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Academy Awards 2021: Oscar Predictions (7th December 2020)

We are getting into the thick of things and screeners are being sent out to critics and Academy members to finally prepare for the voting of the guilds and critic associations. This month alone, we got several updates on screeners, released films and news updates.

Judas and the Black Messiah submitted the film for the Screen Actor Guilds, therefore confirming that it will play for this year’s award season. Mank and Hillbilly Elegy have both aired on Netflix, and people are getting their screeners for a majority of this year’s contenders. By the next update, I will have seen the films for all of NEON’s contenders, as well as Disney’s Soul, some more of Netflix’s contender and many more will all be out by the end of 2020.

We are finally starting to get our predictions in shape, and some of the gaps are starting to fill out. For now though, here are my current predictions for the 2021 Academy Awards as predicted in December 2020.

Best Picture
The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Minari
Nomadland
One Night in Miami
Promising Young Woman
Soul
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Director
Pete Docter, SOUL
David Fincher, MANK
Regina King, ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
Aaron Sorkin, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND

Best Actress
Amy Adams, HILLBILLY ELEGY
Viola Davis, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
Vanessa Kirby, PIECES OF A WOMAN
Frances McDormand, NOMADLAND
Carey Mulligan, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Best Actor
Riz Ahmed, SOUND OF METAL
Chadwick Boseman, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
Anthony Hopkins, THE FATHER
Gary Oldman, MANK
Lakeith Stanfield, JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

Best Supporting Actress
Ellen Burstyn, PIECES OF A WOMAN
Glenn Close, HILLBILLY ELEGY
Olivia Colman, THE FATHER
Saoirse Ronan, AMMONITE
Amanda Seyfried, MANK

Best Supporting Actor
Sacha Baron Cohen, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
Chadwick Boseman, DA 5 BLOODS
Daniel Kaluuya, JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
Bill Murray, ON THE ROCKS
Leslie Odom Jr., ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Best Original Screenplay
Mank
Minari
Promising Young Woman
Soul
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Father
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
News of the World
Nomadland
One Night in Miami

Best Cinematography
Mank
Minari
News of the World
Nomadland
Tenet

Best Costume Design
Emma.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Mulan
Rebecca

Best Film Editing
Da 5 Bloods
The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Birds of Prey
Hillbilly Elegy
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Production Design
Emma
Mank
Mulan
Rebecca
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Sound
Da 5 Bloods
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Sound of Metal
Tenet

Best Visual Effects
The Invisible Man
Mulan
Sonic the Hedgehog
Tenet
Wonder Woman 1984

Best Original Score
Mank
Minari
News of the World
Soul
Tenet

Best Original Song
Hear My Voice – THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
Only the Young – MISS AMERICANA
Rocket to the Moon – OVER THE MOON
Seen – THE LIFE AHEAD
Speak Now – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Best Animated Feature
Onward
Over the Moon
Soul
Trolls: World Tour
Wolfwalkers

Best Documentary Feature
All In: The Fight for Democracy
Boys State
Crip Camp
Dick Johnson is Dead
Totally Under Control

Best International Feature Film
Another Round
I’m No Longer Here
Never Gonna Snow Again
Night of the Kings
Quo Vidas, Aida?

What do you make of my predictions? Are there any films I should be keeping my eye on? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section and let’s have a discussion.

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  1. Personally, I’d have Tenet as a nominee for best production design. As I’m sure you’re well aware, they filmed it in locations across the world (the US, the UK, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Italy, Estonia, India, etc.) and each set was extremely compelling, in my personal opinion. Would also consider nominating Robert Pattinson for best supporting actor; to me, it felt like he stole the show in Tenet and was the most compelling. Don’t think he should win the Oscar (just get nominated), but I would vote for Tenet to win production design. Anyway, just my subjective thoughts. Thanks again!

    • Another reason I loved the production design is that they didn’t really use CGI for the film. They actually pulled off each stunt in the film, from shutting down a highway for weeks to film the car chase to actually purchasing an expensive Boeing 747 just to crash it.

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