2021 Oscar Predictions

Updated June 4th, 2021

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1. Paul Thomas Anderson - Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project

Set in 1970s San Fernando Valley, the film follows a high school student, who is also a successful child actor.

2. David O. Russell – Canterbury Glass

Plot details kept under wraps.

3. Guillermo del Toro – Nightmare Alley

Faced with sudden doubts about her marriage, a young New York mother teams up with her larger-than-life playboy father to tail her husband. ​

4. Adam McKay – Don't Look Up

The story of two low-level astronomers, who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth.​

5. Steven Spielberg – West Side Story

An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.​

Next In Line:

6. Justin Chon – Blue Bayou

As a Korean-American man raised in the Louisiana bayou works hard to make a life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past as he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.​

7. Darren Aronofsky – The Whale

A reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.​

8. Ridley Scott – House of Gucci (or The Last Duel)

The story of how Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, plotted to kill her husband, the grandson of renowned fashion designer Guccio Gucci.​

9. Aaron Sorkin – Being the Ricardos

Follows Lucy and Desi as they face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.​

10. Tom McCarthy – Stillwater

A father travels from Oklahoma to France to help his daughter who has been arrested for murder.​

Also Consider:

11. Wes Anderson – The French Dispatch

A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch Magazine".​

12. Mike Mills – C’mon C’mon

An artist embarks on a a cross-country trip with his young nephew.

13. Justin Lin – In the Heights

The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop. The likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.​

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14. Denis Villleanuve – Dune

Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.​

15. Denzel Washington – A Journal for Jordan

1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King, before he is killed in action in Baghdad, authors a journal for his son intended to tell him how to live a decent life despite growing up without a father.

16. Andrew Dominik – Blonde

A fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.​

17. Sian Heder – Coda

As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family's fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music and her fear of abandoning her parents.​

18. Joel Coen – The Tragedy of Macbeth

A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.​

19. Olivia Wilde – Don't Worry Darling

A 1950's housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets.​

20. Pablo Larrain – Spencer

During her Christmas holidays with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, Diana decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.​

21. Leos Carax – Annette

A stand-up comedian and his opera singer wife have a 2 year old daughter with a surprising gift.

22. George Miller – Three Thousand Years of Longing

A scholar, content with life, encounters a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Their conversation, in a hotel room in Istanbul, leads to consequences neither would have expected.

23. Terrence Malick – The Way of the Wind

A retelling of several episodes in the life of the Christ.

24. Taika Waititi – Next Goal Wins

Adaptation of the 2014 British documentary. The story of the American Samoa soccer team, who suffered the worst loss in World Cup history, losing to Australia 31-0 in 2001.

25. Joe Wright – Cyrano

Follows the life of Cyrano de Bergerac.