The Oscars 2020- NERVE predicts the winners

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Another year has passed and so yet another academy awards ceremony is upon us. The 92rdAnnual Oscars takes place this Sunday (10thFebruary), however this year seems to lack the excitement and competitive energy of previous years. After the controversy surrounding the award season last year, including the creation of an insulting “Best Popular Film” category, and an equally insulting Best Picture win for Green Book, let’s see if the Oscars maintain what’s left of their somewhat dwindling prestige.

Best Lead Actor 

The Nominees:

Joaquin Phoenix for Joker

Adam Driver for Marriage Story

Johnathan Pryce for The Two Popes

Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio for Once upon a Time in Hollywood

Who Will Win: Joaquin Phoenix

Who Should Win: Adam Driver

Joaquin Phoenix is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors working today, and his performance in Joker will by no means be an overdue curtesy win for the 4 time Oscar nominee. However, Adam Driver delivers one of the greatest performances of the decade in Marriage Story. Hopefully Driver will have is day in the sun, but for now, its Phoenix’s time to shine.

Best Supporting Actor

The Nominees:

Tom Hanks for A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood

Anthony Hopkins for The Two Popes

Al Pacino for The Irishman

Joe Pesci for The Irishman

Brad Pitt for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Who Will Win: Brad Pitt

Who Should Win: Joe Pesci

Brad Pitt has had an outstanding year in 2019, Starring in Ad Adstra and begin Oscar nominated for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. His performance is the best thing about Tarantino’s film; however Joe Pesci’s performance in The Irishman sees the actor make a career progressing comeback like no other. A Win for Pesci would bookend the actors 30 year development perfectly.

Best Lead Actress 

The Nominees:

Renee Zellweger for Judy

Cynthia Erivo for Harriet

Saoirse Ronan for Little Women

Scarlet Johansson for Marriage Story

Charlize Theron for Bombshell

Who Will Win: Renee Zellweger

Who Should Win: Florence Pugh for Midsommar

The Oscars love a good transformation performance and Renee Zellweger looks like the next actor to win for transforming herself into the late Judy Garland. However, the best lead performance by any actress this year isn’t even nominated. Florence Pugh’s performance in Midsommar is, in my opinion, the greatest performance of any actor this year. Pugh’s performance is truly devastating to watch and it’s a sin that is hasn’t been recognised by the academy.

Best Supporting Actress 

The Nominees:

Kathy Bates for Richard Jewel

Margo Robbie for Bombshell

Scarlet Johansson for JoJo Rabbit

Florence Pugh for Little Women

Laura Dern for Marriage Story

Who Will Win: Laura Dern

Who Should Win: Laura Dern

Acting in two best picture nominees, Laura Dern not only proves she is the best supporting actress, but this awards season demonstrates the actors range. Starring as the caring and generous mother of four, Marmee in Little Women, as well as, being nominated and most likely going to win for her performance as the battle-axe divorce lawyer Nora Fanshaw in Marriage Story. Laura Dern simply IS the Best Supporting Actress of the year.

Best Adapted Screenplay 

The Nominees:

Taika Waititi for Jojo Rabbit

Greta Gerwig for Little Women

Steven Zaillian for The Irishman

Todd Phillips and Scott Silver for Joker

Anthony McCarten for The Two Popes

Who Will Win:Taika Waititi for Jojo Rabbit

Who Should Win:Taika Waititi for Jojo Rabbit

No other nominee in this category has taken as many risks as Taika Waititi with Jojo Rabbit. Waititi has transformed Christine Leunen’s novel into an audacious satire always on the right side of taste. A difficult task to pull off, and one worthy of the Oscar gold.

Best Original Screenplay 

The Nominees:

Noah Baumbach for Marriage Story

Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin-Won for Parasite

Rhian Johnson for Knives Out

Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns for 1917

Who Will Win: Parasite

Who Should Win: Parasite or Knives Out

A very strong category with a number of worthy winners, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story is a strong contender; however, I believe Rian Johnson’s Knives Out is a masterfully written whodunit murder mystery that should’ve been nominated for much more at this year’s ceremony. This being said it is the Korean language script for Parasite that should, and probably will, win the award.

Best Director 

The Nominees:

Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Todd Phillips for Joker

Bong Joo-Ho for Parasite

Martin Scorsese for The Irishman

Sam Mendes for 1917

Who Will Win: Sam Mendes

Who Should Win: Bong Joon Ho

Despite the lack of female nominees, the best director category is a strong one. Sam Mendes has been dominating the category, bringing a theatrical approach to directing his “one take” war epic. This being said, Bong Joon-Ho directed a true masterpiece with Parasite, balancing character, genre and a poignant message on the class divide with the confidence of a true master of his craft.

Best Film 

The Nominees:

1917

Ford v Ferrari (Le Mans ’66)

Joker

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Parasite

The Irishman

Little Women

JoJo Rabbit

Marriage Story

Who Will Win: 1917

Who Should Win: Parasite

Dominating almost everywhere this awards season, 1917 is one of the surest wins the Best Film Category has had. A technical masterpiece that will deservedly win Best Cinematography and Director; it will surely win Best Film also. On the other hand, this writer favours Bong Joon-Ho’s Palm D’Or winning masterpiece Parasite. I believe Parasite is equally as good if not better, and without any of the technical gimmickry.

Overall, it’s fairly easy to predict who will win this year based on the results of numerous award ceremonies. In my opinion there isn’t much to complain about, yes there is a clear lack of female director nominees and diversity as a whole which should and will change in the years to come, however, the recipients of this year’s awards have still produced excellent works that will be rewatched and remembered for years to come