Ranking the 2021 Oscar Nominees

Fact: As of this past Sunday, I watched every single film (including the shorts) nominated for an Oscar this year. It’s not usually that easy, as some films — especially international ones — may be hard to find, either in a theater or on streaming. But, this year, due to the pandemic and most major theatres being closed,   all films are available to stream in some way or another (many on services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu). And, now that I’ve seen all of the films, I can easily say whether or not I agree with the Academy’s choices, to be announced this Sunday, April 25, 2021. Stay tuned for my Oscar predictions later this week. 

Actor in a Leading Role

1. Anthony Hopkins — The Father
2. Riz Ahmed — Sound of Metal
3. Chadwick Boseman — Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
4. Steven Yeun — Minari
5. Gary Oldman — Mank

Actor in a Supporting Role

1. Daniel Kaluuya — Judas & the Black Messiah
2. Paul Raci — Sound of Metal
3. Lakeith Stanfield — Judas & the Black Messiah
4. Sacha Baron Cohen — The Trial of the Chicago 7
5. Leslie Odom, Jr. — One Night in Miami

Actress in a Leading Role

1. Carey Mulligan — Promising Young Woman
2. Vanessa Kirby — Pieces of a Woman
3. Frances McDormand — Nomadland
4. Viola Davis — Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
5. Andra Day — The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Actress in a Supporting Role

1. Yuh-Jung Youn — Minari
2. Olivia Colman — The Father
3. Maria Bakalova — Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
4. Amanda Seyfried — Mank
5. Glenn Close — Hillbilly Elegy

Animated Feature Film

1. Soul
2. Wolfwalkers
3. A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
4. Onward
5. Over the Moon

Cinematography

1. Nomadland
2. Judas & the Black Messiah
3. Mank
4. News of the World
5. The Trial of the Chicago 7

Costume Design

1. Emma
2. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
3. Mank
4. Pinocchio
5. Mulan

Directing

1. Chloe Zhao — Nomadland
2. Emerald Fennell — Promising Young Woman
3. Lee Isaac Chung — Minari
4. Thomas Vinterberg — Another Round
5. David Fincher — Mank

Documentary (Feature)

1. Crip Camp
2. Collective
3. The Mole Agent
4. My Octopus Teacher
5. Time

(All reviews here)

Documentary (Short Subject)

1. Colette
2. Hunger Ward
3. A Concerto is a Conversation
4. Do Not Split
5. A Love Song for Latasha

Film Editing

1. Promising Young Woman
2. The Trial of the Chicago 7
3. The Father
4. Sound of Metal
5. Nomadland

International Feature Film

1. Quo Vadis, Aida?
2. Another Round
3. Collective
4. Better Days
5. The Man Who Sold His Skin

Makeup and Hairstyling

1. Pinocchio
2. Emma
3. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
4. Mank
5. Hillbilly Elegy

Music (Original Score)

1. Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, & Attius Ross — Soul
2. Emile Mosseri — Minari
3. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross — Mank
4. James Newton Howard — News of the World
5. Terence Blanchard — Da 5 Bloods

Music (Original Song)

1. “Husavik” — Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
2. “Speak Now” — One Night in Miami
3. “Io Si (Seen”) — The Life Ahead
4. “Fight for You” — Judas & the Black Messiah
5. “Hear My Voice” — The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Picture

1. Promising Young Woman
2. Minari
3. The Father
4. Nomadland
5. Sound of Metal
6. The Trial of the Chicago 7
7. Judas & the Black Messiah
8. Mank

Production Design

1. The Father
2. Mank
3. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
4. News of the World
5. Tenet

Short Film (Animated)

1. If Anything Happens I Love You
2. Opera
3. Burrow
4. Yes-People
5. Genius Loci

Short Film (Live Action)

1. Feeling Through
2. The Present
3. Two Distant Strangers
4. White Eye
5. The Letter Room

Sound

1. Sound of Metal
2. Soul
3. Greyhound
4. News of the World
5. Mank

Visual Effects

1. Love and Monsters
2. The One & Only Ivan
3. Tenet
4. The Midnight Sky
5. Mulan

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

1. The Father
2. One Night in Miami
3. Nomadland
4. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
5. The White Tiger

Writing (Original Screenplay)

1. Promising Young Woman
2. Minari
3. Sound of Metal
4. The Trial of the Chicago 7
5. Judas & the Black Messiah