By: Zak Falcone

Oscars: Flick Picks  

Best Picture  

Nominees:  

CODA  

THE POWER OF THE DOG  

NIGHTMARE ALLEY  

DRIVE MY CAR  

BELFAST  

DUNE  

WEST SIDE STORY  

KING RICHARD  

LICORICE PIZZA  

Who Should Win: WEST SIDE STORY  

Who Will Win: THE POWER OF THE DOG  

Who Could Win: CODA  

Spielberg’s first musical was the year’s most incredible film. Though, the Academy will likely disagree. THE POWER OF THE DOG will most likely win if it keeps its steam heading into the Awards. CODA is a film gaining momentum late in the race.  

 

Best Actor  

Nominees:  

Will Smith – KING RICHARD  

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH – THE POWER OF THE DOG  

Andrew Garfield – TICK, TICK … BOOM!  

Denzel Washington – THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH  

Javier Bardem – BEING THE RICARDOS  

Who Should Win: Denzel Washington  

Who Will Win: Benedict Cumberbatch  

Who Could Win: Will Smith 

Denzel has given Hollywood his all, another Best Actor Oscar could serve as a lifetime achievement, but likely won’t happen. THE POWER OF THE DOG has all the momentum as of now, Benedict also has never won an Oscar after two nominations. Will  Smith is picking up speed in the race after winning the SAG Award, he could easily sneak in and win his first Oscar.  

 

Best Actress  

Nominees:  

Jessica Chastain – THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE  

Olivia Colman – THE LOST DAUGHTER  

Penelope Cruz – PARALLEL MOTHERS  

Kristen Stewart – SPENCER  

Nicole Kidman – BEING THE RICARDOS  

Who Will Win – Jessica Chastain  

Who Should Win – Jessica Chastain  

Who Could Win – Kristen Stewart  

Jessica Chastain has long deserved to win big at the Oscars, this should be her year. The  Academy always likes to shake things up, Kristen Stewart has gained a lot of acclaim for her role as Princess Diana in SPENCER.  

 

Best Supporting Actor  

Nominees:  

Ciaran Hinds – BELFAST  

Kodi Smit-McPhee – THE POWER OF THE DOG  

Tony Kotsur – CODA  

Jesse Plemons – THE POWER OF THE DOG  

JK Simmons – BEING THE RICARDOS  

Who Should Win: Jesse Plemons – THE POWER OF THE DOG  

Who Will Win – Ciaran Hinds – CODA  

Who Could Win: Kodi Smit-McPhee – THE POWER OF THE DOG  

Ciaran Hinds is fantastic in CODA, he deserves the win. This will be a way for the  Academy to honor CODA in a big way as well. Smit-McPhee could sneak in and win. 

 

Best Supporting Actress  

Nominees:  

Kirsten Dunst – THE POWER OF THE DOG  

Ariana DeBose – WEST SIDE STORY  

Aunjanue Ellis – KING RICHARD  

Jessie Buckley – THE LOST DAUGHTER  

Judi Dench – BELFAST  

Who Should Win- Ariana DeBose  

Who Will Win – Ariana DeBose  

Who Could Win – Kirsten Dunst  

Ariana DeBose is incredible in WEST SIDE STORY, she deserves the win. Kirsten Dunst has never won an Oscar after an impressive career, this could be her year.  

 

Best Director  

Nominees: 

Jane Campion – THE POWER OF THE DOG  

Kenneth Branagh – Belfast  

Steven Spielberg – WEST SIDE STORY  

Ryusuke Hamaguchi – DRIVE MY CAR  

Paul Thomas Anderson – LICORICE PIZZA  

Who Should Win: Steven Spielberg  

Who Will Win: Jane Campion  

Who Could Win: Kenneth Branagh  

Speilberg deserves to be recognized for bringing WEST SIDE STORY back to life. But,  the Academy will likely honor Campion, which is also well deserved. Kenneth Branagh could win, though that’s unlikely.