OSCAR 2020: they are the champions!
The 92nd Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on February, 9. The 19 celebrities, as far as we can see, were pretending to be the host of the ceremony. But this time we won’t see any host, according to the Academy well-conscious decision. Instead of it gossip and criticism will be plenty present, because many of us pay attention to the lack of women in the category Best Director.
Joker – take it all! The leader in the number of nomination
Joker won the September Venice festival. The anti-hero Joker received the most nominations with 11, including nominations in the categories of Best Picture, Directing, and, of course, Actor in a Leading Role for Joaquin Phoenix, who played a unsuccessful comedian, developing in crime and mental health problems. The Academy has never supported comic book films like this before.
Not far behind Joker we have other works that were highly measured: Quentin Tarantino’s retro revenge Once upon a time in Hollywood, Sam Mendes’ war drama 1917 and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. They have 10 nominees each.
- Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
- Ford v Ferrari
- Jojo Rabbit
- Little Women
- Marrige Story
The Academy loves feeling nostalgia for classic Hollywood films/ Quentin Tarantino’s opus Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which received the Golden Globes, fits perfectly in with the tastes of the jury. In addition, Tarantino had never received an Oscar for best picture and directing. Jury can hurry to respect his career achievements, because this is one of his last project.
The second place is given to the military drama 1917, the third – to the Korean thriller Parasite. Ford v Ferrari takes the least of public’s expectation.
Performance by an actor in a leading role nominees
- Leonardo DiCaprio in ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
- Adam Driver in MARRIAGE STORY
- Joaquin Phoenix in JOKER
We all mentioned such a realistic, touching and close to the problem of social pressure Joker, didn’t we? So let’s say thanks to the 45-year-old Phoenix has already won the Golden Globe and the Critics’ Choice award. 2020 has all the chance to be a good year for him, as previously he has been nominated for the Oscar twice.
Adam Driver comes after Phoenix. He received a lot of criticism (and memes) for the role of Kylo Ren in the new Star Wars (oh gash). This time, Driver will appear as a theater director in Noah Baumbach’s film Marriage Story. With his wife, actress (Scarlett Johansson), he will go through a painful divorce and the struggle for custody of the child.
Performance by an actress in a leading role nominees
- Cynthia Erivo in HARRIET
- Scarlett Johansson in MARRIAGE STORY
- Saoirse Ronan in LITTLE WOMEN
- Renée Zellweger in JUDY
Renee Zellweger became the leader among women, beloved for her openness, self-irony and unconditional talent in the films “Bridget Jones” and “Cold Mountain”. This year, she can get a statuette for the film “Judy”, which describes the latest concerts of Hollywood star Judy Garland in London in 1968.
There is also a high probability of returning home with Oscar for the Avengers star Scarlett Johansson, who is the second contender for the statuette.
Little-known by international audience, actress Cynthia Erivo closes the top three Oscar favorites for her role in the film Harriet, where her heroine devoted her life to the fight against slavery. However, Margot Robbie (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) is only the sixth.
- The Irishman – Martin Scorsese
- 1917 – Sam Mendes
- Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
- Parasite – Bong Joon-ho
Sam Mendes won the Golden Globe for best directing, and may repeat as well his success at the Oscars. 1917 looks like been filmed in one take. The Academy can hardly ignore such a technical feat, so we suppose that the favorite of bookmakers will receive his second Oscar (the first went to him for American Beauty in 2000).
Following Mendes, the biggest bets are made on the victory of Korean director Pong Joon Ho. In third place is Quentin Tarantino. The film of the legendary “film industry gangster” Martin Scorsese, in his turn, will tell us a story about Frank Sheeran, nicknamed the Irishman, who is credited with the murder of 25 gangsters, including Jimmy Hoff himself.
Best supporting actor
- Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
- Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
- Al Pacino – The Irishman
- Joe Pesci – The Irishman
- Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Pitt was never awarded for acting, but given how his critics and viewers liked his game and how few iconic roles he received in recent years, his victory will be absolutely logical. Joe Pesci, Tom Hanks, Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins follow him with a wide gap.
Best supporting actress
- Laura Dern in MARRIAGE STORY
- Scarlett Johansson in JOJO RABBIT
- Florence Pugh in LITTLE WOMEN
- Margot Robbie in BOMBSHELL
The film Marriage Story was recognized because of the acting duo Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, but Laura Dern portrays a divorce lawyer so expressively that neither bookmakers nor film critics doubt her victory at the Oscars 2020.
Without any nominees
No less than we talk about the Oscar nominees, the discussion annually revolves around those films and cinematographers that Academy has ignored. This time, among these losers there were several truly stellar names: Robert De Niro who played the main role in The Irishmen; Christian Bale and Matt Damon will be also indifferent viewers of the upcoming ceremony; comedians Eddie Murphy (My Name Is Dolemite) and Adam Sandler (Uncut Jewels), considered very likely candidates for the award all autumn, and not appreciated. Moreover, other all the world critics’ beloved Lulu Wong’s Farewell and Lauren Scafaria’s Strippers were not mentioned.