Oscar Buzz: Which Actors and Movies Could Garner an Oscar Nomination?

It’s past halfway through the year and you can bet The Academy is already summarizing which actors, movies, music scores, etc. are worthy of Oscar nominations for this year’s Oscars. While most of the Oscar-worthy films still haven’t come out yet there are some movies and actors that are already garnering Oscar buzz.

Today I’ll share with you the potential nominees for these categories; Best Leading Actor, Best Picture, Best Leading Actress, Best Animated Film, and Best Visual Effects. Enjoy!

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame


While I feel that the visual effects for Avengers: Infinity War were better than Endgame it’s destined to garner an Oscar nomination.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters


Godzilla: King of the Monsters is one of those movies that relies heavily on CGI and while this film was not very good storywise it did manage to amaze with its jaw-dropping visual effects. I mean, those action scenes were bonkers, specifically in IMAX.

Toy Story 4


Every Toy Story movie has gotten better and better with visual effects and Toy Story 4 looked amazing. The detail in the characters and the environments was just…outstanding.

Alita: Battle Angel


Alita: Battle Angel is a movie that I can’t wait to eventually see but what I garnered from the commercials and movie trailers is that the visual effects were pretty awesome.

The Lion King


While The Lion King is getting mixed reviews for its storytelling and voice acting there is a clear consensus that it is one of the greatest visual achievements of all time. It’s destined to not only be nominated but win for Best Visual Effects.

Best Animated Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World


The How to Train Your Dragon trilogy has been one of the best-animated trilogies of all time, with each film delivering entertaining and emotional stories that leave viewers, adults and children alike, simply mesmerized. While it’s up against some stiff competition in Toy Story 4 it’s very deserving of a nomination.

Toy Story 4


Toy Story 4 is destined to become the Best Animated Film of the year unless Frozen 2 or any other currently unknown surprises (like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) can manage to steal the film’s deserved title.

Best Original Music Score

Pinar Toprak for Captain Marvel


Not only was Captain Marvel the first film in the MCU to focus on a female superhero but it also was the first movie to feature a female composer and boy did she do an amazing job. With a theme that makes me feel like I can soar to the stars whenever I hear it, Pinar Toprak deserves a nomination for her scintillating score.

Alan Silvestri for Avengers: Endgame


While Infinity War‘s music score was, in my opinion, lightyears better than Endgame‘s I still feel that Alan Silvestri delivered enough nuggets to the score to make it stand out. In fact, simply the “Portals” theme he wrote is enough to garner him an Oscar nomination. Gosh, I’m getting chills just thinking about it.

John Williams for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


I know The Rise of Skywalker hasn’t even come out yet but with it being the Skywalker saga finale I know for a fact that this movie will have some truly outstanding music. Hence, he already deserves an Oscar nomination.

Best Leading Actress

Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood


Quentin Tarantino is one of Hollywood’s greatest moviemakers of all time with iconic classics like Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill or his recent hits like Django and The Hateful Eight. When Tarantino makes a movie you watch it and his newest film, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood is already receiving outstanding praise.

Margot Robbie’s role in the film is destined to gain her an Oscar nod this year.

Lupita N’Yongo as Adelaide Wilson/Red for Us


Lupita N’Yongo has already won an Oscar for her role in the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave and now she’s trying for another Oscar nomination with her role in Jordan Peele’s next crack at the horror genre, Us. 

In it, she plays not only the doting mother striving to protect her family but the evil version of her character, showing off her acting skills in two different ways. Critics praised her role in the movie and I’m sure The Academy is keeping her on standby for an Oscar nomination.

Best Leading Actor

Leonardo Dicaprio as Rick Dalton in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood


Leonardo Dicaprio won a well-deserved Oscar for his role in The Revenant and he’s at it again as a failing Hollywood actor in Quentin Tarantino’s latest hit, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Will he win his second Oscar? No one knows but he’s sure to be nominated.

Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood


Brad Pitt plays the role of Leonardo Dicaprio’s stunt double in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and while he’s never won an Oscar for acting maybe this will be the one.

Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/The Joker in Joker


I don’t like The Joker. The Joker scares me. And this latest rendition of the psychotic character, played by Joaquin Phoenix, may just be the most disturbing version of them all. Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight and it looks like Joaquin Phoenix may be the second actor to gain an Oscar nomination for bringing the madman to life.

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame


We don’t give enough credit to actors who play superheroes but Robert Downey Jr. deserves some recognition for his curtain call as Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame. For years he has delivered solid, emotional performances as Iron Man that have pushed his acting chops to the test but Endgame, this was the movie that made me realize how amazing of an actor he really is.

I think it would be fantastic to see Robert Downey Jr. recognized for all of the hard work he put into making Avengers: Endgame one of the best superhero movies of all time. Love you 3000!

Best Picture



A family’s serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Like Get Out, Jordan Peele has created a horror film that is not only designed to scare the crap out of someone but is also a retrospective look at the saying “we are our worst enemy.” If The Academy likes his smart take on the horror genre again this film will probably receive a nomination for Best Picture.

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood


A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

As much praise as I keep hearing about this movie, it’s destined to become nominated for Best Picture.

So, these are all of the Oscar nominations of the first half of the year that I am predicting for these various genres at this year’s Oscar’s. I’m very excited to see if these predictions come true.

Which actors or movies do you think may get nominated at the Oscar’s this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day.

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