2021 Oscar Best Picture Nominees
The Best Picture nominees and contenders for the 93rd Academy Awards have been announced. Check out details ahead, and set a reminder to catch the full ceremony on April 25 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Best Picture Nominee: Promising Young Woman
Rating: R (language throughout, drug use, sexual assault, some sexual material, strong violence)
Genre: Mystery and thriller, comedy
Director: Emerald Fennell
What critics say: "Manipulative and nihilistic, it forces a ruthlessly honest performance from Carey Mulligan to play along with its provocative, booby-trapped plot that comes riddled with "gotcha" moments." —Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW Toronto
Watch a "Promising Young Woman" trailer.
Best Picture Nominee: Judas and the Black Messiah
Rating: R (violence, pervasive language)
Genre: Biography, drama, history
Director: Shaka King
What critics say: "Beautifully crafted and a superb history lesson. The production design and cinematography are particularly rewarding, all the performances are solid, and the score is phenomenal." —CJ Johnson, Film Mafia
Watch a "Judas and the Black Messiah" trailer.
Best Picture Nominee: Mank
Rating: R (some language)
Genre: Drama, history, biography
Director: David Fincher
What critics say: "If you're interested in the time period being depicted with a cynical undercurrent, then make it Mank tonight." —Eric Marchen, Rogers TV
Watch a "Mank" trailer.
Best Picture Nominee: The Father
Rating: PG-13 (thematic material, some strong language)
Director: Florian Zeller
What critics say: "Bring the tissues, and be prepared to give some long hugs to family members after the end credits roll." —Larry Carroll, Looper
Watch "The Father" trailer.
Best Picture Nominee: Minari
Rating: PG-13 (some thematic elements, a rude gesture)
Director: Lee Isaac Chung
What critics say: "Slow-burning instead of hard-hitting, poignant rather than provocative, Minari stays with you in a completely different way." —Jeanmarie Tan, The New Paper
Watch a "Minari" trailer.
Best Picture Nominee: The Trial of the Chicago 7
Rating: R (drug use, bloody images, language throughout, some violence)
Genre: Drama, history
Director: Aaron Sorkin
What critics say: "Chicago 7 is a crowdpleaser first and foremost, and in that regard, it succeeds on almost every level. ... Just don't expect it to be as revolutionary as some of those it calls its heroes." —Angie Han, Mashable
Watch "The Trail of the Chicago 7" trailer.
Best Picture Nominee: Nomadland
Rating: R (some full nudity)
Director: Chloé Zhao
What critics say: "Nomadland treats its subjects with respect and curiosity. Their misfortunes are not used to objectify or other them, as often happens in movies about an impoverished subculture." —Lidija Haas, The New Republic
Watch a "Nomadland" trailer.
Best Picture Nominee: Sound of Metal
Rating: R (language throughout, brief nude images)
Genre: Drama, music
Director: Darius Marder
What critics say: "So much of the film rests on [Riz Ahmed] selling you this man's experience with bare bones expressions. You get everything you need and then some." —David Fear, Rolling Stone
Watch a "Sound of Metal" trailer.