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92nd Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2019 (for the 2020 Ceremony) - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only


Tier 1 - Prediction SEPT 21st

Given that nearly everyone in competition this year feels vulnerable for some reason perhaps it will be volatile moving into precursor season? 

Renée Zellweger
49 yrs old
3 noms | 1 win
Sept 27th


Voters love famous actors playing famous people. RZ will have easy "comeback" narrative. VULNERABILITY: a second win when she hasn't had much of a career since her first seems excessive. 

Scarlett Johansson
34 yrs old | never nominated
Nov 6th


Scarlett has now become so underrated that she qualifies as a "I didn't know she had that in her" surprise despite delivering lots of strong work outside of superhero movies. VULNERABILITY: Driver and Dern have showier roles

Cynthia Erivo
32 yrs old | never nominated
Nov 1st

 Though the movie is disappointing it's the Erivo show from start to finish so she probably won't be harmed by a (presumed) lackluster response to the movie. VULNERABILITY: The movie itself. 

Charlize Theron
43 yrs old | 2 noms | 1 win
Dec 20th

Voters love famous actors playing famous people. The story is timely and Lithgow as co-star but she's been passed over for brilliant work  so the movie will need to strike a chord.  VULNERABILITY: late release and international competition for Best in Show


Saoirse Ronan
25 yrs old | 3 noms
Dec 25th

 We already know that Oscar loves this role (see Winona Ryder in 1994) and its a classic for a reason. VULNERABILITY: It's also a remake or a remake. A fourth nomination by 25? Only one person (JLaw) has ever done that.


Tier 2 - Or Maybe It'll Be These Five

Meryl Streep
69 yrs old | 21 noms | 3 wins
Release TBA



No other actor finds it easier to snag nods VULNERABILITY: Playing a Panamian woman isn't going to fly in today's harsher environment for racially inappropriate casting. Also might be going supporting.

Alfre Woodard
66 yrs old | 1 nomination
Dec 27th


She's an enduring actor's actor that people love. 36 years since her first nom (!) so she'd get a lot of welcome back media love VULNERABILITY: Post Christmas releases generally have trouble stirring up heat quickly enough for nominations.


Lupita Nyong'o
36 yrs old | 1 nom | 1 win
March 22nd


She's brilliant in the film and, more importantly given the early release, super memorable. VULNERABILITY: Anti-genre bias within the actor's branch. Plus can Universal revive interest for a leading Oscar bid?

29 yrs old | never nominated
July 12th

 Oscar loves it when "funny" actors get serious and the film is a breakout arthouse hit. VULNERABILITY: But Oscar has always resisted Asian actors (sigh) and it's a fairly subtle performance which sometimes doesn't work with Oscar voters.

Jodie Turner Smith
32 yrs old | never nominated
Nov 27th


 Hollywood will be paying attention given the director's buzz and Kaluuya as co-star. Could be the year's breakout if the film isnt too divisive. VULNERABILITY: Very possible that the film receives no awards buzz at all.


Tier 3 - We might be underestimating...
  • Bell - Brittany Runs a Marathon
  • Byrne - The Souvenir
  • Haenel - Portrait of a Lady...
  • Moss - Her Smell
  • Place - Diane
  • Pugh -Midsommar
  • Thompson - Late Night


Julianne Moore
58 yrs old | 5 noms | 1 win
March 22nd

She's delightful in the movie VULNERABILITY: but that super early release... unless the Globes revive interest with a Comedy nod (though it's largely a drama with comic moments) it will be forgotten.

Helen Mirren
73 yrs old | 4 noms | 1 win
(Warner Bros)
Nov 15th

 She's had automatic awards runs for most of her projects, whether or not the performance was noteworthy and early buzz on this is good. VULNERABILITY: Reportedly more of a showcase for McKellen.

Felicity Jones
35 yrs old | 1 nomination
Dec 6th

Initially the buzz seemed promising for this oddly retro gamble -- a hot air balloon survival drama --VULNERABILITY: Amazon appears to have gotten cold feet pulling back on release plans . A lack of studio confidence is rarely a good Oscar omen

Constance Wu
37 yrs old | never nominated
Sept 13th


She cries a lot which Oscar voters love and it's as sympathetic as criminal roles get. VULNERABILITY: It's hard to think about anyone other than Jennifer Lopez while watching the movie.