2020 Oscar Predictions ​

Updated January 14th, 2021

One Night In Miami (Amazon Studios)

1. Kemp Powers - One Night in Miami

In the aftermath of Cassius Clay’s defeat of Sonny Liston in 1964, the boxer meets with Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown to change the course of history in the segregated South.

2. Chloé Zhao - Nomadland

A woman in her sixties after losing everything in the Great Recession embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

3. Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller - The Father

A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

4. Charlie Kaufman - I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Nothing is as it seems when a woman experiencing misgivings about her new boyfriend joins him on a road trip to meet his parents at their remote farm.

5. Kelly Reichardt, Jonathan Raymond - First Cow

A taciturn loner and skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow.

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6. Ruben Santiago-Hudson - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey. Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee – who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry – spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.

7. Luke Davies, Paul Greengrass - News of the World

A Texan traveling across the wild West bringing the news of the world to local townspeople, agrees to help rescue a young girl who was kidnapped.

8. Kata Wéber - Pieces of a Woman

A woman's life is turned upside down when her criminal parents invite an outsider to join them on a major heist they're planning.

9. Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Nina Pedrad, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jen Friedman, Lee Kern - Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Follow-up film to the 2006 comedy centering on the real-life adventures of a fictional Kazakh television journalist named Borat.

10. Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani - The Mauritanian

A detainee at the U.S military's Guantanamo Bay detention center is held without charges for over a decade and seeks help from a defense attorney for his release.

11. Eric Johnson, Paul Tamasy - The Outpost

Zola is a 2020 American comedy-drama film directed by Janicza Bravo, from a screenplay by Bravo and Jeremy O. Harris. It stars Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Ari'el Stachel and Colman Domingo. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2020.

12. Ramin Bahrani - The White Tiger

The epic journey of a poor Indian driver who must use his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters and rise to the top of the heap.

13. Suzan-Lori Parks - The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

14. Patrick DeWitt - French Exit

Zola is a 2020 American comedy-drama film directed by Janicza Bravo, from a screenplay by Bravo and Jeremy O. Harris. It stars Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Ari'el Stachel and Colman Domingo. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2020.

15. Vanessa Taylor - Hillbilly Elegy

A Yale law student drawn back to his hometown grapples with family history, Appalachian values and the American dream. Based on the best-selling memoir by J.D. Vance.

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16. Angela Russo-Otstot, Jessica Goldberg- Cherry

An Army medic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder becomes a serial bank robber after an addiction to drugs puts him in debt.

17. Chad Beguelin & Bob Martin - The Prom

A troupe of hilariously self-obsessed theater stars swarm into a small conservative Indiana town in support of a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom.

18. Eleanor Catton - Emma.

In 1800s England, a well-meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.

19. Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci - The Personal History of David Copperfield

A fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical masterpiece, The Personal History of David Copperfield, set in the 1840s, chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David’s journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, colour and humanity.

20. Mark L. Smith - The Midnight Sky

This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.