From worst to best | Oscar nominees for Best Picture 2021



On Sunday April 25, the 93rd Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles. In an unfavorable period, since its beginnings in 1929, the Hollywood Academy has been among the nominees for the biggest prize of the evening, the best film, works which – for the most part – did not reach theaters, nor in Brazil nor in the world. , but were streamed.

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After checking the eight nominees in the Best Picture category, I established a ranking of appreciation, from worst to best, based on criteria of plot involvement, technical admiration, and empathy with the characters. So I encourage my dear readers to do the same in the comments.

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8 – Mank, by David Fincher

With an exemplary performance by Gary Oldman, Mank is a tribute to screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, erased from the success of Citizen Kane (1941). Everything is absolutely correct in the film, and it’s even curious, but at no point do I get involved in the story. The Drunk Mank might be a brilliant writer, but the boring narrative and the character himself put me off.

7 – Beautiful Vengeance, by Emerald Fennell

The premise of the film is excellent and the pop decor is unique. Some script ideas are just as good, but the development is questionable. Since Education (2009), she had not seen Carey Mulligan in an exciting character, the actress has managed to bring the necessary understanding to Cassy’s actions. On the other hand, a few logical inaccuracies, a meager novel and a stagnant result take us away from the argumentation of the work.

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6 – Judas and the Black Messiah, by Shaka King

Daniel Kaluuya incorporates a political leader, just as LaKeith Stanfield is a splendid undercover agent. The performances are remarkable; the script and the staging are effective. While this is very important work, it doesn’t establish a lot of resonance like Infiltrado na Klan (2018), for example, with memorable scenes and creative dialogue.

5 – The Chicago 7, by Aaron Sorkin

Forensic films are often tiring and rely on the relevance of eloquent lawyers or on the dramatization of a crime. Aaron Sorkin, however, creates a nimble and confrontational storyline to highlight each character on trial with a balance of humor and political discussion, in a time of social injustice, legal turmoil, and, of course, police violence.

4- Nomadland, by Chloé Zhao

The work could be called: Frances McDormand Traveling Through Nomadic Life on the Roads of the Interior of the United States. In a mixture of fiction and reality, the film takes on a special tone with an emphasis on life that no one sees. From the protagonist’s footsteps, people encounter faces, landscapes, dilemmas and hopes, like an encounter with refugees from a social system in which they do not integrate. It is memorable to see these reports gain such importance.

3 – Minari, by Lee Isaac Chung

I am delighted by the stories of people giving up a way of life in search of a more uplifting existence. The scope of the scenario concerns the difficulties of the head of the family (Steven Yeun) facing the expectations of building a potential farm to support the family. However, Minari’s grace and charm is based on little David’s (Alan Kim) relationship with his grandmother Sonja (Yuh-Jung Youn). They are the protagonists of the funniest and most dramatic moments.

2 – The sound of silence, by Darius Marder

Cinema has an undoubted power to move us towards the perspective of the other and, therefore, when a production succeeds in this regard, a masterpiece is born. So it is my relationship with Sound of Metal, an experience of entering into the denial and the upheaval of a former addicted drummer, who will one day lose his hearing and, consequently, his whole way of life. The traumas and prejudices dealt with in the plot are like a buzz in the mind.

1- My father, by Florian Zeller

The sensitivity of the director / writer and the sovereignty of Anthony Hopkins’ interpretation are destructive. I had never seen a film about senile dementia that would put me through the pathologist’s perspective and make such a strong connection to the patient’s distress. By far, it is the most poignant film among the nominees.

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