The 2020 Academy Awards ceremony is almost here and the tension is rising. The nominees are excited to learn their fate and some categories will certainly see fierce competition. And yet, there are a couple in which the Oscar winner seems certain.

To that end, here are five of the most likely Oscar winners at the 2020 Academy Awards. If you feel inspired, you can bet on the Oscars at these top-rated betting sites.

Joaquin Phoenix, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Joker
Todd Phillips’ take on the most iconic villain ever created by DC Comics has earned 11 Academy Award nominations. Few can argue that one of the most deserved among them is for Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor in Leading Role. The Hollywood veteran is killing it by creating a disturbing character with a dark background and an even darker future. “Joker” is so good exactly because of Phoenix and his sublime performance. Adam Driver probably thought he could win an Oscar for his exceptional work in “Marriage Story”, but the chances are slim. By the looks of it, no one can touch Joaquin Phoenix this year.

Best Cinematography for 1917
Sam Mendes has created a true masterpiece with his war drama “1917” and the cinematography of the movie is something else. Roger Deakins is the one who should take the most credit and a short look at his CV shows movies like “Blade Runner 2049”, “No Country for Old Men”, “Fargo” and many more. Deakins was nominated for the very same award more than 15 times and somehow won it only once so far. It looks like his second Oscar is on the way, as no other movie can compete with “1917” this year.

Sam Mendes, Best Director for 1917
Since we mentioned “1917” and Sam Mendes, it’s time to talk about the Best Director category. While the Oscar is not as certain as the previous one, Mendes is the overwhelming favourite. His competition looks impressive on paper. The likes of Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Todd Phillips, and Bong Joon Ho are all hoping to get the award, but the epic magnitude of “1917” and Mendes’ role of assembling such a massive production can’t be ignored by the Academy.

Laura Dern, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Marriage Story
Next in line is Laura Dern for her role in “Marriage Story”.  The family drama about humanity and the emotions we all go through in the toughest times of our lives earned a lot of praise that would have been impossible without Dern’s strong presence. Her portrayal of the lawyer Nora Fanshaw adds several extra layers to the movie and while Margot Robbie has a strong case for her depiction of Kayla Pospisil in “Bombshell”, the Oscar will most likely go to Dern.

Brad Pitt, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for OUATIH
There’s no way someone’s stealing the Oscar for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role from Brad Pitt. His role as the stuntman Cliff Booth in Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is nothing short of sensational. The director’s take on the Charles Manson story simply couldn’t work without Pitt’s character who’s funny, brave, mysterious, and a little odd at times. He’s behind all the best scenes in the film and it’s hard to see how the Academy could ignore Pitt.

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony take place on 9 February 2020 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.