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Academy Awards predictions

A reel race: A closer look at who will – and should – take home Oscar gold

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What a year it’s been for cinema connoisseurs.

Moviegoers were witness to the culmination of a decade’s worth of Marvel superhero movies (RIP Iron Man), a box-office record was broken by Disney, Rian Johnson found his footing with “Knives Out,” horror movies continued their surge in popularity (“Us” and “Midsommar”) and Netflix landed two Oscar-nominated films.

Best picture noms

This combination photo shows scenes from six Oscar nominated films, from left, "Little Women," "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," "Ford v. Ferrari," "Parasite," "Joker" and "1917."

1917

George MacKay, center, is shown in a scene from “1917,” directed by Sam Mendes.

Parasite

So-dam Park, at left, and Woo-sik Choi are shown in a scene from “Parasite.”

Best actor noms

This combination of photos shows best actor Oscar nominees, from left, Joaquin Phoenix in "Joker," Leonardo DiCaprio in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," Jonathan Pryce in "The Two Popes," Antonio Banderas in "Pain and Glory," and Adam Driver in "Marriage Story."

Joaquin Phoenix

Phoenix

Adam Driver

Driver

Best actress noms

This combination of photos shows lead actress Oscar nominees, from left, Charlize Theron in "Bombshell," Saoirse Ronan in "Little Women," Scarlett Johansson in "Marriage Story," Renée Zellweger in "Judy," and Cynthia Erivo in "Harriet."

Renee Zellweger

Zellweger

Saoirse Ronan

Ronan

Supporting actor noms

This combination of photos shows best supporting actor Oscar nominees, from left, Joe Pesci in "The Irishman," Al Pacino in "The Irishman," Brad Pitt in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," Anthony Hopkins in "The Two Popes" and Tom Hanks in "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood."

Brad Pitt

Pitt

Supporting actress noms

This combination of photos shows best supporting actress Oscar nominees, from left, Kathy Bates in "Richard Jewell," Florence Pugh in "Little Women," Margot Robbie in "Bombshell," Laura Dern in "Marriage Story" and Scarlett Johansson in "Jojo Rabbit."

Laura Dern

Dern

Director noms

This combination photo shows best director nominees, from left, Martin Scorsese for "The Irishman," Quentin Tarantino for "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," Bong Joon Ho for "Parasite," Todd Phillips for "Joker" and Sam Mendes for "1917."

Sam Mendes

Mendes

Bong Joon-ho

Joon-ho

Tony Wittkowski is a staff writer at The Herald-Palladium. Contact him at twittkowski@TheHP.com or 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter @TonyWittkowski.