Our Oscar Predictions for 2020

By Claire Graman

Our Oscar Predictions

Today, I’m sharing our Oscar predictions for 2020. This has been an unprecedented year in film history, to say the least, but the Oscars will still happen (albeit two months later than usual). The new guidelines working towards diversity won’t kick in until 2023, but there have still been many great films released this year. Many of these films explored the representation of women. Today, let’s look at some amazing female filmmakers and their work that could very well be recognized at the Oscars. If the film is available, I’ve linked it to the title below:

Our Oscar Predictions: Chloe Zhao and Regina King

The predicted favorite for Best Director is Chloe Zhao, who I’ve talked about in a previous post. Young and extremely talented, Zhao’s latest film Nomadland is based on a nonfiction book by journalist Jessica Bruder. In Nomadland, a woman (played by Frances McDormand) from rural Nevada travels as a modern-day nomad after the Great Recession. Nomadland has already won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Another contender for Best Director is the immensely talented Regina King. King has already won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018). Her feature film debut, One Night in Miami… is about a fictionalized meeting of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke in 1964. The film has wowed critics and will soon be available to view on Amazon Prime.

Kelly Reichardt and Emerald Fennell

Less favored by the predictors, but equally impressive are Kelly Reichardt and Emerald Fennell. Reichardt’s gentle Western, First Cow, is about two friends who plan a sort-of heist in 1820s Oregon. Emerald Fennell’s dark comedy Promising Young Woman follows the titular character exacting justice on men who take advantage of women.

Women Nominated in the Editing Category

Women in contention for Best Editing include Chloe Zhao, again, for her work on Nomadland. The list includes Jennifer Lame (Tenet), Sarah Flack (On the Rocks), and Enta Sidi (I Carry You With Me). Peggy Tachdjian and Danielle Wang co-edited The Prom.

Women Nominated for Best Cinematography

Fewer women are in the running for Best Cinematography, but here are our Oscar predictions in this category: Tami Reiker (One Night in Miami…) who has spoken on the struggles of being a female cinematographer. Add Mandy Walker, who drew inspiration from ancient Chinese art for her work with Niki Caro on the sweeping historical epic Mulan, to the list.

Women Nominated for Best Original Screenplay

There were a ton of amazing women writers. Here are possible contenders for Best Original Screenplay: Channing Godfrey Peoples (Miss Juneteenth), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), and Radha Blank (The Forty-Year-Old Version). Sofia Coppola (On the Rocks), Eliza Hittman (Never Rarely Sometimes Often), Ekwa Msangi (Farewell Amor), and Kitty Green (The Assistant) are also in the running.

Women Nominated for Best Actress

And finally, let’s look at Best Actress. There were many outstanding performances this year, including Academy favorites like Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet. However, Variety predicts the nominees will be: Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman), Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), and Frances McDormand (Nomadland). The list includes Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman).

And the Oscar goes to…

There are, of course, many, many other categories with many other amazing female filmmakers! We’ll have to wait and see how accurate we were with our Oscar predictions. For now, I hope I’ve gotten you excited about these films, many of which are now or will soon be available on streaming services.

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