Lumination’s Oscar Picks


Sunday night, the 94th Academy Awards will take place from 8-11 p.m. EST. Three of Lumiantion’s staffers, Jayme, Drew, and Camryn, made their picks below. Come back next week to see how they did.

Actor in a leading role

Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”)

Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”)

Andrew Garfield (“tick, tick… BOOM!”)

Will Smith (“King Richard”)

Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”)

Jayme: Will Smith

All five nominees for this category are strong contenders for Best Actor, but Will Smith is the frontrunner at this year’s awards show for his role in “King Richard.” Smith takes to the screen as Richard Williams with a riveting performance that has already won him numerous awards.

Drawn: Andrew Garfield

I’ve heard non-stop about how accurately Jonathan Larson’s mannerisms are mimicked by Garfield, and it’s an impressive feat. A lot of people say this role boosted their opinion of him as an actor, so I could definitely see him winning.

Camryn: Will Smith

Will Smith will probably mistake this one for “King Richard”. Smith’s performance was outstanding and reminded viewers why he is such a beloved actor.

Actor in a supporting role

Ciaran Hinds (“Belfast”)

Troy Kotsur (“CODA”)

Jesse Plemons (“The Power of the Dog”)

JK Simmons (“Being the Ricardos”)

Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”)

Jayme: Troy Kotsur

Kotsur has already won several awards for his role in “CODA”. I predict he will win the award again in this category.

Drew: Troy Kotsur

Kotsur delivers an extremely moving performance, and these are the types of performances that win awards. I think he speaks the most about his character among the nominees.

Camryn: Kodi Smit-McPhee

Smit-McPhee could be the unlikely winner here. The young actor was an ideal choice for an intellectual teenager with a tortured touch. Although he’s only 25, Smit-McFee could take this one for such a standout role.

Actress in a leading role

Jessica Chastain (“Tammy Faye’s Eyes”)

Olivia Colman (“The Lost Girl”)

Penélope Cruz (“Parallel Mothers”)

Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”)

Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”)

JaymeOlivia Colman

Jessica Chastain leads the way as the predicted winner for this category, but fan favorite Olivia Colman caught the eye with her stunning performance in “The Lost Daughter.” I have a feeling this category is going to have audiences on the edge of their seats.

Drawn: Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain really transformed for her role and got into the character’s mindset. This kind of game I find most impressive and I think it deserves the award. It seems the majority of critics feel the same way.

Camryn: Jessica Chastain

Although I’m tempted to choose Stewart for her portrayal of Princess Diana, I have to go with Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of Tammy Faye. Unlike Stewart’s entire performance, Chastain really transported me to a new world in which she East Tammy Faye herself. Her makeup and costume surely helped; however, his accent and acting ability really shone in this role.

Actress in a supporting role

Jessie Buckley (“The Lost Girl”)

Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”)

Judi Dench (“Belfast”)

Kristen Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”)
Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”)

Jayme: Ariana DeBose

Anyone who’s seen “West Side Story” knows DeBose was a highlight of the movie. She deserves the award for lighting up the screen with her performance in the already bright and colorful film.

DrewAriana DeBose

DeBose’s performance was without a doubt one of the most memorable parts of “West Side Story” and I personally felt that she did a better job than the two leads.

Camryn: Ariana DeBose

Although “West Side Story” wasn’t entirely well received, DeBose’s performance in the film surely was. The Broadway star’s talent for singing, dancing and acting came together so well.

Animated feature film


“To run away”


“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”

“Raya and the Last Dragon”

Jayme: “Encanto”

All I have to say is that we’re not talking about Bruno. Disney’s latest animated feature is a favorite with fans of all ages for its lovable characters, memorable music, and message about the importance of family and cultural identity.

Drew: “Encanto”

“Encanto” was a very simple and fun movie. The entertainment was wonderful and the music was very catchy. I think he achieved everything he set out to achieve and deserves the praise and attention he has received.

Camryn: “Run away”

I imagine “Encanto” probably has that in the bag just because of its extreme popularity. However, “Flee” was so original and powerful that I think he’s the real winner in this category, even if he doesn’t win the trophy here.


“Dune” – Greig Fraser

“Nightmare Alley” – Dan Lausten

“The Power of the Dog” – Ari Wegner

“The Tragedy of Macbeth” – Bruno Delbonnel

“West Side Story” – Janusz Kaminski

Jayme: “The power of the dog”

This is another category with fierce competition. But I support Ari Wagner for his work on “The Power of the Dog”. If she wins, she will be the first woman in her role to win the award, and it would be well deserved.

Drew: “Dune”

“Dune” is a film that should be seen in theaters to fully appreciate the incredible visuals. The accompanying cinematography added so much to the world-building and story and did an amazing job of drawing me into the universe.

Camryn: “Alley of Nightmares”

Although “Nightmare Alley” was set in many different settings, the camerawork didn’t make it jerky or ununified. In fact, the movie turned out so well largely because of the cinematography. I’d be surprised if this one didn’t win here.

costume design

“Cruel” – Jenny Beavan

“Cyrano” – Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran

“Dune” – Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan

“Nightmare Alley” – Luis Sequeira

“West Side Story” – Paul Tazewell

Jayme: “Cruel”

“Cruella” was as much about the costumes as it was about the story of a movie that brings the origin of one of Disney’s most iconic villains to life. I mean, come on, it happens in the fashion industry after all.

Drew: “Dune”

In any movie with a fictional world, you can usually expect the costumes to be more imaginative, and “Dune” comes with some sleek but almost sleek outfits and gadgets that managed to look futuristic yet rudimentary in keeping with the setting. .

Camryn: “Dune”

The way “Dune” used costume design to create a well-crafted sci-fi universe should earn them that Oscar.


“Belfast” – Kenneth Branagh

“Drive My Car” – Ryusuke Hamaguchi

“Licorice Pizza” – Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Power of the Dog” – Jane Campion

“West Side Story” – Steven Spielberg

JaymeJane Campion

While there are many big names in this category, I think Jane Campion is a big favorite to win the award for her work on “The Power of the Dog.” I think it would be surprising if she didn’t.

Drawn: Paul Thomas Anderson

Considering it was the main role of the two lead actors, I can credit Paul Thomas Anderson doing a great job using them despite not being a particularly big fan of the film.

Camryn: Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Hope it takes this one with ease. Since this movie is probably too artistic for the Best Picture category, I bet it can get at least some of the recognition it deserves by winning Best Direction.

Best Picture



“Don’t look up”

“Driving My Car”


“King Richard”
“Licorice Pizza”

“Alley of Nightmares”

“The Power of the Dog”

“West Side Story”

Jayme: “The power of the dog”

This category took a lot of debate for me. Overall, these movies all deserve Best Picture, from the inspiring stories told in “King Richard” and “CODA” to the visually pleasing “Dune” and “West Side Story.” In the end, I think the vicious western “The Power of the Dog” will be the winner, but I also think “CODA” has a chance to steal the win.

Drew: “The Power of the Dog”

Almost everyone agrees that this film is the most likely to win the Oscar, and that’s understandable. The coming of age stories are very appealing to a lot of people (including myself) and the setting and time period are beautifully done. My favorite movie of the year was personally “Pig”, but it didn’t get nominated.

Camryn: “The Power of the Dog”

“The Power of the Dog” is likely to win this one. It’s kind of a coming of age story for young and old set against the beautiful backdrop of a 1925 Montana. The Netflix original was so masterful that I hope it will win the big victory of the night.


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