My 94th Academy Awards Predictions!

It’s that time of year again: Oscars time!  Interestingly enough, this year will be the first ceremony to feature official hosts since the 90th Academy Awards with Jimmy Kimmel. This year’s hosts will be Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes.

This year will also feature two controversial elements. One, the two most popular films (as voted for by Twitter users) will be announced during the telecast as the “Oscars Fan Favorite”. And two, eight categories (Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Film Editing, Best Live Action Short, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Sound) will not be awarded live and will instead be pre-taped an hour before the telecast.

I’m not in favor of either of these elements, but what can I do? Instead I will just move forward with my predictions for the 94th Academy Awards! The ones that I think SHOULD win will be in RED, the ones that I think WILL win will be in BLUE, and if they’re both the same, they will be both RED AND BLUE. I have left my picks for Best Animated FeatureBest Supporting ActorBest Supporting ActressBest ActorBest Actress, and Best Picture for the end.

Let me know your thoughts!

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Dune
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

Cruella
Cyrano
Dune
Nightmare Alley
West Side Story

BEST DIRECTOR:

Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)
Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car)
Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)
Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog)
Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

Ascension
Attica
Flee
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Writing with Fire

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT:

Audible
Lead Me Home
The Queen of Basketball
Three Songs for Benazir
When We Were Bullies

BEST FILM EDITING:

Don’t Look Up
Dune
King Richard
The Power of the Dog
Tick, Tick…Boom!

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM:

Drive My Car (Japan)
Flee (Denmark)
The Hand of God (Italy)
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan)
The Worst Person in the World (Norway)

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:

Coming 2 America
Cruella
Dune
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
House of Gucci

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

Don’t Look Up
Dune
Encanto
Parallel Mothers
The Power of the Dog

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

Be Alive (King Richard)
Dos Oruguitas (Encanto)
Down to Joy (Belfast)
No Time to Die (No Time to Die)
Somehow You Do (Four Good Days)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

Dune
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

BEST ANIMATED SHORT:

Affairs of the Art
Bestia
BoxBallet
Robin Robin
The Windshield Wiper

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT:

Ala Kachuu – Take and Run
The Dress
The Long Goodbye
On My Mind
Please Hold

BEST SOUND:

Belfast
Dune
No Time to Die
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

Dune
Free Guy
No Time to Die
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Spider-Man: No Way Home

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

CODA
Drive My Car
Dune
The Lost Daughter
The Power of the Dog

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Belfast
Don’t Look Up
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
The Worst Person in the World

And now for the top 6 awards:

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

Encanto
Flee
Luca
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Raya and the Dragon

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Ciarán Hinds (Belfast)
Troy Kotsur (CODA)
Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog)
J. K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter)
Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)
Judi Dench (Belfast)
Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)
Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)

BEST ACTOR:

Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)
Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick…Boom!)
Will Smith (King Richard)
Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

BEST ACTRESS:

Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)
Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mothers)
Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos)
Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

BEST PICTURE:

Belfast
CODA
Don’t Look Up
Drive My Car
Dune
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

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