Michael’s 2020 Oscar Winner Predictions

by | Jan 29, 2020

It is finally the most wonderful time of the year everyone! The Oscars are fast approaching and 2019 was a marvelous year for movies, so predicting the winners isn’t easy this time around. You never know what could happen, especially with divisive movies such as Joker getting an impressive 11 nominations. Below is a list of who I think will win in each category and who could possibly sneak in and steal the award.

Actor in a Leading Role

Will Win: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Could Win: Leonardo DiCaprio – Once upon a time in Hollywood

Dark Horse: Adam Driver – Marriage Story


Actress in a Leading Role

Will Win: Reneé Zellweger – Judy

Could Win: Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Dark Horse: Saoirse Ronan – Little Women


Actor in a Supporting Role

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Will Win: Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Could Win: Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Dark Horse: Tom Hanks: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood


Actress in a Supporting Role

Will Win: Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Could Win: Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Dark Horse: Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell


Animated Feature Film

Will Win: Toy Story 4

Could Win: Missing Link

Dark Horse: I Lost My Body


Best Cinematography

Will Win: Roger Deakins – 1917

Could Win: Lawrence Sher – Joker

Dark Horse: Robert Richardson – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Best Costume Design

Will Win: Mayes C. Rubeo – JoJo Rabbit 

Could Win: Jacqueline Durran – Little Women

Dark Horse: Arianne Phillips – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Best Directing

Will Win: Sam Mendes – 1917

Could Win: Todd Phillips – Joker

Dark Horse: Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Best Feature Documentary

Will Win: For Sama 

Could Win: American Factory

Dark Horse: The Cave


Best Short Documentary

Will Win: Life Overtakes Me

Could Win: In The Absence

Dark Horse: Walk Run Cha-Cha


Best Film Editing

Will Win: Michael McCuster and Andrew Buckland – Ford v Ferrai

Could Win: Thelma Schoonmaker – The Irishman

Dark Horse: Jeff Groth – Joker


Best Foreign Film

Will Win: Parasite

Could Win: Pain and Glory

Dark Horse: Les Misérables


Best Makeup and Hairstyling 

Will Win: Nicki Lederman and Kay Georgiou – Joker

Could Win: Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker – Bombshell

Dark Horse: Jeremy Woodhead – Judy


Best Original Score

Will Win: Thomas Newman – 1917

Could Win: Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker

Dark Horse: Randy Newman – Marriage Story


Best Original Song

Will Win: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” – Rocketman

Could Win: “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away”- Toy Story 4

Dark Horse: “Stand Up” – Harriet


Best Production Design

Will Win: Dennis Gassner – 1917

Could Win: Barbara Ling – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Dark Horse: Ra Vincent – JoJo Rabbit


Best Animated Short Film

Will Win: Sister 

Could Win: Kitbull

Dark Horse: Hair Love


Best Short Film

Will Win: Brotherhood

Could Win: The Neighbor’s Window

Dark Horse: Saria


Best Sound Editing

Will Win: Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate – 1917

Could Win: Donald Sylvester – Ford v Ferrari

Dark Horse: Alan Robert Murray – Joker


Best Sound Mixing 

Will Win: Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson – 1917

Could Win: Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow – Ford v Ferrari

Dark Horse: Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano – Ad Astra


Best Visual Effects

Will Win: Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick – Avengers: Endgame

Could Win: Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Dark Horse: Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser – The Irishman


Best Adapted Screenplay

Will Win: Greta Gerwig – Little Women 

Could Win: Todd Phillips & Scott Silver – Joker

Dark Horse: Steven Zaillian – The Irishman


Best Original Screenplay

Will Win: Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won – Parasite

Could Win: Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Dark Horse: Rian Johnson – Knives Out


Best Picture

Will Win: 1917

Could Win: Joker/Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Dark Horse: Parasite