The pandemic has transformed this year’s award season. From the Oscars now waiting until April to reveal their winners to streaming-only movies being added to the roster, it’s an exciting time to be a film fan. As you prep for predicting the winners, here are the big ones to look out for.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Netflix
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, August Wilson’s play follows the story of the Mother of Blues, Rainey, and a very interesting recording session with her band in Chicago during the 1920s. While the story itself should be enough to grab your attention, this film will be remembered as the final performance of Chadwick Boseman’s career.
Minari – A24’s Screening Room
A24 is not a name to ignore. The powerhouse behind “Lady Bird” and “Room”, Minari is expected to be a big contender this award season. The film is a comedy-drama set in the 80s in Arkansas and follows a Korean American family as they try to make a living.
Mank – Netflix
David Fincher is at it again with a movie put together from a script written by his late father Jack. The story follows the exploits of Herman J. Mankiewicz, played by Gary Oldman, and the process of bringing Citizen Kane to the silver screen. Fincher has been nominated twice already but still lacks a win. This year may be the year.
Nomadland – Hulu
After sweeping both categories at the Golden Globes, the front runner for Best Picture and Best Director is Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland. The film stars two-time Best Actress winner Frances McDormand as a woman who embarks on a cross-country journey after losing everything in the Great Recession.