Early and Uneducated 2021 Oscar Predictions

2020 Award Season is done, and it is time to ring in a new year of films, and a new crop of movies that could be talked about all year long. I know these picks are incredibly early and highly uneducated (I am basically throwing darts at a board). I know that some of these films might end up flopping and get very little, to absolutely no, awards season love (last year I pegged Harriet to come away with countless awards). I also understand some people might not end up being in these positions (ex. I have a lead who is really a supporting). Whatever the case, here is who I think, AT THIS MOMENT, will be nominated and win Awards next season.

*Disclaimer: I have not seen any of these movies, so all of these predictions are going solely on gut feeling.

*Runner-Ups are in no particular order, I just put them as I thought of them.

Best Picture

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Winner: Minari


  • The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • West Side Story
  • The French Dispatch
  • Tenet
  • Dune
  • Mank
  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Nightmare Alley
  • Hillbilly Elegy

Best Director

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Winner: Dennis Villeneuve – Dune


  • Spike Lee – Da 5 Bloods
  • Christopher Nolan – Tenet
  • Steven Speilberg – West Side Story
  • David Fincher – Mank

Best Actor

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Winner: Winston Duke – Nine Days


  • Ansel Elgort – West Side Story
  • Steven Yeun – Minari
  • Anthony Hopkins – The Father
  • Gary Oldman – Mank

Best Actress

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Winner: Amy Adams – Hillbilly Elegy


  • Rebecca Ferguson – Dune
  • Rachel Zegler – West Side Story
  • Jennifer Hudson – Respect
  • Cate Blanchett – Nightmare Alley

Best Supporting Actor

Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola in On the Rocks (2020)

Winner: Bill Murray – On the Rocks


  • Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Jonathan Majors – Da 5 Bloods
  • Timothee Chalamet – Dune/The French Dispatch
  • Chadwick Boseman – Da 5 Bloods

Best Supporting Actress

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Winner: Saoirse Ronan – Ammonite/The French Dispatch


  • Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy
  • Thomasin McKenzie – The Last Night in Soho
  • Rooney Mara – Nightmare Alley
  • Rita Moreno – West Side Story

Best Original Screenplay

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Winner: Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7


  • Christopher Nolan – Tenet
  • Edgar Wright, Krysty Wilson-Cairns – The Last Night in Soho
  • Wes Anderson – The French Dispatch
  • Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott – Da 5 Bloods

Best Adapted Screenplay

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Winner: Tony Kushner – West Side Story


  • Eric Roth, Dennis Villeneuve, Jon Spaihts – Dune
  • Vanessa Taylor – Hillbilly Elegy
  • Kim Morgan, Guillermo del Torro – Nightmare Alley
  • Luke Davies – News of the World

Best Animated Feature

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Winner: Soul


  • SCOOB!
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  • Onward
  • Raya and the Last Dragon

Find me on twitter and agree, argue, whatever with me on who you think will get the recognition come this awards season. I cannot wait to find out how right, or most likely wrong, these predictions turn out to be!

Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.

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