The Academy Awards Predictions 2020

It’s my favorite time of year again Storytellers! It’s AWARD SEASON! For those who don’t know this about me, but I am a huge film and theatre fan (so much so that I majored in it at University) and it’s a medium of storytelling that I haves soft spot for along side the written word. So every year, I aim to watch every nominated film/piece for the Academy Awards (The Oscars) and every year I fail miserably, but without a doubt I ALWAYS draft up my Oscar predictions.

With that being said, I thought it would be fun to share with you guys my predictions for this years Academy Awards! So grab your popcorn and your opinions and let’s try and foresee the future!

My thoughts

Best Picture:

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“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

My Prediction: Parasite

Lead Actor:

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Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

My Prediction: I really wanna say Antonio Banderas, but I know it’s probably going to be Joaquin Pheonix.

Lead Actress:

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Renee Zellweger, “Judy”

My Prediction: Renee Zellweger…even though Cynthia deserves it.

Supporting Actor:

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”

My Prediction: Al Pacino!!!

Supporting Actress:

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Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

My Prediction: Margot Robbie


Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”

My Prediction: Bong Joon Ho

Animated Feature:

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” Dean DeBlois
“I Lost My Body,” Jeremy Clapin
“Klaus,” Sergio Pablos
“Missing Link,” Chris Butler
“Toy Story 4,”  Josh Cooley

My Prediction: I haven’t seen any of these yet, so this is going solely on titles here: “I Lost My Body”, because wow that sounds like a winner.

Animated Short:

“Dcera,” Daria Kashcheeva
“Hair Love,” Matthew A. Cherry
“Kitbull,” Rosana Sullivan
“Memorable,” Bruno Collet
“Sister,” Siqi Song


Adapted Screenplay:

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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Photo from SONY

“The Irishman,” Steven Zaillian
“Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi
“Joker,” Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
“Little Women,” Greta Gerwig
“The Two Popes,” Anthony McCarten

My Prediction: Little Women

Original Screenplay:

“Knives Out,” Rian Johnson
“Marriage Story,” Noah Baumbach
“1917,” Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino
“Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han

My Prediction: 1917


“The Irishman,” Rodrigo Prieto
“Joker,” Lawrence Sher
“The Lighthouse,” Jarin Blaschke
“1917,” Roger Deakins
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Robert Richardson

My Prediction: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Documentary Feature:

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“American Factory,” Julia Rieichert, Steven Bognar
“The Cave,” Feras Fayyad
“The Edge of Democracy,” Petra Costa
“For Sama,” Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
“Honeyland,” Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov

My Prediction:  For Sama

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“In the Absence,” Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone,” Carol Dysinger
“Life Overtakes Me,” Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas
“St. Louis Superman,” Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
“Walk Run Cha-Cha,” Laura Nix

My Prediction: Walk Run Cha-Cha. I haven’t watched any of these in this category, but this title sounded the sauciest. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Best Live Action Short Film:

“Brotherhood,” Meryam Joobeur
“Nefta Football Club,” Yves Piat
“The Neighbors’ Window,” Marshall Curry
“Saria,” Bryan Buckley
“A Sister,” Delphine Girard

My Prediction: Saria. Again, I haven’t seen these but it’s saucy.

Best International Feature Film:

“Corpus Christi,” Jan Komasa
“Honeyland,” Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov
“Les Miserables,” Ladj Ly
“Pain and Glory,” Pedro Almodovar
“Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho

My Prediction: my heart says Les Miserables, but it’s either going to Pain and Glory or Parasite…most likely Parasite.

Film Editing:

“Ford v Ferrari,” Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland
“The Irishman,” Thelma Schoonmaker
“Jojo Rabbit,” Tom Eagles
“Joker,” Jeff Groth
“Parasite,” Jinmo Yang

My Prediction: The Irishman

Sound Editing:

“Ford v Ferrari,” Don Sylvester
“Joker,” Alan Robert Murray
“1917,” Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Wylie Stateman
“Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker,” Matthew Wood, David Acord

My Prediction: 1917

Sound Mixing:

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1917 || IMDB

“Ad Astra”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

My Prediction: 1917 ot Ad Astra.

Production Design:

“The Irishman,” Bob Shaw and Regina Graves
“Jojo Rabbit,” Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova
“1917,” Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh
“Parasite,” Lee Ha-Jun and Cho Won Woo, Han Ga Ram, and Cho Hee

My Prediction: 1917

Original Score:

“Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir
“Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat
“Marriage Story,” Randy Newman
“1917,” Thomas Newman
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Williams

My Prediction: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Original Song:

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“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Toy Story 4”
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”
“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen 2”
“Stand Up,” “Harriet”

My Prediction: Into the Unknown – Frozen 2. I say this for Olaf, but my head says “Stand Up” from the film Harriet, because—wow, the power in that one.

Makeup and Hair:

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

My Prediction: Judy

Costume Design:

”The Irishman,” Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson
“Jojo Rabbit,” Mayes C. Rubeo
“Joker,” Mark Bridges
“Little Women,” Jacqueline Durran
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Arianne Phillips

My Prediction: Little woman but the sexists of the Academy will say Joker.

Visual Effects:

“Avengers Endgame”
“The Irishman”
“The Lion King”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

My Prediction: I want Endgame, but I know they will say Star Wars. grumbles for forever.

What are your predictions?



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  1. Mina @Stacked

    February 5, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Haven’t seen all the movies yet but if Parasite doesn’t win I’ll be so disappointed. Still, I think 1917 will take the Best Picture award as non-English movies rarely stand a chance.

  2. Becca Leighanne (Bex)

    February 5, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    I really need to see Parasite ASAP!!

    1. fictionallysam

      February 14, 2020 at 2:20 pm


  3. Krystin Rachel

    February 7, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    They’ll give Parasite Best International Film, but they won’t give it both best film categories. Best Picture will be 1917 or Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Laura Dern is going to get Best Supporting Actress and Brad Pitt Best Supporting Actor. In my dreams he brings Jen Aniston with him on the red carpet LOL.

    1. fictionallysam

      February 14, 2020 at 2:22 pm

      You got right on Laura Dern and Brad! I too dream of him and Jenn going together, I will stan this dream till thine kingdom come! hahaha

  4. Catarina @ Pages & Plots

    February 11, 2020 at 11:15 am

    You got Best Picture right!!!!! Parasite deserved it so much but I truly believed that 1917 would get it just because the Academy wouldn’t give Best Picture to an international film. I’m so glad I was wrong (although I still love 1917).

    1. fictionallysam

      February 14, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      Honestly I thought the same thing until I watched Parasite twice (once with my fam and then alone) and it was just remarkably well done, from the script to the cinematography–it was amazing. 1917, though, came in hella close second because the sound mixing for that one was unbelievable!

  5. TheCaffeinatedReader

    February 25, 2020 at 4:42 am

    I still need to see Parasite, luckily Lauren assured me it’s not horror/horror parody or in general scary enough to keep me away [I am a huge baby] but…I’m really drawn to For Sama.


  6. Meeghan reads

    March 8, 2020 at 6:32 am

    I now need to check these because I can’t remember anything or anyone who won, except Joaquin!!

    1. Meeghan reads

      March 8, 2020 at 6:36 am

      OMG!! You did so well!!

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