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[Ushering in Oscars] Strong contenders for Academy Awards' Best Picture Updated: 2021-04-26 06:57:18 KST

A total of eight films have been nominated for this year Oscars' Best Picture category: "The Father", "Judas and the Black Messiah", "Mank", "Minari", "Nomadland", "Promising Young woman", "Sound of Metal" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7".
While all are worth taking a look at, critics say Chinese director Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland" is the front-runner.

"I feel like the race is pretty close and down to maybe "Minari" and "Nomadland". I think with "Nomadland", there's a lot of hype around the director Chloe Zhao, people are really responding to the stark realism she portrayed in the movie"

The film features the lives of people who live as nomads after losing everything during the Great Recession.
Even though it was made with a small budget, the film won the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Fest among others.
Another favorite is "The Trial of the Chicago 7".

"The other top contender I would say is "The Trial of the Chicago 7" which, given that political situation the United States is very relevant, it's distributed by Netflix - you know that means they have a lot of powerful marketing, it has a big cast with famous actors, so I feel like that one could potentially be a spoiler."

Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, "The Trial of the Chicago 7" is a historical courtroom drama based on the true story of a group of men accused of conspiring to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the legal conflicts that followed.
And of course, "Minari" is also believed to be a strong contender for the way it conveys its message.

"This year, lots of films that directly talk about the situation in the U.S. and deliver strong messages have been nominated. "Minari" has its own merits in that it delivers the theme in a very emotional and touching way."

In particular, the performance of veteran South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung was enough to earn her a BAFTA for best supporting actress.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang news.
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