Way Too Early Look at the 93rd Academy Awards: Anticipated Nominations

Way Too Early Look at the 93rd Academy Awards Anticipated Nominations

We must be really bored with the quarantine and this whole coronavirus thing, because the body of the 92nd Academy Awards isn’t even cold yet, and we’re already speculating on the 93rd edition coming up next February.

Most of the movies that we’ll be discussing in this article haven’t even been released yet, so … when you think about it, we actually have no idea as to what we are talking about! But that’s ok … this is, after all, the internet! A place where anyone who has a mom’s basement, can declare themselves experts on a topic and demand that you pay attention to their wise words –we’re not really writing out of our mom’s basement; we’re just feeling a bit snarky today. 


Upon hearing the name, I thought this flick was going to be about a giant nautilus (the mollusk) that terrorized a group of ocean-goers. Or perhaps a cute Pixar animation about a cute little swimming shell and its adventures. 

But nope. It’s a love story starring Kate Winslet as Mary Anning – a fossil hunter, hence the title and the plot not being about beasts of titanic proportions– and Saoirse Ronan in the supporting role. All snark aside, I have no doubt it will be a heartwarming film. But will it receive a nomination for Best Picture?

The gavel comes crashing down whilst shouting a resounding, ‘No!’

The odds are -200 that this film does not get nominated for Best Picture. Perhaps Saoirse Ronan will get nominated for best-supporting actress.

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No Time to Die

Daniel Craig is back as Bond and this is likely his last run at the iconic character. No Time to Die isn’t likely to be up for Best Picture, nor is it likely to win a major Oscar for best director, or best actor … best actress … but … No Time to Die is up on the boards to win Best Original Song. So, yay for Billie Eyelash … or Eilish. At least all of the 16-year-olds around the world will be super pumped. And a whole new generation of youth will be exposed to the Bond saga. 

Top Prospects for Nominations 

Ok. Let’s get into a few of the top prospects. These are the motion pictures, actors, and actresses that are expected to be recognized for their work via Oscars nominations.

Best Picture

The top movies expected to win Best Picture are:

  • Tenet
  • Dune
  • Mank
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The French Dispatch
  • Deep Water
  • The Midnight Sky
  • Stillwater
  • Bernstein

As we saw last year, there was a lot of jockeying as time went on. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was the early frontrunner to win Best Picture. But the outcome at the Golden Globes swapped the odds as well as public opinion. So, we are likely to see that again. Especially with so many different types of films on the shortlist. Dune will definitely get nominated – if they do the books any justice. 

Nightmare Alley is another that could do well. Who better to bring an old-school psychological thriller back to life than Guillermo Del Toro? Out of the 8 likely nominations, those are the two that I am positive will get nominated. 

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Best Actor

  • Tom Hanks
  • Eddie Redmayne
  • Gary Oldman
  • Robert Pattinson
  • Adam Driver
  • George Clooney
  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Matt Damon
  • Ben Affleck
  • Dave Bautista

Apparently, they give Academy Awards away for WWE performances nowadays. 

Dave Bautista

No, Dave Bautista may actually receive a nomination for his role in Dune, which would be pretty cool if you ask me. That said, he’s got some heavy-hitters above him, so I doubt it will come to fruition. Hanks, Pattinson, Clooney, Redmayne are on my shortlist pick up the nod for best actor.

Best Actress

  • Viola Davis
  • Amy Adams
  • Glenn Close
  • Maryl Streep 
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Annette Bening
  • Jodie Comer
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Frances McDormand

As far as the top ladies are concerned, it’s tough. Not all can be nominated; some have gotta get snubbed. But it should be noted that the order in which I listed the actors, actresses, and films reflects their odds on the Las Vegas boards to win their respective categories

I’d put my money on Viola, Streep, and Close to at least get nominated.


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