Verdicts on the 2021 Oscar Nominees

Well, here’s one unexpected positive outcome of the Covid-19 epidemic: for the first time in decades I’ve seen nearly all of the films nominated in major Oscar categories. This is naturally because the movies have been available via streaming services. I go to the cinema very seldom any more even when there isn’t a raging pandemic. Although I must say, this also happens to be a rare modern year when the nominees all seem worthy (and appealing to my tastes personally), Bill Maher’s snarky adolescent gripes nothwithstanding. I also want to celebrate the presence of so many theatre artists and properties represented here, stage actors, stage directors, playwrights, and the like. Huzzah for the sock and buskin!

Anyway, as it happens I’ve written about most of this year’s nominated films; follow the links below for my reviews.

Nomadland (Best Picture, Director, Actress, Adapted Screenplay)

Promising Young Woman (Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actress)

Mank (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress)

Judas and the Black Messiah (Best Picture, Screenplay, Supporting Actor [2 noms])

Sound of Metal (Best Picture, Actor, Screenplay, Supporting Actor)

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Best Picture, Screenplay, Supporting Actor) mentioned here and here

Another Round (Best Director, Best International Picture)

One Night in Miami… (Best Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor)

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Best Actor, Actress)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Best Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actress)

Pieces of a Woman (Best Actress)

The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Best Actress)

Hillbilly Elegy (Best Supporting Actress)

I’ve not yet seen The Father or Minari, hence no judgment or theories here about winners. Overall this was a damn good year for the liveliest art, as far as I’m concerned, May the best maniacs win!