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Final 2020 Oscar Nomination Predictions: ‘Joker’ to Receive 10 Nominations

January 11, 2020
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Oscar 2020 nominations are upon us and things are about to get crazy. Here we are in January and it’s still not yet clear which film will win the Best Picture. Thankfully, we have a few more weeks before the actual awards are presented. But predicting the nominations still remains a big challenge without a clear frontrunner.

2019 gave us some phenomenal films but if you have been following Oscar race for last several years, you already know that a “great” film may not necessarily mean an “Oscar” film. Fortunately for us, most of the great films of 2019 are also strong contenders for Oscar. Be it ‘Parasite’ or ‘Little Women’, the stack of Oscar contenders is full of some amazing cinematic achievements.

After thoroughly analyzing every aspect of all the Oscar contenders for this year, it is quite clear that there are 5 films that will feature heavily on Oscar nominations list: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, ‘The Irishman’, ‘Joker’, ‘1917’, ‘Parasite’, and ‘Marriage Story’. Then there are other films like ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and ‘Little Women’ that should also do well. With nomination window much shorter this year, I feel the Academy members might stick with “known” names instead of digging out some undiscovered gems.

In any case, as you all know, we here at The Cinemaholic do our best to bring to you the most accurate Oscar predictions. (We can officially claim to be most accurate predictors on internet considering we have consistently and correctly predicted at least 85 nominees out of 106/107 in 21 main categories for the past three years — a feat no other publication can claim to make). In 2017, we broke all records by predicting 94 nominees correctly. Last year we predicted 86 nominees correctly — better than all Oscar experts out there. But each year is different. This year is particularly difficult.

With that said, take your time to go through the predictions of all the 21 categories (I don’t predict the 3 shorts categories). It is a long list and you will need some time to go through one by one.

Nominations for 92nd Academy Awards will be announced at 5:18 am PT on Monday, 13th January.

Best Picture

“Parasite”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“1917”
“Joker”
“Marriage Story”
“Little Women”
“Ford v Ferrari”

Potential Surprises: “Bombshell”; “The Farewell”; “Knives Out”,

Best Director

Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)
Sam Mendes (“1917”)
Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)

Potential Surprise: Todd Philips (“Joker”)

Best Actor

Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Robert De Niro (“The Irishman”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)

Potential Surprise: Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”); Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”)

Best Actress

Renee Zellweger (“Judy”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)
Awkwafina (“The Farewell”)

Potential Surprise: Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”); Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”)

Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)
Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)
Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
Song Kang Ho (“Parasite”)

Potential Surprise: Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”)

Best Supporting Actress

Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Florence Pugh (“Little Women”)
Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)
Nicole Kidman (“Bombshell”)

Potential Surprise: Zhao Shuzhen (“The Farewell”); Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”)

Best Adapted Screenplay

“Jojo Rabbit”
“The Irishman”
“The Two Popes”
“Little Women”
“Joker”

Potential Surprise: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Best Original Screenplay

“Marriage Story”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Parasite”
“Knives Out”
“The Farewell”

Potential Surprise: “Pain and Glory”

Best Cinematography

“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Joker”
“The Irishman”
“The Lighthouse”

Potential Surprise: “Ford v Ferrari”

Best Film Editing

“The Irishman”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Parasite”
“Joker”

Potential Surprise: “Marriage Story”

Best Costume Design

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Little Women”
“Rocketman”
“Jojo Robbit”
“Downtown Abbey”

Potential Surprise: “Dolemite Is My Name”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Bombshell”
“Rocketman”
“Joker”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Judy”

Potential Surprise: “Dolemite Is My Name”

Best Production Design

“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Parasite”
“Joker”
“The Irishman”

Potential Surprise: “Jojo Rabbit”

Best Original Score

“Joker”
“1917”
“Little Women”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

Potential Surprise: “Marriage Story”

Best Original Song

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (“Rocketman”)
“Into the Unknown” (“Frozen 2”)
“Stand Up” (“Harriet”)
“Spirit” (“The Lion King”)
“Glasgow – Wild Rose” (“No Place Like Home”)

Potential Surprise: “A Glass of Soju” (“Parasite”)

Best Sound Editing

“1917”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker”
“Joker”

Potential Surprise: “Avengers: Endgame”

Best Sound Mixing

“1917”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Rocketman”
“Joker”

Potential Surprise: “The Irishman”

Best Visual Effects

“Avengers Endgame”
“The Lion King”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
“The Irishman”
“1917”

Potential Surprise: “Alita: Battle Angel”

Best Animated Feature

“I Lost My Body”
“Toy Story 4”
“Frozen II”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“Missing Link”

Potential Surprise: “Klaus”

Best Foreign Film

“Parasite” (South Korea)
“Pain and Glory” (Spain)
“Les Miserables” (France)
“Honeyland” (North Macedonia)
“Atlantics” (Senegal)

Potential Surprise: “Those Who Remained” (Hungary)

Best Documentary Feature

“American Factory”
“For Sama”
“Honeyland”
“Apollo 11”
“One Child Nation”

Potential Surprise: “The Cave”


Final Tally

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”: 11 nominations
“Joker”: 10 nominations
“The Irishman”: 9 nominations
“1917”: 8 nominations
“Parasite”: 7 nominations

Read More: Best Picture Nomination Analysis

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