Academy Awards Preview: Top 30 films to watch this awards season

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The announcement of the Independent Spirit Award nominations, the Golden Globe nominations and the SAG nominations means the 2021 awards season is moving steadily toward us. On any other year, the awards season would already be in full swing, but with all the adjustments being made to account for COVID restrictions, we are seeing a two-month delay to one of the busiest times of the year. 

In the next few months, we will see Hollywood return for some of the most talked-about events in the industry. Some of my favorites include The Golden Globes, the Critics Choice Awards, the SAG Awards, the DGA’s, the BAFTA’s, the Spirit Awards and of course, the ever-disputed Academy Awards. 

2020 was such a hectic and fragmented year that you may be wondering what movies from this past year even have the potential to be top contenders for this award season. With films released in both January and February this year being able to qualify for the 2021 awards season, the list of top film contenders is long, scattered and possibly not even finished yet. 

Here are 30 films you should probably watch if you want to be fully prepared for the upcoming awards season:

  1. Ammonite
  2. The Little Things (HBO Max)
  3. The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Hulu 2/26)
  4. Pieces of a Woman (Netflix)
  5. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
  6. Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)
  7. Mank (Netflix)
  8. Malcolm & Marie (Netflix)
  9. Sound of Metal (Amazon)
  10. The Personal History of David Copperfield
  11. Hillbilly Elegy (Netflix)
  12. The Father (In Theaters 2/26)
  13. Promising Young Woman
  14. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  15. French Exit (In Theaters 2/12)
  16. The Midnight Sky (Netflix)
  17. The Trial of the Chicago 7(Netflix)
  18. On the Rocks (Apple TV+)
  19. The Mauritanian (In Theaters 2/12)
  20. First Cow (Showtime)
  21. Tenet
  22. The Life Ahead (Netflix)
  23. One Night in Miami (Amazon)
  24. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon)
  25. News of the World (In Theaters)
  26. Nomadland (In Theaters 2/19)
  27. Minari (In Theaters 2/12)
  28. Judas and the Black Messiah (HBO Max)
  29. Never Rarely Sometimes Always (HBO Max)
  30. Supernova (In Theaters)

Which of these movies do you plan on watching first? Have you watched any yet? Let us know down below or on Twitter and Facebook.

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