93rd Oscars: My Academy Award Predictions

Solzy at the Movies presents the official predictions for the 93rd Oscars as the Academy Awards ceremony finally gets underway tonight.

It’s been a long year. A few of today’s nominees have had a long journey. Some of them premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival only to have their journey delayed time and time again. It feels like just yesterday when I saw Promising Young Woman during one of the public screenings at the festival. Others, like The Trial of the Chicago 7, saw their initial studio distributor unload onto Netflix or another streaming device. And then you have films like Da 5 Bloods that should have been a stronger contender. In a perfect world, Delroy Lindo would be competing at the 93rd Oscars against his late castmate, Chadwick Boseman.

Some of my favorite films and performances of the year did not get nominated today. Among them, I’m Your Woman, Bit, and How to Build a Girl. Rachel Brosnahan, Nicole Maines, and Beanie Feldstein all crushed their performances. Across the pond, Calm Your Horses (released in the U.S as The Shadow of Violence) earned nominations from the BAFTA voters. There were some great performances in that film including Barry Keoghan. The actor has a way of just disappearing into a role.

SAG is usually a great predictor for the acting awards. Best Actress is certainly all over the place this year when you look at the major awards shows. Nobody seems to agree on anything.

They aren’t up for awards tonight but come the 94th Oscars, I’ll be pulling for films such as Shiva Baby, Holler, and The Mitchells vs. The Machines.

But in the meantime, I’ll be backstage in the virtual press room during the telecast as I’m one of 600+ journalists credentialed tonight! Thankfully, I only have a sore shoulder following the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Oscars Predictions for the 93rd Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Chadwick Boseman in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Daniel Kaluuya in “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Carey Mulligan in “Promising Young Woman”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Yuh-Jung Youn in “Minari”

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Soul” Pete Docter and Dana Murray

Achievement in cinematography

  • “Mank” Erik Messerschmidt

Achievement in costume design

  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Ann Roth

Achievement in directing

  • “Nomadland” Chloé Zhao

Best documentary feature

  • “Crip Camp” Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder

Best documentary short subject

  • “A Concerto Is a Conversation” Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers

Achievement in film editing

  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” Alan Baumgarten

Best international feature film of the year

  • “Another Round” Denmark

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “Soul” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami…”
    Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth

Best motion picture of the year

  • “Nomadland” Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, Producers

Achievement in production design

  • “Mank” Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

Best animated short film

  • “If Anything Happens I Love You” Will McCormack and Michael Govier

Best live action short film

  • “Two Distant Strangers” Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe

Achievement in sound

  • “Sound of Metal” Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

Achievement in visual effects

  • “Tenet” Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher

Adapted screenplay

  • “The Father” Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

Original screenplay

  • “Promising Young Woman” Written by Emerald Fennell

The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and international locations via satellite.  “Oscars: Into the Spotlight” will air live on ABC at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and in more than 200 territories worldwide. “Oscars: After Dark” will immediately follow the Oscars show. 

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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