Predictions for the 92nd Academy Awards

The Academy Award is the highest honor a person can receive in the film industry.

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The Academy Award is the highest honor a person can receive in the film industry.

Liam Hawley, staff writer

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The 92nd Academy Awards has people wondering who will take home the big prizes. The main categories include best picture, best actor in a leading and supporting role, and best actress in a leading or supporting role. The event will take place at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. on the ABC network. 

Actress in a Supporting Role 

Kathy Bates in Richard Jewell 

Laura Dern in Marriage Story 

Scarlett Johansson in Jojo Rabbit 

Florence Pugh in Little Women 

Margot Robbie in “Bombshell”.  

Rolling Stone predicts that Laura Dern will win the category as the magazine states, “It would take a thunderbolt to deny Dern her first Oscar.”  However, this is not her first nomination, she has been nominated in the past, for her works in “Wild” and “Rambling Rose.” 

Actor in a Supporting Role 

Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in Neighborhood” 

Anthony Hopkins in “The Two Popes” 

Al Pacino in “The Irishman” 

Joe Pesci in “The Irishman” 

Brad Pitt in “Once upon a Time…in Hollywood 

According to USA Today, Brad Pitt should and will win and explaining for Pitt, “It’s a career honor, for sure, after years of balancing being both an A-list movie star and one of the greatest character actors of his generation. This is not Pitt’s first nomination. He was nominated in past films such as 12 Monkeys,” for Best Supporting Actor and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” for Best Actor. 

Actor in a Leading Role 

Antonio Banderas in “Pain and Glory” 

Leonardo DiCaprio in “Once upon a Time…in Hollywood” 

Adam Driver in “Marriage Story”  

Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker” 

Jonathan Pryce in “The Two Popes” 

According to Justin Chang, a film critic for The Los Angeles Times, Joaquin Phoenix will win the Best Actor category. ““Joker” isn’t the movie I’d give Phoenix an Oscar for, but I can hardly begrudge him his all-but-assured victory: From “The Master” to “You Were Never Really Here,” he’s been doing brilliant, under-recognized, under-the-skin work for years.Phoenix has been nominated in the past for his works in “Gladiator” for Best Supporting Actor as well as “Walk the Line” and “The Master” for Best Actor. 

Actress in a Leading Role 

Cynthia Erivo in “Harriet 

Scarlett Johansson in “Marriage Story” 

Saoirse Ronan in “Little Women” 

Charlize Theron in “Bombshell” 

Renée Zellweger in “Judy” 

As described by Rolling Stone, Saoirse Ronan should win, but Renée Zellweger will likely “score again.” “Playing Judy Garland on the skids will appeal to the Academy’s shame for denying the beloved performer a competitive Oscar. In the mind of a lot of voters, a win for Zellweger is a win for Garland.” 

Directing 

Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman” 

Todd Phillips, “Joker” 

Sam Mendes, “1917” 

Quentin Tarantino, “Once upon a Time…in Hollywood” 

Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite” 

According to USA Today, Sam Mendes will win the Best Director category because he won the Directors Guild of America Awards. “The last six winners at the Directors Guild of America Awards took this Oscar, and that streak likely continues with Mendes, who crafted a splendid war film that was much more than the usual battlefield status quo.” 

Best Picture 

Ford v Ferrari 

The Irishman 

Jojo Rabbit 

Joker 

Little women 

Marriage Story 

1917 

Once upon a Time…in Hollywood 

Parasite 

According to Rolling Stone “1917” is a certain win for Best Picture. “Critics and audiences are all in for this World War I drama about a British soldier risking life and limb to stop a battle.” It will be interesting to see if the predictions come true this Sunday evening when the awards are announced.