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And so, as Oscar season rolls around again, film viewers brace for the ridiculous controversies and snubs that make up the Academy Awards. With this, we’ll be running through the nominees of the most relevant categories and opening up a discussion on who is the most deserving and what films are actually worth watching.

Performance by an actor in a leading role nominees:

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Antonio Banderas in PAIN AND GLORY
Leonardo DiCaprio in ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD
Adam Driver in MARRIAGE STORY
Joaquin Phoenix in JOKER
Jonathan Pryce in THE TWO POPES

In this category, each actor did deliver fantastic performances. However, Leonardo DiCaprio’s place on this list does remain questionable. While he did turn in a solid performance, it was not one that should merit an Oscar, at least compared to his other performances in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘The Revenant’. The two strongest contenders on this list are Joaquin Phoenix for ‘Joker’ and Adam Driver for ‘Marriage Story’. Personally, I feel that Adam Driver is the most deserving of this award for delivering a phenomenal performance with raw human emotion seeping from every line and facial expression he delivered to audiences. But it could very well be Phoenix considering how much press his performance has built up throughout awards season.

Performance by an actor in a supporting role nominees:

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Tom Hanks in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Anthony Hopkins in THE TWO POPES
Al Pacino in THE IRISHMAN
Joe Pesci in THE IRISHMAN
Brad Pitt in ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD

Not unlike the lead actor nominees, each of these actors are deserving of this nomination. Many of the actors place on this list are quite expected, especially that of Tom Hanks and Anthony Hopkins, both are veteran actors that could practically earn a nomination by reputation alone. I would like for Joe Pesci to take this award home, considering how his chemistry with co-stars De Niro and Pacino makes his character so palpable and enjoyable in ‘The Irishman’. It’s likely however that Brad Pitt would take this award in favour of Pesci, considering the pedigree and reputation of ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ as a Quentin Tarantino movie.

Performance by an actress in a leading role nominees:

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Cynthia Erivo in HARRIET
Scarlett Johansson in MARRIAGE STORY
Saoirse Ronan in LITTLE WOMEN
Charlize Theron in BOMBSHELL
Renée Zellweger in JUDY

This is a much more difficult category to predict or say who will win the award, just considering the extremely high calibre of each of the performances. However, I definitely agree with the most likely candidate for the award. Renée Zellweger is undoubtedly deserving of this award, especially after giving us a career-defining performance in the Judy Garland biopic, ‘Judy’ . Zellweger gives viewers depth and a new sense of empathy for the Hollywood legend in this dazzling performance.

Performance by an actress in a supporting role nominees:

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Kathy Bates in RICHARD JEWELL
Laura Dern in MARRIAGE STORY
Scarlett Johansson in JOJO RABBIT
Florence Pugh in LITTLE WOMEN
Margot Robbie in BOMBSHELL

I hope that Florence Pugh manages to bag this award. Although her performance in ‘Little Women’ is little to be marvelled at, she is definitely a young and talented actress with a bright future ahead, at least if her performance in ‘Midsommar’ is anything to go by. But I wouldn’t recommend watching ‘Midsommar’ with your kids. Just because it takes place in broad daylight doesn’t mean it isn’t absolutely chilling.

Best animated feature film of the year nominees:

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD
Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis and Bonnie Arnold
I LOST MY BODY
Jérémy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice
KLAUS
Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh and Marisa Román
MISSING LINK
Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight
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Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera

Finally, this is a category with a clear winner in ‘I Lost My Body’. This film is a French animated feature with an inventive plot and a unique style of animation that makes it stand out starkly from Disney, Pixar and Dreamwork’s standard fare of 3D-animation. With a unique style and thoroughly engaging plot, ‘I Lost My Body’ is tough to beat, and a great recommendation.

Achievement in cinematography nominees:

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THE IRISHMAN
Rodrigo Prieto
JOKER
Lawrence Sher
THE LIGHTHOUSE
Jarin Blaschke
1917
Roger Deakins
ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD
Robert Richardson

This is a category with a lot of tough competition and disappointingly the only one which includes the enthralling ‘The Lighthouse’, which like it’s other A24 brother has been unfortunately snubbed in many categories. ‘The Lighthouse’ is definitely one I’d suggest watching if you’d like to delve into the world of 1800s psychological horror, and it’s cinematography only adds to the immense amount of tension and unease that the movie carries so brilliantly. This award will likely be received by ‘1917’, with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins behind the lens and all the spectacle of a stunning one-cut take through the decimated landscapes of the First World War makes it a definite winner.

Achievement in directing nominees:

THE IRISHMAN
Martin Scorsese
JOKER
Todd Phillips
1917
Sam Mendes
ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD
Quentin Tarantino
PARASITE
Bong Joon Ho

The fact that Todd Philips was nominated over any other director not included in this category is absolutely absurd. While ‘Joker’ did prove how serious comic-book adaptations could be, Phillips’ direction was not the driving force behind the movie, that credit goes to Joaquin Phoenix’s performance. Instead of Todd Phillips. Greta Gerwig is a director who has earned her place on this list of nominees with a fantastic directorial outing in ‘Little Women’ and it is an absolute shame that the Academy has neglected to recognize her. That being said, out of this list, I sincerely hope that Bong Joon Ho is given this award, for how inventive and genuinely creative ‘Parasite’ was, with his direction evidently improving each frame of the film.

Achievement in production design nominees:

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THE IRISHMAN
Production Design: Bob Shaw
Set Decoration: Regina Graves
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Production Design: Ra Vincent
Set Decoration: Nora Sopková
1917
Production Design: Dennis Gassner
Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD
Production Design: Barbara Ling
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
PARASITE
Production Design: Lee Ha Jun
Set Decoration: Cho Won Woo

The production design award is likely going to go to ‘1917’, given its extravagant production design as a period piece. The battlefields of World War 1 shine through in a sort of horrific beauty that when coupled with the single cut of the movie makes for a visual treat.

Achievement in visual effects nominees:

AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick
THE IRISHMAN
Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser and Stephane Grabli
THE LION KING
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Elliot Newman
1917
Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy

2019 was a monumental year in visual effects for film. With CGI developing more and more each year. But this category has unequivocally belonged to Marvel over the last few years, with each entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe growing larger and larger in scale. With that in mind, it would only make sense that the culmination of all of those films, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ would take home this award, with it’s rendering of massive computer-generated environments.

Best motion picture of the year nominees:

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Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and James Mangold, Producers
THE IRISHMAN
Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers
JOJO RABBIT
Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi and Chelsea Winstanley, Producers
JOKER
Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers
LITTLE WOMEN
Amy Pascal, Producer
MARRIAGE STORY
Noah Baumbach and David Heyman, Producers
1917
Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Callum McDougall, Producers
ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD
David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh and Quentin Tarantino, Producers
PARASITE
Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho, Producers

And now, the category you all have been waiting for. With a whopping 9 nominees in this category, competition is tougher than ever. Although, I am not quite sure what earned ‘Ford V Ferrari’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ a place among these cinematic juggernauts. The majority of these films are highly recommendable, and some are definitely must-watches- particularly ‘Marriage Story’ and ‘Parasite’. Nonetheless, the odds appear to be in Tarantino’s favour with ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ featuring two highly Academy favoured performances from Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Although the 92nd Academy Awards may have some less than stellar films in its ranks this time around, many of the movies mentioned among this article are worth watching. Taking out an afternoon to appreciate the hard work and care that went into these snapshots of visual artistry would probably mean much more to any filmmaker than an outdated award.

Nirek Panditha
Author: Nirek Panditha
Self professed film buff, aspiring writer and comic book geek.
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