Academy Awards ceremony is one of the most glamorous and most followed media events of the year, and the buzz around the Oscars actually never dies out. With the 2019 awards ceremony now behind us, we are free to start talking about the next batch of amazing movies that will become eligible for the greatest industry achievement in 2020. Of course, most of the films discussed in this article are still in production, so any 2020 Oscar predictions are highly uncertain at this point. Still, we do have some information regarding several big budget titles that are sure to attract a lot of attention and score well at the box office once they are officially unveiled. With that in mind, the following deliberation should definitively be seen as purely speculative, and movies listed in one category could end up winning another one or flopping all together. Let’s run through some of the most interesting projects announced for this year and inspect whether any of them looks like Oscar material
1. Best picture & best director predictions
Several revered directors are set to release their new films during this calendar year, and it would be naïve to ignore them when engaging in Oscars 2020 betting. Martin Scorsese is collaborating with Netflix on his latest film about the mafia - ‘The Irishman’, working with star-studded cast that includes Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. Meanwhile, Steven Soderbergh has Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman as his main characters in the new accomplishment titled ‘Laundromat,’ and Quentin Tarantino is preparing his saga about vintage Hollywood that will feature Brad Pitt and Leo DiCaprio in lead roles and presumably a lot of unique Tarantino humour. Ang Lee also has a new flick named ‘Gemini Man’ about an aging hit man, while Pedro Almodovar is likely to be in the conversation with his new film for Sony Pictures, titled ‘Pain and Glory’. Based on reputations of those directors and actors, it seems the competition for next year’s Oscars will be quite intense.
2. Best actor and best actress picks
While everyone is obsessing about the Best Picture award, Oscars 2020 betting tips must cover several other important categories, including the awards for best male and female performer in a leading role. Judging by the information we have right now, several big stars could be in line to win next year, depending how the films they carry are received by the audiences. Christian Bale could easily triumph with his role in the ‘Ford vs. Ferrari’ historical spectacle, but he will have to outperform proven masters of the acting craft in Tom Hanks (‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’), Antonio Banderas (‘Pain & Glory’) and Edward Norton (‘Motherless Brooklyn’), among many other high-profile names slotted to appear in new films. Among female actresses, Helen Mirren (‘The Good Liar’) and Nicole Kidman (‘Fair and Balanced’) are two veteran names to pay attention to, while Julianne Moore (‘Gloria Bell’) and Cate Blanchett (‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’) also look like possible favourites.
3. Best original and best adopted predictions
It’s much harder to evaluate the quality of various scenarios based on limited information about the plot and no insight into the dramatic structure of each film. Still, it appears some very unique stories will be presented at the 92nd Academy Awards predictions including ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ (written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster) and ‘The Report’ (written and directed by Scott Z. Burns) as the most daring films. A few other original screenplays with meaningful stories might turn out to be hidden gems, such as ‘1917’ by Sam Mendes or ‘Dry Run’ (written by Matthew Carnahan & Mario Correra). In the Adapted Screenplay category, notable entries might include the aforementioned ‘The Irishman’ (adapted by Steven Zailian) and an intriguing adaptation of a T.S. Elliot poetry book for children named ‘Cats’ (written for the screen by Lee Hall).
4. What are betting odds for the 2020 Oscars?
Oscars 2020 predictions are likely to fluctuate a great deal over the next several months, and will only truly take shape in the buildup to the awards ceremony.