From the moment Joker debuted at the Venice Film Festival in September, the race for the Oscars was on, according to SMH and Age film writer Stephanie Bunbury.

Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman looked briefly like a front-runner until December, when Sam Mendes’ 1917 came out.

Bunbury predicts the World War I drama, which appears to be entirely composed of a single shot following one actor, will triumph today. The only challenge, she says, comes from Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, which could conceivably break the chains of best foreign film category and scoop Mendes at the last post.

For the lead acting awards, Bunbury her money on Joaquin Phoenix for Joker and Renee Zellweger for Judy. Unfortunately for Australians, she is also tipping Laura Dern (Marriage Story) to beat Margot Robbie for best supporting actress. You can check out all of our Oscar predictions here.

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