Poll: What should win Best Picture at the 2021 Oscars?

Tom Butler
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The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal and The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Lionsgate/WB/Netflix/Altitude/Searchlight/Sky Cinema/Amazon)
The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal and The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Lionsgate/WB/Netflix/Altitude/Searchlight/Sky Cinema/Amazon)

Sunday night marks the biggest night of awards season: the 93rd Academy Awards. Taking place across two sites — Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and the Oscars’ usual home of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood — it will be unlike any Oscars in history.

Coronavirus restrictions dictate a socially-distanced awards show, with a stellar cast of stars taking part in person and remotely.

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Considered the top prize in cinema, Best Picture is always the final award of the night, and the one that prompts the most buzz. Nomadland is the current favourite to scoop the top prize, but which film do you want to win? Cast your vote below.

The Father

The Father (Credit: Lionsgate)
The Father (Credit: Lionsgate)

Florian Zeller's directorial debut The Father stars Anthony Hopkins as a mischievous and spritely man battling dementia, with Olivia Colman playing his struggling daughter Anne. The dizzying drama, which will get a UK cinema release on 11 June, has an outside chance of winning, with awards predictors Gold Derby having it pegged at 9/1 to win.

Judas And The Black Messiah

Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton and Dominique Fishback as Deborah Johnson in 'Judas and the Black Messiah'. (Credit: Warner Bros)
Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton and Dominique Fishback as Deborah Johnson in 'Judas and the Black Messiah'. (Credit: Warner Bros)

Directed by Shaka King from a script he co-wrote with Will Berson, Judas and the Black Messiah is an electrifying and dramatic history lesson in the life and betrayal of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. 

Boasting two Best Supporting Actor nominations for its co-leads Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield, the odds of it winning Best Picture are currently tied with The Father and Mank at 9/1 according to Gold Derby.

Mank

Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies in Mank (Netflix)
Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies in Mank (Netflix)

Perennial Oscar favourite David Fincher returned to the awards conversation with this historical Hollywood drama about the making of Citizen Kane. Although it has the most nominations of the night — ten in total — Mank seems to only have a slim chance of picking up the top prize.

Minari

Actors Steven Yeun and Will Patton on set with director Lee Isaac Chung in Minari (Altitude)
Actors Steven Yeun and Will Patton on set with director Lee Isaac Chung in Minari (Altitude)

Lee Isaac Chung's semi-autobiographical drama Minari could be a strong challenger for Nomadland on the big night, with six nominations in total. Gold Derby currently has the immigrant drama pegged as third favourite to win with odds of 13/2.

Nomadland

A still from Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
A still from Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)

Chloe Zhao's poetic look at the life of a widow living on the edge of poverty is far and away the favourite to land top honours at the Oscars this year. Zhao's film has swept through awards season scooping up gongs like contestant on Supermarket Sweep, and is currently 4/1 favourite to win, according to Gold Derby.

Promising Young Woman

Nominated for 6 BAFTAs and 5 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Emerald Fennell’s incredible debut Promising Young Woman will join the Sky Original film line-up in a partnering with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International to bring the acclaimed film to UK audiences exclusively on Sky Cinema from 16 April.

From ground-breaking Academy Award® nominated writer/director/producer Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve), Promising Young Woman is a bold new vision that has ignited a debate starring Academy Award® Nominee Carey Mulligan as ‘Cassie’; a wickedly smart but singularly focused woman, who in order to overcome events from her past lives a double life by night. Following an unexpected encounter, Cassie is given the chance to right the wrongs of the past.

Joining Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go) are Bo Burnham (The Big Sick), Alison Brie (Glow), Connie Britton (Nashville), Adam Brody (Shazam!), Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde), Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Chris Lowell (The Help), Sam Richardson (Veep), Molly Shannon (Never Been Kissed) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption). Producers include Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Tom Ackerley (I, Tonya), Josey McNamara (Dreamland), Ben Browning (Passengers), Ashley Fox (The Courier), Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve). Written and directed by Emerald Fennell.

The highly-anticipated film makes its UK debut following acclaimed wins at the Critics’ Choice Awards and Writers Guild of America for Mulligan’s masterful performance and Fennell’s screenplay, respectfully. With cinemas currently closed in the UK, this exciting partnership will grant access to all in the UK to watch the top box office hit which is among Oscar Best Picture contenders in the US.
Laverne Cox and Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman (Sky Cinema)

Emerald Fennell's revenge drama was a surprise addition to the awards season conversation when nominations were first starting to be announced, but has since emerged as a major player. The Sky Cinema exclusive has odds of 7/1 to pick up the top prize - could it deliver a huge upset?

Sound Of Metal

Sound of Metal is available on Amazon Prime Video from 12 April and released in cinemas from 17 May (Amazon Prime Video)
Sound of Metal is available on Amazon Prime Video from 12 April and released in cinemas from 17 May (Amazon Prime Video)

Directed and co-written by Darius Marder, and starring the Best Actor-nominated Riz Ahmed as a metal drummer who is struck with sudden hearing loss, Sound of Metal seems unlikely to bag the top prize but could likely pick up some of the technical prizes on the night.

The Trial Of The Chicago 7

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (L to R) SACHA BARON COHEN as Abbie Hoffman, DANNY FLAHERTY as John Froines, EDDIE REDMAYNE as Tom Hayden, JEREMY STRONG as Jerry Rubin, MARK RYLANCE as William Kuntsler in THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7. Cr. NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX © 2020
L-R: Sacha Baron Cohen, Danny Flaherty, Eddie Redmayne, Jeremy Strong, and Mark Rylance in The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)

With Netflix's unlimited budget, and insatiable hunger for awards glory behind it, Aaron Sorkin's all-star courtroom drama has risen in the odds over the past few weeks, and poses the biggest threat to Nomadland for the top prize. Gold Derby has given it odds of 11/2 to win, and is on the rise.

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