• Kylie Koontz

Academy Award nominations for Best Picture

The first Oscar honored the best films of 1927 and 1928 and took place on May 16, 1929 at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The Oscar is now one of the most prestigious awards one can receive in the film industry. Out of all 24 awards, one of the most anticipated is Best Picture.

On Sunday, April 25, eight of the best films released between Jan. 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021 will go head-to-head to compete for one of the i coveted awards.

The 2021 nominees for Best Picture are: “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Mank,” “Minari,” “Nomadland,” “Promising Young Woman,” “Sound of Metal,” and “The Trial of The Chicago 7.”

“Mank” received the most nominations, with 10, including Directing, Actor in a Leading Role, and Cinematography. “The Father,” “Nomadland,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Sound of Metal,” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” each had six nominations and “Promising Young Woman” earned five nominations.

“The Father”

Eighty-year-old Anthony is living alone despite his daughter Anne’s attempts to get home healthcare aides. Anthony begins to doubt his family, surroundings, and even his grip on reality.

Nominees for Best Picture:

“Judas and the Black Messiah”

Fred Hampton, a young, charismatic activist, becomes chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party — putting him directly in the crosshairs of the government, the FBI, and the Chicago police. But to destroy the revolution, the authorities are going to need a man on the inside.


The 1930’s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of “Citizen Kane.”


In search of their own American dream, a Korean family moves to an Arkansas farm and realize the resilience of their family is what makes a home.


After losing everything in the recession, a woman embarks on a journey living in her van as a modern-day nomad.

“Promising Young Woman”

A young woman, traumatized by her past, seeks vengeance on anyone who crossed her path.

“Sound of Metal”

The life of a punk metal drummer turns upside down when he begins to lose his hearing and with it, his sense of identity.

“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

The story of seven people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Although each film has a very good chance of taking Best Picture, “Mank” is believed to be the one most likely to win, given its number of other nominations. We will just have to wait and see which one will take the cake. The 93rd Academy Awards will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 25 on ABC.

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