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Oscar Winners 2020 v Our Choices



It's that time of year again where the biggest ceremony in Hollywood will reward their talent from the last year. While there may have been many snubs this year, David and Craig give their predictions for who will win and who they want to win.



Performance by an actor in a leading role:

Antonio Banderas in PAIN AND GLORY

Leonardo DiCaprio in ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD

Adam Driver in MARRIAGE STORY

Joaquin Phoenix in JOKER- WILL WIN/ WANT TO WIN- DID WIN

Jonathan Pryce in THE TWO POPES


  • Here Joaquin Phoenix as Joker is Dave and Craig's joint pick for the performance that will win and should win. An important and chilling performance that stays with you and be a great reward for Phoenix who has provided many great performances in the past.


Performance by an actor in a supporting role:

Tom Hanks in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD- WANT TO WIN

Anthony Hopkins in THE TWO POPES

Al Pacino in THE IRISHMAN

Joe Pesci in THE IRISHMAN

Brad Pitt in ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD- WILL WIN- DID WIN


  • Dave and Craig both loved and were captivated by Hanks' performance in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, so it would be a great way to reward a film that has been somewhat overlooked in the rest of the categories.


Performance by an actress in a leading role:

Cynthia Erivo in HARRIET

Scarlett Johansson in MARRIAGE STORY

Saoirse Ronan in LITTLE WOMEN- WANT TO WIN- David

Charlize Theron in BOMBSHELL- WANT TO WIN- Craig

Renée Zellweger in JUDY- WILL WIN- DID WIN


  • Both are agreed that Zellweger will win after her string of wins so far, but are split on who they want to win. Craig- "Theron for me does the best job of transforming into the character and takes a somewhat controversial woman and makes you sympathize with her." David- "there may not be many chances for Little Women tonight, so this would be a great chance for what I thought was the strongest part of the film, with this also being a follow up to a slew of great performances from Ronan the past few years".


Performance by an actress in a supporting role:

Kathy Bates in RICHARD JEWELL

Laura Dern in MARRIAGE STORY- WILL WIN- DID WIN

Scarlett Johansson in JOJO RABBIT- WANT TO WIN

Florence Pugh in LITTLE WOMEN

Margot Robbie in BOMBSHELL


  • Craig and David are agreed that Dern does a great performance in Marriage Story and is the most in line for the academy to award her. But both believe Johansson's double nomination is worthy of recognition, as a momentous year for her, with this being her most impactful performance.


Best animated feature film of the year:

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD

Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis and Bonnie Arnold

I LOST MY BODY

Jérémy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice

KLAUS

Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh and Marisa Román

MISSING LINK

Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight- WANT TO WIN- Craig

TOY STORY 4

Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera- WILL WIN/WANT TO WIN- David- DID WIN


  • Craig believes Pixar has a long-running success with the academy with Toy Story 4 ticking a lot of the boxes they look for. David agrees but also wants it to win for its beautiful animation and great characters. Craig has opted for Missing Link, which still has a good chance, as its a great addition to Laika's catalog and would be a great reward for their hard work.


Achievement in cinematography:

THE IRISHMAN

Rodrigo Prieto

JOKER

Lawrence Sher

THE LIGHTHOUSE

Jarin Blaschke

1917

Roger Deakins- WILL WIN/WANT TO WIN- DID WIN

ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD

Robert Richardson


  • Both agree that 1917 does a spectacular job of giving the film a great look especially considering the limitations of the one-shot, which needs to be celebrated. As well as being another great return win for Roger Deakins.


Achievement in costume design:

THE IRISHMAN

Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson

JOJO RABBIT

Mayes C. Rubeo- WANT TO WIN