Best Adapted Screenplay
The Irishman – Steven Zallian
Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi
Joker – Todd Phillips and Scott Silver
Little Women – Greta Gerwig
The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten
My pick is Steven Zallian for The Irishman for its incredible adaption of the book “I heard you Paint Houses.” If he wins this will be second best adapted screenplay having won the award 26 years ago for Schindler’s List.
Best Original Screenplay
Knives Out – Rian Johnson
Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach
1917- Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson Cairns
Once upon a Time… in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
Parasite – Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won
A very challenging category to pick a winner from with so many great screenplays, however I am going to pick Noah Baumbach’s script for Marriage Story. This is due to its incredible dialogue and its natural portrayal of the emotions of divorce.
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Todd Phillips – Joker
Sam Mendes – 1917
Quentin Tarantino – Once upon a Time… in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite
It’s almost certain that Sam Mendes will win his second Oscar for best director but if it was up to me, I would pick Martin Scorsese. He battled for a decade to get this film made and cut no corners and took a risk on making a 3 ½ hour long film.
Ford V Ferrari
Once upon a time… in Hollywood
There are 9 nominations this year and in many other years any one of the 9 I have watched could have won best picture. Without a doubt the Academy has their work to pick out a winner from this list. My vote would go to The Irishman, because of it’s screenplay, Direction and criminally underrated performance from Robert DeNiro (didn’t even get nominated)
Reviews by Matthew Farrelly