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Updated Oscar Predictions for April


With the Cannes Film Festival on the horizon and the Tribeca Film Festival starting up yesterday, it seems like a perfect time to check in with some early Academy Award predictions. For the moment, the names and titles you’ll see mentioned are going to be familiar to those of you who read last month’s first set. The ones mentioned below will include Damien Chazelle’s La La Land follow up First Man, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, Adam McKay’s Backseat, Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner, and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. Today though, there’s more to it than that. Read on to see what I mean…

What you’ll see below are the same predictions as last month, but with one distinction…they now include next in line contenders. Some of them may even be predicted nominees next month, but at this early juncture, we can take it one step at a time. I’m doing it just for the top eight categories, but that’s only for this month. Next month may very well have it for all. For now, this is a repeat of the initial set of predictions from March, but these will change in a big way, very soon. Consider this a bit of prep work, especially before Cannes.


Here now is a new (or at least new-ish) set of Oscar predictions:

BEST PICTURE

1. First Man
2. Backseat
3. The Front Runner
4. The Irishman
5. Black Panther
6. On the Basis of Sex
7. Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
8. Boy Erased
9. The Women of Marwen
10. Wildlife

Next in line: 11. If Beale Street Could Talk 12. Under the Silver Lake 13. Widows 14. Ad Astra 15. Mary Queen of Scots 16. BlackKklansman 17. Mid 90’s 18. Can You Ever Forgive Me? 19. The Favourite 20. A Star is Born

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
2. Adam McKay – Backseat
3. Jason Reitman – The Front Runner
4. Damien Chazelle – First Man
5. Ryan Coogler – Black Panther

Next in line: 6. Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk 7. Robert Zemeckis – The Women of Marwen 8. Mimi Leder – On the Basis of Sex 9. Richard Linklater – Where’d You Go, Bernadette? 10. Joel Edgerton – Boy Erased

BEST ACTOR

1. Hugh Jackman – The Front Runner
2. Ryan Gosling – First Man
3. Christian Bale – Backseat
4. Steve Carell – The Women of Marwen (or Beautiful Boy)
5. Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased

Next in line: 6. Robert De Niro – The Irishman 7. Ben Foster – Leave No Trace 8. Robert Redford – Old Man and the Gun 9. Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody 10. Andrew Garfield – Under the Silver Lake

BEST ACTRESS

1. Felicity Jones – On the Basis of Sex
2. Amy Adams – Backseat
3. Charlize Theron – Tully
4. Saoirse Ronan – Mary Queen of Scots
5. Cate Blanchett – Where’d You Go Bernadette?

Next in line: 6. Kristen Stewart – JT Leroy 7. Glenn Close – The Wife 8. Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me? 9. Carey Mulligan – Wildlife 10. Stefani Germanotta – A Star is Born

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Sam Rockwell – Backseat
2. Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther
3. Bruce Dern – White Boy Rick
4. Corey Stoll – First Man
5. Billy Crudup – Where’d You Go Bernadette?

Next in line: 6. Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me? 7. Al Pacino – The Irishman 8. Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy 9. Joe Pesci – The Irishman 10. Sam Elliott – A Star is Born

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Margot Robbie – Mary Queen of Scots
2. Mackenzie Davis – Tully
3. Claire Foy – First Man
4. Vera Farmiga – The Front Runner
5. Diane Kruger – The Women of Marwen

Next in line: 6. Laura Dern – JT Leroy 7. Nicole Kidman – Boy Erased 8. Riley Keough – Under the Silver Lake 9. Emily Blunt – A Quiet Place 10. Meryl Streep – Mary Poppins Returns

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

1. Tully
2. Backseat
3. On the Basis of Sex
4. Under the Silver Lake
5. Ad Astra

Next in line: 6. Peterloo 7. The Favourite 8. Mid 90’s 9. Everybody Knows 10. A Quiet Place

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

1. The Front Runner
2. First Man
3. Wildlife
4. The Irishman
5. Where’d You Go Bernadette?

Next in line: 6. If Beale Street Could Talk 7. Beautiful Boy 8. Widows 9. A Star is Born 10. Mary Poppins Returns

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

1. The Incredibles 2
2. Isle of Dogs
3. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
5. The Grinch

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

1. Black Panther
2. First Man
3. Solo: A Star Wars Story
4. Ready Player One
5. Ad Astra

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. Ad Astra
2. The Irishman
3. First Man
4. A Star is Born
5. Under the Silver Lake

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

1. Black Panther
2. Mary Queen of Scots
3. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
4. Mary Poppins Returns
5. A Wrinkle in Time

BEST FILM EDITING

1. First Man
2. Black Panther
3. The Irishman
4. The Front Runner
5. Backseat

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

1. Black Panther
2. Avengers: Infinity War
3. Mary Poppins Returns

BEST SOUND MIXING

1. Avengers: Infinity War
2. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
3. Black Panther
4. A Star is Born
5. Solo: A Star Wars Story

BEST SOUND EDITING

1. Avengers: Infinity War
2. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
3. Black Panther
4. A Star is Born
5. Solo: A Star Wars Story

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1. Annihilation
2. Avengers: Infinity War
3. Solo: A Star Wars Story
4. Ready Player One
5. Ant-Man and the Wasp

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

1. First Man
2. If Beale Street Could Talk
3. Ready Player One
4. Under the Silver Lake
5. Solo: A Star Wars Story

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

1. Hearts Beat Loud
2. A Star is Born
3. Fifty Shades Freed
4. Mary Poppins Returns
5. Black Panther

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. The Final Year
2. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
3. RBG
4. On Her Shoulders
5. Inventing Tomorrow

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

1. Roma
2. Sunset
3. Cold War
4. Loro
5. Ismael’s Ghosts

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BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

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Stay tuned for updated Oscar predictions next month!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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