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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)

Michael Wilkinson
(1 nomination)
May 24th

Beauty & the Beast proved they dont mind recreation of iconic animated costumes. File under MOST costumes?

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

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

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?

Tier 2 - or maybe these... 

Consolata Boyle (3 nominations)
Release TBA

Late 19th century. They like Boyle... but will the film have a high enough profile?

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

Ad Astra
Albert Wolsky
(7 noms / 2 wins)
May 24th

Wolsky is amazing but hasn't been nominated in a long time. Comeback?

Julian Day
(never nominated)
May 31st

1970s and lots of opportunities to amuse and shine via Elton's flamboyance But will it be remembered late in the year?

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

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

Tier 3 - We might be underestimating...

The Irishman
Sandy Powell (14 noms / 3 wins) and Christopher Peterson (never nominated)
Release TBA

Two time periods but lots of suits which isn't always an opportunity to shine

Pain & Glory
Paolo Torres
(never nominated)
Release TBA

Two time periods and plentiful visual attention. But a foreign film and you never know when the branch will decide to look at those.

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

1960s but lots of work gear (and presumably suits) so will he have a chance to sign? They still owe him for that awful snub of Down with Love

Against All Enemies
Michael Wilkinson
(1 nomination)
Release TBA

1960s, the Black Panthers, and one style icon in Jean Seberg (played by Kristen Stewart) but will the film have a high enough profile?

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Arjun Bhasin
(never nominated)
Nov 22nd

Mr Rogers wasn't exactly a snappy dresser but Oscar likes versimilitude from cultural touchstones and history.

Tier 3- Too early to rule anything out!


  • Dumbo - Colleen Atwood (12 noms / 4 wins)
  • Untitled Roger Ailes Project - Colleen Atwood (12 noms / 4 wins)
  • Dolemite is My Name - Ruth E Carter (3 noms / 1 win)
  • Cats - Paco Delgado (2 noms)
  • The White Crow - Madeline Fontaine (1 nom)


  • 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
  • The Lighthouse - Linda Muir
  • Downton Abbey - Anna Mary Scott Robbins
  • Judy - Jany Temime



Cinematography Predictions

John Toll
(3 noms / 2 wins)
Release TBA
The Goldfinch
Roger Deakins
(14 noms / 1 win)
Sept 13th
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Robert Richardson
(9 noms | 3 wins)
July 26th
Joshua James Richards
(never nominated)
Release TBA
Little Women
Yorick Le Saux
(never nominated)
Dec 25th
Tier 2 - or maybe these... 
Ad Astra
Hoyte Van Hoytema
(1 nomination)
May 24th
Untitled Todd Haynes Project
Ed Lachmann (2 nominations)
Release TBA
Woman in the Window
Bruno Delbonnel (5 nominations)
Oct 4th
The Irishman
Rodrigo Prieto (2 nominations)
Release TBA
Pain & Glory
José Luis Alcaine
(never nominated)
Release TBA
Tier 3- Too early to rule anything out!


  • Untitled Roger Ailes Barry Ackroyd (1 nom)
  • Gemini Man Dion Beebe (2 noms / 1 win) 
  • The Pope César Charlone (1 nom) - The Pope
  • Radioactive Anthony Dod Mantle (1 nom / 1 win)
  • Ford v Ferrari Phedon Papamichael (1 nom) 


  • The Kitchen - Maryse Alberti 
  • The King - Adam Arkapaw
  • The Lighthouse - Jarin Blaschke
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - Jody Lee Lipes
  • JoJo Rabbit - Mihai Malaimare Jr
  • Rocketman - George Richmond 
  • Cats - Christopher Ross
  • The Good Liar - Tobias Schliessler 



Production Design Predictions

Dennis Gassner (6 noms | 1 win)
JoJo Rabbit
Ra Vincent (1 nomination) and Nora Sopková
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Jade Healey & Merissa Lombardo (never nominated)
Little Women
Jess Gonchor (2 nominations) & Claire Kaufman (never nominated)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Barbara Ling (never nominated) & Nancy Haigh (7/1)
Tier 2 - or maybe these... 
The Goldfinch
KK Barrett (1 nomination) & Rene D'Angelo (1 nomination)

Ad Astra
Kevin Thompson (never nominated) and Karen O'Hara (2 noms | 1 win)

Gemma Jackson (1 nomination)

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


Michael Carlin (1 nomination)


Tier 3- Other Possibilities


  • Rick Carter (4 noms, 2 wins) and Kevin Jenkins (never nominated) Star Wars Episode IX
  • Cristina Casali (never nominated) and Charlotte Dirickx (1 nomination) Personal History of David Copperfield
  • Fiona Crombe (1 nomination) The King
  • Guy Hendrix Dyas (2 nominations) Gemini Man
  • Rick Heinrichs (3 noms, 1 win) Dumbo
  • Anne Siebel (1 nomination) The White Crow
  • Eve Stewart (4 nominations) Cats


  • Stefania Cella & Jon J Busch Lucy in the Sky
  • Antxón Gómez Pain & Glory
  • David Hindle & Christian Huban The Aeronauts
  • Craig Lathrop The Lighthouse
  • Kave Quinn Judy
  • Marcus Rowland Rocketman
  • Bob Shaw The Irishman
  • Donal Woods Downton Abbey
  • Warren Alan Young & Marthe Pineau Harriet


Film Editing Predictions

Lee Smith (3 nominations | 1 win)
Ford v Ferrari
Michael McCusker (1 nomination)
The Goldfinch
Kelly Dixon
(never nominated)
Queen & Slim
Pete Beaudreau
(never nominated
The Report
Greg O'Bryant (never nominated)
Tier 2 - or maybe these... 
The Good Liar
Virginia Katz
(never nominated
Ad Astra
John Axelrad & Lee Haugen (never nominated)
Woman in the Window
Valerio Bonnelli (never nominated)
The Irishman
Thelma Schoonmaker (7 noms | 3 wins)
Tier 3- Other Possibilities


  • Motherless Brooklyn Joe Klotz (1 nomination)
  • The White Crow Barney Pilling (1 nomination) 
  • Gemini Man Tim Squyres (2 noms) 
  • The Kitchen - Christopher Tellefsen (1 nomination) 


  • JoJo Rabbit - Tom Eagles JoJo Rabbit
  • The Aeronauts - Mark Eckersley The Aeronauts
  • Pain & Glory - Teresa FontPain & Glory
  • The Lighthouse - Louise Ford The Lighthouse
  • Aladdin - James Herbert Aladdin
  • Little Women - Nick Houy Little Women
  • Lucy in the Sky - Regis KimbleLucy in the Sky
  • Last Black Man in San Francisco - David MarksLast Black Man in San Francisco
  • Us - Nicholas Monsour Us
  • Cats - Melanie Oliver Cats, Judy
  • Untitled Roger Ailes Project Jon Poll Untitled Roger Ailes Project


  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Rocketman
  • Untitled Todd Haynes Project
  • Torrance
  • Terminator Dark Fate


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)

Untitled Roger Ailes
Kazuhiro Tsuji (3 noms / 1 win), Vivian Baker and Anne Morgan (never nominated)
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (1 nom) and Lizzie Georgiou (never nominated)
The King
Allesandro Bertolazzi (1 nom/1 win), David Malinowski (1 nom / 1 win)
Avengers Endgame Aladdin
Christine Blundell (1 nom / 1 win)
Tier 2 - or maybe these... 
Nicki Ledermann
Joel Harlow (3 noms / 1 win)
JoJo Rabbit
Jack Firmin & Danelle Satherley (never nominated)
Us Camille Friend (never nominated) & Scott Wheeler (1 nomination) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Tony Ward (never nominated)
Tier 3- Too early to rule anything out!
  • Captain Marvel - Camille Friend (never nominated), Christopher Allen Nelson (1 nom/1win)
  • Harriet - Angie Wells, Belinda Anderson (never nominated)
  • The Goldfinch - Mandy Lyons & Evelyne Noraz (never nominated), and Bill Corso (3 noms/1 win)
  • Ford v Ferrari - Gloria Pasqua Casny (1 nom) & Jane Galli (never nominated)
  • Little Women - Fríða Aradóttir (never nominated)
  • Star Wars Episode IX - unknown
  • Judy Jeremy Woodhead, Michael Marino, Kay Georgiou (never nominated)
  • The Irishman Sean Flanigan & Nicki Ledermann (never nominated)
  • Maleficent Mistress of Evil Arjen Tuiten & David White (1 nomination each)




Visual Effects - Predictions

Star Wars: Episode IX

Avengers Endgame

Ad Astra

Gemini Man


Tier 2 - Or maybe these... 
The Lion King The Irishman Alita Battle Angel Captain Marvel Cats
Tier 3 - Other Possibilities...

The Aeronauts, Dumbo, Ford v Ferrari, Godzilla King of the Monsters, Hellboy, Lucy in the Sky, Maleficient Mistress of Evil, Midway, Missing Link, The New Mutants, Rocketman, Shadow, Shazam!, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Terminator Dark Fate, Tolkien, and X-Men Dark Phoenix