2021 Oscar Predictions

Updated June 4th, 2021

Bradley Cooper

1. Bradley Cooper – Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project (or Nightmare Alley)

Set in 1970s San Fernando Valley, the film follows a high school student, who is also a successful child actor.​

2. Bradley Whitford – Tick...Tick...Boom!

The story of Jon, an aspiring theater composer who is waiting tables in New York City while writing Superbia - which he hopes will be the next great American musical and finally give him his big break.

3. J.K. Simmons – Being the Ricardos

Follows Lucy and Desi as they face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.​

4. Mark Rylance – Don't Look Up

The story of two low-level astronomers, who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth.​

5. Colman Domingo – Zola

A stripper named Zola embarks on a wild road trip to Florida.​

Next In Line:

6. Ben Affleck - The Last Duel

King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.​

7. Corey Hawkins – The Tragedy of Macbeth

A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.​

8. Adam Driver – House of Gucci

The story of how Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, plotted to kill her husband, the grandson of renowned fashion designer Guccio Gucci.​

9. Bill Murray – The French Dispatch

A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch Magazine".​

10. Idris Elba – The Harder They Fall 

When an outlaw discovers his enemy is being released from prison, he reunites his gang to seek revenge in this Western.​

Also Consider:

11. Jesse Plemons - The Power of the Dog

A pair of brothers who own a large ranch in Montana are pitted against each other when one of them gets married.​

12. Simon Helberg - Annette

A stand-up comedian and his opera singer wife have a 2 year old daughter with a surprising gift.​

13. Ben Mendelsohn - Cyrano

Follows the life of Cyrano de Bergerac.​

14. Lin-Manuel Miranda - In the Heights

The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop. The likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.​

15. Mark O'Brien - Blue Bayou

As a Korean-American man raised in the Louisiana bayou works hard to make a life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past as he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.​

16. Brian D'Arcy James - West Side Story

An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.​

17. Eugenio Derbez - Coda

As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family's fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music and her fear of abandoning her parents.​

18. Jalon Christian - A Journal for Jordan

1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King, before he is killed in action in Baghdad, authors a journal for his son intended to tell him how to live a decent life despite growing up without a father.​

19. Harry Styles - Don't Worry Darling

A 1950's housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets.​

20. Jason Isaacs - Mass

Aftermath of a violent tragedy that affects the lives of two couples in different ways.