Attempting, in January, to predict what will be nominated for an Oscar next year is a largely pointless exercise but it’s one that I do every year. What can I say? I like the Oscars. I like rituals. And I like making lists.
But seriously, don’t take these predictions too seriously. For the most part, they’re based on wild guesses and familiar names. For instance, The Irishman is listed because it’s a Scorsese film but that didn’t really help out Silence. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is listed because it’s a Tarantino film. Tom Hanks is listed because …. well, he’s Tom Hanks. Late Night and The Report are listed because of the excitement they generated at Sundance but Sundance hype doesn’t always last for a full 12 months. I’d love to see Amy Adams finally win an Oscar for The Woman In The Window but, to be honest, I couldn’t visualize anyone other than Naomi Watts in the lead role when I read the novel.
At this time last year, no one had heard of Green Book. Bohemian Rhapsody looked like it might just end up going straight to HBO. No one suspected Black Panther would be the first comic book movie to be nominated for best picture. Richard E. Grant was on no one’s radar and anyone who says they thought Roma and The Favourite would be the most nominated films of the year is a damn liar. It’s too early to make any sort of real guess about what will be nominated next year.
However, it’s never too early to make some cray, wild guesses!
Here are my way, way, way, way, way too early Oscar predictions for January. Some day, perhaps tomorrow, we’ll look back at these predictions and laugh. And then I’ll cry because it’s never fun when people laugh at you….
A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
Call of the Wild
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Toy Story 4
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
The Woman in the Window
Nisha Ganatra for Late Night
Greta Gerwig for Little Women
Martin Scorsese for The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Joe Wright for The Woman In The Window
Robert De Niro in The Irishman
Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
Joaquin Phoenix in Joker
Brad Pitt in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Amy Adams in The Woman In The Window
Annette Bening in The Report
Cate Blanchett in Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
Saoirse Ronan in Little Women
Emma Thompson in Late Night
Best Supporting Actor
Harrison Ford in Call of the Wild
Damon Herriman in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Sir Ian McKellen in Cats
Al Pacino in The Irishman
Wyatt Russell in The Woman In The Window
Best Supporting Actress
Dame Judi Dench in Cats
Laura Dern in Little Women
Nicole Kidman in The Goldfinch
Anna Paquin in The Irishman
Margot Robbie in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood