If Oscar Gets It Right (Or, My Personal Nominations)

As usual, this award season has been an incredibly stressful one for me, as many of the films and artists I am most passionate about this year have been snubbed in various categories across the major precursors, while a number of films and artists I find mediocre, pedestrian and/or downright bad have been nominated in their places. Given that, I just wanted to set out, for posterity, what the 2020 Oscar nominations, which will be announced on Monday morning, God help me, would look like if I were in charge (which, honestly, I should be):

Best Picture

After The Wedding

Clemency

Hustlers

Little Women

Marriage Story

Parasite

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

The Last Black Man In San Francisco

The Souvenir

Waves

Best Director

Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Chinonye Chukwu, Clemency

Greta Gerwig, Little Women

Joanna Hogg, The Souvenir

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Lorene Scafaria, Hustlers

Céline Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Actress

Aisling Franciosi, The Nightingale

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Noémie Merlant, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

Mary Kay Place, Diane

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Zhao Tao, Ash Is Purest White

Michelle Williams, After The Wedding

Alfre Woodard, Clemency

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain & Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell

Noah Jupe, Honey Boy

George MacKay, 1917

Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name

Best Supporting Actress

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Sandra Hüller, Sibyl

Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers

Florence Pugh, Little Women

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dolemite Is My Name

Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell

Cho Yeo-jeong, Parasite

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Burke, The Souvenir

Timothée Chalamet, Little Women

Al Pacino, The Irishman

Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Sam Rockwell, Richard Jewell

Archie Yates, Jojo Rabbit

Best Performance in a Limited Role

Zazie Beetz, Seberg

Danielle Brooks, Clemency

 Toni Collette, Knives Out

Lily-Rose Depp, The King

Agyness Deyn, Her Smell

Dakota Fanning, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Regina Hall, Little

Christine Lahti, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Diana Lin, The Farewell

Chloë Sevigny, Queen & Slim

Tilda Swinton, The Souvenir

Meritt Wever, Marriage Story

Kristen Wiig, Where’d You Go Bernadette

Best Acting Ensemble

Bombshell

Booksmart

Jojo Rabbit

Knives Out

Little Women

Marriage Story

Parasite

Richard Jewell

The Farewell

The Irishman

Best Adapted Screenplay

Bart Freundlich, After The Wedding

Greta Gerwig, Little Women

Sebastián Lelio, Gloria Bell

Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes

Lorene Scafaria, Hustlers

Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit

Best Original Screenplay

Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Lucio Castro, End Of The Century

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Kiyoshi Kurosawa, To The Ends Of The Earth

Trey Edward Shults, Waves

Lulu Wang, The Farewell

Foreign-Language Film

A Girl Missing

Bacurau

Pain & Glory

Parasite

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

Transit

To The Ends Of The Earth

Animated Film

Klaus

Documentary

Honeyland

Cinematography

1917

Atlantics

Lucy In The Sky

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

Queen & Slim

The Last Black Man In San Francisco

Waves

Costume Design

Downton Abbey

Harriet

Judy

Little Women

Paradise Hills

Rocketman

Seberg

Makeup/Hairstyling

Bombshell

Downton Abbey

Hustlers

Judy

Little Women

The King

Production Design

Aladdin

Knives Out

Little Joe

Little Women

Midsommar

Parasite

Visual Effects

1917

Ad Astra

Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil

The Aeronauts

The Irishman

The Lion King

Song

Glasglow, Wild Rose

Breakthrough Performance

Taylor Russell, Waves

Most Overlooked Film

All Is True

Best Of Enemies

Brittany Runs A Marathon

Clemency

Little Joe

Official Secrets

Teen Spirit

Wild Rose

Best Unreleased Film

American Woman

Blackbird

First Cow

Proxima

I know there is a zero percent chance the actual nominations will meaningfully resemble the above in any way, but a girl can dream. In any case, fingers crossed the Academy doesn’t fuck up as badly as I am expecting they will. My lips to God’s ears!

xx

JB