Oscar Predictions 2021

EVERY YEAR AT THIS TIME, I have felt a sense of excitement and joy in anticipation of the Academy Awards telecast. In the past, I would have more than likely seen every movie nominated in the major categories. Various family members and friends would list their picks on who they feel deserves to receive an Academy Award, to see who had the most correct predictions. I was always invited to viewing parties but declined all of them because I did not want to have any interruptions or too much noise interfering with my enjoyment of sitting back and watching the television show. All of that changed when COVID came into our lives. It has been a long time coming but movie theaters have reopened, though not all of them and this year’s telecast will be televised live with three hosts.      DESPITE THIS GOOD NEWS, THERE IS a part of me that is sad and stressed out. I looked at the list of nominations and out of the films I was able to see this past year, there was only one I physically saw in a movie theater. For the others, I had to either stream them at home, rent them, or plead with friends to make time for me to come see a film on their streaming service; and sadly, I again this year have not been able to see all movies nominated. I also have to say, watching a picture on a small screen in the comforts of one’s own home has a different affect on the movie watching experience than sitting in a dark theater. The past year I may have given one or two films a 4-star rating; part of me thinks the lack of a big screen did not let me get fully into the story. Regardless, I do want to offer below my list of films I feel deserve to receive an Oscar award and those that I think the academy will pick.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

MY CHOICE: ACADEMY PREDICTIONS

AUNJANUE ELLIS ARIANA DEBOSE

BEST SOUND:

DUNE DUNE

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

DRIVE MY CAR THE POWER OF THE DOG

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

BELFAST BELFAST

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

KODI SMIT-McPHEE KODI SMIT-McPHEE

BEST FILM EDITING:

DUNE THE POWER OF THE DOG

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

FLEE ENCANTO

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE:

DRIVE MY CAR DRIVE MY CAR

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

DUNE DUNE

BEST ACTRESS:

JESSICA CHASTAIN JESSICA CHASTAIN

BEST ACTOR:

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH WILL SMITH

BEST DIRECTOR:

JANE CAMPION RYUSUKE HAMAGUCHI

BEST PICTURE:

THE POWER OF THE DOG THE POWER OF THE DOG

SO, THERE YOU HAVE IT; MY list of who I would recognize for an Oscar and who I think the academy will pick, all from the limited group of films I was able to see this past year. No matter how it plays out, I hope the televised show brings enjoyment, thrills and excitement to all of you and to me, too. I could use a good show to comfort and transport me to my happy place.

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 23, 2022, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Like you, I always used to see all of the Oscar nominated movies in the cinema. That was in my child-free days. I then moved to trying to see most of them. Since the pandemic, I have seen barely any new releases. I have only managed to see the ones available on streaming services and I agree that they don’t have quite the same impact. Apart from ‘Luca’ and, to an extent, ‘Encanto’, I have not been blown away by any of the movies or performances I have seen. Certainly some were strong and I can understand the nomination but there was nothing that made me passionate about that one being the winner.

    How do you feel about the decision to excise certain award categories from the televised ceremony? I am aggravated by it. I really enjoy the technical categories and I also think those nominees are too often the unsung heroes of movie-making. Editing can, for instance, make or break a movie.

    • I am glad you feel the same way as I do. It feels like the movie standards have lowered. Regarding the award categories that were taped before the live telecast, I feel sad for all the nominees. They work just as hard, if not harder, to make the best picture possible and they don’t get to be part of the big night.

      Hopefully I will have my review of the telecast tomorrow. Thanks so much Laura for your comments.

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