• by Wes Singleton

My 2021 Oscar Predictions


The pandemic has changed the shape of films over the course of the last year (streaming is the optimal word for films in 2020), and it's certainly changed how awards have been distributed. There's no doubt this year's Academy Awards ceremony, set for this Sunday, April 25th, will look different, with multiple locations and remote participation.


Here are my predictions for all 23 categories, down from 24, Sound Editing and Mixing have been combined into one award, Best Sound. As always, this is subject to change prior to awards time.


Best Picture:

"Nomadland"

Best Director:

Chloe Zhao, "Nomadland"

Best Actor:

Chadwick Boseman, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

Best Actress:

Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Best Supporting Actor:

Daniel Kaluuya, "Judas and the Black Messiah"

Best Supporting Actress:

Yuh-Jung Youn, "Minari"

Best Animated Film:

"Soul"

Best Original Screenplay:

"Promising Young Woman"

Best Adapted Screenplay:

"Nomadland"

Best Cinematography:

"Nomadland"

Best Film Editing:

"Sound of Metal"

Best Visual Effects:

"Tenet"

Best Documentary Feature:

"My Octopus Teacher”

Best Sound:

"Sound of Metal"

Best International Film:

"Another Round"

Best Documentary Short:

"A Love Song for Latasha"

Best Animated Short:

"If Anything Happens I Love You"

Best Live Action Short:

"Two Distant Strangers”

Best Costume Design:

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

Best Make Up and Hairstyling:

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

Best Production Design:

"Mank"

Best Score:

"Soul"

Best Song:

”Husavik,“ “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”