Tue. Sep 22nd, 2020

2020 Oscar Predictions: The Shortlists

The Oscar shortlists are coming tomorrow (Monday, December 16) and who doesn’t love an early Christmas present? Individual branches will give us nine categories with which our Oscar predictions will have a much more definable base from which to draw from. There will be surprises, there will be snubs, and even some distractions.

Below are my shortlist predictions for seven categories in alphabetical order: 15 for Original Score, Original Song and Documentary Feature; 10 for Makeup & Hairstyling, Visual Effects, Animated Feature, and International Feature Film.


1917 (Thomas Newman) – Universal
Avengers: Endgame (Alan Silvestri) – Disney
The Farewell (Alex Weston) – A24
Ford v. Ferrari (Marco Beltrami) – 20th Century Fox
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (John Powell) – Dreamworks
I Lost My Body (Dan Levy) – Netflix
Jojo Rabbit (Michael Giacchino) – Fox Searchlight
Joker (Hildur Guðnadóttir) – Warner Bros
The King (Nicholas Britell) – Netflix
Little Women (Alexandre Desplat) – Sony/Columbia
Marriage Story (Randy Newman) – Netflix
Parasite (Jung Jae-il) – Neon
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (John Williams) – Disney
Us (Michael Abed) – Universal
Waves (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross) – A24

Spoilers: Pain and Glory (Alberto Iglesias); The Song of Names (Howard Shore)


Aladdin – “Speechless” (Disney)
Always Be My Maybe – “I Punched Keanu Reeves” (Netflix)
The Black Godfather – “Letter to My Godfather” (Netflix)
Breakthrough – “I’m Standing with You” (20th Century Fox)
Cats – “Beautiful Ghosts” (Universal)
Frozen II – “Into the Unknown” (Disney)
Harriet – “Stand Up” (Focus Features)
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – “Catchy Song” (Warner Bros)
The Lion King – “Never Too Late” (Disney)
The Lion King – “Spirit” (Disney)
Missing Link – “Do-Dilly-Do (A Friend Like You)” (Annapurna)
Motherless Brooklyn – “Daily Battles” (Warner Bros)
Rocketman – “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (Paramount)
Toy Story 4 – “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” (Disney/Pixar)
Wild Rose – “Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” (Neon)


1917 (Universal)
The Aeronauts (Amazon)
Bombshell (Lionsgate)
Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)
Downton Abbey (Focus Features)
The Irishman (Netflix)
Joker (Warner Bros)
Judy (Roadside Attractions)
Little Women (Sony/Columbia)
Rocketman (Paramount)

Spoilers: Hustlers (STX Entertainment), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony/Columbia) Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)


1917 (Universal
Ad Astra (20th Century Fox)
The Aeronauts (Amazon)
Alita: Battle Angel (20th Century Fox)
Avengers: Endgame (Disney)
Cats (Universal)
Ford v Ferrari (20th Century Fox)
The Irishman (Netflix)
The Lion King (Disney)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)

Spoiler: Dumbo (Disney), Gemini Man (Paramount)


The Addams Family (MGM)
Frozen II (Disney)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Dreamworks)
I Lost My Body (Netflix)
Klaus (Netflix)
Missing Link (LAIKA/Annapurna/UAR)
Spies in Disguise (Sony)
The Swallow of Kabul
Toy Story 4 (Disney/Pixar)
Weathering With You (GKIDS)

Spoiler: Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (GKIDS), The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Illumination/Universal)


Advocate (Film Movement)
American Factory (Netflix)
Apollo 11 (Neon)
The Cave (National Geographic)
Diego Maradona (HBO)
The Edge of Democracy (Netflix)
For Sama (PBS)
Gaza (Filmoption International)
The Great Hack (Netflix)
Hail Satan? (Magnolia Pictures)
Honeyland (Neon)
The Kingmaker (Showtime)
Maiden (Sony Classics)
One Child Nation (Amazon)
Sea of Shadows (National Geographic)

Spoilers: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Magnolia Pictures), The Biggest Little Farm (Neon), Midnight Family (1091 Media)


Brazil – Invisible Life (Karim Aïnouz) – Amazon
Colombia – Monos (Alejandro Landes)
France – Les Misérables (Ladj Ly) – Amazon
Germany – System Crasher (Nora Fingscheidt)
Italy – The Traitor (Marco Bellocchio) – Sony Classics
Russia – Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov)
Senegal – Atlantics (Mati Diop) – Netflix
South Korea – Parasite (Bong Joon-ho) – Neon
Spain – Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar) – Sony Classics
Sweden – And Then We Danced (Levan Akin) – Music Box Film

Spoilers: Norway – Out Stealing Horses (Hans Petter Moland) – Magnolia Pictures; Poland – Corpus Christi (Jan Komasa) – Film Movement

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