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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.

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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST COSTUME DESIGN

UPDATED: Oct. 27, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

Ruth E. Carter was egregiously omitted for “Dolemite is my Name” last year and we can only expect another great outing for her fashion senses in “Coming 2 America.” The period pieces can rule the day here with “Emma” and “The Personal History of David Copperfield” in the mix.

UPDATE (10/27/2020): “Respect” has pushed back its release outside of the eligibility window and has been removed from the charts.

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories


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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. "The Personal History of David Copperfield" (Searchlight Pictures)
    Suzie Harman, Robert Worley

  2. "Mank" (Netflix)
    Trish Summerville

  3. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Netflix)†
    Ann Roth

  4. "One Night in Miami" (Amazon Studios)
    Francine Jamison-Tanchuck

  5. "Emma." (Focus Features)
    Alexandra Byrne

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Photo courtesy of NEON

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. "Coming 2 America" (Amazon Studios)
    Ruth E. Carter

  2. "News of the World" (Universal Pictures)
    Mark Bridges

  3. "Ammonite" (Neon)
    Michael O'Connor

  4. "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" (Paramount Pictures)
    Paolo Nieddu

  5. "Mulan" (Walt Disney Pictures)
    Bina Daigeler
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TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. "Death on the Nile" (20th Century Studios)
    Paco Delgado

  2. "Hillbilly Elegy" (Netflix)†
    Virginia Johnson

  3. "The Trial of the Chicago 7" (Netflix)
    Susan Lyall

  4. "Judas and the Black Messiah" (Warner Bros.)†
    Charlese Antoinette Jones

  5. "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" (Warner Bros.)
    Erin Benach

  6. "Radioactive" (Amazon Studios)
    Consolata Boyle

  7. "I'm Your Woman" (A24)†
    Natalie O'Brien

  8. "French Exit" (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Jane Petrie

  9. "The Glorias" (Roadside Attractions)
    Sandy Powell

  10. "The King's Man" (20th Century Studios)
    Michele Chapman

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ALSO IN CONTENTION:

  1. "Da 5 Bloods" (Netflix)
    Donna Berwick

  2. "Blithe Spirit" (IFC Films)
    Charlotte Walter

  3. "Shirley" (Neon)
    Amela Baksic

  4. "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" (Netflix)
    Melissa Toth

  5. "First Cow" (A24)
    April Napier

  6. "Palm Springs" (Hulu/Neon)
    Colin Wilkes

  7. "The Midnight Sky" (Netflix)†
    Jenny Eagan

  8. "Tenet" (Warner Bros.)
    Jeffrey Kurland

  9. "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" (20th Century Studios)
    Guy Speranza

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MELINDA SUE GORDON/NETFLIX

UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • "Minari"(A24) – Susanna Song†
  • "The Prom"(Netflix) – Lou Eyrich

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

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