2021 Oscars Predictions: Scott Menzel’s Predictions in All Categories

Best Picture

Predicted Nominees:

1. “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)
2. “Nomadland” (Searchlight)
3. “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
4. “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
5. “Minari” (A24)
6. “Mank” (Netflix)
7. “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
8. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
9. “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
10. “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)

Best Actor

Predicted Nominees:

1. Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
2. Anthony Hopkins, “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
3. Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
4. Delroy Lindo, “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
5. Gary Oldman, “Mank” (Netflix)

Best Actress

Predicted Nominees:

1. Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
2. Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman” (Netflix)
3. Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
4. Frances McDormand, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
5. Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (Hulu)


Predicted Nominees:

1. Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)
2. Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
3. Leslie Odom Jr., “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)
4. Bo Burnham, “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
5. Sasha Baron Cohen, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

Best Supporting Actress

Predicted Nominees:

1. Olivia Colman, “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
2. Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari” (A24)
3. Ellen Burstyn, “Pieces of a Woman” (Netflix)
4. Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon Studios)
5. Amanda Seyfried, “Mank” (Netflix)


Predicted Nominees:

1. Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
2. David Fincher, “Mank” (Netflix)
3. Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari” (A24)
4. Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
5. Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)

Best Original Screenplay

Predicted Nominees:

1. Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
2. Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
3. Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari” (A24)
4. Shaka King, Will Berson, Keith Lucas, Kenneth Lucas, “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros)
5. Abraham Marder, Darius Marder, “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Predicted Nominees:

1. Kemp Powers, “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)
2. Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
3. M.B. Traven, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani “The Mauritanian” (STXfilms)
4. Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller, “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
5. Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Best International Feature

Predicted Nominees: 

1. “Another Round” (Denmark)
2. “Two of Us” (France)
3. “La Llorona” (Guatemala)
4. “Collective” (Romania)
5. “Quo Vadis, Aida?” (Bosnia and Herzegovina)


Predicted Nominees:

1. Erik Messerschmidt, “Mank” (Netflix)
2. Joshua James Richards, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
3. Martin Ruhe, “The Midnight Sky” (Netflix)
4. Lachlan Milne, “Minari” (A24)
5. Hoyte van Hoytema, “Tenet” (Warner Bros.)

Best Animated Film

Predicted Nominees:

1. “Wolfwalkers” (Apple TV +)
2. “Soul” (Disney Plus)
3. “Over the Moon” (Netflix)
4. “Onward” (Disney Plus)
5. “The Croods: A New Age” (Universal Pictures)

Best Visual Effects

Predicted Nominees:

1. “Tenet” (Warner Bros.)
2. “The Midnight Sky” (Netflix)
3. “Wonder Woman 1984” (Warner Bros.)
4. “Mulan” (Disney Plus)
5. “Sonic The Hedgehog” (Paramount Pictures)

BEST Documentary

Predicted Nominees:

1. “Dick Johnson is Dead” (Netflix)
2. “All In: The Fight for Democracy” (Amazon Studios)
3. “Boys State” (Apple TV Plus)
4. “Totally Under Control” (Neon)
5. “Time” (Amazon Studios)

Best Documentary Short

Predicted Nominees:

1. “What Would Sophia Loren Do?” (Netflix)
2. “A Concerto Is a Conversation” (Breakwater Studios)
3. “Do Not Split” (Field of Vision)
4. “A Love Song for Latasha” (Netflix)
5. “Call Center Blues” (Topic)

Best Animated Short

Predicted Nominees:

1. “If Anything Happens I Love You” (Netflix)
2. “Burrow” (Disney)
3. “Canvas(Netflix)
4. “Cops and Robbers” (Netflix)
5. “Float” (Disney)

Best Live-Action Short

Predicted Nominees:

1. “The Human Voice” (Sony Pictures Classics)
2. “The Van” (Origine Films)
3. “Da Yie” (Salaud Morisset)
4. “Two Distant Strangers” (Dirty Robber, NowThis)
5. “Feeling Through” (Doug Roland Films)

Best Original Score

Predicted Nominees:

1. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “Soul” (Disney Plus)
2. Alexandre Desplat, “The Midnight Sky” (Netflix)
3. Emile Mosseri, “Minari” (A24)
4. Ludwig Göransson, “Tenet” (Warner Bros.)
5. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “Mank” (Netflix)

Best Original Song

Predicted Nominees:

1. “Rocket to the Moon” from “Over the Moon” (Netflix)
2. “Turntables” from “All In: The Fight for Democracy” (Amazon Studios)
3. “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)
4. “Husavik” from “Eurovision: Song Contest” (Netflix)
5. “Only the Young” from “Miss Americana” (Netflix)

Best Costume Design

Predicted Nominees:

1. Ann Roth, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
2. Trish Summerville, “Mank” (Netflix)
3. Alexandra Byrne, “Emma” (Focus)
4. Erin Benach, “Birds of Prey” (Warner Bros.)
5. Suzie Harman, Robert Worley, “Personal History of David Copperfield” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Production Design

Predicted Nominees:

1.Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale “Mank” (Netflix)
2. Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas “Tenet” (Warner Bros.)
3. David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan “News of the World” (Universal Pictures)
4. Mark Ricker, Karen O’Hara, and Diana Stoughton “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
5. Page Buckner, Janessa Hitsman “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)


Predicted Nominees:

1. Alan Baumgarten, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
2. Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
3. Frédéric Thoraval, “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
4. Ben Smithard, “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
5. Kristan Sprague, “Judas and The Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)


Predicted Nominees:

1. “Hillbilly Elegy” (Netflix)
2. “The Prom” (Netflix)
3. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
4. “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
5. “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)


Predicted Nominees:

1. “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
2. “The Midnight Sky” (Netflix)
3. “Mank” (Netflix)
4. “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
5. “Tenet” (Warner Bros.)

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Born in New Jersey, Scott Menzel has been watching film and television since he was three years old. Growing up, he watched as many movies as he could and was highly influenced by the films of Tim Burton, John Hughes, Robert Zemeckis, and Steven Spielberg. Scott has an Associate's Degree in Marketing, a Bachelor's in Mass Media, Communications, and a Master's in Electronic Media. He has been writing film reviews under the alias of MovieManMenzel since 2003 and started his writing career as a contributing critic at IMDB.com and Joblo.com. In 2009, Scott launched MovieManMenzel.com where he posted several of his film reviews but in 2011 decided to shut down the site when he launched We Live Film.com. In 2015, We Live Film became We Live Entertainment. The domain name change occurred after months of debate but was done so that he and his fellow staff members could write about anything and everything in the world of entertainment.

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