As we continue our annual Academy Awards prediction series, we turn to Best Documentary Feature. This year’s slate of nominees include two Netflix documentaries, a PBS film, a National Geographic film, and a film distributed by Neon.
The breakdown of this year’s Best Animated Feature Film category by studio is fairly interesting. Historically, Pixar leads all studios in nominations and wins, which is not particularly surprising. However, there is not enough history to the category to judge how Toy Story 4 will fair against its predecessors (the category was first awarded after the releases of Toy Story and Toy Story 2).
DreamWorks, the studio behind How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, won the first ever Best Animated Film Oscar in 2002 for Shrek. It hasn’t won since, including nominations but no wins for the previous How to Train Your Dragon films. Laika, which released Missing Link last year, has five nominations and zero wins.
I think we can all agree: this is a pretty easy one.
The 2020 group of Best Cinematography nominees are composed of a three-time winner, a three-time nominee, a one-time winner (15-time nominee), and two first-time nominees. It is mostly a respectable group. I can’t say there aren’t others I would like to see represented here, but it’s not a bad group.
I think this year’s Best Director race is really intriguing. It is a group of filmmakers doing a variety of different things, and they all have their merit. While this makes predicting the winner a tough task, and there are many different ways this race could go, I think there are two presumed frontrunners heading into the Directors Guild of America’s award ceremony.
We continue our 2020 Academy Awards prediction series by turning to screenplay.
Original Screenplay – The Nominees:
The Oscar acting categories can be predictable. Come this evening, following the Screen Actors Guild awards, the 2020 acting races may very likely be even more predictable. And Best Supporting Actress is no exception. The category has its frontrunner, and a SAG win for her will all but seal the race up.