Oscars season is officially upon us — though, if you’re really deep in the game, it’s been upon us for a while now. The 2020 Oscars will cap off an abbreviated awards season — with the telecast scheduled for Feb. 9, weeks earlier than usual — so in many ways, the race to the Dolby stage began before the 2019 Oscars ever aired.
Now that the festival circuit has come to an end — with would-be nominees premiering to Oscar buzz or seeing their hopes die on the vine — and last weekend’s Governors Awards officially kicked off the festivities, it’s time to start sussing out the films and performances that will go all the way. Below, ET has compiled our Oscars essentials list, i.e. 25 movies that we’re predicting will get nominations this year. While this list covers everything we expect to be up for Best Picture — along with Best Actor, Actress and Director — there’s no way of knowing if it’s entirely comprehensive until the Academy announces their nominations on Jan. 13. Oscars 2020 Live Streaming Online
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood may be a movie about Mister Rogers, but Fred Rogers is not the lead. Which works to Tom Hanks’ advantage: In a Best Actor-heavy year, the two-time Oscar winner’s portrayal of Rogers is a shoo-in for Best Supporting Actor. Beyond that, things feel a bit more up in the air. This is the same Academy that passed over the similarly minded Won’t You Be My Neighbor? documentary, after all.
A groundswell of love for the film upon release would help solidify its place in the Best Picture race and boost its standing in categories like Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Production Design, the latter for the film’s meticulously recreated sets of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. While I’d love to see Marielle Heller compete for Best Director, it’s hard to imagine her not being overshadowed by some of the heavier hitters in the mix.
Where to watch: In theaters Nov. 22
Marvel Studios cracked the Best Picture race for the first time with Black Panther, suggesting the Academy is willing to grant its stamp of approval on certain superhero movies. Might Endgame follow suit, both in recognition of what a monumental achievement it is as a film and in how big a hit it was? (It is officially the highest-grossing film of all time.) Or could Robert Downey Jr. pop up in an acting field — as fans have called for — despite opting not to launch a formal campaign? Likely, you’ll find this one nominated in Best Visual Effects.
Where to watch: On Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand; streaming on Disney+ on Dec. 11
Any murkiness over how Bombshell — which tells the story of the Fox News women who brought down Roger Ailes — would play to Hollywood audiences was assuaged when early audiences called it a slam dunk for Best Picture, with Charlize Theron, who portrays Megyn Kelly, and Margot Robbie, playing a composite character named Kayla Pospisil, easy picks for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. The script, by Oscar-winning The Big Short writer Charles Randolph, should appear in Best Original Screenplay.
Jay Roach for Best Director, Nicole Kidman, who plays Gretchen Carlson, for Best Supporting Actress and John Lithgow, as Ailes, for Best Supporting Actor all feel a bit further down the list, while Regina Spektor’s track, “One Little Soldier,” is a bit of an unknown in the Best Original Song race. At the end of the day, Bombshell is guaranteed at least one nomination: Best Makeup & Hairstyling, for Kazu Hiro (who won the award in 2018 for Darkest Hour) and his team’s uncanny transformation of Theron into Kelly.