Oscars 2021: Behind the scenes predicts the Academy Awards – the flicks and stars we predict will probably be taking house the gongs


It is been postponed via months, moved partially to a teach station, and could be lacking an excellent few nominees because of trip restrictions, however the Academy Awards are in spite of everything going down.

And after a yr which has observed cinema releases scrapped and rescheduled, movie gala’s going down nearly, and the selection of electorate higher to be extra consultant, that is in truth going to be one of the crucial fascinating Oscars races in contemporary reminiscence.

Whilst within the run-up to ultimate yr’s awards it was once evident who was once going to take house each and every of the 4 performing prizes, as the similar team – Brad Pitt, Laura Dern, Renee Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix – had wiped clean up in any respect ceremonies prior, issues are not so transparent reduce this yr.

So in case you are available in the market for guidelines forward of filling out your Oscars poll then glance no additional, because the crew in the back of Sky Information’ movie and TV podcast Behind the scenes has used all its enjoy and information (plus a considerable amount of bet paintings) to provide the following predictions…

Animated Function

Jamie Foxx's character in Soul. Pic: Disney +
Soul has already gained a number of awards up to now this yr. %: Disney +
  • Onward
  • Over The Moon
  • A Shaun The Sheep Film: Farmageddon
  • Soul
  • Wolfwalkers

Whilst we might like to offer honourable mentions to British nominee A Shaun The Sheep Transfer: Farmageddon and the fabulous and unique Wolfwalkers, this one’s a very easy one: Soul has were given this award sewn up. The primary ever Pixar movie to function an African-American protagonist, the movie tells the tale of a jazz musician at the verge of his large smash.

Touching, poignant and with an exploration of the existential, Soul may not be on many kids’ favorite movie lists however it is proved a large hit with the grown-u.s.and grow to be an awards juggernaut this yr, sweeping up gongs all over the season.

Tailored Screenplay

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Pic: Amazon Studios/ AP
May Borat grow to be an Oscar winner? %: Amazon Studios/ AP
  • Borat Next Moviefilm
  • The Father
  • Nomadland
  • One Night time In Miami
  • The White Tiger

You could be questioning what nice literary paintings Borat Next Moviefilm is in line with, however here is a amusing Oscars truth: sequels are at all times eligible for the tailored screenplay class, quite than unique. In order that’s why it is right here. We expect that is Sacha Baron Cohen‘s highest likelihood of creating an Oscars acceptance speech, although he’s additionally within the operating for highest supporting actor.

The spoof movie has been incessantly successful awards this yr, with electorate short of to praise Baron Cohen and his crew’s skewering of political figures. Plus, he brings a celeb high quality to the class that may smartly weigh in his favour with regards to unsure Academy participants filling out their ballots.

Authentic Screenplay

Writer/director Emerald Fennell, left, and actress Carey Mulligan promote their film Promising Young Woman during the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January 2020. Pic: AP
Promising Younger Lady’s author and director Emerald Fennell (left) and megastar Carey Mulligan. %: AP
  • Judas And The Black Messiah
  • Minari
  • Promising Younger Lady
  • Sound Of Steel
  • The Trial Of The Chicago 7

It is a tricky one to name. Academy electorate may plump for Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial Of The Chicago 7 because the court-room drama boasts some long emotive monologues treated brilliantly via its gifted ensemble forged, however we are crossing our hands that British author Emerald Fennell may simply sneak this one for Promising Younger Lady. Her well timed and searing tale of a lady out for revenge has sparked conversations and were given other folks re-assessing what it’s to be a “great man”. Plus, it is time the Academy shook issues up a bit of – a lady hasn’t received a screenwriting prize on the Oscars since 2008, when Diablo Cody took the gong for Juno.

Main Actor

Chadwick Boseman's final screen performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Pic: Netflix
Chadwick Boseman’s ultimate display efficiency in Ma Rainey’s Black Backside is prone to win him a posthumous Oscar. %: Netflix
  • Riz Ahmed – Sound Of Steel
  • Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Backside
  • Anthony Hopkins – The Father
  • Gary Oldman – Mank
  • Steven Yeun – Minari

This one is arguably the perfect prize of the evening to name; we are certain it is going to move to the overdue Chadwick Boseman for his visceral ultimate efficiency in Ma Rainey’s Black Backside. It is a function that presentations off his versatility as an actor and person who resulted in his co-star Viola Davis telling Sky Information he was once a “personality actor trapped in a number one guy’s frame”.

The megastar tragically passed on to the great beyond in August 2020 and it sort of feels most likely the Academy will need to take the chance to honour his legacy with a posthumous Oscar.

Supporting Actor

Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton's story in action. Pic: Judas And The Black Messiah/Warner Bros
Daniel Kaluuya’s portrayal of Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah has been seriously acclaimed. %: Warner Bros
  • Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial Of The Chicago 7
  • Daniel Kaluuya – Judas And The Black Messiah
  • Leslie Odom, Jr – One Night time In Miami
  • Paul Raci – Sound Of Steel
  • Lakeith Stanfield – Judas And The Black Messiah

Whilst having two actors from one movie in the similar class can infrequently break up the vote, we are assured British megastar Daniel Kaluuya goes to get the numbers for his function in Judas And The Black Messiah. Despite the fact that with him and Lakeith Stanfield each receiving supporting actor nods, it does beg the query who the lead in truth is?!

Whilst each are nice within the film, Kaluuya’s portrayal of Fred Hampton, the Black Panther Birthday celebration chairman who was once betrayed in 1960s Chicago, has the awards momentum. He is received a Golden Globe, SAG and a BAFTA already this yr – all 3 are frequently considered predictors for the Academy Awards.

Main Actress

Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman. Pic: Focus Features/Sky Cinema
Carey Mulligan stars as a lady out for revenge in Promising Younger Lady. %: Focal point Options/Sky Cinema
  • Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Backside
  • Andra Day – The US vs. Billie Vacation
  • Vanessa Kirby – Items Of A Lady
  • Frances McDormand – Nomadland
  • Carey Mulligan – Promising Younger Lady

This one is some of the thrilling race now we have see for some time on the Oscars. Frances McDormand was once the early favorite for Nomadland and did win the BAFTA in the similar class, however Viola Davis took house the SAG award for Ma Rainey and newcomer Andra Day were given the Golden Globe for her function in The US vs Billie Vacation, making it inconceivable to name.

As we simply cannot are expecting it, we are going to pick out the individual we might like to peer win – British megastar Carey Mulligan for her improbable efficiency in Promising Younger Lady. Mulligan, who was once up to now highest recognized for length items, is completely forged because the offended, prone Cassie as she tries to make sense of what is took place to her pal. It is a personality audiences will take into consideration lengthy after the credit have rolled.

Supporting Actress

Minari tells the tale of a Korean family who move to America to build a better life
Minari tells the story of a Korean circle of relatives who transfer to The usa to construct a greater existence. %: Altitude
  • Maria Bakalova – Borat Next Moviefilm
  • Glenn Shut – Hillbilly Elegy
  • Olivia Colman – The Father
  • Amanda Seyfried – Mank
  • Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari

Some other tricky one. Whilst we would not be shocked to peer Amanda Seyfried incomes a win right here for Mank – the movie that went into this yr’s rite with essentially the most nominations – as her tackle starlet Marion Davies gained numerous buzz when the film was once launched, we reckon it would simply be Yuh-Jung Youn who will get this one for Minari. Or perhaps we are simply determined to peer every other considered one of her good acceptance speeches after she known as British other folks “snobby” on the BAFTAs…

Within the movie, she performs the swearing, wrestling-loving grandmother of an American-Korean circle of relatives seeking to make it as farmers in Arkansas. It is a good efficiency in a lovely movie, and Academy electorate who need to see it recognised may smartly make themselves heard right here.


Nomadland director Chloe Zhao. Pic: Searchlight Pictures/20th Century Studios
Nomadland director Chloe Zhao is the favorite to win highest director. %: Searchlight Footage/20th Century Studios
  • Some other Spherical – Thomas Vinterberg
  • Mank – David Fincher
  • Minari – Lee Isaac Chung
  • Nomadland – Chloe Zhao
  • Promising Younger Lady – Emerald Fennell

This yr’s director class has already made historical past for that includes two ladies for the primary time, and we predict it is beautiful secure to mention Chloe Zhao will win for Nomadland. The win would make her handiest the second one feminine winner of the directing prize ever, within the 93-year historical past of the Oscars.

It is been smartly documented that Zhao and McDormand took at the nomadic way of life of the movie’s topics whilst making the film, and the Academy has a historical past of rewarding administrators who move the additional mile.

Best possible Movie

Nomadland star Frances McDormand and director Chloe Zhao on set. Pic: Searchlight Pictures/20th Century Studios
May Nomadland megastar Frances McDormand, pictured with Zhao on set, be about to win her 3rd Oscar? %: Searchlight Footage/20th Century Studios
  • The Father
  • Judas And The Black Messiah
  • Mank
  • Minari
  • Nomadland
  • Promising Younger Lady
  • Sound Of Steel
  • The Trial Of The Chicago 7

In the end, the evening’s largest prize for highest image could also be most probably one of the crucial predictable. Nomadland has been incessantly sweeping the board for highest image prizes all over awards season and we think it to proceed its run on the Oscars. The find out about of a lady who leaves her native land after her husband dies and travels round the United States dwelling in her van is considerate and thought-provoking – a meriting winner of Hollywood’s best honour.

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