April 25th, 2021


Best Picture thoughts, 2020+ edition

In theory, it should have been easier to have seen the Oscar Best Picture nominees than in previous years, thanks to the two month extension/delay and the ubiquity of streaming in pandemic times. In practice, I had only seen two of the eight nominees when they were announced, and it took me until three days before the awards ceremony to have seen them all. But here we are! And I've now seen 21 of the 56 films nominated for at least one Oscar, and I may try to knock off a few of the short films before tonight.

This year, the only one of the eight that really impressed me was The Father. I would be happy to see Minari win, though, and the apparent favorite, Nomadland, wouldn't upset me. I didn't outright hate anything, but I'm definitely rooting against Mank and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Following tradition, I'll visit them in the order I saw them. There are some mild spoilers below, so you should probably just watch them all before reading!

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Here are my actual top ten favorites of the year:
  1. The White Tiger
  2. Let Them All Talk
  3. Palm Springs
  4. I'm Thinking of Ending Things
  5. The Father
  6. Bill and Ted Face the Music
  7. One Night in Miami
  8. Malcolm and Marie
  9. The Forty-Year-Old Version
  10. Another Round

See also last year's thoughts.

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