2021 Oscar Predictions

Updated January 12th, 2022

Jane Campion

1. Jane Campion - The Power of the Dog

A pair of brothers who own a large ranch in Montana are pitted against each other when one of them gets married.​

2. Denis Villeneuve – 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.​

3. Kenneth Branagh - Belfast

A young boy and his working class family experience the tumultuous late 1960s.​

4. 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.​

5. Paul Thomas Anderson - Licorice Pizza

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

Next In Line:

6. Ryusuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car

An aging, widowed actor seeks a chauffeur. The actor turns to his go-to mechanic, who ends up recommending a 20-year-old girl. Despite their initial misgivings, a very special relationship develops between the two.

7. Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Lost Daughter

A woman's beach vacation takes a dark turn when she begins to confront the troubles of her past.​

8. Guillermo del Toro – Nightmare Alley

An ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.​​

9. 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.​

10. Pedro Almodovar - Parallel Mothers

The story of two mothers who give birth the same day.​

Also Consider:

11. 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.​

12. Reinaldo Marcus Green - King Richard

A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.​

13. 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.​

14. 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.​

15. Ridley Scott – House of Gucci

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.​

16. 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".​

17. 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.​

18. Joe Wright – Cyrano

A musical adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac.

19. Asghar Farhadi - A Hero

Rahim is in prison because of a debt he was unable to repay. During a two-day leave, he tries to convince his creditor to withdraw his complaint against the payment of part of the sum. But things don't go as planned .

20. Mike Mills – C’mon C’mon

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

21. Lin-Manuel Miranda - Tick, Tick... Boom!

The story of Jon, an aspiring theater composer who is waiting tables in New York City while writing Superbia - which he hopes will be the next great American musical and finally give him his big break.​

22. George Clooney – The Tender Bar

A boy growing up on Long Island seeks out father figures among the patrons at his uncle's bar.

23. Sean Baker - Red Rocket

Mikey Saber is a washed-up porn star who returns to his small Texas hometown, not that anyone really wants him back​

24. 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.​

25. Julia Ducornau – Titane

Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. Titane : A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys.