Amanda’s Picks: Oscars 2020

Happy Oscar Sunday to my fellow cinephiles and casual moviegoers! Tonight is the night we’ve all been waiting for. The 92nd Annual Academy Awards are being televised, without a host this year for the second time. There are plenty of presenters that will be taking the stage and awarding their colleagues for their accomplishments this year.

It has been such a long journey for me, since I attended The Toronto International Film Festival in September and I made my early picks for Oscar Season. Fortunately for me, I made the right choices and majority of them are now nominated this year. Also, fun fact before I make my predictions… for the past couple of years the Grolsch People’s Choice Award winner at TIFF has won an Oscar, in this case Jojo Rabbit has a shot.

So here are my predictions…

BEST PICTURE

SHOULD WIN: Parasite 
WILL WIN: 1917

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”
SHOULD WIN: Florence Pugh, Little Women 
WILL WIN: Laura Dern, Marriage Story 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
SHOULD WIN: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood 
WILL WIN: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

South Korea, “Parasite”
Spain, “Pain and Glory”
France, “Les Misérables”
North Macedonia, “Honeyland”
Poland, “Corpus Christi”
SHOULD WIN: Parasite 
WILL WIN: Parasite 

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)

“In the Absence”
“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”
“Life Overtakes Me”
“St. Louis Superman”
“Walk Run Cha-Cha”
SHOULD WIN: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”
WILL WIN: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“American Factory”
“The Edge of Democracy”
“Honeyland”
“For Sama”
“The Cave”
SHOULD WIN: For Sama
WILL WIN: American Factory 

ORIGINAL SONG

“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”
“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen II”
“Stand Up,” “Harriet”
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Toy Story 4”
SHOULD WIN: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
WILL WIN: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Lost My Body”
“Klaus”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4”
SHOULD WIN: Klaus/Missing Link
WILL WIN: Toy Story 4 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

SHOULD WIN: Little Women 
WILL WIN: Jojo Rabbit 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

SHOULD WIN: Parasite 
WILL WIN: Parasite 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”
SHOULD WIN: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker 
WILL WIN: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Renée Zellweger, “Judy”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
SHOULD WIN: Saiorse Ronan, Little Women 
WILL WIN: Renée Zellweger, Judy 

DIRECTOR

Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”
SHOULD WIN: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite 
WILL WIN: Sam Mendes, 1917 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

SHOULD WIN: Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 
WILL WIN: Parasite 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

SHOULD WIN: The Lighthouse 
WILL WIN: 1917

COSTUME DESIGN

SHOULD WIN: Little Women 
WILL WIN: Jojo Rabbit 

SOUND EDITING

SHOULD WIN: 1917
WILL WIN: Ford v Ferrari 

SOUND MIXING

SHOULD WIN: 1917
WILL WIN: Ford v Ferrari 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

“Dcera (Daughter)”
“Hair Love”
“Kitbull”
“Memorable”
“Sister”
SHOULD WIN: Hair Love 
WILL WIN: Hair Love 

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

“Brotherhood”
“Nefta Football Club”
“The Neighbours’ Window”
“Saria”
“A Sister”
SHOULD WIN: Saria 
WILL WIN: Saria 

ORIGINAL SCORE

“1917,” Thomas Newman
“Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir
“Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat
“Marriage Story,” Randy Newman
SHOULD WIN: Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker 
WILL WIN: Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker 

VISUAL EFFECTS

“Avengers: Endgame”
“The Lion King”
SHOULD WIN: 1917
WILL WIN: 1917

FILM EDITING

SHOULD WIN: The Irishman 
WILL WIN: Ford v Ferrari 

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

SHOULD WIN: Bombshell 
WILL WIN: Bombshell 

As you can see there is only one pick for The Irishman. Does The Irishman deserve more than it’s getting this year? You bet! So I’m not voting based on preference, instead I’m voting with how award season went.
Would I want The Irishman, Joker and Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood to over perform and surprise all of us? Yes. Those were the films that stood out to me in 2019.
Would Parasite winning Best Picture be a historic moment that SHOULD happen in 2020? ABSOLUTELY.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the Oscars won’t be filled with surprises tonight! The red carpet starts at 6pm and the telecast starts at 8pm. Feel free to follow along on Twitter @amxndareviews.

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