After months of biting our nails and scratching our heads in confusion, we finally have the complete Oscar 2021 nominations list that was released recently on 15th March. And like always, while we are eager to know everyone who will take away the prestigious titles of their category, as usual, it is the Best Picture Oscar 2021 Winner that we are the most excited about because if our predictions are right, Chloe Zhao is all set to take away the honour for her film Nomadland.
From the countless films that could have made it to the prestigious list, the ones that made the cut are:
- The Father– 26th February 26, 2021
Director: Florian Zeller
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams
- Judas and the Black Messiah– 12th February 2021
Director: Shaka King
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Dominique Fishback, Jesse Plemons
- Mank– 4th December 2020 on Netflix
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Charles Dance
- Minari– 12th February 2021
Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Cast: Steven Yeun, Alan S. Kim, Yeri Han
- Nomadland– 19th February 2021
Director: Chloé Zhao
Cast: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May
- Promising Young Woman– 25th December 2020
Director: Emerald Fennell
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton
- Sound of Metal– 2nd December 2020
Director: Darius Marder
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff
- The Trial of the Chicago 7– 16th October 2020 on Netflix
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, Mark Rylance, Eddie Redmayne, Yayha Abdul Mateen II
While Nomadland and Mank getting the most nominations felt well-deserved, films like Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Regina King’s debut direction, One Night in Miami, were snubbed while unexpected entries like Sound of Metal and Minari were seen as a potential Oscar 2021 winner.
But despite these selections, the clear-cut Oscar 2021 winner is obvious i.e., Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland which is already breaking records as it made Zhao the first woman to collect four Oscar nominations in one year- writing, directing, editing, and Best Picture. It has also earned nominations for the film’s actress Frances McDormand as well as in cinematography.
And that’s not all. Nomadland won the Venice Golden Lion and People’s Choice Award in Toronto, as well as the Globe and Critics Choice top awards, including Best Director. It also went on to win Best Motion Picture—Drama and Director at the Golden Globes, picked up Best Picture and Director at the Critics Choice Awards, has five Spirit nominations as well as holds a nomination in the Producer Guild Awards.
Nomadland’s being a favourite of the award’s season as well as a potential Oscar 2021 winner is not that surprising given the intimate, heart-wrenching story set post 2008’s Great Recession where a woman (McDormand), who has lost everything, begins a soul-searching journey across America.
While we at Leftoye strongly feel that Nomadland will be Oscar 2021 winner, there exists the slim chance that David Fincher’s Mank may nab the award even though it failed to get any nods in editing and writing categories, which makes Chloe Zhao’s film the most obvious choice.