96th Academy Awards Predictions – Oscars Watch

Preparations continue for the 95th Oscars on Friday, March 10, 2023 (Robert Gladden / ©A.M.P.A.S.).

Solzy at the Movies presents predictions for the 96th Oscars as the Academy Awards will be airing an hour earlier tonight on ABC.

My art of predicting who will leave the 96th Academy Awards with an Oscar is not by picking favorites. It is by studying the guilds and seeing how films performed during awards season. Oppenheimer is a clear choice to win several awards this evening just from seeing how well it has performed in the past few weeks. While the Annie Awards are helpful in predicting the animated short film winner, the short films are more or less where I am acknowledge my own weaknesses in predicting them.

Some guilds pick multiple feature film winners for contemporary and fantasy/period. As such, those categories could go either way. The Best Actress category has seen both Lily Gladstone and Emma Stone competing with each other. I’m going with Gladstone for this evening but it could go to Emma Stone or someone else.

The 96th Oscars will be held tonight at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

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Motion Picture: Oppenheimer

  • Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan, Producers

Director: Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer

Actor in a Leading Role: Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer

Actress in a Leading Role: Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon

Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert Downey Jr., Oppenheimer

Actress in a Supporting Role: Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers

Animated Feature: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Documentary Feature: 20 Days in Mariupol

  • Mstyslav Chernov, Michelle Mizner and Raney Aronson-Rath

International Feature: The Zone of Interest (United Kingdom)

Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema, Oppenheimer

Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran, Barbie

Editing: Jennifer Lame, Oppenheimer

Makeup and Hairstyling: Maestro; Kazu Hiro, Kay Georgiou and Lori McCoy-Bell

Music – Original Score: Ludwig Göransson, Oppenheimer

Music – Original Song: “I’m Just Ken” from Barbie, Music and Lyrics by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt

Production Design: Oppenheimer

  • Production Design: Ruth De Jong
  • Set Decoration: Claire Kaufman

Original Screenplay: May December, Screenplay by Samy Burch; Story by Samy Burch & Alex Mechanik

Adapted Screenplay: Oppenheimer, Written for the screen by Christopher Nolan

Sound: Oppenheimer; Willie Burton, Richard King, Gary A. Rizzo and Kevin O’Connell

Visual Effects: The Creator; Jay Cooper, Ian Comley, Andrew Roberts and Neil Corbould

Animated Short Film: WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko

  • Dave Mullins and Brad Booker

Documentary Short Subject: The ABCs of Book Banning

  • Sheila Nevins and Trish Adlesic

Live Action Short Film: Red, White, and Blue

  • Nazrin Choudhury and Sara McFarlane
The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

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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.