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Oscar Predictions: Sifting Through the Early Signs of Awards Season

With 2021 upon us, I felt it was a good a time as any to post my current Oscar nomination predictions. In a year as strange as 2020 was and an eligibility window extended into February, it seems as though this will be the most wide open awards race in recent memory. With that said, here are my current predicted lineups:

Best Animated Feature:

  1. Soul

  2. Wolfwalkers

  3. Onward

  4. Over The Moon

  5. The Croods: A New Age

Best Documentary Feature:

  1. Totally Under Control

  2. Boys State

  3. Dick Johnson is Dead

  4. Time

  5. The Dissident

Best International Feature:

  1. Another Round

  2. Night of the Kings

  3. Collective

  4. Quo Vadis, Aida?

  5. Charlatan

Best Visual Effects:

  1. Tenet

  2. Wonder Woman 1984

  3. Mulan

  4. The Midnight Sky

  5. Birds of Prey

Best Original Score:

  1. Soul

  2. Mank

  3. The Midnight Sky

  4. Minari

  5. Tenet

Best Original Song:

  1. "Speak Now," One Night in Miami

  2. "Wear Your Crown," The Prom

  3. "lo Si (Seen)," The Life Ahead

  4. "Rocket to the Moon," Over the Moon

  5. "Hear My Voice," The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Sound:

  1. Sound of Metal

  2. Tenet

  3. Mank

  4. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

  5. News of the World

Best Production Design:

  1. Mank

  2. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

  3. News of the World

  4. Tenet

  5. Da 5 Bloods

Best Film Editing:

  1. The Trial of the Chicago 7

  2. Nomadland

  3. Mank

  4. The Father

  5. Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Makeup & Hairstyling:

  1. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

  2. Hillbilly Elegy

  3. Promising Young Woman

  4. Mank

  5. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Best Costume Design:

  1. Mank

  2. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

  3. Emma.

  4. Mulan

  5. The Prom

Best Cinematography:

  1. Nomadland

  2. Mank

  3. News of the World

  4. Tenet

  5. Da 5 Bloods

Best Original Screenplay:

  1. The Trial of the Chicago 7

  2. Promising Young Woman

  3. Judas and the Black Messiah

  4. Mank

  5. Minari

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  1. Nomadland

  2. One Night in Miami

  3. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

  4. The Father

  5. I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Best Supporting Actress:

  1. Amanda Seyfried, Mank

  2. Olivia Colman, The Father

  3. Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

  4. Ellen Burstyn, Pieces of a Woman

  5. Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Best Supporting Actor:

  1. Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

  2. Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

  3. Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami

  4. Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods

  5. Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

Best Actress:

  1. Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

  2. Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

  3. Frances McDormand, Nomadland

  4. Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

  5. Zendaya, Malcolm & Marie

Best Actor:

  1. Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

  2. Anthony Hopkins, The Father

  3. Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods

  4. Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

  5. Gary Oldman, Mank

Best Director:

  1. David Fincher, Mank

  2. Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

  3. Florian Zeller, The Father

  4. Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods

  5. George C. Wolfe, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best Picture:

  1. The Trial of the Chicago 7

  2. Mank

  3. Nomadland

  4. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

  5. Judas and the Black Messiah

  6. The Father

  7. One Night in Miami

  8. Da 5 Bloods

  9. Promising Young Woman

  10. Sound of Metal

Any thoughts on my predictions, or predictions of your own? Leave comments below!

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