Awards Circuit Winners Chart: Chloe Zhao Surpasses 40 Wins for Best Director

There's a long road to the Oscars. Use our reference chart to see who leads in all the categories before nominations.

2021 Oscar Predictions - Best Picture

Variety's Awards Circuit is home to the official predictions for the upcoming Oscars from Film Awards Editor Clayton Davis. Following Academy Awards history, buzz, news, reviews and sources, the Oscar predictions are updated regularly with the current year's contenders in all categories. Variety's Awards Circuit Prediction schedule consists of four phases, running all year long: Draft, Pre-Season, Regular Season and Post Season. Eligibility calendar and dates of awards will determine how long each phase lasts and will be displayed next to revision date.

To see all the latest predictions, of all the categories, in one place, visit THE COLLECTIVE



UPDATED: Mar. 6, 2021

Following the Oscars race is a science, and while your gut-check can be your most valuable resource, data always support claims and provide an idea of where the season is headed. The Awards Circuit Winners Chart is where Variety keeps track of all the films and performances on the Academy Awards road. See which actors, artisans and films have won the most awards, and perhaps we can find an indication of a surprise or two.

Click through the chart down below with the various categories, both conventional and “unconventional” alike. After an award is announced, the chart will be updated with the latest winners and each category’s leaders.

All awards and nominations lead to the coveted Academy Awards ceremony. As the industry’s leader in awards analysis, predictions and the entertainment business, you can find the key upcoming dates for this year’s awards season. Oscar nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021, with voting set to take place for six days beginning on March 5. The 93rd annual Academy Awards (The Oscars) are scheduled to air live on ABC on Sunday, April 25, from multiple locations, including the Dolby Theatre.

Oscar nomination voting will begin before critical groups, and guilds such as the Critics Choice winners (March 7), Producers Guild of America nominations (March 8), Directors Guild of America nominations (March 9), American Society of Cinematographers nominations (March 9) and BAFTA nominations (March 9) get to reveal their selections. The ACE Eddies nominations will also be announced after voting has concluded (March 11).

Check out the full predictions down below and read the latest Oscar predictions in all 23 categories on the Awards Circuit Hub, along with the latest commentary in each race. The predictions and new episodes of “Variety Awards Circuit Podcast” drop every Thursday.


Academy Awards Predictions
(All Categories Ranked)

From the previous Awards Circuit column:

Chloé Zhao’s poetic vision of middle America is emotional and visually stunning, which is why it’s my pick for both best picture and director. Zhao captures the essence of the void in humanity that can fill with loss and despair — conveyed with the richness of an incredible cast, both known and unknown. Taking a natural following to the “Year of the Female Filmmaker” (which has been refreshing and should continue to be celebrated), there have been many worthy including the usual suspects that have popped up on the circuit, including Regina King and Emerald Fennell. Still, it was the personal touches of Kirsten Johnson and Ekwa Msangi that so lovingly brought their films to life. It would also be difficult to talk about this extended cinematic year without the harrowing work of Shaka King or the sensitive maneuvering of Lee Isaac Chung.

2021 Golden Globes Predictions (Film)

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About the Academy Awards (Oscars)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners are selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). 17 branches are represented within the near 10,000 person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writers.

  • The Oscars are scheduled for Sunday, April 25, 2021.