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Predicting the Oscars 2020

Emma Watson standing in front of a building

Believe it or not, it’s time for the Oscars again! For the second year in a row, it will be a hostless ceremony on ABC. But not to fret, in addition to performances by the artists of the 5 songs nominated for Best Original Songs, the Academy has also announced that artists Janelle Monae and Billie Eillish will perform. This year, there are a few movies that were filmed in New York and Boston (our favorites) so in addition to predicting who we think will win, we’ll also throw in who we’re rooting for!

 

Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

George MacKay et al. in uniform

1917

 

Who will win: Although Parasite could potentially upset after that win for Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards, 1917 has won a lot of the precursor awards including Best Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes.

Who we’re rooting for: Joker is the only nominee that was shot entirely on location in NYC, so we can’t help root for this critically acclaimed comic book film. (Check out The Super Tour of NYC for more New York comic book movies!)

 

Best Director

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Todd Phillips – Joker

Sam Mendes – 1917

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bong Joon-Ho – Parasite

Sam Mendes et al. that are talking to each other

1917

Who will win: Sam Mendes is expected to win his second directing Oscar for the technical achievements in 1917. He won his first for directing American Beauty in 1999.

Who we’re rooting for: Again, we’re rooting for Joker, as Todd Phillips showed his versatility as a director.

 

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera

Joker

Who will win AND who we’re rooting for: In case you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re big fans of Joaquin Phoenix’s deservedly acclaimed performance in Joker.

 

Best Actress

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renée Zellweger – Judy

a woman standing on a stage

Judy

Who will win: After winning many of the precursor awards, Renée Zellweger seems like a lock to win her second Academy Award.

Who we’re rooting for: After four nominations at the age of only 25, we’re rooting for Saoirse Ronan to take it for her performance in Little Women, some of which was filmed right in Boston! Locations from the movie may be featured on the Boston Movie Mile tour very soon….

 

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Who will win: Although he did win an Oscar for producing 12 Years a Slave, Brad Pitt has never won an acting award, so this is his year.

Who we’re rooting for: Tom Hanks was spotted filming A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in New York, so we’re hoping he will pull through for his performance as the iconic Mr. Rogers.

 

Best Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

a woman standing in a room

Marriage Story

Who will win: Laura Dern for Marriage Story!

Who we’re rooting for: Dern’s co-star Florence Pugh gave an incredible performance in Little Women, which featured many Boston locations.

 

Best Original Screenplay

Knives Out

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Jo Yeo-jeong et al. standing in front of a laptop

Parasite

Who will win: The brilliant and unpredictable Parasite should win here!

Who we’re rooting for: The heartbreaking depiction of a divorce in Marriage Story was so well done, and it featured half of the story in LA and half in New York.

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

The Two Popes

a group of people jumping in the air

Jojo Rabbit

Who will win: This is a tight race, but we’re thinking it will be Jojo Rabbit’s time to shine.

Who we’re rooting for: Joker.

 

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