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Countdown to the Oscars

The Telegraph lists the favourites and picks its winners in some categories
George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman

The Telegraph   |     |   Published 08.02.20, 07:28 AM

Ahead of the Academy Awards, which India can watch live on Monday morning, here is a list of the favourites and The Telegraph's picks for winners in some categories:

Best picture

  • Ford v Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood
  • Parasite
  • Favourite: 1917
  • The Telegraph pick: 1917
  • Outside chance: Parasite

Lead actor

  • Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood
  • Adam Driver, Marriage Story
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
  • Favourite: Joaquin Phoenix
  • The Telegraph pick: Adam Driver
  • Outside chance: Antonio Banderas

Lead actress

  • Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
  • Charlize Theron, Bombshell
  • Renee Zellweger, Judy
  • Favourite: Renee Zellweger
  • The Telegraph pick: Scarlett Johansson
  • Outside chance: Cynthia Erivo

Supporting actor

  • Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino, The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci, The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time In...Hollywood
  • Favourite: Brad Pitt
  • The Telegraph pick: Joe Pesci
  • Outside chance: Joe Pesci

Supporting actress

  • Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
  • Laura Dern, Marriage Story
  • Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
  • Florence Pugh, Little Women
  • Margot Robbie, Bombshell
  • Favourite: Laura Dern
  • The Telegraph pick: Laura Dern
  • Outside chance: Kathy Bates

Adapted screenplay

  • The Irishman, Steven Zaillian
  • Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
  • Joker, Todd Phillips and Scott Silver
  • Little Women, Greta Gerwig
  • The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten
  • Favourite: Little Women
  • The Telegraph pick: Little Women
  • Outside chance: The Irishman


  • Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
  • Todd Phillips, Joker
  • Sam Mendes, 1917
  • Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood
  • Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
  • Favourite: Sam Mendes
  • The Telegraph pick: Sam Mendes
  • Outside chance: Bong Joon-ho

Original score

  • Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir
  • Little Women, Alexandre Desplat
  • Marriage Story, Randy Newman
  • 1917, Thomas Newman
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams
  • Favourite: 1917
  • The Telegraph pick: Joker
  • Outside chance: Little Women


  • The Irishman, Rodrigo Prieto
  • Joker, Lawrence Sher
  • The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke
  • 1917, Roger Deakins
  • Once Upon A Time In...Hollywood, Robert Richardson
  • Favourite: 1917
  • The Telegraph pick: 1917
  • Outside chance: Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood

...and watch out for

Best international feature film

  • Corpus Christi, Poland
  • Honeyland, North Macedonia
  • Les Miserables, France
  • Pain and Glory, Spain
  • Parasite, South Korea
  • Favourite: Parasite
  • The Telegraph pick: Parasite
  • Outside chance: Pain and Glory

The Indian link

Indian-American filmmakers Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan are nominated in the best documentary short subject category for St. Louis Superman, profiling activist Bruce Franks Jr’s journey to becoming a state lawmaker.

When is the Oscars ceremony?

Sunday, February 9.

Viewers in India can watch

Monday, February 10, on Star Movies, Star Movies HD and Hotstar, from 5.30am onwards.

Where is the ceremony?

Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

The presenters

Olivia Colman, Rami Malek, Gal Gadot, Mindy Kaling, Jane Fonda, Tom Hanks, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Salma Hayek, Ray Romano, Penelope Cruz, Diane Keaton...

The performers

No Time to Die artiste Billie Eilish, Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, Idina Menzel, joined by singer-songwriter Aurora, Chrissy Metz and Randy Newman. Irish composer Eimear Noone will be the first-ever female conductor during a guest-segment.

The grub

The menu for the Governors Ball, a glitzy event held after the Oscar ceremony, will be 70 per cent plant-based and 30 per cent vegetarian, fish and meat. Plastic water bottles and other beverages in plastic containers will be eliminated.

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