Oscars 2021 For "Dummies"

I have seen first-hand the frustration and annoyance that comes with getting excited to watch the Oscars only to discover you don't know any of the actors nominated nor have you heard of any of the movies. This experience has happened to my precious mother, year after year, and because I am sure she's not alone, I'd like to try and make this year's top contenders more accessible and help guide as many of you to these movies as possible!


The official Oscar nominations will be revealed on March 15, 2021, however, the Golden Globes, SAG, and Critic's Choice Awards have released their nominations which gives us a good idea of which films will also be nominated for the Oscars.


The list below is categorized in to Drama and Comedies/Musicals - as the awards are - and listed with the awards it's already been nominated for. Typically, we can make educated guesses that if a movie or an actor is nominated for these awards already, they will most likely receive an Oscar nomination in those same categories. It's not an exact science and there are always surprises, however, the movies I've listed for you are the best of the best this year and you will see them somewhere throughout award season.


The movies in bold, I believe, are the most watchable and I have found them to be the most probable of gaining nominations and wins. However, every movie I chose to list below is still a great movie and worth visiting!


As always, please let me know if you have questions about my recommendations or if you'd like me to recommend something personal to you! Just send me a message at the bottom of the page!



Drama:


Promising Young Woman - Prime Video -

Best Actress, Best Director, Best Motion Picture, Drama, Best Screenplay


Nomadland - Available Friday 2/19 on HULU -

Best Actress, Best Director, Best Motion Picture, Best Screenplay


One Night in Miami - Prime Video -

Best Supporting Actor (Odom Jr.), Best Director, Best Original Song


The Little Things - HBOMax -

Best Supporting Actor


Da 5 Bloods - Netflix -

Hand fulls of SAG nominations and Critic Choice nominations including Best Actor, Best

Director, and Best Motion Picture


The Trial of the Chicago 7 - Netflix -

Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Motion Picture, Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Original Song


Sound of Metal - Prime Video -

Best Actor, Drama, Best Supporting Actor, Best Picture


News of the World - Prime Video -

Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Score


The Father - Available to stream early March -

Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, Best Motion Picture, Drama

Pieces of a Woman - Netflix -

Best Actress


Judas and the Black Messiah - HBOMax -

Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Song


Minari - only in theaters until Feb 26 -

Best Foreign Language Film


Hillbilly Elegy - Netflix -

Best Supporting Actress


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - Netflix -

Best Actor, Best Actress

Comedy/Musical/Animated:


The Prom -Netflix -

Best Actor, Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy


Hamilton - Disney+ -

Best Actor, Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy


Mank - Netflix -

Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Motion Picture, Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score


Onward - Disney+ -

Best Animated Feature Film


Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm - Prime Video -

Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy


Soul - Disney+ -

Best Original Score, Best Animated Feature Film


Palm Springs - HULU -

Best Actor, Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy


Music - Prime Video -

Best Actress



ENJOY!