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Our Oscar Predictions

The 92nd Academy Awards air on Sunday, February 9th. It's the biggest awards show of the year for film and we're here with our predictions for the winners in the major categories.

Best PictureBest Picture

  • Ford V Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
  • Parasite 

Scott, Parasite: This movie is a lot of things, it's comedy, it's drama, it's a thriller and at times, a horror. Seamlessly blending genres, director Bong Joon Ho creates a pitch-black modern fairytale. Yes, you'll be reading subtitles for 132 minutes, but the movie flies through it's run time. No film has ever won best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture, but this could be the year.

Chris, 1917: It reinforced the idea that I’m really really really really glad I wasn’t born at the turn of the 20th century in Britain, which would have meant I probably would’ve fought in the First World War. It’s a movie with a lot of heart and beauty, and many aspects of moviemaking – cinematography, costuming, special effects, music, choreography – come together seamlessly. Which is a good thing, because it’s edited to make it look like it was filmed in one continuous take. A great piece of storytelling.

I’d just like to point out that I actually sat through “The Irishman” in one sitting. I don’t think a lot of people did that.

Snubsuncut gems

  • Uncut Gems: This movie is basically Adam Sandler making bets and selling jewelry at his shop for over 2 hours, but it's somehow one of the most stressful and entertaining movies I've ever seen. Also, Adam Sandler is amazing in this film (you heard that right) as the sleazy jeweler, Howard Ratner.
  • Knives Out: Daniel Craig's accent is worth the price of admission alone for this film, but the amazing ensemble cast and twisting plot make Knives Out a memorable whodunit. It did receive a single Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay, but it was definitely snubbed from other categories.

Best Actor in a Leading RoleBest Lead Actor

  • Antonio Banderas - Pain and Glory
  • Leonardo Dicaprio - Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
  • Adam Driver - Marriage Story
  • Joaquin Phoenix - Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce - The Two Popes

Scott, Joaquin Phoenix: He was so unhinged, yet somehow so believable as Arthur Fleck. The movie was also a massive success, which doesn't hurt his chances.

Chris, Leo: This is actually the only movie that I saw in this category, so Leo wins by default. And anyway Antonio Banderas was probably better in “The Laundromat,” the short and hilarious movie by Steven Soderbergh about the Panama Papers scandal. Remember that? When we discovered that everyone in the world is getting screwed by a few rich guys squirreling money in shell companies? Oh right, we’ve all forgotten about that, haven’t we? We’re all back looking at the Kardashians now.

Scott: Calm down, Chris.

Best Actress in a Leading RoleBest Lead Actress

  • Cynthia Erivo - Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan - Little Women
  • Charlize Theron - Bombshell
  • Renee Zellweger - Judy

Scott, Scarlett Johansson: This is the year of ScoJo. She's going to take home some hardware as either a lead or supporting actress. She's also incredible in Jojo Rabbit, but her emotionally powerful performance in Marriage Story is even better.

Chris, Saorise Ronan : Didn’t see any of these movies, but I love Irish names that don’t sound at all like they look. Seamus. Siobhan. Ceilidh. Sinead. Niamh. Leprechaun. Crazy Irish people! It's also Saoirse Ronan's 4th Oscar nomination at the age of 25.

Best Actor in a Supporting RoleSupporting 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

Scott, Brad Pitt: He's too cool not to win as stuntman Cliff Booth. And let's be honest, he is "overdue" for an Oscar. Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are going to split votes for the Irishman as well.

Chris, Tom Hanks: Didn’t see the movie, but I have three rules in life: 1. Treat others with respect; 2. Eat your veggies; 3. Never underestimate Tom Hanks.

Best Actress in a Supporting RoleSupporting Actress

  • Kathy Bates - Richard Jewell
  • Laura Dern - Marriage Story
  • Scarlett Johansson - Jojo Rabbit
  • Florence Pugh - Little Women
  • Margot Robbie - Bombshell

Scott, Laura Dern: She has already snagged awards at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Critic's Choice Awards. I think she's got this one in the bag. 

Chris, Scarlett Johansson: Hang on, was she nominated in two acting categories? Has that ever happened before? If only there was a quick way to look that up.


Best DirectorBest Director

  • Martin Scorsese - The Irishman
  • Todd Phillips - Joker
  • 1917 - Sam Mendes
  • Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood - Quentin Tarentino
  • Parasite - Bong Joon Ho

Scott, Bong Joon Ho (Parasite): I'm doubling down here on Parasite. The montage scenes alone are worthy of an Oscar.

Chris, Sam Mendes: I have 7 words: edited so it’s in one continuous take. Come on, that’s awesome!


These are just our predictions, we're not Movie Critics, just CityWest employees. Tune in on Sunday, February 9th to see who wins!

Look for these films on VOD or stream through Quantum Internet on your favourite streaming service. Marriage Story, The Irishman, The Two Popes, and Uncut Gems are available to stream now on Netflix.