April 24, 2021 (3 Minute Read)
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Get out your evening dresses and your black ties, pour the champaign, tomorrow night is the 93rd Academy Awards. The festivities will commence at 6:30 PM on CTV (ABC).
Although you probably have not seen many movies in theatres this year or last, 2020-2021 was still a productive season in cinema. If you have not seen the movies nominated for Best Picture, now is your last chance before the Oscars take place. Here’s what you need to know about the nominees going into tomorrow evening along with a brief description that may spark your interest to watch a few.
The Nominees for Best Picture are…
A drama film co-written and directed by Florian Zeller and stars Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman and Mark Gatiss. Anthony (Hopkins), is an ageing man who must deal with his progressing memory loss. The Father has six Academy Award nominations in top categories, including adapted screenplay and film editing.
Directed by David Fincher, based on a screenplay by his late father Jack Fincher and starring Gary Oldman. Mank is about the making of Citizen Kane, one of Hollywood’s greatest movies of all time. A telling of the creation of the script through the lens of its alcoholic and washed-up screenwriter, Herman J. Mankiewicz (Oldman). Mank has a total of 10 nominations including best director for David Fincher. Mank is the Brampontist’s prediction to win best picture due to its nostalgia and romantic portrayal of old Hollywood.
Judas and the Black Messiah
The film is directed and produced by Shaka King, who wrote the screenplay with Will Berson. Starring Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya. Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), who leads the Black Panther Party during its height as they face police brutality and government surveillance. The Party is infiltrated by FBI informant William O’Neal (Stanfield), leading to catastrophic ends for both men. Judas and the Black Messiah has six nominations in total including best supporting actor for Kaluuya.
Written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung. It stars Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, and Alan Kim. Inspired by Chung’s upbringing, Minari is about a Korean American family’s pursuit of the American dream after moving to an Arkansas farm in the 1980s. Minari has six nominations including best actor in a leading role for Steve Yeun.
Written, edited, produced, and directed by Chloé Zhao. It stars Frances McDormand. After losing her husband Fern (McDormand) creates a new life for herself, travelling across the U.S. in a van. Along her travels, Fern finds a community of other nomadic people. Nomadland has six nominations including best actress in a leading role for McDormand.
Promising Young Woman
Written and directed by Killing Eve’s Emerald Fennell and stars Carey Mulligan. Revenge is top of mind for Cassie (Mulligan), devoted to avenging her best friend’s sexual assault on their college campus. There is seemingly no end to which Cassie will go in her dark fantasy. Promising Young Woman has six nominations including Best Director for Fennell.
Sound of Metal
Co-written and directed by Darius Marder; co-written and produced Derek Cianfrance, starring Riz Ahmed. Sound of Metal is about heavy metal drummer Ruben (Ahmed) who finds his world begins to erode when he suddenly loses his hearing and struggles to accept his new normal. With six nominations, this movie is carried through its sound design and sound editing, categories in which it has nominations.
The Trail of the Chicago 7
Written-directed Aaron Sorkin starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. The film follows the Chicago Seven, a group of anti–Vietnam War protesters charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The Trail of the Chicago 7 has six nominations including cinematography for Phedon Papamichael.