Oscar-palooza, Vol. 1

One of the many ways the pandemic has affected our lives is in how we consume entertainment. I haven’t been to the theater to see a movie since January of 2020 (for the record, it was Star Wars Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker), and I don’t know when I’ll feel comfortable going to one. I’ve received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, so theoretically I am fully immune, but I’m still wary of fully rejoining society.

What that means is that if you wanted to see a first-run movie this year, you probably had to do it via streaming. Fortunately, many of the Oscar nominees this year ARE available on one of the major streaming services. The problem is, movies were meant to be seen on a larger screen, and watching them at home just doesn’t do a lot of them justice.

Nevertheless, the Oscars are still on for this year, albeit much later than usual; the pandemic created an alternate timeline for awards season. In another post, I’ll talk about some of my favorite moments from Oscar telecasts past. Here, I’ll focus on some of this year’s nominees (this is not a comprehensive list, but you can find that elsewhere on the internet).

One notable aspect of this year’s nominees: the Oscars are still pretty damn white, but the efforts the Academy has made to boost its membership of non-white males has resulted in the most diverse list of nominees ever.

  • Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Gary Oldman – Mank

Steven Yeun – Minari

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Youn Yuh-jung – Minari

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Leslie Odom Jr – One Night in Miami…

Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah

  • Best Director

Thomas Vinterberg – Another Round

David Fincher – Mank

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

  • Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Judas and the Black Messiah

Minari

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

  • Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father

Nomadland

One Night in Miami…

The White Tiger

  • Best Animated Feature Film

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

  • Best International Feature Film

Another Round

Better Days

Collective

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

  • Best Music (Original Score)

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul

  • Best Music (Original Song)

“Fight for You” – Judas and the Black Messiah

“Hear My Voice” – The Trial of the Chicago 7

“Husavik” – Eurovision Song Contest

“Io Si (Seen)” – The Life Ahead

“Speak Now” – One Night in Miami…

So, readers – who are your favorites to win? And who are you looking forward to seeing on the red carpet?

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