By Abb Jones
The Reelness

Nomadland was the big winner at the 2021 Oscars, winning Best Picture, with Frances McDormand and Chloé Zhao picking up Oscars for Best Actress and Best Director. Impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a drastically dialed down (i.e. a boring, movie clip and performance free) affair, taking place at Union Station and at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

This year’s Academy Awards took place two months later than usual, to accommodate for a strange movie year in the wake of the pandemic. It marks the first time that some “streaming only” films qualified for the coveted award as movie theaters were closed for most of 2020.

Below is the entire list of nominees with photos of those we predicted would win in each of the major categories. Click on the movies highlighted in gold for our reviews:

Frances McDormand in Nomadland

Best Picture

The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
⭐️ Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman

Best Actress

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
⭐️ Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
⭐️ Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steven Yeun, Minari

Yuh-Jung Youn in Minari.

Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
⭐️ Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actor

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

Chloé Zhao, writer/director/editor of Nomadland

Best Director

Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
David Fincher, Mank
⭐️ Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Emerald Fennell, writer/director of Promising Young Woman

Best Original Screenplay

Judas and the Black Messiah, Will Berson, Shaka King, Keith Lucas, Kenneth Lucas
Minari, Lee Isaac Chung
⭐️ Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell
Sound of Metal, Abraham Marder, Darius Marder, Derek Cianfrance
The Trial of the Chicago 7, Aaron Sorkin

Chloé Zhao in Nomadland

Best Adapted Screenplay

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Nina Pedrad
⭐️ The Father
, Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller
Nomadland, Chloé Zhao
One Night in Miami, Kemp Powers
The White Tiger, Ramin Bahrani

Soul, nominee for Best Animated Film.

Best Animated Feature

Over the Moon
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
⭐️ Soul

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Best International Film nominee, Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best International Feature

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Quo Vadis, Aida?
⭐️ Denmark, Another Round
Hong Kong, Better Days
Romania, Collective
Tunisia, The Man Who Sold His Skin

Collective, nominee for Best Documentary and Best International Film

Best Documentary Feature

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent
⭐️ My Octopus Teacher

If Anything Happens I Love You, a poignant animated short about fun violence.

Best Animated Short

Genius Loci
⭐️ If Anything Happens I Love You

Best Documentary Short

⭐️ Colette
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
A Love Song for Latasha

Best Live Action Short

Feeling Through
The Letter Room
The Present
⭐️ Two Distant Strangers
White Eye

Frances McDormand and David Strathairn in Nomadland

Best Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah
⭐️ Mank
News of the World

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Costume Design

⭐️ Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal

Best Film Editing

The Father
Promising Young Woman
⭐️ Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Hillbilly Elegy
⭐️ Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Gary Oldman in Mank

Best Production Design

The Father
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
⭐️ Mank
News of the World


Best Original Score

Da 5 Bloods
News of the World
⭐️ Soul

The Life Ahead

Best Original Song

“Husavik,” Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
⭐️ “Fight For You,” Judas and the Black Messiah
“Io Sì (Seen), The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami…
“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7

Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal

Best Sound

News of the World
⭐️ Sound of Metal

Dylan O’Brien in Love and Monsters

Best Visual Effects

Love and Monsters
The Midnight Sky
The One and Only Ivan
⭐️ Tenet


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