Mike’s Predictions For The COVID Oscars
Hey, the Oscars are this weekend! Did they sneak up on you too?
Even as somebody who's more tuned into the movie world than most, the Oscars were a lot tougher to keep track of this year. For one thing, they're happening two months later than they normally would be (delayed due to COVID); they're also allowing films from the first two months of 2021 to enter the race (again due to COVID); and there's not a lot of movies nominated that mainstream audiences have actually seen because most of them ended up getting delayed (as you probably guessed, due to COVID).
There were still a lot of incredible films nominated and even more stuff that didn't get any love from the Academy (please watch She Dies Tomorrow, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, and Da 5 Bloods when you can, they're incredible) - but it feels more difficult to pick the winners this year than ever before.
Still, I'm gonna try - I've made this my annual thing, and I tend to do pretty well. Last year, I actually won the Oscar predictions pool at The Roxy Theater's viewing party, so I sort of know what I'm talking about. So these are my predictions for every category (minus the short films) at the Oscars this year. Place your bets, people!
Best Picture: Nomadland
Best Director: Chloe Zhao, Nomadland
Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Best Supporting Actress: Youn Yuh-Jung, Minari
Best Original Screenplay: Minari
Best Adapted Screenplay: Nomadland
Best Animated Feature: Soul
Best International Feature: Another Round
Best Documentary Feature: Collective
Best Original Score: Mank
Best Original Song: "Speak Now" from One Night In Miami
Best Sound: Sound of Metal
Best Production Design: Mank
Best Cinematography: Nomadland
Best Makeup & Hairstyling: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Best Costume Design: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Best Film Editing: The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Visual Effects: Tenet