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2021 OSCAR NOMINATIONS - 93RD ACADEMY AWARDS

The team at SpoilerFreeReviews reacts with our takeaways from some of the major nominations. We're saying what we think will win, what should win, and our thoughts on the nominations for the category.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Aaron Goldstein

I love that BORAT got the nomination and shocked that THE WHITE TIGER got in.

What will win: NOMADLAND 😊

What should win: BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM 🤩


David Freedman

What will win: NOMADLAND - why, I do not know. I was so bored that the remote actually dropped out of my hand mid-way through the film as I dozed off.

What should win: ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI - in a very weak year of movies, this script crackled.


Esta Rosevear

Please not BORAT. Anything but...

What will win: NOMADLAND 🙂

What should win: ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI... 🤩


Jami Losurdo

Would be great to see Sacha Baron Cohen take it home here, but I don’t think he will. Expected FIRST COW to get a nom here and it didn’t.

What will win: NOMADLAND 😊

What should win: BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM 🤩 or ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI...🤩


Mike Manalo

I would love for BORAT to win SIMPLY for the hilarious impossible image of Giuliani joining them on stage, though he will probably end up at Academy Acres Landscaping Company in Knoxville, TN instead.

What will win: NOMADLAND 😊

What should win: BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM 🤩 (just for the reasons above)


Tavish Mohanti

Disappointed that THE WHITE TIGER got a nomination over FIRST COW, which I felt was a far better film.

What will win: NOMADLAND 🤩

What should win: NOMADLAND 🤩


Best Original Screenplay

Aaron Goldstein

SOUL is the most original screenplay of the year and missing from this list. 😡

What will win: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN 🤩

What should win: SOUL 🤩


David Freedman

What will win: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN. The most original of original screenplays.

What should win: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN. See above.


Esta Rosevear

This is an easy category for me. Loved PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN. I thoroughly enjoyed the unexpectedness.

What will win: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN 🤩

What should win: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN 🤩


Jami Losurdo

The Oscars will want to give Sorkin an award and I don’t think that film comes close to winning anything else.

What will win: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 🙂

What should win: MINARI 🤩


Mike Manalo

Hard to kill your darlings since I’m rooting for JUDAS, MINARI, and PROMISING, but hands down PROMISING blew me away.

What will win: MINARI 🤩

What should win: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN 🤩


Tavish Mohanti

No surprises here, all are incredibly deserving films.

What will win: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 🤩

What should win: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 🤩 OR PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN 🤩


Best Original Score

Aaron Goldstein

SOUL is the most inventive and empathy-producing score in 2021 and I am glad to see it nominated.

What will win: SOUL 🤩

What should win: SOUL 🤩


David Freedman

What will win: SOUL. Trent and Co. kick it.

What should win: SOUL.


Esta Rosevear

Oh, the music of jazz and SOUL captured my heart.

What will win: SOUL 🤩

What should win: SOUL 🤩


Jami Losurdo

I wasn’t bowled over by any of these. Ludwig Göransson’s TENET score got snubbed.

What will win: 🤷‍♀️ Reznor/Ross may cancel each other out to let anyone else get it.

What should win: TENET 🤩


Mike Manalo

SOUL was my favorite movie of last year. Nothing else to say there.

What will win: SOUL 🤩

What should win: SOUL 🤩

Best Original Song

Aaron Goldstein

I am disappointed that Janelle Monáe's TURNTABLES from ALL IN didn’t make the cut and shocked that EUROVISION got a nomination!

What will win: "Fight for You" (JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH) 🙂

What should win: "Turntables," (ALL IN 🤩)


David Freedman

What will win: "Speak Now" (ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI....)

What should win: "Io Si (Seen)" (THE LIFE AHEAD) - Dianne Warren’s beautiful ode to life.


Esta Rosevear

FIGHT FOR YOU made me want to stand up, wear my old black armband and go out and march.

What will win: "Fight for You" (JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH) 🤩

What should win: "Fight for You" (JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH) 🤩


Jami Losurdo

No love for Wyld Stallyns’ “Face the Music”?

What will win: "Speak Now" (ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI....) 🤩

What should win: “Húsavík” (EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 🤩)


Best Supporting Actor

Aaron Goldstein

I am so excited that both performers from JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH received nominations!

What will win: Daniel Kaluuya 🤩

What should win: Daniel Kaluuya 🤩


David Freedman

What will win: Daniel Kaluuya - spot on.

What should win: Sacha Baron Cohen - spot on but far less flashy.


Esta Rosevear

I was blown away by Daniel Kaluuya’s intense, strong performance in JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH.

What will win: Daniel Kaluuya 🤩

What should win: Daniel Kaluuya 🤩


Jami Losurdo

I hope both noms from JUDAS don’t cancel each other out with voters.

What will win: Daniel Kaluuya 🤩

What should win: Lakeith Stanfield 🤩


Mike Manalo

Why the hell is Lakeith in Supporting?

What will win: Daniel Kaluuya 🤩

What should win: Lakeith Stanfield 🤩


Tavish Mohanti

Daniely Kaluuya far outshines Lakeith Stanfield in this film, so I’m surprised and disappointed that he was chosen over Delroy Lindo in DA 5 BLOODS or Kingsley Ben-Adir in ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI.

What will win: Daniely Kaluuya 🤩

What should win: Daniely Kaluuya 🤩



Best Supporting Actress

Aaron Goldstein

This category has me all kinds of surprised seeing Maria Bakalova and Yuh-jung Youn make the cut - it’s “very nice!”

What will win: Maria Bakalova 🤩

What should win: Maria Bakalova 🤩


David Freedman

What will win: Maria Bakalova. How difficult is it to outperform BORAT?

What should win: Maria Bakalova.


Esta Rosevear

I cannot stand Borat movies, so Maria Bakalova is not in my view.

What will win: Olivia Colman 🤩

What should win: Olivia Colman 🤩


Jami Losurdo

Historically this category feels like the biggest toss-up of the ceremony.

What will win: Olivia Colman 🤩

What should win: Yuh-jung Youn 🤩


Mike Manalo

Glad Yuh-jung and Maria got nods, but think MINARI will be a safer bet than BORAT cuz the Academy loves prestige.

What will win: Yuh-jung Youn 🤩

What should win: Maria Bakalova 🤩


Tavish Mohanti

Yuh-jung Youn’s performance in MINARI was heartbreakingly perfect, and I hope she gets the recognition she deserves.

What will win: Olivia Colman

What should win: Yuh-jung Youn🤩


Best Director

Aaron Goldstein

I love seeing Emerald Fennell on this list and I am disappointed that Shaka King didn’t make the cut.

What will win: Chloé Zhao 🙂

What should win: Lee Isaac Chung 🤩


David Freedman

What will win: Chloé Zhao (NOMADLAND) - Can someone kindly explain to me the allure of this snoozer?

What should win: Emerald Fennell (PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN)


Esta Rosevear

I loved the fact that there are two female directors nominated. It’s a shame Regina King did not make the cut. She deserved it as well.

What will win: Chloé Zhao 🤩

What should win: Chloé Zhao 🤩


Jami Losurdo

Both Shaka King and Regina King were snubbed here, but still happy to see a list with 2 female directors. Baby steps.

What will win: Chloé Zhao 🤩

What should win: Emerald Fennell 🤩


Mike Manalo

Shaka was definitely snubbed, but doesn’t matter, cuz it’s Chloe’s to lose.

What will win: Chloé Zhao 🤩

What should win: Emerald Fennell 🤩


Tavish Mohanti

While I’m excited that Emerald Fennell and Lee Isaac Chung made the cut, I feel that both Aaron Sorkin and Shaka King deserved the nomination over David Fincher.

What will win: Chloé Zhao 🤩

What should win: Emerald Fennell 🤩 or Shaka KIng 🤩 or Aaron Sorkin 🤩



Best Animated Feature

Aaron Goldstein

Outside of best actor, this is the other sure thing at the Oscars.

What will win: SOUL 🤩

What should win: SOUL 🤩


David Freedman

What will win: SOUL. Broke the mold.

What should win: SOUL.


Esta Rosevear

Nothing to talk about.

What will win: SOUL 🤩

What should win: SOUL 🤩


Jami Losurdo

Even with Pixar competing against itself, I can’t imagine SOUL not winning here.

What will win: SOUL 🙂

What should win: WOLFWALKERS 🤩


Mike Manalo

Again SOUL was my favorite movie last year. It’s way more deserving than ONWARD, and should have also gotten a Best Picture nod.

What will win: SOUL 🤩

What should win: SOUL 🤩


Best Actor

Aaron Goldstein

Anthony Hopkins and Gary Oldman both turned in two of the toughest performances in their career, yet this is the only sure thing at the Oscars as Chadwick Boseman will win.

What will win: Chadwick Boseman 🤩

What should win: Chadwick Boseman 🤩


David Freedman

What will win: Chadwick Boseman. Swan Song.

What should win: Anthony Hopkins - a great performance in a middling movie is in itself an achievement.


Esta Rosevear

This is a done deal. It is written in the stars.

What will win: Chadwick Boseman 🤩

What should win: Chadwick Boseman 🤩


Jami Losurdo

This is Chadwick’s to lose and I’m hoping he’s honored here one more time.

What will win: Chadwick Boseman 🤩

What should win: Chadwick Boseman 🤩


Mike Manalo

Happy Zombie killer Glenn got a nomination, but Wakanda Forever, baby!

What will win: Chadwick Boseman 🤩

What should win: Chadwick Boseman 🤩


Tavish Mohanti

Chadwick Boseman’s performance was the highlight of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and while Riz Ahmed and Steven Yeun did incredible jobs, I hope they honor Boseman one last time.

What will win: Chadwick Boseman 🤩

What should win: Chadwick Boseman 🤩


Best Actress

Aaron Goldstein

If Frances McDormand wins the Oscar, I will boycott next year’s telecast.

What will win: Andra Day or Viola Davis 🤩

What should win: Carey Mulligan 🤩


David Freedman

What will win: Carey Mulligan (PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN) - such an unpredictable performance.

What should win: Carey Mulligan (PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN)


Esta Rosevear

I thought Viola Davis was incredible and inspiring. She is a force to be reckoned with.

What will win: Viola Davis 🤩

What should win: Viola Davis 🤩


Jami Losurdo

I wish Andra Day had a much better film to back-up her wonderful performance.

What will win: Frances McDormand 🙂

What should win: Carey Mulligan 🤩


Mike Manalo

People love NOMADLAND for whatever reason, but Mulligan blew me away.

What will win: Frances McDormand 🙂

What should win: Carey Mulligan 🤩


Tavish Mohanti

Carey Mulligan gave one of the most powerful performances this year, and I really want Promising Young Woman to walk away with at least one award.

What will win: Carey Mulligan 🤩

What should win: Carey Mulligan 🤩 OR Frances McDormand 🤩

Best Picture

Aaron Goldstein

I’m crushed that SOUL and PALM SPRINGS didn’t make the best picture cut but excited to see SOUND OF METAL sneak in.

What will win: MINARI 🤩

What should win: PALM SPRINGS 🤩


David Freedman

What will win: NOMADLAND. It has the momentum.

What should win: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN. <sigh>


Esta Rosevear

I don’t agree with what the buzz is about this movie, but it is a moving train set to come in first.

What will win: NOMADLAND 🙂

What should win: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN 🤩


Jami Losurdo

TENET, FIRST COW, & ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI... all snubbed here.

What will win: NOMADLAND 🙂

What should win: JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH 🤩


Mike Manalo

Again, agreed with Aaron, SOUL and PALM SPRINGS were my favorites last year, but there’s no room for the stuffy, conventional unimaginative Academy to choose anything outside the comfort of conventional Oscar bait prestige films.

What will win: NOMADLAND 🙂

What should win: BAD BOYS FOR LIFE 🤩 - just kidding. PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN/SOUL/PALM SPRINGS 🤩


Tavish Mohanti

All of these films, except for MANK, were beautiful, incredible, moving works of art, but I wish I CARE A LOT and FIRST COW had gotten some kind of recognition.

What will win: NOMADLAND 🤩

What should win: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 🤩 OR JUDAS & THE BLACK MESSIAH 🤩


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