In this weird world in which the awards season is only starting now with the first few film festivals underway, there has not been much to base any true Oscar predictions on. However, I am ready now to make my first predictions for what will win when the Academy Awards are held in April. Whilst I will give some ideas for four of the more obvious lower-level categories, the focus will be on the top eight awards of the night. These are not a comprehensive list of what will be nominated, but simply a gut feeling of what I feel has the best shot (sight unseen) at the awards at this moment.
Here are my current predictions for the winners of the Academy Awards 2021 as of September 9th 2020.
Best Picture: Nomadland
Best Director: David Fincher, Mank
Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Best Actor: Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods
Best Supp. Actress: Saoirse Ronan, Ammonite
Best Supp. Actor: Chadwick Boseman, Da Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best Original Screenplay: The Trials of the Chicago 7
Best Adapted Screenplay: Nomadland
Best Original Song: No Time to Die – Billie Eilish, No Time to Die
Best Animated Feature: Soul
Best Cinematography: Mank
Best Visual Effects: Dune
What do you make of my predictions? What do you have for Best Picture? Are there any other categories you think are safe to predict right now? Let me know all of your thoughts in the comments section and let’s have a discussion.