AirTalk’s FilmWeek: 2021 Oscar Preview
Even a pandemic couldn’t stop FilmWeek’s annual Oscar preview show. This year, we went virtual! Join host Larry Mantle and KPCC’s FilmWeek critics for the 19th annual event right from the comfort of your own home.
Although it’s been a rough year for a number of reasons, 2020 did not disappoint when it comes to movies. This year, David Fincher’s “Mank,” a story about “Citizen Kane” screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, leads the way with 11 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Also nominated for Best Picture: “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Nomadland,” “Minari,” “Nomadland,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “Sound of Metal,” “Promising Young Woman” and “The Father.”
For the first time in history two women received Best Director nods, including Chloé Zhao for her true-story depiction in “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell for her revenge comedy and feature directorial debut “Promising Young Woman.” Zhao made history this year as the most nominated woman ever in a single year and as the first woman of color nominated for Best Director. Nearly half of the acting nominations are for people of color, including Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Steven Yeun, Riz Ahmed and Andra Day. And the nominees for Best Animated Feature include “Onward,” Over the Moon,” “Wolfwalkers,” “Soul” and “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon.” You can check out the full list of nominations here.
Larry and critics traditionally meet on the stage of the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles in front of a crowd, but we've all had to make adjustments over the past year. Even watching movies over the past year has looked different, but that doesn’t mean there’s any less to talk about.
Watch the video at the top of the page to see Larry and our top-notch critics as they break down the major categories and nominations and offer their takes, compliments and gripes on the film selections.