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

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Costume Design Predictions

Little Women
Jacqueline Durran
(6 noms / 1 win)
Dec 25th

A beloved 19th century story with lots of women, little and otherwise, to costume. Oscar loves Durran.

Paul Tazewell
(never nominated)
Release TBA

Mid 19th century. Slaves, abolitionists, and presumably Civil War costuming (though we dont know how many years the movie covers)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Arianne Phillips
(2 nominations)
July 26th

1960s, hippies and movie stars, and Phillips is incredibly gifted. But no Tarantino has ever been nominated for costume design. Weird, right, given all the iconic looks?

JoJo Rabbit
Mayes C Rubo
(never nominated)
Nov 27th

1940s and Scarlett Johansson looks great in that era (well, any era really) plus Nazis

Dolemite is My Name
Ruth E Carter
(3 noms | 1 win)
Release TBA

Carter is fresh off a win (Black Panther) and this blaxploitation bio could be another ticket to the Oscars if Netflix can handle pushing so many films

Tier 2 - or maybe these... 

Julian Day
(never nominated)
May 31st

1970s and lots of pieces amuse and shine via Elton's flamboyance But will it be remembered after opening so early?

Jacqueline Durran
(6 noms | 1 win)
Dec 25th

1910s but since it's a war picture there are no gowns *sniffle*

Ford v Ferrarri
Daniel Orlandi
(never nominated)
Nov 15th

1960s but lots of work gear (and presumably suits, too). They still owe him for that awful snub of Down with Love

Mitchell Travers
(never nominated)
Sept 13th

2000s fashion. Which is practically contemporary but the costumes are great. Will they notice? 

The Aeronauts
Alexandra Byrne (4 noms / 1 win)
Release TBA

Consecutive nomination? She was up last year for Mary Queen of Scots and this year a mid 19th century story of a scientist and pilot

Tier 3 - We might be underestimating...


  • Ad Astra - Albert Wolsky (7 noms / 2 wins)
  • Seberg - Michael Wilkinson (1 nom)
  • Aladdin - Michael Wilkinson (1 nom)
  • Dumbo - Colleen Atwood (12 noms / 4 wins)
  • Bombshell - Colleen Atwood (12 noms / 4 wins)
  • Cats - Paco Delgado (2 noms)
  • The Irishman - Christopher Peterson (never nom'ed) and Sandy Powell (14 noms/3 wins)
  • The White Crow - Madeline Fontaine (1 nom)


  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - Arjun Bhasin
  • Us - Kym Barrett
  • Personal History of David Copperfield Cristina Casali
  • Missing Link - Deborah Cook
  • Lucy in the Sky - Louise Frogley
  • The Hustle - Emma Fryer
  • Tolkien - Colleen Kelsall
  • The Goldfinch - Kasia Walicka Maimone
  • Maleficent Mistress of Evil - Ellen Mirojnick
  • Pain & Glory - Paolo Torres
  • The Lighthouse - Linda Muir
  • Downton Abbey - Anna Mary Scott Robbins
  • Judy - Jany Temime



Cinematography Predictions


 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Robert Richardson
(9 noms | 3 wins)
July 26th


Roger Deakins
(14 noms / 1 win)


 The Lighthouse

Jarin Blaschke
(never nominated)
Oct 18th



The Irishman

Rodrigo Prieto (2 nominations)
Release TBA

Little Women

Yorick Le Saux
(never nominated)
Dec 25th

Tier 2 - or maybe these... 

Ford v Ferrari

Phedon Papamichael
(1 nomination)
Nov 15th


Ad Astra

Hoyte van Hoytema
(1 nomination)
Sept 20th


A Hidden Life

Jörg Widmer
(never nominated)


John Toll
(3 noms / 2 wins)
Nov 1st

Queen & Slim

Tat Radcliffe
(never nominated)
Nov 27th

Tier 3- We might be underestimating...


  • Bombshell Barry Ackroyd (1 nom)
  • Gemini Man Dion Beebe (2 noms / 1 win) 
  • Marriage Story Robbie Ryan (1 nomination)
  • The Two Popes César Charlone (1 nom)
  • Radioactive Anthony Dod Mantle (1 nom / 1 win)
  • Goldfinch Roger Deakins (14 noms | 1 win)
  • Dark Waters Edward Lachmann (2 noms)


  • The Aeronauts George Steel
  • A Hidden Life Jörg Widmer
  • The King - Adam Arkapaw
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - Jody Lee Lipes
  • JoJo Rabbit - Mihai Malaimare Jr
  • Pain & Glory - José Luis Alcaine
  • Rocketman - George Richmond 
  • Cats - Christopher Ross
  • The Good Liar - Tobias Schliessler 



Production Design Predictions

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Jade Healey & Merissa Lombardo (never nominated)


 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Barbara Ling (never nominated) & Nancy Haigh (7/1)
Dennis Gassner (6 noms | 1 win)


Eve Stewart (4 nominations)
Ad Astra
Kevin Thompson (never nominated) and Karen O'Hara (2 noms | 1 win)
Tier 2 - or maybe these... 
Little Women
Jess Gonchor (2 nominations) & Claire Kaufman (never nominated)

Ford v Ferrari
François Audouy (never nominated) and Peter Lando (1 nomination)

JoJo Rabbit

Ra Vincent (1 nomination) and Nora Sopková


Lee Ha-jun
(never nominated)




Gemma Jackson (1 nomination)


Tier 3- Other Possibilities


  • Star War Episode Rise of Skywalker Rick Carter (4 noms, 2 wins) and Kevin Jenkins (never nominated)
  • The King Fiona Crombe (1 nomination) The King
  • Gemini Man Guy Hendrix Dyas (2 nominations)
  • Dumbo Rick Heinrichs (3 noms, 1 win)
  • Radioactive Michael Carlin (1 nom)
  • The White Crow Anne Siebel (1 nomination)


  • Pain & Glory Antxón Gómez
  • Parasite Lee Ha-jun
  • The Lighthouse Craig Lathrop
  • The Aeronauts David Hindle & Christian Huban
  • Judy Kave Quinn
  • Rocketman Marcus Rowland
  • The Irishman Bob Shaw
  • Downton Abbey Donal Woods
  • Harriet Warren Alan Young & Marthe Pineau


Film Editing Predictions


Lee Smith (3 nominations | 1 win)

The Irishman

Thelma Schoonmaker (7 noms | 3 wins)

Ford v Ferrari

Michael McCusker (1 nomination)


JoJo Rabbit
Tom Eagles
(never nominated)



Jinmo Yang
(never nominated)
Tier 2 - or maybe these... 

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Fred Raskin
(never nominated)
Ad Astra
John Axelrad & Lee Haugen (never nominated)



Jeff Groth (never nominated)


Nicholas Monsour
(never nominated)


Avengers Endgame
Jeffrey ford & Matthew Schmidt (never nominated)


Tier 3- Other Possibilities


  • Motherless Brooklyn Joe Klotz (1 nomination)
  • Gemini Man Tim Squyres (2 noms) 
  • Rocketman Chris Dickens (1 nom | 1 win)


  • The Good Liar - Virginia Katz
  • Queen & Slim - Pete Beaudreau
  • The Farewell - Matt Friedman & Michael Taylor (nevernominated)
  • Pain & Glory - Teresa Font
  • The Lighthouse - Louise Ford
  • Little Women - Nick Houy
  • The Report - Greg O'Bryant
  • Bombshell Jon Poll
  • Hustlers - Kayla Emter


Makeup & Hair Predictions

It can be hard to know who will be considered for the nominations in this category as there are generally several people to a department, the titles aren't the same from film to film, and number of nominees can vary. So we've listed key personnel with Oscar history and/or people that might be included. In addition to all that there is still occasionally talk of pushing this category to five nominees where it always should have been (it's now the only category to have less than 5 nominees and that makes no earthly sense)


Kazuhiro Tsuji (3 noms / 1 win), Vivian Baker and Anne Morgan (never nominated)


Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (1 nom) and Lizzie Georgiou (never nominated)



  Camille Friend (never nominated) & Scott Wheeler (1 nom)

Avengers Endgame

John Blake (1 nomination), Janine Rath (never nom'ed)



Jeremy Woodhead, Michael Marino, Kay Georgiou (never nominated)

Tier 2 - or maybe these... 
Nicki Ledermann
(never nom'ed)

  The Lighthouse


 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Heba Thorisdottir, Janine Rath, Carey Jones (never nom'ed)

The King
Allesandro Bertolazzi (1 nom/1 win), David Malinowski (1 nom / 1 win)
JoJo Rabbit Jack Firmin & Danelle Satherley (never nom'ed)
Tier 3- Other possibilities
  • Aladdin Christine Blundell (1 nom / 1 win)
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Tony Ward (never nominated)
  • Captain Marvel - Camille Friend (never nominated), Christopher Allen Nelson (1 nom/1win)
  • Hellboy - Joel Harlow (3 noms / 1 win)
  • Harriet - Angie Wells, Belinda Anderson (never nominated)
  • Ford v Ferrari - Gloria Pasqua Casny (1 nom) & Jane Galli (never nominated)
  • Little Women - Fríða Aradóttir (never nominated)
  • Star Wars Episode IX - unknown
  • The Irishman Sean Flanigan & Nicki Ledermann (never nominated)
  • Maleficent Mistress of Evil Arjen Tuiten & David White (1 nomination each)




Visual Effects - Predictions


 The Lion King

Avengers Endgame

Star Wars: Episode IX

Ad Astra



Tier 2 - Or maybe these... 


  Gemini Man

The Irishman Alita Battle Angel Captain Marvel


 Terminator Dark Fate

Tier 3 - Other Possibilities...

The Aeronauts, Dumbo, Ford v Ferrari, Godzilla King of the Monsters, Hellboy, Lucy in the Sky, Maleficient Mistress of Evil, Missing Link, Rocketman, Shadow, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Aladdin