By Abb Jones
The Reelness

Parasite, the South Korean drama about a poor family that inserts themselves into the lives of a wealthy family, made history by becoming the first non-English language Best Picture winner at the 92nd Academy Awards Sunday night. The film was the big winner of the night, taking home four Oscars – for Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Film and Best Original Screenplay.

Below is the list of winners – with our pre-show predictions on who we thought would win. The Reelness got 18 of the 24 categories right. (Click on the movies highlighted in yellow for our reviews):

Parasite

Best Picture:

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
⭐️ Parasite

The Reelness prediction: After correctly predicting all nine nominees, we feel it is now a two movie race between 1917 and Parasite – with 1917 getting the prize – although JoJo Rabbit tops OUR list of 10 Best Movies of 2019.)

Renée Zellweger in Judy

Best Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
⭐️ Renee Zellweger, Judy

The Reelness prediction: Renée Zellweger and Charlize Theron are the two frontrunners here, with Zellweger widely expected to win. Her portrait of Judy Garland is phenomenal.

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
⭐️ Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

The Reelness prediction: Golden Globe winner Joaquin Phoenix should STILL win for his disturbingly terrific performance in Joker, despite that odd, off-putting acceptance speech at the Globes.

Laura Dern in Marriage Story

Best Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
⭐️ Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

The Reelness prediction: Laura Dern is the current frontrunner, but frankly, any of the other four nominees are more deserving of this Oscar. That said, we are going to go with a surprise upset, with the night’s double nominee Johansson winning for Jojo Rabbit.

Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
⭐️ Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Reelness prediction: No surprises here – the five nominees are exactly those we picked. Brad Pitt has ALL the award season momentum, with Tom Hanks his closest competition. The three older gents in the two Netflix movies round out the five, mostly for sentimental reasons. Pitt has this.

Parasite

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
⭐️ Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Reelness prediction: Whomever wins for Best Director will likely win Best Picture. Sam Mendes will probably win for 1917.

Parasite

Best Original Screenplay

Knives Out, Rian Johnson
Marriage Story, Noam Baumbach
1917, Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
⭐️ Parasite, Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won

The Reelness prediction: Parasite is by far the most cleverly constructed and deserving screenplay of the bunch. But Marriage Story resonates with LOTS of divorcees. Parasite should win unless Academy voters decide to spread the love since it is a shoo-in for International Film.

Writer/director/actor Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman, Steven Zaillian
⭐️ Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
Joker, Todd Phillips and Scott Silver
Little Women, Greta Gerwig
The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten

The Reelness prediction: We called this tight five-some last month with Taika Waititi (deservedly) the big frontrunner for his hilariously subversive, and really sweet story, Jojo Rabbit. Joker could however, surprise.

Toy Story 4

Best Animated Feature

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body

Klaus
Missing Link
⭐️ Toy Story 4

The Reelness prediction: Toy Story 4 was the most clever, entertaining and surprisingly original (and for a sequel, no less!) of the lot, and SHOULD win. The snub of Frozen II, after its historic milestone of being the biggest box office animated film of all time, was a shocker.

Best Animated Short

Dcera (Daughter)
⭐️ Hair Love

Kimball
Memorable

Sister

The Reelness prediction: Hair Love

Best Live Action Short

Brotherhood
Neat Football Club
⭐️ The Neighbors’ Window
Syria
A Sister

The Reelness prediction: The Neighbors’ Window

1917

Best Cinematography

⭐️ 1917, Roger Deakins
The Irishman, Rodrigo Preto
Joker, Lawrence Sher
The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Robert Richardson

The Reelness prediction:  1917, with its incredible cinematography that gives the illusion of the film being shot in a single take, makes Roger Deakins the easy win in this category, despite impressive work from Jarin Blaschke in the odd but visually compelling, The Lighthouse.

Little Women

Best Costume Design

Joker
⭐️ Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Jojo Rabbit

The Irishman

The Reelness prediction: The frontrunners here will be Little Women and Jojo Rabbit. We are going to give the ever-so-slight edge to Little Women.

American Factory

Best Documentary Feature

⭐️ American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

The Reelness predictions: After shutouts of the two standouts in this category that made our 10 Best Movies of 2019 – Apollo 11 and The Biggest Little Farm – the favorites now are For Sama, the tale of a woman raising her daughter in Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War, and American Factory, an eye-opening look at the differences between American and Chinese factory workers when the Americans visit a car glass factory in China. For Sama should take it.

Best Documentary Short Subject

In The Absence
⭐️ Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl)
Life Overtakes Me
Stay Close
Walk Run Cha-Cha

The Reelness prediction: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl)

Ford v Ferrari

Best Film Editing

⭐️ Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

The Reelness prediction: Expect Ford v Ferrari, with all its attention-grabbing, whiz-bang sound and editing, to take this one.

Park So Dam and Choi Woo Shik in Parasite

Best International Feature Film (formerly Foreign Language Film):

Corpus Christi, Poland
Honeyland, North Macedonia

Les Misérables, France
Pain and Glory, Spain

⭐️ Parasite, South Korea

The Reelness prediction: If there is anything as close to a sure thing, it is that Parasite, South Korea’s big prize winner at 2019’s Cannes Film Festival, will easily win the Oscar in this category. Spain’s Pain and Glory is its closest competition,  just because of its wide release and its big name stars Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz.

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in Bombshell

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

⭐️ Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

The Reelness prediction:  Bombshell‘s dramatic, prosthetic-filled transformation of Charlize Theron into Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly makes it the clear frontrunner.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Production Design

1917
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
⭐️ Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

The Reelness prediction: There are two frontrunners here – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – with its meticulous detail in making 1969 come alive on the big screen, be it clothes, cars, locales, television shows and products of the era – and 1917, with its harrowing details to make the horrors of trench warfare come alive. It’s a tough call, but we will go with the 1917 momentum.

Joachin Phoenix in Joker

Best Original Score

⭐️ Joker, Hildur Gudnadóttir
Little Women, Alexandre Desplat
Marriage Story, Randy Newman
1917, Thomas Newman
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams

The Reelness prediction: Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir’s chilling, cello-laden score in Joker sets such a perfect, dark mood that it is the one to beat. The nominations of Marriage Story and 1917 also makes this a battle between the Newman cousins, with a courtesy nod to five-time Oscar winner John Williams (who won for the original Star Wars film) for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Best Original Song

Breakthrough, “I’m Standing with You”
Frozen II, “Into The Unknown”
Harriet, “Stand Up”
⭐️ Rocketman, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”
Toy Story 4, “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away”

The Reelness prediction: This should be a two song horserace between the Idina Menzel/AURORA duet “Into the Unknown” from Frozen II and Elton John’s Golden Globe winner “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman. Slight edge to Frozen II.

Matt Damon and Christian Bale in Ford v Ferrari

Best Sound Editing

⭐️ Ford v Ferrari
1917
Joker
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The Reelness prediction: Ford v Ferrari had AMAZING sound and should win, with 1917‘s sounds of war providing some serious competition.

1917

Best Sound Mixing

Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
⭐️ 1917
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

The Reelness prediction: Ford v Ferrari for the same reason as in the prior category although Ad Astra’s spectacular science fiction sound effects could score it a win.

1917

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
⭐️ 1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The Reelness prediction: The Lion King, with its ground breaking, freakishly realistic-looking blend of live action and animation, is the one to beat in this category. 1917, with its AMAZING visual effects and The Irishman, with its gimmicky but cool de-aging software, could also snag the Oscar.

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  1. Tim Lundy February 8, 2020

    In agreement with a great deal of your predictions, but would like to see Little Women take Oscar for Best Score, Costume Design and Pugh for Supporting Actress. Most impressed with this adaptation of Alcott’s classic 19th century novel and it deserves more accolades for achievement! Also, American Factory will take Documentary and since Rocketman was snubbed mostly, John will get Best Song.