Oscar Predictions 2021: From Chadwick Boseman to Glenn Close
First came the Golden Globes. Then, we got the Grammys. And now, the biggest night in all of awards season is upon us: the Oscars. (We know, we know, we skipped over the SAG Awards, the BAFTAs, the WGA Awards, the DGA Awards…are there more? Probably.)
And even though we’re still bitter over the fact that Regina King (and Rosamund and Zendaya) were snubbed, that doesn’t mean we aren’t excited for the 93rd Annual Academy Awards, taking place on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.
In anticipation of the star-studded event, we’ve gone over the nominees with a fine-tooth comb and created our 100-percent accurate, no-way-we’re-gonna-get-any-of-these-wrong list of 2021 Oscar predictions. Here’s who we fully expect to deliver an acceptance speech on Academy Awards night…
BEST ACTRESS…Andra Day
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
OK, to say this is a stacked category would be an understatement. The performances by each of the nominees in this category were absolutely phenomenal.
Davis was powerful and heartbreaking as the title character in Ma Rainey. Carey Mulligan’s portrayal of Cassie in Promising Young Woman was nuanced and devastating. But man, oh man, was Andra Day incredible as Billie Holiday.
Day brings so many layers to the role, which we predict will earn her the Academy Award this year. And she’s clearly the frontrunner, having already snagged the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama. Oh, and did we mention, that’s actually her singing throughout the film?!
BEST ACTOR…Chadwick Boseman
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steve Yeun, Minari
A win for Boseman seems like the safest bet of all the major categories this year. He already posthumously won top honors for his Ma Rainey performance at the Golden Globes. And while some might want Anthony Hopkins to get some much-deserved recognition for his performance in The Father, it doesn’t seem likely.
In addition, we fully expect Boseman’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, to deliver an acceptance speech on her husband’s behalf. She already received quite a bit of press following her beautiful tributes after Boseman’s Globes and Critics Choice Award wins.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS…Glenn Close
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Youn Yuh-jung, Minari
First of all, please don’t come for us, but we are betting that Glenn Close will walk away with the Best Supporting Actress statuette this year. We know, we know. There have been quite a few not-so-great reviews about her film Hillbilly Elegy. So why do we think she’ll win? Because it’s her damn turn already.
That’s right: Close has never won an Oscar before. Like, how is that even possible? She’s been nominated for an award eight times and never had her name called. With no other obvious frontrunners in the pack (even though the performances were all great), it has become highly likely that Close will win as recognition for her full—and impressive—body of work. And we’re not mad about it.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR…Leslie Odom, Jr.
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami…
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah
Regina King may not have gotten a Best Director nod for One Night in Miami, but we predict Leslie Odom, Jr. will have a chance to take center stage for his performance in the film. Odom plays iconic singer Sam Cooke and his portrayal is extremely powerful. Similar to the Best Supporting Actress category, there is no other obvious frontrunner, so Odom has a (well-deserved) chance to rise to the top. That said, Daniel Kaluuya did win the Golden Globe, so...
One request? We just hope Odom brings his wife, Nicolette Robinson, along for his big win.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Hype isn’t everything, but this year, all the hype is around Nomadland, directed by the phenomenal Chloé Zhao. Zhao recently made history as the first woman of Asian descent to ever win (or even be nominated for) the Best Director Golden Globe. Her film stars Frances McDormand and took home the Globe for Best Motion Picture this year as well.
Keep an eye out though. Best Picture might not be Zhao’s only big Oscar win. She’s also nominated for Best Director. (Is that two acceptance speeches we predict?!)