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Saturday, 8 February 2020


oscars 86th academy awards 2014

Welcome back to The Ephemeric. Today we will take a break from our annual Hot List in order to bring you some last minute Oscar predictions (don't blame me, not my fault the Oscars are two weeks earlier this year)!

I'm busy, you're busy, I won't waste your time. Please find below predictions for the big night. You may not have seen the big films this year, or be familiar with the latest hype tearing through Hollywood; if so consider the following a crib sheet for what lies ahead this weekend, and perhaps even a sneak peek at who might just be walking away with the big prize.


Best Picture

Nominations:

  • Ford v Ferrari 
  • The Irishman 
  • Jojo Rabbit 
  • Joker 
  • Little Women 
  • Marriage Story 
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 
  • Parasite 
And the winner: 1917
Who should really win: 1917


Best Director

Nominations:
  • Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
  • Todd Phillips – Joker
  • Sam Mendes – 1917
  • Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Bong Joon-ho – Parasite
And the winner: Sam Mendes – 1917
Who should really win: Sam Mendes – 1917

Best Actor

Nominations:
  • Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory as Salvador Mallo
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as Rick Dalton
  • Adam Driver – Marriage Story as Charlie Barber
  • Joaquin Phoenix – Joker as Arthur Fleck / Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio
And the winner: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker as Arthur Fleck / Joker
Who should really win: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker as Arthur Fleck / Joker


Best Actress

Nominations:
  • Cynthia Erivo – Harriet as Harriet Tubman
  • Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story as Nicole Barber
  • Saoirse Ronan – Little Women as Josephine "Jo" March
  • Charlize Theron – Bombshell as Megyn Kelly
  • Renée Zellweger – Judy as Judy Garland
And the winner: Renée Zellweger – Judy as Judy Garland
Who should really win: Charlize Theron – Bombshell as Megyn Kelly


Best Supporting Actor

Nominations:
  • Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood as Fred Rogers
  • Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes as Pope Benedict XVI
  • Al Pacino – The Irishman as Jimmy Hoffa
  • Joe Pesci – The Irishman as Russell Bufalino
  • Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as Cliff Booth
And the winnerBrad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as Cliff Booth
Who should really win: Joe Pesci – The Irishman as Russell Bufalino


Best Supporting Actress

Nominations:
  • Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell as Barbara "Bobi" Jewell
  • Laura Dern – Marriage Story as Nora Fanshaw
  • Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit as Rosie Betzler
  • Florence Pugh – Little Women as Amy March
  • Margot Robbie – Bombshell as Kayla Pospisil
  •  
And the winnerLaura Dern – Marriage Story as Nora Fanshaw
Who should really win: Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit as Rosie Betzler


Best Original Screenplay

Nominations:
  • Knives Out – Rian Johnson
  • Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach
  • 1917 – Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
  • Parasite – Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won
And the winnerParasite – Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won
Who should really win: 1917 – Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns


Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominations:
  • The Irishman – Steven Zaillian based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt
  • Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens
  • Joker – Todd Phillips and Scott Silver based on characters created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson
  • Little Women – Greta Gerwig based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten based on his play The Pope
And the winner: Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens
Who should really win: Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens



So there you have it, The Ephemeric's picks for the year. Enjoy the Oscars this weekend, and when the results go as predicted, remember that you heard it here first! Coming up next week, I stop procrastinating and finish the Hot List!






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