The Academy Awards 2021 or the Oscars are all set to take place on 25 April 2021. There is not a lot of time left to catch up on all the masterpieces that have been nominated in the category of ‘Best Film’. However, owing to the rising COVID-19 spike, one has the privilege of watching all the films from the comfort of their home.
Bollywood Dhamaka brings you the list of all the Oscar-nominated films you can watch to further place your bets on which feature going to win big and take home the award.
See it here:
1. The Father
Starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, the premise of the film is about a man who is slowly heading towards old age. He however refuses to seek any help from his daughter as he experiences these changes that make him contemplate on his situation, family and even his own conscience.
2. Judas and the Black Messiah
The film is a biographical drama regarding the betrayal of American activist Fred Hampton, who is the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in late-1960s Chicago by William O’Neal, an FBI informant. It stars Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield in key roles.
Mank is also a biographical drama helmed by the noted director David Fincher. It recites the tale of Herman J. Mankiewicz, the screenwriter and how he ended up developing the script of the renowned film ‘Citizen Kane’ in the 30s. It stars Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Arliss Howard, Tom Pelphrey and Charles Dance. Mank is available on Netflix.
Minari was another heartwarming film that shattered through the stereotypical glass ceilings and was all about representation. It was focused on the life of a family of South Korean immigrants living in Arkansas, United States in the 80s.
5. The Trial of Chicago 7
The film is a historical legal drama about ‘Chicago 7’, which was a group of anti–Vietnam War protesters who were charged with the intention of starting riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It had a star cast of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, and Ben Shenkman. It is available on Netflix.
6. Promising Young Woman
Carey Mulligan leads this black comedy-thriller about a girl who is hellbent on vengeance after her best friend becomes a victim of rape. It got written and directed by Emerald Fennel and stars Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, and Connie Britton in important roles.
Chloé Zhao not only directed this film but also wrote, edited and produced it. It is a story of a woman who leaves her place of residence in Empire, Nevada once her husband dies. She starts living her life as a ‘Nomad’ and travels around the US. Frances McDormand played the lead role in Nomadland.
8. Sound of Metal
Darius Mader directed musical drama is about an aspiring heavy metal drummer who slowly begins to lose his sense of hearing. Riz Ahmed starred as the protagonist in this film. Sound of Metal can be watched on Amazon Prime Video.