Brad Pitt is likely to score Best Supporting Actor at this year’s Oscars. Picture: Rich Fury/Getty Images
Brad Pitt is likely to score Best Supporting Actor at this year’s Oscars. Picture: Rich Fury/Getty Images

Oscars: Who will win and who should

The 2020 Oscars are just days away.

After a high-quality year of movies and performances, here's who will - and who should - bring home the big prizes at the 92nd Academy Awards, which will air in Australia on Monday.

RELATED: Full list of 2020 Oscars nominations

BEST PICTURE

Will win: 1917

Should win: 1917

The WWI epic with a jaw-dropping, one-take style reminds audiences why it's worth it to get off the couch and go to a cinema.

 

Scene from the film 1917.
Scene from the film 1917.

BEST ACTOR

Will win: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Should win: Antonio Banderas, Pain And Glory

Banderas does heartbreaking work here that ranks with his best. Phoenix, on the other hand, relies on tics and a baby voice.

 

Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from Joker. Picture: Roadshow Pictures/Warner Bros
Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from Joker. Picture: Roadshow Pictures/Warner Bros

BEST ACTRESS

Will win: Renée Zellweger, Judy

Should win: Renée Zellweger, Judy

Any comeback is hard. A comeback to glory is damn near impossible. Zellweger has made the latter look easy.

 

Renée Zellweger in a scene from the movie Judy. Picture: Universal Pictures
Renée Zellweger in a scene from the movie Judy. Picture: Universal Pictures

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Will win: Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Should win: Florence Pugh, Little Women

Pugh's complex turn made the villainous Amy March into a sympathetic human. And it only took six film adaptations to do it.

 

Laura Dern, left, and Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story. Picture: Netflix via AP
Laura Dern, left, and Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story. Picture: Netflix via AP

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Will win: Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood

Should win: Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Sure, it's not as sexy as Pitt's dumb '70s hunk - but Joe Pesci's soft-spoken performance as Russell Bufalino is simply on another level.

 

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood.
Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood.

BEST DIRECTOR

Will Win: Sam Mendes, 1917

Should win: Sam Mendes, 1917

Bong Joon Ho would also be a worthy winner for Parasite, but when it comes to marrying scorching visuals and acting, Mendes has the edge.

 

Director Sam Mendes won the Best Director award for 1917 at the Baftas in London earlier this week. Picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP
Director Sam Mendes won the Best Director award for 1917 at the Baftas in London earlier this week. Picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Will win: Parasite (South Korea)

Should win: Parasite

More so than just about any foreign film since Life Is Beautiful, the brilliant Parasite has been enthusiastically embraced by regular moviegoers. That's a feat.

 

A scene from Parasite.
A scene from Parasite.

BEST SONG

Will win: (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman, (music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin)

Should win: I'm Gonna Love Me Again

Besides being, ya know, Elton John, it's a nice consolation prize for the fact that this solid movie - and lead actor Taron Egerton - were otherwise snubbed.

 

Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman. Picture: Paramount Pictures.
Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman. Picture: Paramount Pictures.

 

This article originally appeared in the NY Post and was reproduced with permission