2020 Oscar Picks

Even in a scaled-back year of blogging, and one with an absurdly early awards telecast, I have to get my Oscar picks in, right?

As usual, I’m only picking in categories I’ve seen all the films, which (as usual) includes Picture, Director, the four Acting, the two Writing, Cinematography and Editing. Total of 16 categories this year.

BEST PICTURE
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”
“Marriage Story”
“Parasite”
“1917”

Who will win: “1917”
Who could win: “Parasite”
Who should win: I really don’t know; these are all good and very close, but none is that far above the other.
Who should be here: “Avengers: Endgame”

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

Who will win: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Who could win: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Who should win: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Who should be here: Emma Watson, “Little Women” (though I didn’t see J. Lo’s movie)

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
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”

Who will win: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”
Who could win: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”
Who should win: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”
Who should be here: Willem Dafoe, “The Lighthouse”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Little Women”
“The Two Popes”
“Joker”

Who will win: “Little Women”
Who could win: “Jojo Rabbit”
Who should win: “Jojo Rabbit”
Who should be here: “Official Secrets”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Marriage Story”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Parasite”
“Knives Out”
“1917”

Who will win: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Who could win: “Marriage Story”
Who should win: “Marriage Story”
Who should be here: “The Lighthouse”

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
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”

Who will win: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Who could win: Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Who should win: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” (but almost Taron Egerton, “Rocketman”, or DiCaprio)
Who should be here: Taron Egerton, “Rocketman” (though I didn’t see Adam Sandler’s movie)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Renée Zellweger, “Judy”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”

Who will win: Renée Zellweger, “Judy”
Who could win: Renée Zellweger, “Judy”
Who should win: Renée Zellweger, “Judy”
Who should be here: Ana de Armas, “Knives Out”

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

Who will win: Sam Mendes, “1917”
Who could win: Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite”
Who should win: Sam Mendes, “1917”
Who should be here: Greta Gerwig, “Little Women”

PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“The Irishman”
“1917”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Parasite”

Who will win: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Who could win: “The Irishman”
Who should win: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Who should be here: “Avengers: Endgame”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“The Irishman”
“Joker”
“The Lighthouse”

Who will win: “1917”
Who could win: “1917”
Who should win: “1917”
Who should be here: “Parasite”

COSTUME DESIGN
“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”
“Little Women”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”

Who will win: “Little Women”
Who could win: “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”
Who should win: “Little Women”
Who should be here: “Downton Abbey”

SOUND EDITING
“1917”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”
“Joker”

Who will win: “Ford v Ferrari”
Who could win: “1917”
Who should win: “Ford v Ferrari”
Who should be here: “Avengers: Endgame”

SOUND MIXING
“1917”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”
“Ad Astra”
“Joker”

Who will win: “Ford v Ferrari”
Who could win: “1917”
Who should win: “Ford v Ferrari”
Who should be here: “Avengers: Endgame”

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

Who will win:”Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Williams
Who could win: “1917,” Thomas Newman
Who should win: “Marriage Story,” Randy Newman (cause it’s RANDY F***ING NEWMAN!!)
Who should be here: “Avengers: Endgame”, Alan Silvestri

VISUAL EFFECTS
“Avengers: Endgame”
“The Lion King”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
“The Irishman”
“1917”

Who will win: “Avengers: Endgame”
Who could win: “Avengers: Endgame”
Who should win: “Avengers: Endgame”
Who should be here: Eh, I don’t know. This is a good list.

FILM EDITING
“The Irishman”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Parasite”
“Joker”
“Jojo Rabbit”

Who will win: “Parasite”
Who could win: “Ford v Ferrari”
Who should win: “Ford v Ferrari”
Who should be here: “Avengers: Endgame”