Predicted Oscar Nominees Going For The Gold

Only one week remains until the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are announced. Within this awards season so far, there have been some serious upsets and unexpected blindsides. One can only imagine what discussions will be had when the official list is released. Luckily, we at PopAxiom have decided to get a headstart on that conversation. With a few of the best options in each category chosen, as well as a plethora of underdogs, the nominations could go anywhere! Let us know what your predicted Oscar nominees are looking like in the comments below!

Best Picture

  • Roma – Predicted Winner
  • First Man
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • A Star Is Born
  • BlacKkKlansman – Underdog
  • The Favourite
  • Black Panther
  • Green Book
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Bohemian Rhapsody

Actor In A Leading Role

  • Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) – Predicted Winner
  • Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
  • Ryan Gosling (First Man)
  • Christian Bale (Vice)
  • John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman)
  • Ethan Hawke (First Reformed) – Underdog

Actress In A Leading Role

  • Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) – Predicted Winner
  • Glenn Close (The Wife)
  • Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
  • Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)
  • Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk)
  • Toni Collette (Hereditary) – Underdog

Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born)
  • Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) – Predicted Winner
  • Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman)
  • Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
  • Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy)
  • Brian Tyree Henry (If Beale Street Could Talk) – Underdog

Actress In A Supporting Role

  • Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) – Predicted Winner
  • Emma Stone (The Favourite)
  • Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)
  • Claire Foy (First Man)
  • Amy Adams (Vice)
  • Natalie Portman (Vox Lux) – Underdog

Animated Feature Film

  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – Predicted Winner
  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs – Underdog
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Mirai
  • Early Man


  • Roma – Predicted Winner
  • First Man
  • A Star Is Born
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Underdog
  • The Favourite
  • Widows

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • BlacKkKlansman
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Predicted Winner
  • A Star Is Born
  • Leave No Trace – Underdog
  • First Man
  • Death of Stalin

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • First Reformed – Underdog
  • The Favourite – Predicted Winner
  • Eighth Grade
  • Roma
  • Green Book
  • Hereditary

Costume Design

  • The Favourite – Predicted Winner
  • Black Panther
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Underdog
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • BlacKkKlansman


  • Alfonso Cuarón (Roma) – Predicted Winner
  • Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) – Underdog
  • Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
  • Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
  • Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk)
  • Damien Chazelle (First Man)

Documentary (Feature)

  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Predicted Winner
  • RBG
  • Three Identical Strangers – Underdog
  • Shirkers
  • Free Solo
  • Minding The Gap

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • Black Sheep
  • Los Comandos
  • ’63 Boycott
  • Women of the Gulag
  • Zion – Predicted Winner
  • A Night at the Garden – Underdog

Film Editing

  • First Man
  • Roma
  • The Favourite
  • A Star Is Born – Predicted Winner
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Hereditary – Underdog

Foreign Language Film

  • Roma – Predicted Winner
  • Shoplifters
  • Capernaum
  • Cold War
  • The Guilty
  • Burning – Underdog

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Vice – Predicted Winner
  • Suspiria – Underdog
  • Stan & Ollie
  • Mary Queen of Scots

Music (Original Score)

  • First Man – Predicted Winner
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Black Panther
  • Annihilation – Underdog
  • Avengers: Infinity War

Music (Original Song)

  • “Shallow” (A Star Is Born) – Predicted Winner
  • “Suspirium” (Suspiria)
  • “All The Stars” (Black Panther) – Underdog
  • “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs)
  • “Trip A Little Light Fantastic” (Mary Poppins Returns)
  • “The Big Unknown” (Widows)

Production Design

  • The Favourite – Predicted Winner
  • Black Panther
  • First Man – Underdog
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • A Star Is Born

Short Film (Animated)

  • Bao – Predicted Winner
  • Weekends
  • Lost & Found
  • One Small Step – Underdog
  • Late Afternoon
  • Bilby

Short Film (Live Action)

  • Skin
  • Mother 
  • Fauve
  • Detainment – Predicted Winner
  • Marguerite
  • May Day – Underdog

Sound Editing

  • First Man – Predicted Winner
  • Roma
  • A Quiet Place – Underdog
  • Black Panther
  • A Star Is Born
  • Widows

Sound Mixing

  • First Man – Predicted Winner
  • Roma
  • A Quiet Place – Underdog
  • Black Panther
  • A Star Is Born
  • Widows

Visual Effects

  • Ready Player One – Predicted Winner
  • Avengers: Infinity War – Underdog
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Welcome to Marwen
  • First Man
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The Oscar nominees will be announced on January 22nd. The 91st Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC on February 24th.


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Alex Papaioannou
Alex Papaioannou
Born and raised in New York. I've always loved all things pop culture, but my true passion lies within film. And the only thing that I love more than watching movies is writing about them! Some close runner-ups are: food, the Yankees, and hip-hop.


  1. Hi Alex, I strongly disagree with your praise for “A Star is Born”. While it was a well made film with excellent music, I wouldn’t consider it Oscar worthy in regards to acting. I believe that “The Favourite” has much stronger performances in regard to acting out emotion and dialogue. Also, the category Actor in a Supporting Role (in my view) is a toss up this year. I personally like Adam Driver, but I’m not entirely sure who will win. Otherwise, I agree with your selections.

  2. These predictions are pretty good. One thing I love about the Oscars is that it really is a toss up, especially this year.


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