Paul Mendoza

The Oscar nominations are tomorrow. It has been the most unusual year for everyone and every phase of life. Movie theaters have been closed for most of the last year and studios have held back many films that would have been released for this coming Fall. Most of the films in this year’s competition premiered on streaming services such as HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and Apple. There have been a plentiful number of excellent films to watch this year. Here is what I think will get the invite to this year’s dance.

Best Picture

Judas and the Black Messiah
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Director

Emerald Fennel.      Promising Young Woman
David Fincher.      Mank
Lee Isaac Chung.  Minari
Aaron Sorkin.        Trial of the Chicago 7
Chloe Zhao.          Nomadland

Best Actor

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

Best Actress

Andra Day.                  The US vs Billie Holliday
Viola Davis.                Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby.            Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand Nomadland
Carey Mulligan.          Promising Young Woman

Best Supporting Actor

Sasha Baron Cohen. Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya.        Judas and the Black Messiah
Jared Leto                 The Little Things
Leslie Odom Jr.          One Night In Miami
Paul Raci                    Sound of Metal

Best Supporting Actress

Glen Close.                  Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Coleman.            The Father
Jodie Foster.                The Mauritanian
Amanda Seyfried.        Mank
Yuh Jung-Youn.          Minari

There are several performances that will be overlooked this year as happens every year. I really loved Diane Lane’s performance in Let Him Go. She was amazing and gave an Oscar worthy performance. Carrie Coons, likewise, was outstanding in the little seen The Nest. Mark Rylance was excellent as lawyer William Kunstler in The Trial of the Chicago 7. Amy Adams is always outstanding and was again in Hillbilly Elegy. Dominique Fishback as Fred Hampton’s girlfriend in Judas and The Black Messiah gave a tender performance. Bo Burnham was painfully good in Promising Young Woman. Glynn Turman turned in a finely tuned performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Delroy Lindo gives a career capping performance in Da Five Bloods. Any of these names could be announced tomorrow and I wouldn’t be surprised.

Very excited to watch the nominations announced live tomorrow morning!