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Inside look at contenders for Best Picture at the 2021 Academy Awards Updated: 2021-04-26 10:04:12 KST


In this year's race for Oscars' Best Picture category, a total of eight films have been nominated: "The Father", "Judas and the Black Messiah", "Mank", "Minari", "Nomadland", "Promising Young Woman", "Sound of Metal" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7".
Director Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland" has been highly touted as the leading contender by critics.

"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 has already landed Zhao the Best Director prize.
It shows the lives of people who live as nomads after losing everything during the recession.
Even though it was made with a small budget, the film won the coveted 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 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 wild trial that followed.
And of course, "Minari" is also believed to be a strong contender.

""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."

The performance of veteran South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung was also in the spotlight, as she added to her BAFTA by winning the Best Supporting Actress prize at the Oscars.
Kim Sung-min, Arirang News.



Director Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland" has won the Best Picture award at the 93rd Academy Awards.
The film also landed Zhao the Best Director award, making her the second woman and the first Asian woman to win the prize.
It follows the lives of people who live as nomads after losing everything during the recession.
The win for "Nomadland" had been widely expected by many critics.

"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"

Even though it was made with a small budget, the film also won the coveted Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Fest among others.
Taking a look at some of the other strong contenders, "The Trial of the Chicago 7" had been a critics' favorite.

"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 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 wild trial that followed.
And of course, "Minari" was also believed to be a strong contender.

""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."

The performance of veteran South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung was also in the spotlight, as she added to her BAFTA by winning Best Supporting Actress prize at the Oscars.
Kim Sung-min, Arirang News.
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