Despite the fact that movie theaters, for the most part, weren’t open at all last year, the Oscars can’t stop, won’t stop. As they say, the show must go on. We’re here to help you stream the nominees and roleplay as a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with our printable ballot.
NEW Episode: 399 Oscars
Bonus: we want you to come away as a winner, too. So mark off your predictions and email your filled-out ballot to email@example.com. We’ll choose one winner who gets the most predictions correct (or choose one winner from this pool if multiple people tie) and we’ll choose one winner at random. Email by midnight PST, Saturday, April 24th.
With this handy dandy guide, you can cast your vote for the winners and on Sunday, April 25th, join Knox @KnoxMcCoy and Jamie @JamieBGolden on Twitter as they cover Tinseltown’s most prestigious awards night. No fancy clothes required.
Below we’ve built a comprehensive guide to every feature-length nominee, sorted by streaming platform. You’ll see:
- FILM RATING
- IMDb LINK
- ROTTEN TOMATOES SCORE: CRITIC SCORE / AUDIENCE SCORE
- OFFICIAL MOVIE DESCRIPTION
- NOTES: LANGUAGE & POPCAST EPISODE LINKS IF THE FILM WAS GREEN LIT
- MAJOR CATEGORY NOMINATIONS
- ODDS TO WIN (-1 / +1 according to Bovada, see explanation below)*
- SPOTIFY LINKS TO NOMINATED SONGS AND SCORES
Here’s where to watch ’em all:
A bullied teenage girl forms an unlikely friendship with a mysterious young man who protects her from her assailants, all while she copes with the pressures of her final examinations.
[Manderin with English subtitles]
NOMINATION: Best International Feature (+2000)
Bill O'Neal infiltrates the Black Panther Party per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Party Chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O'Neal's soul.
[Green lit by Knox in episode 390]
NOMINATIONS: Best Picture (+2800), Best Supporting Actor Daniel Kaluuya (-550), Best Supporting Actor - LaKeith Stanfield (+2500), Best Original Screenplay (+2500), Best Original Song “Fight For You” (+1600)
A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.
NOMINATIONS: Best Picture (+8000), Best Actor -Anthony Hopkins (+800), Best Supporting Actress -Oliva Coleman (+1200), Best Adapted Screenplay (+650), Best Film Editing (+2200)
In a monster-infested world, Joel learns his girlfriend is just 85 miles away. To make the dangerous journey, Joel discovers his inner hero to be with the girl of his dreams.
NOMINATION: Best Visual Effects (+2800)
His own body turned into a living work of art and promptly exhibited in a museum, Sam, a Syrian refugee, will soon realize to have sold away more than just his skin.
[Arabic with English subtitles]
ONE NOMINATION: Best International Feature (+3000)
A Korean family starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas.
NOMINATIONS: Best Director - Lee Isaac Chung (+1200), Best Actor -Steven Yeun (+2500), Best Supporting Actress - Yuh-Jung Youn (+160), Best Original Screenplay (+1600), Best Original Score (+1200)
A Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.
NOMINATIONS: Best Original Score (+2500), Best Sound (+1800)
Old woodcarver Geppetto's puppet creation, Pinocchio, magically comes to life with dreams of becoming a real boy. Easily led astray, Pinocchio tumbles from one misadventure to another as he is tricked, kidnapped and chased by bandits.
[Italian with English subtitles]
NOMINATIONS: Best Costume Design (+2200), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (+650)
A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.
[Green lit by Jamie in episode 386]
NOMINATIONS: Best Picture (+1400), Best Director - Emerald Fennell (+2000), Best Actress - Carey Mulligan (-175), Best Original Screenplay (-200), Best Film Editing (+1400)
Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp.
[Hrvatski with English subtitles]
NOMINATION: Best International Feature (+500)
Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.
NOMINATION: Best Visual Effects (-450)
Borat returns from Kazakhstan to America and this time he reveals more about the American culture, the COVID-19 pandemic and the political elections.
NOMINATIONS: Best Supporting Actress - Maria Bakalova (+0), Best Adapted Screenplay (+600)
A fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcom X, Same Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the Civil Rights Movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.
NOMINATIONS: Best Supporting Actor -Leslie Odom, Jr (+1500.), Best Adapted Screenplay (+1200), Best Original Song -“Speak Now”(-250)
A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.
NOMINATIONS: Best Picture (+8000), Best Actor - Riz Ahmed (+1400), Best Supporting Actor - Paul Raci (+2500), Best Original Screenplay (+2500), Best Sound (-900), Best Film Editing (+160)
Fox Rich fights for the release of her husband, Rob, who is serving a 60-year sentence in prison.
[Green lit by Jamie in episode 375]
NOMINATION: Best Documentary Feature (-110)
Several months after the U.S. entry into World War II, an inexperienced U.S. Navy commander must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by a German submarine wolf pack.
NOMINATION: Best Sound (+2200)
A young apprentice hunter and her father journey to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night.
NOMINATION: Best Animated Feature (+450)
A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father.
[Green lit by Jamie in episode 367]
NOMINATIONS: Best Costume Design (+2800), Best Visual Effects (+1500)
A gorilla named Ivan tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Ruby as they hatch a plan to escape from captivity.
NOMINATION: Best Visual Effects (+3000)
Two elven brothers embark on a quest to bring their father back for one day.
NOMINATION: Best Animated Feature (+1400)
After landing the gig of a lifetime, a New York jazz pianist suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife.
[Green lit by Jamie in episode 384]
NOMINATIONS: Best Animated Feature (-900), Best Original Score (-800), Best Sound (+850)
Four friends, all high school teachers, test a theory that they will improve their lives by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood.
[Danish with English subtitles]
NOMINATIONS: Best Director -Thomas Vinterberg (+1400), Best International Feature (-700)
Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens.
[Romanian with English subtitles]
NOMINATIONS: Best Documentary Feature (+400), Best International Feature (+1200)
In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.
NOMINATIONS: Best Makeup and Hairstyling (+1400), Best Costume Design (+120)
A private investigator in Chile hires someone to work as a mole at a retirement home where a client of his suspects the caretakers of elder abuse.
[Spanish with English subtitles]
NOMINATION: Best Documentary Feature (+2200)
After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
[Green lit by both Knox and Jamie in episode 391]
NOMINATIONS: Best Picture (-600), Best Director -Chloé Zhao(-1200), Best Actress Frances McDormand (+275), Best Adapted Screenplay (-450), Best Film Editing (+600)
Follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.
NOMINATION: Best Actress -Andrea Day (+450)
Down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed at a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a landmark movement.
NOMINATION: Best Documentary Feature (+1200)
Four African-American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.
NOMINATION: Best Original Score (+2800)
When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity to represent their country at the world's biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.
NOMINATION: Best Original Song - “Husavik”(+1100)
An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.
[based on the book Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance]
NOMINATIONS: Best Supporting Actress -Glenn Close (+500), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (+550)
In seaside Italy, a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business takes in a 12-year-old street kid who recently robbed her.
[Italian with English subtitles]
NOMINATION: Best Original Song - “Io si” (+210)
During a recording session, tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable "Mother of the Blues".
[Green lit by Jamie in episode 382]
NOMINATIONS: Best Actress -Viola Davis (+1200), Best Actor -Chadwick Boseman (-2000), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (-250), Best Costume Design (+120)
1930's Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of 1941’s Citizen Kane.
EIGHT NOMINATIONS: Best Picture (+2200), Best Director - David Fincher (+1000), Best Actor -Gary Oldman (+2500), Best Supporting Actress -Amanda Seyfried (+1200), Best Original Score (+500), Best Sound (+850), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (+650), Best Costume Design (+350)
This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.
NOMINATION: Best Visual Effects (+285)
A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.
NOMINATION: Best Documentary Feature (+175)
In this animated musical, a girl builds a rocket ship and blasts off, hoping to meet a mythical moon goddess.
NOMINATION: Best Animated Feature (+2800)
When a young mother's home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy, she begins a year-long odyssey of mourning that fractures relationships with loved ones in this deeply personal story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.
NOMINATION: Best Actress - Vanessa Kirby (+2000)
When an alien with amazing powers crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun the Sheep goes on a mission to shepherd the intergalactic visitor home before a sinister organization can capture her.
NOMINATION: Best Animated Feature (+4000)
The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
NOMINATIONS: Best Picture (+850), Best Supporting Actor - Sacha Baron Cohen (+350), Best Original Screenplay (+150), Best Original Song - “Hear My Voice” (+3300), Best Film Editing (-130)
[Green lit by Knox in episode 374]
An ambitious Indian driver uses his wit and cunning to escape from poverty and rise to the top. An epic journey based on the New York Times bestseller.
NOMINATION: Best Adapted Screenplay (+3000)
* Explanation of odds according to “Knox’s friend”: Anything with negative odds, just flip it: you have to risk a lot more to win a lot less. Something with bigger negative odds means it is more likely to happen. For example, in this year’s Best Animated Feature category we have:
Soul (-600) | Wolfwalkers (+450) | Onward (+1200) | Over The Moon (+1600) | A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (+3300)
This means that Soul is the clear favorite to win, but if you bet that Farmageddon would win and it does, your payout would be pretty high.