” and “you can see the desperation of the performance through his veins.”
Luckily for Joaquin, many disagreed with these harsh critics as he bagged the Golden Globe, Bafta and SAG award and is now the favourite to win the Oscar.
Actor in a supporting role:
- Tom Hanks- A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood
- Joe Pesci- The Irishman
- Al Pacino- The Irishman
- Brad Pitt- Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood
- Anthony Hopkins- The Two Popes
Our Prediction- Brad Pitt
His first nomination in the category since Moneyball in 2011, Brad Pitt is a sure thing to win. Like Phoenix, he’s swept up at all the awards running up to the Oscars, and his performance as the mysterious stunt double to Leonardo Di Caprio has been well recieved with critics.
Actress in a leading role:
- Scarlett Johansson- Marriage Story
- Cynthia Erivo- Harriet
- Saoirse Ronan- Little Woman
- Charlize Theron- Bombshell
- Renee Zellweger- Judy
Our Prediction- Renee Zellweger
Many people will think of Bridget Jones when they think of Renee Zellweger, but she’s shone through playing Judy Garland which may secure her, her first Oscar since her win in 2003 for Cold Mountain.
Actress in a supporting role:
- Kathy Bates- Richard Jewell
- Laura Dern- Marriage Story
- Scarlett Johansson- JoJo Rabbit
- Florence Pugh- Little Women
- Margot Robbie- Bombshell
Our Prediction- Laura Dern
Laura Dern has seen lots of success in recent years and 2020 is no different. While Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson have both been nominated for their performances in Marriage Story, Laura Dern by far stole the show as her role as a divorce attorney with that 10 minute iconic speech everyone has raved about on Twitter.
Two applause breaks during MARRIAGE STORY – one for Laura Dern's speech about expectations put on women, the other when Adam Driver sings Sondheim – followed by an extended standing ovation at the end of the movie. #TIFF2019
— Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) September 9, 2019
— Dan Emerson (@dscapp) December 7, 2019
- Martin Scorsese- The Irishman
- Sam Mendes- 1917
- Todd Phillips- Joker
- Quentin Tarantino- Once upon a Time…In Hollywood
- Bong Joon Ho- Parasite
Our prediction: Sam Mendes 1917
The Director awards have been split across the award shows this year between Sam Mendes and Bong Joon Ho. Both incredibly well received films, completely different from each other, they almost both deserve an Oscar each. Sam Mendes for me slightly edges it (despite most critics edging towards Bong Joon Ho), his creative continuous shots made you feel as if you were right behind the main character Will Schofield (played by George MacKay).
I personally thought it was wrong that once again, no women directors were nominated for any best director awards, despite Greta Gertwig’s Little Women receiving the highest praise from critics out of all of the films that were nominated.
- Ford vs Ferrari
- The Irishman
- JoJo Rabbit
- Little Women
- Marriage Story
- Once Upon a time…In Hollywood
Our Prediction: 1917
This year has provided an unbelievably hard decision for best picture, however like the Director category, I feel 1917 will edge it just again. The sound editing, costume design, cinematography and acting all came together to make a near perfect film that accurately showed the horrors of World War One.