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What can we expect from the 92nd Oscars?

February 5, 2020

The Academy Awards are back with a bang. Following on from that Golden Globes speech, and said presenter’s embarrassing defeat to Mrs Brown’s Boys at the National Television Awards, it’s time for the big one.

The 92nd Oscars will be screened live from LA’s Ray Dolby Ballroom on Monday 10th February (or 1am Tuesday 11th in the UK). If the annual ‘class photo’ is anything to go by, it will again be a star-studded event, with the likes of Brad Pitt, Renee Zellweger and Quentin Tarantino all in tow. From Little Women to larger than life war epics, what can we expect from this year’s awards?

Will the Oscars ever move past #OscarsSoWhite?

In 2015, April Reign coined the now widely-known hashtag #OscarsSoWhite as a protest against the lack of diversity in the voting system. 2019 seemed to be a step in the right direction, with Spike Lee and Alfonso Cuarón nominated, and Rami Malek winning Best Actor.

Sadly, 2020 appears to have taken a step back. Critics have noted the Joker’s 11 nominations, a reflection of the quality of the film, but no less a leading character with a white male. Likewise, while Little Women is up for Best Picture, viewers have noticed its female director missed a nomination.

Following in Margot Robbie’s BAFTA footsteps, Scarlett Johansson is up for two gongs, but some have slammed the lack of representation as a result. Harriet star Cynthia Erivo is noted for her Best Actress nomination, but Lead and Supporting Actors are noticeably lacking.

There is hope yet, however: Parasite, part crime thriller and part comedy, features a South Korean cast and director. It’s up for three awards, and could even walk away with Best Picture. However, with female directors and men of colour left out of the running, there is still work to be done.

Expect big laughs

On a lighter note, the presenting teams have been announced for this year’s Oscars, and the talent could just give Ricky Gervais a run for his money. Saturday Night Live veterans Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell will take to the stage, as will James Corden, Penelope Cruz, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves. We’re expecting a few off the cuff jokes, and hopefully no disasters like 2017

Doubtless, Brad Pitt will also be providing the laughs. At the Golden Globes he joked about bringing his mother to the awards, while he also wore a name tag at a recent Academy Awards lunch. He’s up for a gong alongside Quentin Tarantino, whose fashion may turn heads at the Oscars. He was one of the only males not to wear a suit for the abovementioned class photo.

Our Oscar winner 2020 predictions

From wartime satire to Netflix hits, here are the nominations for the top categories, along with SONA’s predictions.

Best Picture

The Irishman, Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit, Joker and Little Women take on epics Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 1917, with Ford v Ferrari in the running. However, with its blockbuster reviews and points for diversity, Parasite is sure to take it home.

Lead Actress

Renee Zellweger takes centre stage as Judy, while Cynthia Erivo’s Harriet biopic will pull at the heartstrings. They’re taking on Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson, but our money is on up-and-coming Little Women star Saoirse Ronan.

Supporting Actress

Hollywood Hall of Famer Kathy Bates meets Jurassic Park star Laura Dern and Margot Robbie for the Best Supporting Actress, while Florence Pugh’s role in Little Women has attracted voters’ attention. However, based on pure maths and the outstanding quality of the film, we think Jojo Rabbit’s Scarlett Johansson has it in the bag.

Lead Actor

Antonio Banderas comes up against Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver in this mixed bag of Oscar nominees. With 11 nominations in the running though, it has to be Joker, and its transformed star Joaquin Phoenix, whose efforts will go rewarded.

Supporting Actor

It’s an ensemble cast of supporting actors this year, including Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. While the latter two certainly deserve accolades for The Irishman, they may just be pipped to the post by Hollywood royalty Tom Hanks, for his role in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood.

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