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Jus kiddin. 


Pardon the clichéd title. 

Well, pour in with your predictions, likes, preferences, celebs gaffes, host opinions, stats, trivia, social issues and whatnot. I'll contribute after getting a picture on how the forum expects this year's Academy Awards to be. 

For convenience, here are the categories and nominations... 

And here 


in a two-part live presentation on Monday via global live stream. The ceremony will take place in-person at Los Angeles’ Union Station and the Dolby Theatre on April 25, after being pushed back from its original Feb. 28 date.


Here is the full list of 2021 Oscar nominations:


Best Picture

“The Father” (David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi and Philippe Carcassonne, producers)


“Judas and the Black Messiah” (Shaka King, Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler, producers)


“Mank” (Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth and Douglas Urbanski, producers)


“Minari” (Christina Oh, producer)


“Nomadland” (Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, producers)


“Promising Young Woman” (Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell and Josey McNamara, producers)


“Sound of Metal” (Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche, producers)


“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Marc Platt and Stuart Besser, producers)


Best Director

Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”)


David Fincher (“Mank”) 


Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”) 


Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) 


Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) 


Best Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) 


Best Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) 


Andra Day (“The United States v. Billie Holiday”) 


Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”) 


Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) 


Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) 


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 Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova (‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”) 


Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”) 


Olivia Colman (“The Father”) 


Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”) 


Yuh-jung Youn (“Minari”) 


Best Animated Feature Film

“Onward” (Pixar) 


“Over the Moon” (Netflix) 


“A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” (Netflix) 


“Soul” (Pixar) 


“Wolfwalkers” (Apple TV Plus/GKIDS) 


Best Adapted Screenplay

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman, Lee Kern; Story by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Nina Pedrad


“The Father,” Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller


“Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao 


“One Night in Miami,” Kemp Powers 


“The White Tiger,” Ramin Bahrani 


Best Original Screenplay

“Judas and the Black Messiah.” Screenplay by Will Berson, Shaka King; Story by Will Berson, Shaka King, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas


“Minari,” Lee Isaac Chung 


“Promising Young Woman,” Emerald Fennell 


“Sound of Metal.” Screenplay by Darius Marder, Abraham Marder; Story by Darius Marder, Derek Cianfrance


“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Aaron Sorkin 


Best Original Song

“Fight for You,” (“Judas and the Black Messiah”). Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas


“Hear My Voice,” (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”). Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite


“Húsavík,” (“Eurovision Song Contest”). Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson


“Io Si (Seen),” (“The Life Ahead”). Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini


“Speak Now,” (“One Night in Miami”). Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth


Best Original Score

“Da 5 Bloods,” Terence Blanchard 


“Mank,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross 


“Minari,” Emile Mosseri 


“News of the World,” James Newton Howard 


“Soul,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste 


Best Sound

“Greyhound,” Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders and David Wyman


“Mank,” Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance and Drew Kunin


“News of the World,” Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller and John Pritchett


“Soul,” Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott and David Parker


“Sound of Metal,” Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh


Best Costume Design

“Emma,” Alexandra Byrne 


“Mank,” Trish Summerville 


“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Ann Roth 


“Mulan,” Bina Daigeler 


“Pinocchio,” Massimo Cantini Parrini


Best Animated Short Film

“Burrow” (Disney Plus/Pixar)


“Genius Loci” (Kazak Productions) 


“If Anything Happens I Love You” (Netflix) 


“Opera” (Beasts and Natives Alike) 


“Yes-People” (CAOZ hf. Hólamói) 


Best Live-Action Short Film

“Feeling Through” 


“The Letter Room” 


“The Present” 


“Two Distant Strangers” 


“White Eye” 


Best Cinematography

“Judas and the Black Messiah,” Sean Bobbitt 


“Mank,” Erik Messerschmidt 


“News of the World,” Dariusz Wolski 


“Nomadland,” Joshua James Richards 


“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Phedon Papamichael 


Best Documentary Feature

“Collective,” Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana


“Crip Camp,” Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder


“The Mole Agent,” Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibáñez


“My Octopus Teacher,” Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster


“Time,” Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino and Kellen Quinn


Best Documentary Short Subject

“Colette,” Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard


“A Concerto Is a Conversation,” Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers


“Do Not Split,” Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook


“Hunger Ward,” Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman


“A Love Song for Latasha,” Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan


Best Film Editing

“The Father,” Yorgos Lamprinos


“Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao 


“Promising Young Woman,” Frédéric Thoraval


“Sound of Metal,” Mikkel E.G. Nielsen 


“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Alan Baumgarten 


Best International Feature Film

“Another Round” (Denmark) 


“Better Days” (Hong Kong)


“Collective” (Romania) 


“The Man Who Sold His Skin” (Tunisia)


“Quo Vadis, Aida?”(Bosnia and Herzegovina) 


Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Emma,” Marese Langan, Laura Allen, Claudia Stolze


“Hillbilly Elegy,” Eryn Krueger Mekash, Patricia Dehaney, Matthew Mungle 


“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, Jamika Wilson


“Mank,” Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams, Colleen LaBaff


“Pinocchio,” Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli, Francesco Pegoretti


Best Production Design

“The Father.” Production Design: Peter Francis; Set Decoration: Cathy Featherstone


“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Production Design: Mark Ricker; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton


“Mank.” Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale


“News of the World.” Production Design: David Crank; Set Decoration: Elizabeth Keenan


“Tenet.” Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas


Best Visual Effects

“Love and Monsters,” Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt and Brian Cox 


“The Midnight Sky,” Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon and David Watkins


“Mulan,” Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury and Steve Ingram


“The One and Only Ivan,” Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones and Santiago Colomo Martinez


“Tenet,” Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher


2021 Academy Awards Predictions

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Hard for me to say much; the only movie that was nominated for anything big that I saw was Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis were both really good in it, but I can't say if they should win since I didn't see any of the competition. I will say though that I thought Coleman Domingo actually gave the best performance in the movie, he should've gotten a supporting actor nomination.

Also, Palm Springs should've gotten a screenplay nomination; but comedies will forever be ignored by the Academy. Honestly, an acting nomination wouldn't have been out of place either for Andy Samberg either. Being funny is hard, being funny while also being a believable romantic lead and coping with existential boredom (and not copying Bill Murray from Groundhog's Day either) seems like a very high bar to clear; and he did it.

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Haven't had the opportunity to see News of the World, Borat etc or Greyhound yet.

Have seen Mulan, Midnight Sky and The trial of the Chicago 7.

The trial of the Chicago 7 is a step above what I have seen this season, it's a movie that leaves that lasting impression long after you've seen it.


Eta: I couldn't guess what the academy will do, rarely have they chosen to award what my favorite has been so my only guess is that they will snub Sacha and Tom Hank's who I"d guess had great performances although like I said earlier, haven't seen Tom's movies yet.

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So of the Best Picture nominees I've only seen The Trial of the Chicago 7 and (ahem) half of Mank. I suppose I'll try to finish the latter before Sunday, but I wasn't really feeling it. I felt like I should have been, but as much of a triumph of style as it might be, I find it boring well into the second act. 

I have seen both Soul and Onward which are some of the lovelier of Pixar's recent offerings, the former definitely more of a standout. 

Probably will watch Nomadland Friday or Saturday. 

I can't say I have many predictions since I've seen few enough of these movies. Hard to believe Mulan was nominated for anything - it was really disappointing and dull. 

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12 hours ago, Fez said:

Also, Palm Springs should've gotten a screenplay nomination; but comedies will forever be ignored by the Academy. Honestly, an acting nomination wouldn't have been out of place either for Andy Samberg either. Being funny is hard, being funny while also being a believable romantic lead and coping with existential boredom (and not copying Bill Murray from Groundhog's Day either) seems like a very high bar to clear; and he did it.

I really liked Palm Springs (and in fairness I've spent a ton of time there so I am biased in general), but I'm not sure it deserved to be nominated for much. 

This year is going to be so random, and it's frustrating that you have to pay more than normal to see the top nominated films. The only BP films I've seen are Promising Young Woman and Mank, and I'm not sure either film is worthy of the nomination.

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Yeah I really liked Palm Springs but it wasn't really all that special really, seeing as its a sort of play on Groundhog Day. Doesn't feel like it shoudl be near the Oscars.

Soul was a lovely movie, would deserve to win any animated movie category.

So far only seen Promising Young Woman, and I could easily see it winning quite a bit, Mulligan especially.

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Well, Groundhog Day should've straight up won, much less been nominated for, best actor and best original screenplay. And also gotten nominations for best picture and best director, but of course lose to Schindler's List. Comedies never get their due.

I'm not saying Palm Springs was a perfect movie or anything. But I thought it was an incredibly clever script. And, without taking anything away from the 5 original screenplay nominees, I think it'll never get the recognition it deserves because of its genre.

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I have seen half of the Best Picture nominees, but this is Nomad Land's prize to lose. I'm not that enamored with it, but it's got the record for most prizes won in the festival circuit. It also has the best gimmick (real people and Frances McDormand), so this is a shoe in.

Of the films I have seen so far, I would give the award to either Promising Young Woman or Minari. I'd say Minari is the better film, but Promising Young Woman was the most interesting picture among the nominees. If I had to opt for a wild card to win the Oscar, I'd opt for Promising Young Woman due to its shock value and appropriateness for the times.

I still want to see Judas and the Black Messiah and The Father. I have got zero interest in Mank and limited interest in The Trial of the Chicago 7, so I suppose I'll pass on those.

2 hours ago, Spockydog said:

The absolutely brilliant Sound of Metal is 100/1 to win best picture. Might be worth a few quid.


It was such a terrible film, so on that front it has a strong chance to win

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10 minutes ago, Veltigar said:

It was such a terrible film

Disagree entirely. But that's cool, 'cos if we all liked the same thing, the world would be a very boring place. :D

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The Oscar for most irrelevant show: "Will Anyone Care That Viewers Don't Care About the Academy Awards Show?"

<shakes head> The media, the media, the gdded media.

As if it can't see the difference between people caring about good stuff and good actors on the screen and not giving a damn about a meaningless award, much less watching the rituals that are well-nigh meaningless, particularly in These Times.  But desperation, desperation, desperation and lack of innovative thinking.  I guess? :dunno:

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Who is doing the covid safety protocols for the Oscars, and what these are.




....Dr. Adamson met some resistance when she recommended allocating a $30,000 budget to upgrade the filtration and HVAC ventilation at a Broadway theater rather than hiring staff to provide temperature checks at the door and constant cleaning of surfaces. “Choice A gives the appearance of doing the right things,” she said, referring to the door checkers and wipe-downs. “Choice B is actually going to mitigate risk.”

Dr. Dahl said she is regularly frustrated with the “Covid theater” of certain studio- or union-mandated protocols, including rapid tests, temperature screenings, and plastic dividers in the makeup and catering department, which she describes as potential “spit bubbles.” She insists the most important aspects of keeping a production safe are consistent PCR testing and ventilation.

She also finds the hypocrisy of crew compliance frustrating. Dr. Dahl will watch crew members follow her rules all day, then jump in a car together maskless after work. But this frustration runs the other direction as well: Chad Connell, an actor filming a romantic comedy outside Toronto, noted the absurdity of being chastised by one compliance officer for chatting with his co-star maskless after they completed a kissing scene....



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22 minutes ago, DireWolfSpirit said:

I couldn't get past the trailer for Nomad Land.

It just looked in no way interesting to me at all. So I'm starting to feel confident it will win Best Picture.

And yet it feels like the obvious choice for BP. 

Feel like this was a year with so many great performances, but not a ton of movies that will stick with you.

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3 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

And yet it feels like the obvious choice for BP. 

Feel like this was a year with so many great performances, but not a ton of movies that will stick with you.

Only been the Chi7trial that has stuck with me much this season so far. Although I'm curious how good the 2 Hank's movies were, News of the World and Greyhound, both of which I havent got to see yet.

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Watching this now. It's weird, kinda like going to an awards banquet but with commercials. Given the general staleness of most of the recents Oscar shows, this actually seems kinda fresh and different???

I missed the beginning - probably won't make it to the end as it's already 10:43 pm here. I am finding it difficult to figure out who the actual nominees are when they pan to different tables, though. 

So far Mank hasn't seemed to have won anything. I really couldn't get into it, even though the period detail was remarkable. Watched The Trial of the Chicago 7 last week, and while it was certainly good, I had a lot more fun re-watching My Cousin Vinny for the first time in 10-15 years later that night. We watched Nomadland last night too - it was an interesting, introspective, melancholic. I liked it, and I really do appreciate the quiet and spare detail. Not sure it's best picture material, but then neither was The Artist or Green Book. And Chloe Zhao's direction had a fairly, I guess, "standard" naturalistic/documentary style that's not all that special at this point, even while her use of "real" nomads and non-professional actors lended more authenticity. 

And Soul just won best animated film - probably better than the actual BP nominees!

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Glenn Close doing DA BUTT made my day! :lmao:


1 hour ago, Aemon Stark said:

And Soul just won best animated film - probably better than the actual BP nominees!

Only thing I was willing to bet on :cheers:

28 minutes ago, Raja said:

The Trial of the Chicago 7 does not deserve to win *anything* and I hope it doesn't.

Cruel :crying:

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