It’s time for my monthly Oscar predictions! Awards Season is going to begin in just another two days and the Oscar picture has become a lot more clearer.
Last month, I was ready to write off West Side Story as a contender. However, following both the film’s recent screening and the death of Stephen Sondheim, it’s now once again very much a contender. If nothing else, Rita Moreno seems like the clear front runner for Supporting Actress. This would be her first nomination since she won an Oscar for appearing in the original West Side Story. Who can resist that narrative?
I’ve also added Licorice Pizza back to my list of nominees. At first, I thought it sounded too slight to be a contender but the enthusiasm that I’m seeing for the film would seem to indicate that I was incorrect.
As always, keep in mind that I don’t claim to be an expert. The picture is a bit clearer but I don’t claim to have any inside information or anything like that. These are just my guesses, for better or worse. To see how my thinking has evolved, check out my predictions for March and April and May and June and July and August and September and October!
Being the Ricardos
House of Gucci
The Lost Daughter
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story
Paul Thomas Anderson for Licorice Pizza
Kenneth Branagh for Belfast
Jane Campion for The Power of the Dog
Guillermo del Toro for Nightmare Alley
Steven Spielberg for West Side Story
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog
Peter Dinklage in Cyrano
Jude Hill in Belfast
Will Smith in King Richard
Denzel Washington in The Tragedy of MacBeth
Lady Gaga in House of Gucci
Jennifer Hudson in Respect
Nicole Kidman in Being the Ricardos
Kristen Stewart in Spencer
Rachel Zegler in West Side Story
Best Supporting Actor
Ben Affleck in The Tender Bar
Bradley Cooper in Licorice Pizza
Ciaran Hinds in Belfast
Jared Leto in House of Gucci
Kodi Smit-McPhee in The Power of the Dog
Best Supporting Actress
Ann Dowd in Mass
Kirsten Dunst in The Power of the Dog
Aunjanue Ellis in King Richard
Marlee Matlin in CODA
Rita Moreno in West Side Story
You are right on with your predictions…”West Side Story” did have some terrific early word-of-mouth screenings – sadly, the energetic “In The Heights” will be passed over…”Tick Tick Boom” may give Andrew Garfield a much-deserved Best Actor nomination, but Will Smith’s mesmerizing performance in “King Richard” seems to make him a lock! Great post as always!
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