Oscar 2021: Best Picture–Predictions

Dear readers and colleagues,

In 1986, I published a book titled, And the Winner Is: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards, based on extensive research that I was conducting while teaching courses in sociology and film at Columbia University (my alma mater) and Wellesley College.  I was meant to be a small, analytic book, and neither my agent nor my publisher had much hope for a broad appeal and/or critical and commercial success.

Lo and behold, of my nine film books, it turned out to be my most enduring and popular text. The book is updated and revised every five years or so, as it contains stats about age of actors and directors at winning, film genres that are favorites among Oscar voters, gender and nominated roles.  I am proud to say that All About Oscar is now available in its 11th edition, and that a new version will be out in 2023.

If you want to know more about the history and politics of the Oscars, please read my book:

BEST PICTURE

Frontrunners  (in alphabetical order)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon)

Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)

Mank (Netflix)

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)

Minari (A24)

Nomadland (Searchlight)

One Night in Miami (Amazon)

Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)

 

Strong Contenders

The Father (Sony Classics)

The Invisible Man (Universal)

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Focus Features)

News of the World (Universal)

On the Rocks (A24/Apple)

Palm Springs (Hulu/Neon)

Sound of Metal (Amazon)

Also in the Run

Ammonite (Neon)

First Cow (A24)

The Midnight Sky (Netflix)

The Personal History of David Copperfield (Searchlight)

The Prom (Netflix)

Soul (Pixar)

Tenet (Warner)

If you want to know more about the history and politics of the Oscars, please read my book: