Oscars 2020 Predictions: Who Will Get Nominated?

The Oscar race is on.

And it’s about to get a lot more intense when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announces the nominations for the 92nd Oscars on Jan. 13.

Golden Globes shutout “The Irishman” is favored to earn several nods, as will “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which went home with three Globes. Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” could also go into Oscars night with multiple nominations.

In the lead for best picture nominations are movies including “1917,” “The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Parasite.”

Renée Zellweger is a sure bet to snag a nomination for her transformation in “Judy” and Adam Driver looks certain to be a nominee for his work in “Marriage Story.” The lead actor’s race is tight. Joaquin Phoenix and Driver are likely locks. But what about Taron Egerton? Will the freshly minted Globe winner make it to the Dolby on Feb. 9?

Jennifer Lopez appears to be a lock to earn her first nomination for her work in “Hustlers.” Margot Robbie could be J.Lo’s competition twice with possible noms for the Aussie actor’s work in “Bombshell” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

The BAFTAs faced a quick and scathing backlash after nominees for the British ceremony turned out to be so white. All eyes are now on the Academy as the industry braces for another round of mostly white Oscar hopefuls as well as directors ballot that is all-male.

Here are my predictions of who and what you’ll be hearing about on Monday morning.

Best Picture

1917” (Universal)

“The Irishman” (Netflix)

Little Women” (Sony)

“Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight)

“Joker” (“Warner Bros.)

“Marriage Story (Netflix)

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)

“Parasite” (Neon)

Still Possible
“The Farewell” (A24)

“Ford v Ferrari” (20th Century Fox)

“The Two Popes” (Netflix)

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”

Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit”

Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”

Sam Mendes, “1917”

Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Still Possible
Greta Gerwig, “Little Women

BEST ACTOR

Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Taron Egerton, “Rocket Man”

Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

Still Possible
Robert De Niro, “The Irishman”

Eddie Murphy, “Dolemite Is my Name”

Adam Sandler, “Uncut Gems”

BEST ACTRESS

Awkwafina, “The Farewell”

Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”

Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”

Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”

Renee Zellweger, “Judy”

Still Possible
Lupita Nyong’o, “Us”

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

In the Lead

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”

Still Possible
Jamie Foxx, “Just Mercy”

Willem Dafoe, “The Lighthouse”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”

Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”

Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers”

Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

Zhao Shuzhen, “The Farewell”

Still Possible

Annette Bening, “The Report”

Nicole Kidman, “Bombshell”

Margot Robbie, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

In the Lead

“1917,” (Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns)

“Booksmart” (Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins and Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman)

“Marriage Story” (Noah Baumbach)

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Quentin Tarantino)

“Parasite” (Bong Joon Ho and Jin Won Han)

Still Possible
“Bombshell” (Charles Randolph)

“The Farewell” (Lulu Wang)

“Knives Out” (Rian Johnson)

“Rocketman” (Lee Hall)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

In the Lead

“Jojo Rabbit” (Taika Waititi)

“Joker” (Todd Phillips and Scott Silver)

“Little Women” (Greta Gerwig)

“The Irishman” (Steven Zaillian)

“The Two Popes” (Anthony McCarten)

Still Possible
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster)

“Just Mercy” (Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham)

Best Animated Feature

In the Lead

“Abominable”

“Frozen II”

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

“Missing Link”

“Toy Story 4”

More Film

  • Lionsgate

    Lionsgate Layoffs Hit Feature Film Marketing-Distribution Department

    Lionsgate has laid off nearly 20 employees, primarily in its feature film marketing and distribution department, sources tell Variety. The cuts had been in the works for months as part of a restructuring and were not influenced by the coronavirus outbreak, Lionsgate said. No other layoffs are currently planned, and most, but not all, were [...]

  • Visions du Réel Reimagined as Digital

    Switzerland's Visions du Réel Reimagined as Digital Only Event

    Visions du Réel, a film festival in Nyon, Switzerland, has changed the format of its next edition to accommodate the restrictions imposed by the Swiss government in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Originally planned to run from April 24 to May 2, the festival will now be a digital-only event held over a longer period, [...]

  • SAG-AFTRA HQ

    SAG-AFTRA Announces Dues Extension Program for Members During Coronavirus Pandemic

    SAG-AFTRA has developed a program to provide dues relief for SAG-AFTRA members during the Covid-19 pandemic with an extension of the May 1 deadline. “Members experiencing financial hardship resulting from work stoppages related to Covid-19 will be granted a due date extension and an installment plan for those payments,” the union said. “As part of [...]

  • Studio Babelsberg

    Terminated 'Matrix 4,' 'Uncharted' Film Crews Demand Help From Studio Babelsberg

    Germany’s Studio Babelsberg is seeking to find a settlement with hundreds of film crew members following the shutdown earlier this month of Warner Bros.’ “The Matrix 4” and Sony Pictures’ “Uncharted” amid the coronavirus outbreak. The production stop has left many independent film crew members without pay and more than 300 have formed a working [...]

  • Empty movie theater

    Theater Owners Create $2.4 Million Fund for Cinema Workers

    The National Association of Theatre Owners and the Pioneers Assistance Fund have created an initial $2.4 million fund to provide financial assistance to movie theater employees who need help due to the coronavirus pandemic. The organizations said Monday that the first part of the initiative is a grant program that will provide a stipend to [...]

  • Bob Chapek Bob Iger Disney

    Bob Iger to Give Up Salary, Other Senior Disney Executives to Take Pay Cuts

    Disney has joined the list of companies implementing sizable pay cuts for senior executives amid the upheaval caused by the coronavirus crisis. Bob Iger, who shifted from chairman-CEO to executive chairman last month, has opted to forgo his salary for the year. Bob Chapek, who succeeded Iger as CEO, has taken a 50% pay cut. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content