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Recklessly Early 2020 Oscar Predictions

Because we’re already sick of this year’s awards season buzz…
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Sony Pictures
By  · Published on November 17th, 2018

Awards season may be just heating up, but so is the excitement for the movies contending for the following year’s Oscars. This week saw the release of trailers for recent festival premieres that are holding their official release until 2019, meaning these films — Gloria Bell and Everybody Knows, namely — will be eligible for the 2020 Academy Awards. Also, did you see the latest spot for Dumbo? That cute little flying pachyderm is going to win himself a Best Visual Effects Oscar 15 months from now, isn’t he? And stick a spork in the Best Animated Feature race, because with Toy Story 4, it’s done.

Also, who wants to keep talking about Roma and A Star is Born when the next batch of Best Picture hopefuls include Once Upon a Time in Hollywood? Could that be the one to finally win Quentin Tarantino the top Academy Award? Next year is going to be a special time for cinema, as the end of 2019 will be when Disney and Warner Bros. seem to just give up on the big screen as their streaming dreams to better Netflix at that game come alive. Meanwhile, the Academy will try the popular category again.

Here are my way-too-early guesses for what will be nominated and win in the major categories at the 92nd Oscars:

Best Picture

The Goldfinch
The Irishman
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Personal History of David Copperfield

Queen & Slim
You Are My Friend

Most Popular Movie

Captain Marvel
Hobbs & Shaw
The Lion King
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
You Are My Friend

Best Director

Greta Gerwig (Little Women)
Marielle Heller (You Are My Friend)
Tom Hooper (Cats)
Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim)
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Best Actress

Amy Adams (The Woman in the Window)
Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)
Julianne Moore (Gloria Bell)
Natalie Portman (Pale Blue Dot)
Renee Zellweger (Judy)

Best Actor

Ansel Elgort (The Goldfinch)
Tom Hanks (You Are My Friend)
Daniel Kaluuya (Queen & Slim)
Dev Patel (The Personal History of David Copperfield)
Ashton Sanders (Native Son)

Margot Robbie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress

Cate Blanchett (Where’s You Go Bernadette?)
Laura Dern (Little Women)
Margot Robbie (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Meryl Streep (Little Women)
Charlize Theron (Fair and Balanced)

Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe (The Last Thing He Wanted)
John Lithgow (Fair and Balanced)
Al Pacino (The Irishman)
Bruce Dern (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Jeffrey Wright (The Goldfinch)

Best Original Screenplay

Fair and Balanced (Charles Randolph)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
 (Quentin Tarantino)
Queen & Slim (Lena Waithe)
Us (Jordan Peele)
You Are My Friend (Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Cats (Lee Hall and Tom Hooper)
The Irishman
(Steven Zaillian)
The Last Thing He Wanted (Dee Rees and Marco Villalobos)
The Personal History of David Copperfield (Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell)
Where’d You Go Bernadette? (Richard Linklater)

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins (The Goldfinch)
Mike Giolulakis (Us)
Yorick Le Saux (Little Women)
Rodrigo Prieto (The Irishman)
Robert Richardson (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Best Animated Feature

Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie
Frozen 2

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Best Visual Effects

Avengers 4
Gemini Man
The Lion King
Star Wars: Episode IX

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Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.