Oscar Predictions: Why 2020 Could Be the Year Underdogs Have a Real Shot

AWARDS BEAT

Will the peculiar circumstances of 2020 persuade voters to step outside their comfort zones?

steve pond

If you look at the Oscar predictions that are floating around these days, this could be the oddest and most intriguing Oscars year ever. Among the contenders that are currently predicted to land Best Picture nominations by one pundit or another are several films that would normally be considered the likely province of the Film Independent Spirit Awards (“Minari,” “First Cow,” “Promising Young Woman,” “Never Rarely Sometimes Always”) and others that you’d usually expect to be stronger contenders in the acting categories (“On the Rocks,” “Ammonite,” “French Exit”).

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Steve Pond

Steve Pond

Awards Editor • steve@thewrap.com • Twitter: @stevepond