The 2021 ceremony for Oscar Awards, after being delayed by two months, will be held finally on April 25. As movie theatres have been out of commission for more than a year now, major movie titles were also pushed into 2021. Movies provide a great escape from the troubles of real life, and this is especially true in the case of a pandemic. With the Oscars going ahead and airing this weekend, there are multiple titles and personalities which have been brought under the spotlight. Many of the nominees in this year’s awards are new names or up-and-coming filmmakers. In this spirit of optimism, there are many titles which are sure to bag more than just one award.
Best Picture Award
The most anticipated award of the event consists of eight nominations, all of them promising in their own right. Last year, the highly acclaimed movie Parasite won a historic victory at the Oscars. However, the prediction for this category feels relatively easy. Nomadland has till now won at every major event and film festival that has taken place till now. It has won awards from the British Academy, the Hollywood Foreign Press, the Producers Guild, and also the Directors Guild. The Best Picture category is heavily dominated by Nomadland, and it is thus most likely to win the Academy Award this year.
Other than that, two titles which are worth mentioning would be Promising Young Woman and The Trial of the Chicago 7, both of which could achieve a surprising win. Last year, 1917 won awards at other multiple festivals (just like Nomadland) only for Parasite to win at the Oscars.
Best Actor and Best Actress Awards
The one category that remains completely unpredictable is the Best Actress Award. While most other categories can be predicted, this year the Best Actress category has been won by a different actor at every other film festival. The nominees for the Academy Award this year are:
- Viola Davis for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom;
- Andra Day for The United States Vs. Billie Holiday;
- Frances McDormand for Nomadland
- Carey Mulligan for Promising Young Woman
- Vanessa Kirby for Pieces Of A Woman
While Viola Davis as Ma Rainey may win this award, all the contender’s in this list have delivered phenomenal performances.
The winner for Best Actor is a bit easier to predict, although the performances delivered by all the actors have been brilliant. Riz Ahmed and Anthony Hopkins in particular have been memorable in their lead performances. The nominations are:
- Riz Ahmed for Sound Of Metal
- Steven Yeun for Minari
- Anthony Hopkins for The Father
- Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
- Gary Oldman for Mank
Chadwick Boseman’s role as the trumpeter Levee Green in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is set to win the Best Actor award. His portrayal has received widespread acclaim and his performance has been lauded internationally. That, along with the fact that the nomination is posthumous, has drawn much attention to his performance. Thus, Boseman’s performance in the film is much deserving of praise and is the most likely one to win the Academy Award this year.
Daniel Kaluuya, who has been nominated for his role as Fred Hampton, leader of the Black Panthers in Judas And The Black Messiah, is very likely to win in the category of Best Supporting Actor. His performance and involvement in the film have garnered notable acclaim. For the Best Animated Feature, Pixar has two films nominated this year. Soul might be the winner this year, however, if the Irish animation Wolfwalkers gets the award it will be the second hand-drawn film after Spirited Away to do so.
The most obvious win perhaps would be Sound of Metal, which has been nominated in the category of Best Sound Mixing/Editing. The film depends on its incredible soundtrack to reflect the sequences of events that unfold on the screen. For Best Director, this is the first time that the Academy has nominated two women for the category: Nomadland director Chloé Zhao and Promising Young Women director Emerald Fennell. Zhao might also become the first woman to win an award for the Best Adapted Screenplay category since Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain)