Oscar Battle Royale – Fox Force Five News Predicts The 2020 Academy Awards

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The 2020 Academy Awards will take place on February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, hosted by nobody again? The fourth annual Oscar Battle Royale is here and the Fox Force Five News staff are competing head to head to see who can predict the most correct wins. Check out the full list of nominees below and check out our overall projected winners. UPDATED – RESULTS ARE IN!

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Note: Even though we are all competing – because we are bloodthirsty maniacs, trended picks will be considered our overall projected winners for every category in the process. Check out the full list of nominees below to see which staffer picked what and which nominees came out on top overall. – Keven

UPDATE! – WINNERS REVEALED IN **ORANGE** BELOW!


Best motion picture of the year nominees:

  • FORD V FERRARI
  • THE IRISHMAN Mark
  • JOJO RABBIT
  • JOKER Keven
  • LITTLE WOMEN
  • MARRIAGE STORY
  • 1917 Michael Sean Kevin
  • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
  • **WINNER** PARASITE Scott 

“For months, I thought Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood had this in the bag. However, the momentum has swung completely in favor of 1917 in the past month. But hey, its biggest competition is still OUATIH, so we’ll see. Either way, if 1917 wins, I’ll be so happy. I thought it was the best movie of 2019.”  – Sean

“I had ranked The Irishman as my number one film of 2019, but it looks like Scorsese’s latest mafia masterpiece has taken the backseat to frontrunners like 1917 and Parasite. I’m gonna swing for the fences though and predict that JOKER wins the big one so that we can all give the middle finger to film twitter once and for all. I loved JOKER – it’s a work of genius and I would love to see a comic book film take home the big award for the first time ever.” – Keven (PS – 1917 or Parasite are the smart answers here but I don’t care). 

Projected Winner: 1917

Performance by an actor in a leading role nominees:

  • Antonio Banderas in PAIN AND GLORY
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD Mark
  • Adam Driver in MARRIAGE STORY
  • **WINNER** Joaquin Phoenix in JOKER Keven Michael Sean Scott Kevin
  • Jonathan Pryce in THE TWO POPES

“As sure of a winner as any nominee in the entire Oscar field and it’s not even close.” – Sean

“Joaquin Phoenix is probably the safest bet to win this award in the past 10 years of Oscar betting – he deserves it too which is nice. I do have to say that the dude is a complete douchebag though with his preachy acceptance speeches. Ricky Gervais said it right at the Golden Globes this year – Shut up, accept your award and get off the stage. So let us be prepared to hear another lecture from Mr. Phoenix as to how the Academy has to do better by nominating everyone for every award ever – and also the environment too because ENVIRONMENT – THANK YOU!” – Keven.

Projected Winner: Joaquin Phoenix

Performance by an actor in a supporting role nominees:

  • Tom Hanks in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Mark
  • Anthony Hopkins in THE TWO POPES
  • Al Pacino in THE IRISHMAN
  • Joe Pesci in THE IRISHMAN
  • **WINNER** Brad Pitt in ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD Keven Michael Sean Scott Kevin

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“Not the best Pitt performance of the year (that goes to Ad Astra), but it’s still a great performance worthy of the golden statue.” – Sean

“Whenever Tarantino makes another masterpiece, anticipate one of his actors scooping up an award for Best Supporting Actor. That’s just what happens and this is Brad Pitt’s year to win for being… Brad Pitt! If you’ve seen Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, then you know why Pitt deserves this award. Noone else can make a 10 minute scene of a dude feeding his dog so captivating like Pitt can. Also the way he drops acid and beats up Bruce Lee makes me smile. One of the best Tarantino cinematic performances ever.” – Keven.

Projected Winner: Brad Pitt

Performance by an actress in a leading role nominees:

  • Cynthia Erivo in HARRIET
  • Scarlett Johansson in MARRIAGE STORY
  • Saoirse Ronan in LITTLE WOMEN Mark Scott
  • Charlize Theron in BOMBSHELL
  • **WINNER** Renée Zellweger in JUDY Keven Michael Sean Kevin

“My least favorite performance of the nominees, but she’s secured just about every at every other awards show prior to the Oscars.” – Sean

Projected Winner: Renée Zellweger

Performance by an actress in a supporting role nominees:

  • Kathy Bates in RICHARD JEWELL
  • **WINNER** Laura Dern in MARRIAGE STORY Keven Michael Sean Scott Kevin
  • Scarlett Johansson in JOJO RABBIT Mark
  • Florence Pugh in LITTLE WOMEN
  • Margot Robbie in BOMBSHELL

“In a movie headlined by two awards worthy performances, Laura Dern gives just as good of a performance. David Lynch will be so happy when she’s announced as the winner.” – Sean

Projected Winner: Laura Dern

Best animated feature film of the year nominees:

  • HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD
  • I LOST MY BODY
  • KLAUS Scott Kevin
  • MISSING LINK Keven Mark
  • **WINNER** TOY STORY 4 Michael Sean

Projected Winner: **Inconclusive**

Achievement in cinematography nominees:

  • THE IRISHMAN Rodrigo Prieto Mark
  • JOKER Lawrence Sher
  • THE LIGHTHOUSE Jarin Blaschke
  • **WINNER** 1917 Roger Deakins Keven Michael Sean Scott Kevin
  • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD Robert Richardson

“I saw 1917 – it was intense to say the least and under the intense gaze of cinematography god Roger Deakins, not to mention it’s a war film (people love those) — the formula here is guaranteed to win Deakins his second Oscar and rightfully so. I didn’t love 1917 – but I did love watching 1917 if that makes any sense? It looks like the most realistic war film ever made and that’s why it will win.” – Keven.

Projected Winner: 1917

Achievement in costume design nominees:

  • THE IRISHMAN Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson
  • JOJO RABBIT Mayes C. Rubeo Michael
  • JOKER Mark Bridges Mark
  • **WINNER** LITTLE WOMEN Jacqueline Durran Scott Kevin
  • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD Arianne Phillips Keven Sean

Projected Winner: **Inconclusive**

Achievement in directing nominees:

  • THE IRISHMAN Martin Scorsese
  • JOKER Todd Phillips
  • 1917 Sam Mendes Michael Sean Scott
  • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD Quentin Tarantino
  • **WINNER** PARASITE Bong Joon Ho Keven Mark Kevin

Projected Winner: **Inconclusive**

Best documentary feature nominees:

  • **WINNER** AMERICAN FACTORY Kevin
  • THE CAVE
  • THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY Mark
  • FOR SAMA Keven Michael Sean
  • HONEYLAND Scott

Projected Winner: FOR SAMA

Best documentary short subject nominees:

  • IN THE ABSENCE Keven
  • **WINNER** LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) Mark Sean Scott Kevin
  • LIFE OVERTAKES ME Michael
  • LOUIS SUPERMAN
  • WALK RUN CHA-CHA

Projected Winner: LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL)

Achievement in film editing nominees:

  • **WINNER** FORD V FERRARI Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland Mark Michael
  • THE IRISHMAN Thelma Schoonmaker Keven
  • JOJO RABBIT Tom Eagles
  • JOKER Jeff Groth
  • PARASITE Yang Jinmo Sean Scott Kevin

Projected Winner: PARASITE

Best international feature film of the year nominees:

  • CORPUS CHRISTI Poland
  • HONEYLAND North Macedonia
  • LES MISÉRABLES France
  • PAIN AND GLORY Spain
  • **WINNER** PARASITE South Korea Keven Mark Michael Sean Scott Kevin

“Parasite was so damn strange and fascinating for all the reasons I didn’t anticipate and that’s why it will win this category by a mile. I went in expecting something, didn’t get that, got about 10 doses of something else I wasn’t ready for and by the end I just sat in my seat dumbfounded. I even started a conversation with a complete stranger in the parking lot after seeing Parasite because neither of us could go home without talking about what the hell just happened in that theater. Parasite is awesome – don’t watch a preview, just go in blind and be prepared to not be prepared.” – Keven.

Projected Winner: PARASITE

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling nominees:

  • **WINNER** BOMBSHELL Sean Scott Kevin
  • JOKER Keven Michael
  • JUDY Mark
  • MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
  • 1917

Projected Winner: BOMBSHELL

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) nominees:

  • **WINNER** JOKER Hildur Guðnadóttir Keven Mark Sean Scott Kevin
  • LITTLE WOMEN Alexandre Desplat
  • MARRIAGE STORY Randy Newman
  • 1917 Thomas Newman Michael
  • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER John Williams

Projected Winner: JOKER Hildur Guðnadóttir 

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) nominees:

  • “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from TOY STORY 4
  • **WINNER** “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from ROCKETMAN Keven Mark Michael Sean Scott Kevin
  • “I’m Standing With You” from BREAKTHROUGH
  • “Into The Unknown” from FROZEN II
  • “Stand Up” from HARRIET

“Rocketman is brilliant. Rocketman, in a perfect world, should have won all those awards that Bohemian Rhapsody stole last year. I’m happy it will win this Oscar but man oh man did it ever deserve more eyes than it had in 2019 theaters.” – Keven

Projected Winner: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from ROCKETMAN

Achievement in production design nominees:

  • THE IRISHMAN
  • JOJO RABBIT
  • 1917 Michael
  • **WINNER** ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD Keven Mark Sean Scott Kevin
  • PARASITE

Projected Winner: ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD

Best animated short film nominees:

  • DCERA (DAUGHTER)
  • **WINNER** HAIR LOVE Sean Scott Kevin
  • KITBULL Keven
  • MEMORABLE
  • SISTER Mark Michael

Projected Winner: HAIR LOVE

Best live action short film nominees:

  • BROTHERHOOD Keven Michael Sean Scott
  • NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB
  • **WINNER** THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW Mark
  • SARIA
  • A SISTER Kevin

Projected Winner: BROTHERHOOD

Achievement in sound editing nominees:

  • **WINNER** FORD V FERRARI Sean
  • JOKER
  • 1917 Keven Mark Michael Scott Kevin
  • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
  • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Projected Winner: 1917

Achievement in sound mixing nominees:

  • AD ASTRA Mark
  • FORD V FERRARI Sean
  • JOKER
  • **WINNER** 1917 Keven Michael Scott Kevin
  • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD

Projected Winner: 1917

Achievement in visual effects nominees:

  • AVENGERS: ENDGAME Michael Sean
  • THE IRISHMAN Keven
  • THE LION KING Mark Kevin
  • **WINNER** 1917 Scott
  • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Projected Winner: **Inconclusive**

Adapted screenplay nominees:

  • THE IRISHMAN Screenplay by Steven Zaillian Mark
  • **WINNER** JOJO RABBIT Screenplay by Taika Waititi Kevin
  • JOKER Written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
  • LITTLE WOMEN Written for the screen by Greta Gerwig Keven Michael Sean Scott
  • THE TWO POPES Written by Anthony McCarten

Projected Winner: LITTLE WOMEN

Original screenplay nominees:

  • KNIVES OUT Written by Rian Johnson
  • MARRIAGE STORY Written by Noah Baumbach
  • 1917 Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns Mark
  • ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD Written by Quentin Tarantino Keven Sean
  • **WINNER** PARASITE Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won Michael Scott Kevin

Projected Winner: PARASITE

THE RESULTS!!!!

Overall Score – 13/24 *** 54% accuracy


Parasite! Noone expected Bong Joon Ho’s international thriller to take home so many massive honors last night, but here we are 2020 – it’s a new era of cinema. Overall the site improved its collective accuracy score over 2019’s 50%, but just barely… Kevin was our 2019 champ with an intense 71% accuracy — and he retains that championship for a second year in a row with an even more impressive 75% accuracy >>>

#1. Kevin 18/24 *** 75% accuracy

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#2. Scott 16/24 *** 67% accuracy

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#3. Sean 14/24*** 58% accuracy

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#4. Keven – 11/24 ***46% accuracy

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#4. Michael – 11/24 *** 46% accuracy

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#5. Mark – 8/24 *** 33% accuracy

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