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Academy Awards 2021: Oscar Predictions (January 4th 2021)

Well, hasn’t a lot happened since my last Oscar predictions? With the release (in the US mostly) of films such as Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, and Soul, we are starting to get into the films with general positive consensus. We still have a few late bloomers to go, but now a majority of the contenders have been seen.

With the quick developments of critic awards, upcoming nominations for the first few major award shows, and shortlist nominations to be revealed, I am going to do these predictions every two weeks, instead of every month. I am also starting to add the Shorts category in, but only what I currently predict will win until we have a better grasp at what will be on the shortlist. Alongside the shorts, I am also going to italicise what I currently predict to win the category based on my nominations.

Here are my current predictions for the 2021 Academy Awards:

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

Best Director
Pete Docter and Kemp Powers, 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
Lakeith Stanfield, JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
Steven Yeun, MINARI

Best Supporting Actress
Ellen Burstyn, PIECES OF A WOMAN
Glenn Close, HILLBILLY ELEGY
Olivia Colman, THE FATHER
Amanda Seyfried, MANK
Youn Yuh-jung, MINARI

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
Palm Springs
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
Birds of Prey
Emma.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Mulan

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
Mank
Mulan
News of the World
Tenet
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
Fight For You – JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
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
Boys State
Collective
Crip Camp
Dick Johnson is Dead
Totally Under Control

Best International Feature Film
A Sun
Another Round
I’m No Longer Here
Night of the Kings
Quo Vidas, Aida?

Best Animated Short
if anything happens i love you

Best Live-Action Short
The Human Voice

Best Documentary Short
The Speed Cubers

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