EW’s 2021 Oscar Predictions: Who is Running Ahead in the Race

By webmanager, Entertainment Weekly 13th Nov 20 10:49 am

© Provided by Entertainment Weekly Our (super early) best guesses for who could be nominated next year.


2020 was not as chaotic as it should be due to a global pandemic’s impact on theatrical releases. However, as winter is knocking at the door, it is time to dust off your Academeters to gauge the state of the Oscar race.

Though we are nearly five months away from the April 25 Oscars ceremony EW’s awards experts David Canfield and Joey Nolfi have come with a prediction list. Here, we have listed down a few from that.

Best Picture



One Night in Miami

Alternates: Cherry, News of the World, The United States vs. Billie Holiday


Best Director

David Fincher — Mank

Chloé Zhao — Nomadland

Aaron Sorkin — The Trial of the Chicago 7

Alternates: Regina King, One Night in Miami; Shaka King


Best Actress

Viola Davis — Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Frances McDormand — Nomadland

Vanessa Kirby — Pieces of a Woman

Alternates: Sophia Loren, The Life Ahead; Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman


Best Actor

Chadwick Boseman — Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins — The Father

Gary Oldman — Mank

Alternates: Kingsley Ben-Adir, One Night in Miami; Tom Hanks


Best Supporting Actress

Amanda Seyfried — Mank

Glenn Close — Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman — The Father

Alternates: Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari; Ciara Bravo, Cherry

Best Supporting Actor

Sacha Baron Cohen — The Trial of the Chicago 7

Leslie Odom, Jr. — One Night in Miami

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II — The Trial of the Chicago 7

Alternates: Mark Rylance, The Trial of the Chicago 7; David Strathairn

Best Original Screenplay

The Trial of the Chicago 7



Best Adapted Screenplay


One Night in Miami

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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