Well, here we go!
This is my last set of Oscar predictions for the year. With the critics groups and some of the guilds having now announced their picks for the best of 2019, the Oscar picture is now a lot more clear. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Parasite, The Irishman, 1917, and Marriage Story all seem to be guaranteed to pick up a nomination.
I am going to go out on a limb and predict that, despite being ignored at SAG and by the Golden Globes, Uncut Gems will get some nominations as well. Right now, the film just seems to have momentum on its side. Realistically, I’m not a 100% convinced that it’ll be nominated, not the way I am with some other films. It’s divisive film and I’m sure that some people think that rewarding Adam Sandler will just lead to him using his newfound respect to get a theatrical release for the next Grown Ups sequel. But I’m going to take a chance and go with it.
(Of course, Nightcrawler and Jake Gyllenhaal also had a lot of momentum a few years ago and ended up getting totally shut out of the Oscars.)
Below are my predictions for December. If you want to see how my thinking has evolved, be sure to check out my predictions for January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November!
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho for Parasite
Sam Mendes for 1917
The Safdie Brothers for Uncut Gems
Martin Scorsese for The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Adam Driver for Marriage Story
Taron Egerton for Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix for Joker
Adam Sandler for Uncut Gems
Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story
Luptia Nyong’o for Us
Saoirse Ronan for Little Women
Charlize Theron for Bombshell
Renee Zellweger for Judy
Best Supporting Actor
Willem DaFoe in The Lighthouse
Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
Al Pacino for The Irishman
Joe Pesci for The Irishman
Brad Pitt for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern in Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson in JoJo Rabbit
Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers
Florence Pugh in Little Women
Margot Robbie in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 13th!
Happy New Year, everyone!
Oscar, in happier times