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Merry-Go-Round Magazine’s 2021 Oscar Predictions

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Ahead of Sunday’s telecast of the 2021 Academy Awards, we present Film Editor Sergio Zaciu’s finalized ballot of winners that are sure will help you win your various Oscar pools. And, well, if you lose, his Instagram handle is @szaciu, and MGRM as an entity had nothing to do with this list!

Best Picture

“Nomadland” (Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, producers)

Best Director

Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Yuh-jung Youn (“Minari”) 

Best Animated Feature Film

“Soul” (Pixar) 

Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Father,” Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

Best Original Screenplay

“Promising Young Woman,” Emerald Fennell 

Best Original Song

“Húsavík,” (“Eurovision Song Contest”). Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson

Best Original Score

“Soul,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste 

Best Sound

“Sound of Metal,” Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

Best Costume Design

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Ann Roth 

Best Animated Short Film

“Burrow” (Disney Plus/Pixar)

Best Live-Action Short Film

“Feeling Through” 

Best Cinematography

“Mank,” Erik Messerschmidt 

Best Documentary Feature

“Crip Camp,” Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder

Best Documentary Short Subject

“A Love Song for Latasha,” Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan

Best Film Editing

“Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao 

Best International Feature Film

“Another Round” (Denmark) 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, Jamika Wilson

Best Production Design

“Mank.” Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

Best Visual Effects

“Tenet,” Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher

Sergio Zaciu
Sergio is a Film Editor for Merry-Go-Round Magazine and a film connoisseur from Romania. He pretends to understand culinary culture enough to call himself an LA foodie, but he just can't manage to like scallops.

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