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.

94th Academy Awards

Chasing Oscar Reviews:

King Richard
The Harder They Fall
Tick, Tick… Boom!
House of Gucci
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

Nightmare Alley
Swan Song
Being the Ricardos
Don’t Look Up
C’mon C’mon
Licorice Pizza
The Lost Daughter


Best Picture

King Richard

Licorice Pizza
The Power of the Dog
Tick, Tick…Boom!
West Side Story

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve, Dune
Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
Pablo Larraín, Spencer
Steven Spielberg, West Side Story

Best Actor

Will Smith, King Richard
Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick…Boom!
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Joaquin Phoenix, C’mon C’mon

Best Actress

Kristen Stewart, Spencer
Lady Gaga, House of Gucci
Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos

Best Supporting Actor

Jamie Dornan, Belfast
Ciaran Hinds, Belfast
Jared Leto, House of Gucci
Jon Bernthal, King Richard
Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

Best Supporting Actress

Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
Catriona Balfe, Belfast
Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
Ruth Negga, Passing