As in previous years, I’m taking a look at the astrology for the Academy Awards 2020 to see what it can tell us about the big event. During the last two years, my astrology predictions have been very accurate. You can check out the previous years here:
The astrology chart for the event (see above) is the starting point to find out more and it is an unusual chart. For the first time, possibly ever?, the Oscars ceremony has been brought forwards and is no longer taking place when the Sun is in Pisces. Pisces fits the Oscars theme completely as Pisces’ co-ruler is Neptune, the planet linked to movies & glamour.
Sun In Aquarius, Uranus Rules
This year and for one year only, the Oscar ceremony is being held while the Sun is in Aquarius. Plus, Uranus, the innovative co-ruler of Aquarius is the most elevated planet, close to the Midheaven, the success point in the astrology chart. This brings a whole new feel to the event.
Will the costumes represent the Aquarius theme – think sci-fi, quirky, eco? Will there be controversy, a shock result or an act of rebellion? And, will Uranus play a key role in the charts of the winners and the themes of the Best Pictures?
Full Moon In Leo
At least, this year the Oscars are taking place the weekend of a dramatic Full Moon in Leo, the sign of the performer, regaining some of that glitz and pizazz we associate with Hollywood.
The Full Moon falls at 20 degrees Leo early on February 9th, so the Moon has already entered Virgo by the time the ceremony begins. The Leo Full Moon does, however, show strongly in the charts of some of the nominees shining a light on them.
Venus Sandwiched Between Chiron & Lilith
Also, note Venus in Aries in the chart, ruler of the Taurus Midheaven. Venus, the planet ruling women, is in assertive, ‘angry’ Aries, sandwiched between Chiron & Lilith, a wild mix.
Once again, there are no female directors in the Best Director category, despite Little Women being brilliant, director Greta Gerwig! Maybe, this will be a noted feature of the 2020 Oscars, the lack of women receiving honours in the film industry. Or perhaps, red will be the stand-out colour in the outfits, ruled by Aries.
Lucky Jupiter In Capricorn
Finally, Jupiter is at 15 degrees Capricorn moving closer to a sextile aspect with Neptune, the movie planet, at 17 degrees Pisces. Jupiter is the best planet in astrology. Therefore, it’s always worth noting what it’s doing by transit in the charts of the nominees. Jupiter’s a lucky influence and could help boost the fortunes of Sun Capricorns this year too.
Here are the major categories and the all-important key astrology:
The nominees are:
- Cynthia Erivo (b. January 8 1987) – Sun Capricorn – Harriet
- Scarlett Johansson (b. November 22 1984) – Sun Sagittarius – Marriage Story
- Saoirse Ronan (b. April 12 1994) – Sun Aries – Little Women
- Charlize Theron (b. August 7 1975) – Sun Leo – Bombshell
- Renee Zellweger (b. April 25 1969) – Sun Taurus – Judy
No time of birth for Saoirse Ronan or Cynthia Erivo. Scarlett Johansson has been nominated twice, in both Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress categories.
Cynthia Erivo is a Sun Capricorn. With her Sun at 17 Capricorn and her Mercury (voice) at 15 Capricorn, Jupiter is definitely getting a look in. Also, her natal Jupiter is at 18 Pisces, so the Jupiter-Neptune aspect is creating a dreamy connection with her natal chart. I do think she’s going to do well. She’s up for Best Song and with her astrology, she has a good chance of winning.
Scarlett Johansson has her Sun at 0 Sagittarius and she sometimes wrongly appears in the lists of famous Scorpios. This is her Jupiter Return year, which takes place once every 12 years. Her natal Jupiter is at 12 Capricorn with transiting Jupiter starting to separate. Not many people get nominated for an Oscar in the same year twice, a nice showing of her Jupiter Return year = success.
I loved Saoirse Ronan in Little Women. A Sun Aries with her natal Venus at 13 Taurus, close to the Midheaven of the Oscars chart – see above. However, not a lot else going on astrologically, although no time of birth to delve deeper.
From an astrological viewpoint, Charlize Theron, has a good chance of doing well. A Sun Leo with her Mercury, career ruler, at 20 Leo, directly in the glow of the Full Moon, which took place at the exact same degree. Great astrology.
Finally, Renee Zellweger for her role as Judy Garland. I saw the movie and loved it – Renee morphed in to the character. A Sun Taurus, Renee’s Moon is at 17 Leo, so picking up on the Full Moon vibe, if a little wide. Plus, her Sun is at 5 Taurus, close to the Midheaven of the Oscars chart. Uranus, the unique signature of this year’s Oscars chart, is heading closer to a conjunction with her natal Sun. Renee also has her natal Venus in Aries and her natal Mars in Sagittarius, not at the exact degrees on the day of the Oscars, but another testimony to her doing well.
Astrologer’s Choice: My pick has to be Renee Zellweger for Best Actress and I’m hoping Cynthia Erivo wins for Best Song.
The nominees are:
- Antonio Banderas (b. August 10 1960) – Sun Leo – Pain & Glory
- Leonardo DiCaprio (b. November 11 1974) – Sun Scorpio – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
- Adam Driver (b. November 19 1983) – Sun Scorpio – Marriage Story
- Joaquin Phoenix (b. October 28 1974) – Sun Scorpio – Joker
- Jonathan Pryce (b. June 1 1947) – Sun Gemini – The Two Popes
There’s no time of birth for Jonathan Pryce. Otherwise, the other four actors have exact birth data.
I’m not sure why there are three Scorpios up for an Oscar in the Best Actor category this year but there are three of them – see dates above. What I did find extraordinary about this category is the Uranus factor and you’ll see why in the astrology below.
Antonio Banderas is a Sun Leo. His Sun at 18 Leo is conjunct Uranus at 21 Leo – here’s the first significant Uranus conjunction of these top actors. The Full Moon on the Oscars weekend is highlighting Banderas’ natal Sun/Uranus conjunction – glorious astrology. He has lucky Jupiter at 23 Sagittarius close to his Midheaven at 16 Sagittarius. Mars is at 25 Sagittarius during the Oscars ceremony. A minor testimony but he could do well.
Leonardo DiCaprio was born on a Sun/Venus conjunction in Scorpio – he is rather beautiful to look at. Plus, his Descendant, the relationship point in astrology, is 3 Aries. Therefore, he’s getting the Venus/Chiron/Lilith influence big-time. This may be about his love life, rather than an Oscars win. No other key astrology to note, except that he’s born with Mercury at 29 Libra exactly conjunct Uranus at 29 Libra – there’s the Uranus factor again.
I love Adam Driver and he was brilliant in Marriage Story which had fantastic acting all round. Another Sun Scorpio, another Mercury/Uranus tight conjunction, both at 8 Sagittarius in Driver’s case. Plus, both planets are conjunct his Midheaven at 10 Sagittarius, which fits the quirky Uranus theme of this year’s Oscars. No further astrology, however, to boost his chances.
The third Sun Scorpio in this category is Joaquin Phoenix, who was iconically brilliant as Joker. He’s the favourite to win and it’s not surprising to see Uranus strong in his astrology – his acting roles seem to be a mix of Scorpio darkness and Uranus genius/eccentricity. He has a Gemini Midheaven and Mercury his career ruler is at 28 Libra exactly conjunct Uranus at 28 Libra, within 3 minutes arc. His Moon is 2 Aries, so he’s picking up the Venus/Chiron/Lilith theme too. The themes of this year’s Oscars’ chart are all there, although it’s not obvious astrology for a win.
Finally, Jonathan Pryce for his role in Two Popes, a perfect theme for a Sun Gemini, as Gemini rules duality. Yet another nominee in this category born with Uranus showing in his astrology: Mercury at 28 Gemini conjunct Uranus at 21 Gemini conjunct the Sun at 10 Gemini. Pryce’s natal Mars at 8 Taurus is conjunct the Oscar chart’s Midheaven.
Astrologer’s Choice: Will the actors share the award equally with Uranus strong in all their charts? No obvious astrology in this category, except perhaps for Antonio Banderas, the Leo nominee. My pick to win, however, is Joaquin Phoenix because of the themes in his chart and the fact he played Joker. If his Baftas speech is anything to go by, he won’t shy away from speaking his mind.
Best Supporting Actress
The nominees are:
- Kathy Bates (b. June 28 1948) – Sun Cancer – Richard Jewell
- Laura Dern (b. February 10 2967) – Sun Aquarius – Marriage Story
- Scarlett Johansson (b. November 22 1984) – Sun Sagittarius – Jojo Rabbit
- Florence Pugh (b. January 3 1996) – Sun Capricorn – Little Women
- Margot Robbie (b. July 2 1990) – Sun Cancer – Bombshell
No time of birth for Florence Pugh or Margot Robbie. See Best Actress for Scarlett Johansson’s key astrology.
Kathy Bates is a Sun Cancer with Uranus at 26 Gemini tightly conjunct her Midheaven at 25 Gemini. Uranus themes continue in this category. Kathy has a fabulously interesting natal chart with a mutable Grand Cross and a triple conjunction of Sun/Mercury/Venus in Cancer, great for acting. Cancers tend to make good mimics. Yet, the astrology doesn’t leap out for a win at this year’s Oscars.
Laura Dern was fab in Marriage Story but, in my opinion, even better in Little Women. Either way, she still gets a nod and a chance of an Oscar. Note her birthday, February 10th. With her Sun at 21 Aquarius, she’s in the glare of the Full Moon glory. Dern has the Moon, Mercury and Venus all in Pisces close to her Pisces Ascendant – born to be in the movies. Her Venus at 13 Pisces is picking up the Jupiter-Neptune sextile aspect, even if it’s a little wide.
Florence Pugh is a Capricorn with her Sun at 12 Capricorn and lucky Jupiter has recently been doing its thing, bringing her to prominence. Florence’s natal Jupiter is 0 Capricorn so this is also her Jupiter Return year. And, her Mercury at 1 Aquarius is conjunct Uranus at 29 Capricorn, keeping the Uranus theme going.
Margot Robbie is Cancer, born on a Sun/Mercury conjunction at 9 Cancer opposite Uranus at 7 Capricorn. Her Neptune is 13 Capricorn so Jupiter is only just separating from its conjunction. No time of birth to dig any deeper in to her astrology.
Astrologer’s Choice: This is a tricky one to predict as Florence Pugh and Margot Robbie both have strong astrology. However, I’m going to choose the birthday girl, Laura Dern.
Best Supporting Actor
The nominees are:
- Tom Hanks (b. July 9 1956) – Sun Cancer – A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
- Anthony Hopkins (b. December 31 1937) – Sun Capricorn – The Two Popes
- Al Pacino (b. April 25 1940) – Sun Taurus – The Irishman
- Joe Pesci (b. February 9 1943) – Sun Aquarius – The Irishman
- Brad Pitt (b. December 18 1963) – Sun Sagittarius – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
A considerably older category of nominees, apart from relative youngster, Brad Pitt, followed by Tom Hanks! All nominees have their time of birth available.
Tom Hanks is a Cancer with his Sun at 17 Cancer in a close trine aspect to Mars at 17 Pisces. Therefore, he has a key Neptune transit taking place, very close to his natal Mars. He’s likely to feel the Jupiter influence too.
Anthony Hopkins is a Capricorn and it’s no surprise to find Uranus strong in his natal chart. His Sun at 9 Capricorn is exactly trine Uranus at 9 Taurus, which is conjunct the Midheaven of the Oscars chart. Hopkins has a lot of planets in Capricorn including Venus and Mercury. And, with his Ascendant at 22 Capricorn, Jupiter is definitely strong for him all year. Jupiter’s the religious planet too, great for playing a pope!
Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are both nominated for their roles in The Irishman. Al Pacino is a Taurus born with his Sun at 5 Taurus, close to the Oscars’ chart Midheaven. Uranus is moving ever closer to its conjunction of his Sun by transit. Another actor born with Jupiter (25 Aries) conjunct the Midheaven (21 Aries) – a lucky influence.
Joe Pesci is an Aquarius and the birthday boy. In fact, his birthday is on the day of the Oscars, February 9th. Like Laura Dern, the Full Moon lights up his natal Sun at 20 Aquarius. Another Capricorn heavy chart, with Mars at 10 Capricorn and Mercury at 25 Capricorn conjunct his Midheaven at 28 Capricorn.
Brad Pitt may be a Sagittarius but he has a stellium of planets in earthy Capricorn. He’s never won an acting Oscar but this could be his year. His career planet is Mercury, ruler of his Virgo Midheaven. Mercury at 16 Capricorn is receiving a lovely transit from Jupiter at 15 Capricorn and moving ever closer. He does have a Pluto transit conjunct his natal Venus at 23 Capricorn, which feels intense but Venus rules love, not Oscars.
Astrologer’s Choice: A lot of interesting astrology in this category, a strong Capricorn influence and a close Uranus transit. However, with the closest Jupiter transit of them all, you have to think this will be Brad Pitt’s year.
The nominees are:
- Sam Mendes (b. August 1 1965) – Sun Leo – 1917
- Martin Scorsese (b. November 17 1942) – Sun Scorpio – The Irishman
- Todd Phillips – date unknown – Joker
- Quentin Tarantino (b. March 27 1963) – Sun Aries – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
- Bong Joon Ho (b. September 14 1969) – Sun Virgo – Parasite
No women in this year’s Best Director category. No times of birth at all, except for Martin Scorsese and, quite unusually, no date of birth available for Joker director, Todd Phillips – could he be the surprise factor?
Sam Mendes, director of 1917, is the favourite to win. He’s a Sun Leo, although not close to the Full Moon degree. His Sun is at 9 Leo. No time of birth and not a lot of key astrology leaping out. His Saturn is at 16 Pisces, so if it’s his career planet (you only find this out with a time of birth), the Jupiter-Neptune sextile aspect is playing its part.
Martin Scorsese is a Scorpio, director of The Irishman. He was born under a lucky Sun-Jupiter influence with the Sun at 24 Scorpio closely trine to Jupiter at 25 Cancer. We know his time of birth so his Moon placing is accurate at 17 Pisces. Therefore, he has a lovely Neptune transit of his natal Moon, pulling in the sextile aspect to Jupiter.
Quentin Tarantino, director of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is unsurprisingly a Sun Aries and an innovative director. His Sun at 6 Aries is exactly trine Mars at 6 Leo and violence (Mars/Aries) is a key feature of his films. I find his movies brilliant but quite often difficult to watch. Venus in Aquarius opposite Uranus adds to the quirky aspect of his movies. Jupiter by transit is exactly sextile his Neptune at 15 Scorpio but without a time of birth, it’s not convincing astrology.
Bong Joon Ho, director of Parasite, was born on a Sun-Pluto conjunction in Virgo. Therefore, you would expect him to be super-attentive to detail with laser focus. He has the Sun at 21 Virgo exactly conjunct the South Node at 21 Virgo – themes of the past in his movies perhaps? I don’t know enough about him to conjecture further. His Mars is 25 Sagittarius so his Mars Return is on the day of the Oscars, which is always powerful. Plus, his natal Saturn is at 8 Taurus exactly conjunct the Midheaven of the Oscars’ chart. Without a time of birth, we don’t know whether Mars or Saturn is his career planet. If one of them is, he could do well this Sunday. One to watch.
Astrologer’s Choice: Very tricky to predict with only one time of birth and one nominee with no birth date. I do wonder whether this could be the shock result of the Oscars and either Bong Joon Ho or Todd Phillips snatches the Oscar away from Sam Mendes. I’m leaning towards Bong Joon Ho, although I should go for Sam Mendes, the Brit!
The nominees are:
- Ford v. Ferrari
- The Irishman
- Jojo Rabbit
- Little Women
- Marriage Story
- Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Usually, the Oscars’ theme is romance and moonlight when the Sun in Pisces dominates. Are we looking for an Aquarius/Uranus theme in 2020 instead?
If so, Marriage Story is a serious contender. Despite its name, the movie is about a divorce and Uranus rules splits. Joker is the odd-one out in a pack of cards, so even the title favours a win. Jojo Rabbit has a bonkers theme with Adolf Hitler as an imaginary friend.
Originally, I did think that 1917 couldn’t be a contender as it’s a war movie, i.e. Mars-ruled. Yet, reading more about it, the two leads were relatively unknown (Uranus is the outsider) and the movie is shot in ‘real time’ to make it feel like a ticking-clock thriller, so it’s not your normal war movie.
Astrologer’s Choice: I wonder whether this result will be a shock too. Could it be Parasite, the foreign-language film that grabs the top spot? 1917 is either going away with a huge haul of Oscars or the opposite could happen and the awards ceremony doesn’t live up to the expectations and hype of the movie.