2020 Oscar Predictions ​

Updated January 14th, 2021

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Hulu)

1. Maria Bakalova - Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

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

2. Youn Yuh-jung – Minari

It’s the 1980s, and David, a seven-year-old Korean American boy, is faced with new surroundings and a different way of life when his father, Jacob, moves their family from the West Coast to rural Arkansas. His mother, Monica, is aghast that they live in a mobile home in the middle of nowhere, and naughty little David and his sister are bored and aimless. When his equally mischievous grandmother arrives from Korea to live with them, her unfamiliar ways arouse David’s curiosity. Meanwhile, Jacob, hell-bent on creating a farm on untapped soil, throws their finances, his marriage, and the stability of the family into jeopardy.

3. Ellen Burstyn – Pieces of a Woman

A grieving woman embarks on an emotional journey after the loss of her baby.

4. Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Mank follows screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz’s tumultuous development of Orson Welles’ iconic masterpiece Citizen Kane (1941).

5. Olivia Coleman - 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.​

NEXT IN LINE:

6. Jodie Foster - 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.

7. Glenn Close – 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.

8. Dominique Fishback - Judas and the Black Messiah

The story of Fred Hampton, deputy chairman of the national Black Panther Party, who was assassinated in 1969 by a Cook County tactical unit on the orders of the FBI and Chicago Police Department.

9. Saoirse Ronan – Ammonite

In 1840s England, palaeontologist Mary Anning and a young woman sent by her husband to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship. Despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realisation that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably.

10. Helena Zengel – 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.

11. Talia Ryder – Never Rarely Sometimes Always

A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.​

12. Shailene Woodley - 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.

13. Nicole Kidman - 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.

14. Swankie - 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.

15. Lily Collins – Mank

Mank follows screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz’s tumultuous development of Orson Welles’ iconic masterpiece Citizen Kane (1941).​

Also Considered:

16. Olivia Cooke – Sound of Metal

A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.

17. Toni Collette – I'm thinking of ending things

Full of misgivings, a young woman travels with her new boyfriend to his parents' secluded farm.

18. Vanessa Kirby - The World to Come

The World to Come is an 2020 drama film directed by Mona Fastvold, from a screenplay by Ron Hansen and Jim Shepard, based upon Shepard's story of the same name. It stars Vanessa Kirby, Katherine Waterston, Christopher Abbott and Casey Affleck.

19. Debra Winger - Kajillionaire

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.

20. Ciara Bravo – Cherry

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