Wed. Oct 21st, 2020

Frontrunner Friday Oscar Predictions: War is Hell

In a shortened Oscar season such as this a lot can happen in a week. Last weekend brought us the ACE Eddie Awards (Parasite and Jojo Rabbit won there), the Producers Guild Awards (with 1917 winning) and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where all of our acting frontrunners triumphed as expected but with the giant upset (to some) of Parasite taking the Outstanding Cast prize over the likes of The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Those wins kept tipping the balance of power between what are now our two frontrunners: 1917 and Parasite. Each film goes into the Oscars with seemingly insurmountable odds against them as Best Picture winners (1917 with no acting or editing nominations; Parasite being a non-English language film) check the history here) but here we are.

This weekend brings us no less than five guild and/or industry awards including the Directors Guild (hugely important), American Society of Cinematographers, Cinema Audio Society (see a preview and predictions for those three here), the Annie Awards for animation and the USC Scripter for adapted screenplays.

BAFTA is next weekend (February 2nd) but hasn’t been a great precursor for Best Picture this decade because of the change in the Oscar preferential ballot. But elsewhere, like acting and directing, chances are we’ll see the continued coronation of what we’ve seen so far.

While the acting races are seemingly locked (only a force of nature, or BAFTA, could unlock them) we have some races that should give some good chase. Adapted Screenplay is one of them. I think it’s a race between Little Women and Jojo Rabbit, as each might find this their only chance for a win. Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women put such a unique spin on time for a story we’ve seen told many, many times that it made something potentially stale into something vibrant. With her snub in directing (and in fact, all women), this represents an opportunity for the voting membership as a whole to make up for the directors’ branch’s choices. For Jojo Rabbit, the TIFF Audience Award winner has always won at least one Oscar this decade (with one exception) and the screenplay is electric and perverse and exactly the kind of thing that only wins screenplay (like Get Out or Call My By Your Name two years ago). The two films are also competing against each other in Supporting Actress but neither are frontrunners there. Costume Design could be where Jojo or Little Women find a win and share some of the wealth among the Best Picture nominees but that feels like where Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will find love along with Production Design (the two often go hand in hand).

Film Editing and Original Screenplay are interesting puzzles right now because they’re both places Parasite could win, and kind of needs to win at least one of them, in order to push itself through to Best Picture. Film Editing is between it and Ford v Ferrari and the voting members might simply see the multiple racing cuts of FvF as the “best” editing. Don’t forget, they just gave Bohemian Rhapsody this award for scenes like this. In Original Screenplay, it’s main competition is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Is the Academy ready to given Quentin Tarantino his third Oscar for writing, propelling him into an all-time tie with Woody Allen? But then, again last year, they gave Green Book this award over the juicy dialogue and structure of The Favourite.

Here are my Frontrunner Friday Oscar Predictions for January 24, 2020.


1. 1917 (Universal) BAFTA, CCA, GG (Drama), PGA
2. Parasite (Neon)BAFTA, CCA, GG (Foreign), PGA, SAG
3. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony/Columbia)BAFTA, CCAGG (Comedy/Musical), PGA, SAG
4. The Irishman (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA, GG (Drama), PGA, SAG
5. Joker (Warner Bros)BAFTA, CCA, GG (Drama), PGA
6. Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)CCA, GG (Comedy/Musical), PGA, SAG
7. Marriage Story (Netflix)CCA, GG (Drama), PGA
8. Little Women (Sony/Columbia)CCA, PGA
9. Ford v Ferrari (20th Century Fox)CCA, PGA


1. Sam Mendes – 1917 (Universal)BAFTA, CCA, DGA, GG
2. Bong Joon Ho – Parasite (Neon)BAFTA, CCA, DGA, GG
3. Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony/Columbia)BAFTA, CCA, DGA, GG
4. Martin Scorsese – The Irishman (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA, DGA, GG
5. Todd Phillips – Joker (Warner Bros)BAFTA, GG


1. Joaquin Phoenix – Joker (Warner Bros)BAFTA, CCAGG (Drama), SAG
2. Adam Driver – Marriage Story (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA, GG (Drama), SAG
3. Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony/Columbia)BAFTA, CCA, GG (Comedy/Musical), SAG
4. Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes (Netflix)BAFTA, GG (Drama)
5. Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory (Sony Classics)CCA, GG (Drama)


1. Renée Zellweger – Judy (Roadside Attractions)BAFTA, CCAGG (Drama), SAG
2. Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA, GG (Drama), SAG
3. Charlize Theron – Bombshell (Lionsgate)BAFTA, CCA, GG (Drama), SAG
4. Cynthia Erivo – Harriet (Focus Features)CCA, GG (Drama), SAG
5. Saoirse Ronan – Little Women (Sony/Columbia)BAFTA, CCA, GG (Drama)


1. Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony/Columbia)BAFTA, CCAGG, SAG
2.Joe Pesci – The Irishman (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA, GG, SAG
3. Al Pacino – The Irishman (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA, GG, SAG
4. Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Sony/TriStar)BAFTA, CCA, GG, SAG
5. Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA, GG


1. Laura Dern – Marriage Story (Netflix)BAFTA, CCAGG, SAG
2. Margot Robbie – Bombshell (Lionsgate)BAFTA, CCA, GG, SAG
3. Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)BAFTA, SAG
4. Florence Pugh – Little Women (Sony/Columbia)BAFTA, CCA
5. Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell (Warner Bros)GG


1. Little Women (Sony/Columbia)BAFTA, CCA, USC, WGA
2. Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)BAFTA, CCA, USC, WGA
3. The Irishman (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA, GG, USC, WGA
4. The Two Popes (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA, GG, USC
5. Joker (Warner Bros)BAFTA, CCA, WGA


1. Parasite (Neon)BAFTA, CCA, GG, WGA
2. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony/Columbia)BAFTA, CCAGG
3. Marriage Story (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA, WGA
4. 1917 (Universal)WGA
5. Knives Out (Lionsgate)BAFTA, CCA, WGA


1. Ford v. Ferrari (20th Century Fox)BAFTA, CCA, ACE (Drama)
2. Parasite (Neon)CCA, ACE (Drama)
3. Joker (Warner Bros)ACE (Drama), BAFTA
4. The Irishman (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA, ACE (Drama)
5. Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)ACE (Comedy), BAFTA


1. 1917 (Universal)ASC, BAFTA, CCA
2. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony/Columbia)ASC, CCA
3. The Irishman (Netflix)ASC, BAFTA, CCA
4. Joker (Warner Bros)ASC, BAFTA, CCA
5. The Lighthouse (A24)BAFTA, CCA


1. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony/Columbia)BAFTA, CCA, ADG (Period)
2. 1917 (Universal)BAFTA, CCA, ADG (Period)
3. The Irishman (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA, ADG (Period)
4. Parasite (Neon)CCA, ADG (Contemporary)
5. Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)ADG (Period), BAFTA


1. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony/Columbia)BAFTA, CCA, CDG (Period)
2. Little Women (Sony)BAFTA, CCA
3. Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)BAFTA, CDG (Period)
4. The Irishman (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA
5. Joker (Warner Bros)N/A


1. Joker (Warner Bros)BAFTA, CCAGG, SCL
2. 1917 (Universal)BAFTA, CCA, GG
3. Little Women (Sony)BAFTA, CCA, GG
4. Marriage Story (Netflix)CCA, GG
5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)BAFTA


1. Rocketman – “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (Paramount)CCAGG
2. Harriet – “Stand Up” (Focus Features)CA, GG
3. Breakthrough – “I’m Standing with You” (20th Century Fox)CCA
4. Frozen II – “Into the Unknown” (Disney)CCA, GG
5. Toy Story 4 – “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” (Disney/Pixar)N/A


1. Ford v Ferrari (20th Century Fox)MPSE (Effects/Foley)
2. 1917 (Universal)MPSE (ADR/Dialogue)
3. Joker (Warner Bros)MPSE (x3)
4. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)MPSE
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony/Columbia)MPSE (x3)


1. 1917 (Universal)BAFTA
2. Ford v Ferrari (20th Century Fox)BAFTA, CAS
3. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony/Columbia)CAS
4. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)BAFTA
5. Ad Astra (20th Century Fox)N/A


1. Bombshell (Lionsgate)BAFTA, CCAMUAH (x3)
2. Joker (Warner Bros)BAFTA, CCA, MUAH
3. Judy (Roadside Attractions)BAFTA, CCA
4. 1917 (Universal)BAFTA
5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)MUAH


1. The Lion King (Disney)BAFTA, CCA, VES (x5)
2. Avengers: Endgame (Disney)Annie, BAFTA, CCA, VES (x4)
3. The Irishman (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA, VES (x2)
4. 1917 (Universal)BAFTA, CCA
5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)BAFTA, VES (x5)


1. Toy Story 4 (Disney/Pixar)Annie, BAFTA, CCA, GG, PGA, VES (x5)
2. Missing Link (LAIKA/Annapurna/UAR)Annie, CCA, GG, PGA, VES (x4)
3. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Dreamworks)Annie, CCA, GG, PGA, VES (x2)
4. Klaus (Netflix)Annie, BAFTA, VES (x2)
5. I Lost My Body (Netflix)Annie (Indie), CCA


1. American Factory (Netflix)BAFTA, CCA, DGA
2. Honeyland (Neon)CCA, DGA
3. For Sama (PBS)BAFTA
4. The Cave (National Geographic)CCA, DGA
5. The Edge of Democracy (Netflix)N/A


1. South Korea – Parasite (Neon)BAFTA, CCAGG
2. Spain – Pain and Glory (Sony Classics)BAFTA, CCA, GG
3. France – Les Misérables (Amazon)CCA, GG
4. North Macedonia – HoneylandN/A
5. Poland – Corpus Christi (Film Movement)N/A


1. Hair Love
2. Kitbull
3. Sister
4. Dcera (Daughter)
5. Memorable


1. Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone (If You’re a Girl)
2. In the Absence
3. Walk Run Cha-Cha
4. St. Louis Superman
5. Life Overtakes Me


1. Brotherhood
2. Nefta Football Club
3. A Sister
4. The Neighbors’ Window
5. Saria
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