If I Had an Oscar Ballot…

With the Oscar nominations having been announced this morning, I’ve decided to show how I would have voted if I had a ballot, since I’m not influenced or affected by any awards campaigns.

DISCLAMER: These aren’t my picks for every category, but for most of them. And I as well will be giving my choice for the winner of each category and for many of the categories I’ve given a “just missed” section, which basically serves as a place for honorable mentions. But first, some special awards…

Special Award: Performer of the Year

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Images via Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, A24 & Mirror Releasing
  • Winner: (Tie) Florence Pugh – Fighting with My Family, Midsommar, & Little Women
  • Winner: (Tie) Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood & Ad Astra

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  • Winner: Joe Talbot – The Last Black Man in San Francisco 

Best Visual Effects

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Images via 20th Century Fox, Disney, Netflix, & Marvel Studios
  • Winner: Ad Astra
  • Alita: Battle Angel
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • The Irishman
  • The Lion King

Just Missed:

  • The Aeronauts
  • Detective Pikachu
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Costume Design

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Images via Sony Pictures, A24, & Netflix
  • Dolemite Is My Name – Ruth E. Carter
  • In Fabric – Jo Thompson
  • The Irishman – Christopher Peterson & Sandy Powell
  • The Lighthouse – Linda Muir
  •  Winner: Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Arianne Phillips

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

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Images via Lionsgate, Universal, A24, & Netflix
  • Winner: Bombshell
  • The Irishman
  • Rocketman
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
  • Skin

Best Film Editing

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Images via A24, Universal Pictures, NEON, & Netflix
  • 1917 – Lee Smith
  • Winner: The Irishman – Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Marriage Story – Jennifer Lame
  • Parasite – Jinmo Yang
  • Uncut Gems – Ronald Bronstein & Benny Safdie

Just Missed:

  • Knives Out – Bob Ducsay
  • Midsommar – Lucian Johnston
  • Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Fred Raskin

Best Production Design

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Images via A24, Universal Pictures, Kino Lorber, Sony Pictures, & NEON
  • 1917 – Dennis Gassner & Lee Sandales
  • Winner: The Lighthouse – Craig Lathrop & Ian Greig
  • The Mountain – Jacqueline Abrahams, Steven Killian, & Alexander Linde
  • Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Barbara Ling & Nancy Haigh
  • Parasite – Lee Ha-jun & Cho Won-Woo

Just Missed:

  • The Irishman – Bob Shaw & Regina Graves
  • Joker – Mark Friedberg & Kris Moran
  • Midsommar – Henrik Svensson, Klara Alfredsson Jofs Svensson, & Zsuzsanna Svertecki
  • Under the Silver Lake – Michael Perry, Melody Lavigna, & Paul Roome

Best Original Score

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Images via Warner Bros., NEON, A24, & Fox Searchlight
  • A Hidden Life – James Newton Howard
  • Winner: Joker – Hildur Guðnadóttir
  • Midsommar – Bobby Krlic
  • Monos – Mica Levi
  • Under the Silver Lake – Disasterpeace

Just Missed:

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco – Emile Mosseri
  • Uncut Gems – Daniel Loptain
  • Us – Michael Abels

Best Cinematography

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Images via A24, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, & NEON
  • 1917 – Roger Deakins
  • Ad Astra – Hoyte Van Hoytema
  • Joker – Lawrence Sher
  • Winner: The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Claire Mathon

Just Missed:

  • A Hidden Life – Jörg Widmer
  • The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco – Adam Newport-Berra
  • Parasite – Hong Gyeong-pyo
  • Uncut Gems – Darius Khondji

Best Documentary Feature

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Images via Netflix, Amazon Studios, NEON, & PBS
  • American Factory
  • Winner: For Sama
  • Honeyland
  • One Child Nation
  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

Just Missed:

  • Apollo 11
  • Mike Wallace Is Here

Best International Film

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Images via NEON, Sony Pictures Classics, & Music Box Films
  • Monos
  • Pain and Glory
  • Parasite
  • Winner: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Transit

Just Missed:

  • An Elephant Sitting Still
  • Genesis

Best Animated Feature

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Images via Annapurna, Netflix, GKIDS, & Pixar/Disney
  • Funan
  • Winner: I Lost My Body
  • Klaus
  • Missing Link
  • Toy Story 4

Best Adapted Screenplay

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Images via Sony Pictures, NEON, Music Box Films, & Netflix
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster (Based on the article Can You Say … Hero? by Tom Junod)
  • The Irishman – Steven Zaillian (Based on the memoir I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt)
  • Winner: Little Women – Greta Gerwig (Based on the novel of the same title by Louisa May Alcott)
  • Luce – JC Lee & Julius Onah (Based on the play of the same title by JC Lee)
  • Transit – Christian Petzold (Based on the novel of the same title by Anna Seghers)

Just Missed:

  • The Farewell – Lulu Wang (Based on the radio-memoir What You Don’t Know by Lulu Wang)
  • The King – David Michôd & Joel Edgerton (Based on the plays Henry IV parts I & II and Henry V by William Shakespeare)
  • The Sound of Silence – Ben Nabors & Michael Tyburski (Based on the short film Palimpsest by Ben Nabors & Michael Tyburski)

Best Original Screenplay

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Images via Netflix, A24, Sony Pictures, & NEON
  • The Lighthouse – Robert & Max Eggers
  • Winner: Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach
  • Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
  • Parasite – Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin-won
  • Uncut Gems – Ronald Bronstein, Josh & Benny Safdie

Just Missed:

  • Knives Out – Rian Johnson
  • The Mountain – Rick Alverson, Dustin Guy Defa, & Colm O’Leary
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Céline Sciamma

Best Supporting Actor

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Images via A24, Netflix, & Kino Lorber
  • Winner: Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse
  • Jeff Goldblum – The Mountain
  • Jonathan Majors – The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • Al Pacino – The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Just Missed:

  • Baykali Ganambarr – The Nightingale
  • Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
  • Franz Rogowski – A Hidden Life

Best Supporting Actress

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Images via Sony Pictures, Netflix, A24, & NEON
  • Laura Dern – Marriage Story
  • Winner: Adèle Haenel – Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Florence Pugh – Little Women
  • Taylor Russell – Waves
  • Zhao Shuzhen – The Farewell

Just Missed:

  • Julia Fox – Uncut Gems
  • Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
  • Julianne Nicholson – Monos

Best Actor

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Images via Warner Bros., Netflix, 20th Century Fox, NEON, & A24
  • Adam Driver – Marriage Story
  • Kelvin Harrison Jr. – Luce
  • Robert Pattinson – The Lighthouse
  • Brad Pitt – Ad Astra
  • Winner: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Just Missed:

  • Robert De Niro – The Irishman
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
  • Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems

Best Actress

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Images via Netflix, NEON, A24, IFC Films, & Universal Pictures
  • Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
  • Noémie Merlant – Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Winner: Lupita Nyong’o – Us
  • Mary Kay Place – Diane
  • Florence Pugh – Midsommar

Just Missed:

  • Aisling Franciosi – The Nightingale
  • Elisabeth Moss – Her Smell
  • Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Best Director

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Images via Fox Searchlight, A24, Netflix, & NEON
  • Robert Eggers – The Lighthouse
  • Winner: Terrence Malick – A Hidden Life
  • Josh & Benny Safdie – Uncut Gems
  • Céline Sciamma – Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Just Missed:

  • Rick Alverson – The Mountain
  • Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
  • Bong Joon-ho – Parasite
  • Claire Denis – High Life
  • James Gray – Ad Astra
  • Alejandro Landes – Monos

Best Picture

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Images via A24, IFC Films, Sony Pictures, Netflix, Kino Lorber, Fox Searchlight, & NEON
  • A Hidden Life
  • Winner: The Irishman
  • The Lighthouse
  • Marriage Story
  • The Mountain
  • The Nightingale
  • Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
  • Parasite
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Uncut Gems

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