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Merry-Go-Round’s 2020 Oscars Ballot

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For our Oscars predictions, we listed who will take home the Oscar, who should take home the Oscar, and who shouldn’t have even shown up in the list of nominees in the first place.

Best Picture

  • 1917
  • FORD V. FERRARI
  • JOKER
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
  • PARASITE
  • THE IRISHMAN
  • LITTLE WOMEN
  • JOJO RABBIT
  • MARRIAGE STORY

Who Will Win: Fuck it guys, it’s gonna be PARASITE!

Who Should Win: PARASITE or ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: JOJO RABBIT

Actor in a Leading Role

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

Who Will Win: Joaquin Phoenix

Who Should Win: Adam Driver or Antonio Banderas

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: Jonathan Pryce

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Charlize Theron, BOMBSHELL
  • Renee Zellweger, JUDY
  • Cynthia Erivo, HARRIET
  • Scarlett Johansson, MARRIAGE STORY
  • Saoirse Ronan, LITTLE WOMEN

Who Will Win: Renee Zellweger

Who Should Win: Scarlett Johansson

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

Actor in a Supporting Role

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

Who Will Win: Brad Pitt

Who Should Win: Brad Pitt, Joe Pesci, or Al Pacino

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: Anthony Hopkins

Actress in a Supporting Role

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

Who Will Win: Laura Dern

Who Should Win: Laura Dern

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: Scarlett Johansson

Director

  • Quentin Tarantino, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
  • Todd Phillips, JOKER
  • Bong Joon-ho, PARASITE
  • Martin Scorsese, THE IRISHMAN
  • Sam Mendes, 1917

Who Will Win: Sam Mendes

Who Should Win: Bong Joon-ho or Quentin Tarantino

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: Todd Phillips

Cinematography

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

Who Will Win: Roger Deakins

Who Should Win: Roger Deakins or Jarin Blaschke

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

Costume Design

  • THE IRISHMAN
  • LITTLE WOMEN
  • JOJO RABBIT
  • JOKER
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Who Will Win: JOKER

Who Should Win: LITTLE WOMEN

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: JOJO RABBIT

Animated Feature

  • TOY STORY 4
  • MISSING LINK
  • HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD
  • I LOST MY BODY
  • KLAUS

Who Will Win: TOY STORY 4

Who Should Win: MISSING LINK

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

Documentary (Feature)

  • FOR SAMA
  • HONEYLAND
  • AMERICAN FACTORY
  • THE CAVE
  • THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY

Who Will Win: AMERICAN FACTORY

Who Should Win: All Deserving!

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • IN THE ABSENCE
  • LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WAR ZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL)
  • LIFE OVERTAKES ME
  • LOUIS SUPERMAN
  • WALK RUN CHA-CHA

Who Will Win: LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WAR ZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL)

Who Should Win: LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WAR ZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL)

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

Film Editing

  • FORD V. FERRARI
  • JOJO RABBIT
  • THE IRISHMAN
  • JOKER
  • PARASITE

Who Will Win: PARASITE

Who Should Win: PARASITE

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: JOJO RABBIT

Foreign Language Film

  • PARASITE
  • PAIN AND GLORY
  • LES MISERABLES
  • CORPUS CHRISTI
  • HONEYLAND

Who Will Win: PARASITE

Who Should Win: PARASITE

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: LES MISERABLES

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • BOMBSHELL
  • JOKER
  • JUDY
  • MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
  • 1917

Who Will Win: BOMBSHELL

Who Should Win: All Deserving!

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

Music (Original Score)

  • JOKER
  • LITTLE WOMEN
  • MARRIAGE STORY
  • 1917
  • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Who Will Win: JOKER

Who Should Win: JOKER

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Music (Original Song)

  • “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from TOY STORY 4
  • “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from ROCKETMAN
  • “I’m Standing With You” from BREAKTHROUGH
  • “Into The Unknown” from FROZEN II
  • “Stand Up” from HARRIET

Who Will Win: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”

Who Should Win: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

Production Design

  • THE IRISHMAN
  • JOJO RABBIT
  • 1917
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
  • PARASITE

Who Will Win: 1917

Who Should Win: 1917

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: JOJO RABBIT

Short Film (Animated)

  • DCERA (DAUGHTER)
  • HAIR LOVE
  • KITBULL
  • MEMORABLE
  • SISTER

Who Will Win: HAIR LOVE

Who Should Win: All Deserving!

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

Short Film (Live Action)

  • BROTHERHOOD
  • NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB
  • THE NEIGHBORS WINDOW
  • SARIA
  • A SISTER

Who Will Win: THE NEIGHBOR’S WINDOW

Who Should Win: BROTHERHOOD

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: SARIA

Sound Editing

  • FORD V. FERRARI
  • JOKER
  • 1917
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
  • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Who Will Win: 1917

Who Should Win: 1917

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Sound Mixing

  • AD ASTRA
  • FORD V. FERRARI
  • JOKER
  • 1917
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Who Will Win: 1917

Who Should Win: AD ASTRA

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: No Complaints Here!

Visual Effects

  • AVENGERS: ENDGAME
  • THE IRISHMAN
  • THE LION KING
  • 1917
  • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Who Will Win: THE IRISHMAN

Who Should Win: THE IRISHMAN

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • THE IRISHMAN
  • JOJO RABBIT
  • JOKER
  • LITTLE WOMEN
  • THE TWO POPES

Who Will Win: JOJO RABBIT

Who Should Win: LITTLE WOMEN

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: JOJO RABBIT

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • KNIVES OUT
  • MARRIAGE STORY
  • 1917
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
  • PARASITE

Who Will Win: PARASITE

Who Should Win: PARASITE or ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Who Shouldn’t Be Nominated: 1917

Sergio Zaciu
Sergio is the Merry-Go-Round Magazine Film Editor 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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