Predicting the winner of the best film is often the toughest of the 24 categories at the Oscars. We learned it at the 2020 Academy Awards. We were sure that the first prize would go to “1917” but it was the “Parasite” that prevailed. When we make our predictions on the Oscar for the best film, we weigh many factors, the most important of which is the effect of the preferential vote that is used only for this race (voters classify all candidates with the winner being the one who is the choice of consent.)
We also take into consideration the pedigree of the filmmakers, the critical reception of their previous films, the counting at the box office and the track record of the studies. We took all these aspects into consideration again in view of the 2021 Oscars.Scroll down for the 2021 Oscar predictions for the best movie.)
The first contenders were launched at the Sundance Film Festival in January and others will be previewed at the Cannes Film Festival in May; this is where “Parasite” debuts. But most of the aspirants for the best film will not be screened until September, where they will dissolve in one or more of the four film festivals: Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York. Others will set the eligibility deadline with limited versions in December, as in the case of “1917”.
note that: Listed below are only the films with confirmed release dates. Check back often as new competitors are expected while others are eliminated due to delays or critical reactions.
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“From 5 Bloods” (Netflix – Fall)
Film director: spike lee
Writers: Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo, Paul Walter Hauser, Norm Lewis
Plot: Four Vietnam veterans return to Vietnam in search of the remains of their fallen team leader and the promise of a buried treasure.
“The Last Duel” (Disney – December 25)
DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott
Writers: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener who adapted the novel of the same name by Eric Jager.
Cast: Damon, Affleck, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer
Plot: In 14th century France, the friendship of two knights is tested by a young woman.
“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics – Fall)
DIRECTOR: Florian Zeller
Writers: Christopher Hampton and Zeller who adapted the latter’s game of the same name.
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell
PLOT: A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as she ages.
“The French Dispatch” (Searchlight Pictures – July 24)
Writer / Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Steve Park, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson.
Plot: a love letter for journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a 20th-century French city that creates a collection of stories published in the magazine “The French Dispatch”.
“Hillbilly Elegy” (Netflix – Fall)
DIRECTOR: Ron Howard
Writer: Vanessa Taylor who adapted the J.D. Vance.
Cast: Amy Adams, Glenn Close, Gabriel Basso, Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins
Plot: A modern exploration of the American dream over three generations of an Appalachian family.
“Macbeth” (A24 – Autumn)
Writer / Director: Joel Coen, who adapted William Shakespeare’s play of the same name.
Cast: Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Brendan Gleeson
Plot: After being convinced by three witches, a Scottish lord intends to become the king of Scotland.
“Mank” (Netflix – Fall)
DIRECTOR: David Fincher
Writer: Jack Fincher
Cast: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tuppence Middleton, Arliss Howard
Plot: screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz fights with director Orson Welles for the merit of the screenplay for “Citizen Kane”.
“News from the world” (Universal – December 25)
DIRECTOR: Paul Greengrass
writers; Paul Greengrass, Luke Davies
Cast: Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Helena Zengel
Plot: A traveling journalist is responsible for bringing an orphan girl to her living relatives in the aftermath of the American Civil War.
“Next Goal Wins” (Searchlight Pictures – Fall)
DIRECTOR: Taika Waititi
Writers: Iain Morris and Waititi who adapted the documentary of the same name.
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Elisabeth Moss, Kaimana, Beulah Koale, Rachel House, Armie Hammer.
Plot: A coach brings the American Samoa football team to the World Cup.
“Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight Pictures – Fall)
Director: Guillermo del Toro;
Writers: del Toro and Kim Morgan who adapted William Lindsay Gresham’s novel of the same name.
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins
Plot: A corrupt cheater joins a female psychiatrist to trick people into giving them money.
“Tenet” (Warner Bros. – July 17)
Writer / Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh
Plot: A secret agent has the task of preventing the third world war through time travel
“Trial of the Chicago 7” (Paramount – September 25)
Writer / director: Aaron Sorkin
Cast: Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen
Plot: The story of 7 people on trial resulting from various charges surrounding the revolt against the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
“West Side Story” (20th century – December 18th)
DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Tony Kushner who adapted Arthur Laurents’ play of the same name
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, Corey Stoll, Brian d ‘Arcy James, Rita Moreno
Plot: Teenagers Tony and Maria, despite having affiliations with rival street gangs, white Jets and Puerto Rican sharks, fall in love with the New York City of the 1950s.
“Ammonite” (Neon – Fall)
Writer / Director: Francis Lee
Cast: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Fiona Shaw
Plot: England of 1840, a notorious fossil hunter and a young woman sent to convalescence by the sea develop an intense relationship, forever altering both of their lives.
“Dune” (Warner Bros. – December 18)
DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve
Writers: Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts and Villeneuve who adapted the novel of the same name by Frank Herbert.
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin
Plot: the son of a noble family is entrusted with the protection of the most precious and most vital element in the galaxy.
“Good Morning, Midnight” (Netflix – Fall)
DIRECTOR: George Clooney
Writer: Mark L Smith who adapted Lily Brooks-Dalton’s novel of the same name.
Cast. George Clooney, Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler, David Oyelowo, Demian Bichir
Plot: a lone scientist in arctic races to prevent astronauts from returning home in a mysterious global catastrophe.
“Ironbark” (Lionsgate – Fall)
DIRECTOR: Dominic Cooke
Writer: Tom O’Connor
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley
Plot: the true story of the British businessman who helped the CIA penetrate the Soviet nuclear program during the cold war.
“King Richard” (Warner Bros. – November 25)
Directed by: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Writer: Zach Baylin
Cast: Will Smith, Jon Bernthal, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton.
Plot: A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after their father Richard Williams’ training.
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix – Fall)
DIRECTOR: George C. Wolfe
Writer: Ruben Santiago-Hudson who adapted the comedy of the same name by August Wilson.
Cast: Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman
Plot: When Ma Rainey, the “Queen of the Blues”, records a record in a studio in Chicago in 1927, tensions rise between her, her white agent, producer and bandmates.
“On The Rocks” (A24 – Autumn)
Writer / director: Sofia Coppola
Cast: Rashida Jones, Bill Murray, Marlon Wayans, Jessica Henwick, Jenny Slate
Plot: A young mother who reconnects with her playboy father bigger than life on an adventure through New York City.
“Prisoner 760” (BBC – Autumn)
DIRECTOR: Kevin MacDonald
Writer: Michael Bronner who adapted the memoir “Guantanamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi.
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Levi
Plot: A man held in custody in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp turns to a couple of lawyers to help him.
“Stillwater” (Focus – November 6)
DIRECTOR: Tom McCarthy
Writers: Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré
Cast: Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, Camille Cottin, Deanna Dunagan
PLOT: A father travels from Oklahoma to France to help his daughter who has been arrested for murder.
“Annette” (Amazon – Autumn)
Director: Leos Carax
Writers: Ron Mael, Russell Mael
Cast: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard
Plot: A stand-up comedian and the wife of the opera singer have a 2 year old daughter with an amazing gift.
“Blonde” (Netflix – Fall)
Writer / Director: Andrew Dominik who adapted Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the same name.
Cast: Ana De Armas, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Julianne Nicholson
Plot: an invented version of Marilyn Monroe’s life.
“The Boys In The Band” (Netflix – Fall)
Director: Joe Mantello
Writer; Matt Crowley, who adapted his eponymous drama.
Cast: Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer |
PLOT: A group of gay men gathering in a New York apartment for a friend’s birthday party.
“Tammy Faye’s Eyes” (Searchlight Pictures – Fall)
DIRECTOR: Michael Showalter
Writer: Abe Sylvia
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Vincent D’Onofrio
Plot: TV angelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker seek redemption after their religious empire and marriage crumble.
“French Exit” (Sony Pictures Classics – Fall)
DIRECTOR: Azazel Jacobs
Writer: Patrick deWitt, who adapted his eponymous novel
Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges, Tracy Letts
Plot: An almost penniless widow moves to Paris with her son and cat, who is also her reincarnated husband.
“In the Height” (Warner Bros. – June 26)
Director: john chu
Writer: Quiara Alegría Hudes, who adapted his book to the musical of the same name.
Cast: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Jimmy Smits
Plot: A bodega owner has mixed feelings about closing his shop and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.
Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures – Fall)
Writer / director: Chloé Zhao
Cast: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Charlene Swankie
Plot: a woman in her sixties who, after having lost everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West.
“The Prom” (Netflix – Fall)
DIRECTOR: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, Jack Viertel
Cast: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Andrew Rannells, Keegan-Michael Key, Awkwafina
Plot: Four Broadway actors travel to a conservative city to help a lesbian student banish from taking his girlfriend to high school dance.
“Red, white and water” (A24 – Autumn)
Director: Lila Neugebauer
Writer: Elizabeth Sanders
die; Jennifer Lawrence, Bryan Tyree Henry, Samira Wiley
Plot: An American soldier suffers a head injury as he fights in Afghanistan and struggles to adapt to his homecoming life.
Respect (UA – October 9)
Director: Liesl Tommy
Writer: Tracey Scott Wilson
Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Tate Donovan
Plot: the life story of the legendary R&B singer Aretha Franklin.
“The woman at the window” (20th century – May 15th)
DIRECTOR: Joe Wright
Writer: Tracy Letts who adapted A.J. Finn’s novel of the same name.
Cast: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell
Plot: An agoraphobic woman who lives alone in New York begins to spy on her new neighbors just to witness a disturbing act of violence.