Chasing Oscar

Every year, in celebration of the breakneck pace of the film awards season, I do my best to beat the clock and review the leading contenders for the Academy Awards. The goal is to unpack what makes a film worthy of Oscar recognition, and how it stakes against its competitors that season.

This page is home to my predictions for the top categories at the Oscars (updated regularly), based on the films I have seen and reviewed for When Things Go Pop, as well as general insight from industry experts. This is also where you can find all of my Chasing Oscar reviews from the previous seasons.

93rd Academy Awards

Chasing Oscar Reviews:

The Trial of the Chicago 7 Uneasily Balances Levity and Gravity
Riz Ahmed Anchors the Innovative, Astonishing ‘Sound of Metal’
David Fincher’s ‘Mank’ Has a High Barrier to Entry
Miraculous Performances and Writing Make ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Sing
‘Minari’ Quietly Unearths the Limits of the American Dream

Predictions:

Best Picture

Da 5 Bloods
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Mank
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Director

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
David Fincher, Mank
Darius Marder, Sound of Metal
Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods

Best Actor

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods
Steven Yuen, Minari

Best Actress

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Yeri Han, Minari

Best Supporting Actor

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Yahya Abdul Mateen II, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Supporting Actress

TBD

Best Adapted Screenplay

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Original Screenplay

Minari
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Da 5 Bloods
Mank

92nd Academy Awards

Chasing Oscar Reviews:

Bombshell Scratches the Surface of Complicity in Sexual Misconduct
Bong Joon-ho Turns Class Warfare into Masterpiece Cinema with Parasite
The Two Popes Strives to Humanize Its Holy Fathers
Greta Gerwig’s Little Women is a Triumph
Renée Zellweger Flies Over the Rainbow, But Judy Slips Beneath It
Ad Astra is a Stunning, Challenging Odyssey Through Space and the Human Psyche
Jennifer Lopez Swings Her Way to Oscar Glory in the Fabulous Hustlers

91st Academy Awards

Chasing Oscar Reviews:

A Peerless Glenn Close Commands The Wife
Green Book’s Problematic Race Relations Nearly Derail a Charming Trip
The Favourite is a Deliciously Venomous Royal Power Play
Roma is an Emotional, Contemplative Homage to Women’s Work
Bohemian Rhapsody is a Crowd-Pleasing Commercial for Queen
Beautiful Boy is an Unvarnished, Unfocused Look at Drug Addiction
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Make Beautiful, Oscar-Worthy Music in A Star is Born
Black Panther Leaps Ahead to Lead Marvel into an Inclusive, Complex Future

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