It's been a long year, hasn't it?
Fortunately with about half the US population at least half-vaccinated and the weather getting warm again, small gatherings look to land on the horizons. How fortunate, then, that the 2021 Academy Awards finally arrive this weekend.
So, if you’re thinking of going in on that virtual Oscar pool, throwing down at a Zoom party or gathering with some fellow vaccinated folk, we’re here to offer our insights into this year’s awards. For the record, last year we correctly called all four acting categories correctly and predicted that Parasite would win Best Picture in an upset.
Just saying. Check out our ballot...
Best Supporting Actress
Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)
Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”)
Olivia Colman (“The Father”)
Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”)
Yuh-Jung Youn (“Minari”)
Poor, poor Glenn Close. She’s all but certain to lose the Oscar again this time, thus tying Peter O’Toole as the most nominated actor to never actually win. Her inclusion here speaks more to her pedigree than her work; Hillbilly Elegy is the worst movie of 2020. Colman continues a career winning streak with The Father, though her achievement is in getting a nomination at all given The Father’s subject matter. Oscar does love an ingenue, which could work in favor of Bakalova, who is enjoying a Hollywood Cinderella story. On the other hand, much like Sacha Baron Cohen (see above), she’ll likely suffer as the Academy rushes to honor Borat Subsequent Moviefilm in the Screenplay category. Seyfried too will benefit from her ingenue status, and because she’s Mank’s best chance to win one of the major awards. On the other hand, she lost both the Golden Globe and the SAG award. With that in mind, our money is on Yuh-Jung Youn to take home the gold.
Who Will Win: Yuh-Jung Youn
Who Should Win: Amanda Seyfried