Best Picture Oscar 2021 Might Look Like This ... - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Monday, August 3, 2020

Best Picture Oscar 2021 Might Look Like This ...

It's not easy to win a Best Picture Oscar, it takes experienced artists doing what they love to create the magic.  Industry insiders have begun to weigh in on their thoughts, at the time of filing, August 2020, which films could be considered.  

Best Picture is the only category at the Oscars and asks voters to rank all 10 Best Picture nominees; the winner is the consensus choice. 

Weighing in, let’s see what the 2021 Academy Awards nominations might look like. 

Writer/Director Christopher Nolan's “Tenet” (Warner Bros./August 12)

Starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh.

The story is about a secret agent is tasked with preventing World War III through time travel.

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” by director George C. Wolfe ( Netflix/Fall). Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson who adapted the play of the same name by August Wilson.

Starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman.

The story is about when Ma Rainey, the “Queen of the Blues,” makes a record in a studio in Chicago, 1927, tensions boil between her, her white agent and producer, and bandmates.

“Respect” by director Liesl Tommy ( MGM – December 25). Screenplay by Tracey Scott Wilson. Starring Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Tate Donovan

The story is about the life story of legendary R&B singer Aretha Franklin.

Spike Lee's “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix/June 12) written by Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo, Paul Walter Hauser, Norm Lewis

The story is about Four Vietnam veterans return to Vietnam in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader and the promise of buried treasure.

“Next Goal Wins” by director Taika Waititi (Searchlight Pictures/Fall)

Screenplay by Iain Morris and Waititi who adapted the documentary of the same name. Starring Michael Fassbender, Elisabeth Moss, Kaimana, Beulah Koale, Rachel House, Armie Hammer.

The story is about a coach who takes the American Samoa national football team to the World Cup.

Guillermo del Toro's “Nightmare Alley”( Searchlight Pictures/Fall). Screenplay by del Toro and Kim Morgan who adapted the novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. Starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins

The story is about a corrupt con-man teams up with a female psychiatrist to trick people into giving them money.

Writer/Director Aaron Sorkin's “Trial of the Chicago 7″ (Netflix/Fall).  Starring  Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen

The story is about  7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

“The Father” directed by Florian Zeller (Sony Pictures Classics/Fall). Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Zeller adapted by the play of the same name. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell. The story is about a man who refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages.

Steven Spielberg's “West Side Story”( 20th Century/December 18). Screenplay by Tony Kushner adapted the stage play of the same name by Arthur Laurents.  Starring Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James, Rita Moreno

The classic story is about teenagers Tony and Maria, despite having affiliations with rival street gangs, the white Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks, fall in love in 1950s New York City.

Ron Howard's “Hillbilly Elegy”( Netflix/Fall). Screenplay by Vanessa Taylor who adapted the memoir of the same name by J.D. Vance.Starring  Amy Adams, Glenn Close, Gabriel Basso, Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins

The story is a modern exploration of the American Dream about three generations of an Appalachian family.

“News Of The World” by director Paul Greengrass (Universal/December 25). Starring Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Helena Zengel.

The story is about a travelling newsreader who is tasked with bringing an orphaned girl to her living relatives in the aftermath of the American Civil War.

“C’mon, C’mon” by director/screenwriter Mike Mill (A24 – Fall). 

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffmann, Woody Norman, Artrial Clark

The story is about an artist (Phoenix) left to take care of his precocious young nephew (Norman) forge an unexpected bond over a cross country trip. This movie touches on mental illness as the boy’s father struggles with bipolar disorder.

“The Courier” by director Dominic Cooke (Lionsgate/Fall). Screenplay by Tom O’Connor. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley.

The story is a true story and about the British businessman who helped the CIA penetrate the Soviet nuclear program during the Cold War

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