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2019 Oscar Predictions

The following table provides predictions for the four main categories for the 2019 Academy Awards to be presented on February 9, 2020. The nominees are presented in order of expected probability to win, with the probabilities (in percentages) given in the second column.

In a nutshell, the predictions are based on a statistical analysis of past Oscar history. In particular, I identify the influence of factors associated with past winners (such as other Oscar nominations, total number of Oscar nominations, previous Oscar nominations/wins, Golden Globe wins, Guild wins). I then calculate a score for each current nominee based on these factors - nominees with a higher score have more chance of winning (see the notes column in the table). For further details of how the predictions were made click here.

Picture: 1917 is in a good position to add the Best Picture Oscar to its Producer's Guild and Golden Globe (Drama) wins. Joker has the most nominations (11) of all the nominated films and is the next most likely to win. Golden Globe (Musical or Comedy) winner, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, and Martin Scorsese's 10th Oscar-nominated movie, The Irishman, both with 10 nominations, aren't far behind. Each of these four movies also has a Best Director nomination, as does Parasite, which has an outside chance of winning. It's very unlikely that any of the remaining four nominated films will win.
1917 71%
Joker 10
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood 7
The Irishman 7
Parasite 2
Jojo Rabbit 1
Little Women 1
Marriage Story 1
Ford v Ferrari <1
Director: The director of 1917, Sam Mendes, is also well placed to add a second Best Director Oscar to the one he won for directing American Beauty in 1999. He's in a strong position as he's already won the Director's Guild and Golden Globe Director awards. Martin Scorsese has also won a Best Director Oscar before (for 2006's The Departed), but there's less chance he'll win again this year. Todd Phillips, Quentin Tarantino, and Bong Joon Ho would all be surprising winners.
Sam Mendes for 1917 84%
Martin Scorsese for The Irishman 10
Todd Phillips for Joker 3
Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood 2
Bong Joon Ho for Parasite 1
Actor in a Leading Role: Joaquin Phoenix would seem to be a lock for finally winning an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. He's received two previous nominations for Best Lead Actor and one for Best Supporting Actor. This year, he's already won the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe (Drama) Best Actor awards. He also benefits from the fact that Taron Egerton won the Golden Globe (Musical or Comedy) Best Actor award for his performance in Rocketman, but didn't receive a Best Lead Actor Oscar nomination. It would be a major shock if any of the other four nominees won over Phoenix.
Joaquin Phoenix in Joker 99.8%
Adam Driver in Marriage Story <1
Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood <1
Antonio Banderas in Pain and Glory <1
Jonathan Pryce in The Two Popes <1
Actress in a Leading Role: Renée Zellweger has a good chance of adding a Best Lead Actress Oscar to the Best Supporting Actress Oscar she won for Cold Mountain in 2003. She scores high having already won the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe (Drama) awards. And, like Joaquin Phoenix, she also benefits from the lack of a nomination for the Lead Actress Golden Globe (Musical or Comedy) winner (Awkwafina in The Farewell). Saoirse Ronan and Scarlett Johansson have an outside chance of upsetting the odds as their movies are also nominated for Best Picture, but Cynthia Erivo and Charlize Theron (who won previously for 2003's Monster) are unlikely to win.
Renée Zellweger in Judy 86%
Saoirse Ronan in Little Women 5
Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story 5
Cynthia Erivo in Harriet 2
Charlize Theron in Bombshell 1

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