Today brings us my second post in my very early and quite speculative predictions on Oscar contenders for this thing we call 2020. I have already generated my initial picks for Supporting Actor and you can peruse it here:
So we arrive at Supporting Actress. In my previous writeup for the gentlemen vying for recognition this year, I went into great detail regarding the challenges of Academy forecasting in 2020. I will not rehash them in detail here, but they obviously involve the COVID-19 pandemic that has created tremendous uncertainty when it comes to release dates. There’s the typical every year questions as well such as whether certain performers will end up in lead or supporting (Olivia Colman in The Father is just one example). Netflix’s The Prom, with Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, is another one to watch as far as campaigns (I’ve got them both here for the moment). And I’m currently guessing that Saoirse Ronan will be in this race for Ammonite with her costar Kate Winslet going for Best Actress.
We already have some storylines that could prove fascinating if they pan out. In 2018, Olivia Colman scored a surprise win for The Favourite in lead actress over the more favored Glenn Close in The Wife. In 2020, we could certainly see them go head to head once again in supporting.
When I made my inaugural predictions post in this race in 2019, I correctly identified two of the eventual nominees in my top 5. This included winner Laura Dern in Marriage Story as well as Florence Pugh for Little Women. In my 10 other possibilities, I named Scarlett Johansson for Jojo Rabbit. I did not, however, list the other two contenders: Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell) and Margot Robbie (Bombshell).
Let’s get at it!
EARLY OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Toni Collette, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Olivia Colman, The Father
Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
Saoirse Ronan, Ammonite
Mary J. Blige, Respect
Abigail Breslin, Stillwater
Gaby Hoffman, C’Mon C’Mon
Felicity Jones, The Midnight Sky
Nicole Kidman, The Prom
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Meryl Streep, The Prom
Kristin Scott Thomas, Rebecca
Debra Winger, Kajillionaire
Helena Zengel, News of the World
Best Actor is next! Stay tuned…