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The 2021 Best Picture Oscar Nominees Ranked

For 2021’s Oscar edition, the Academy selected eight stand-out films released over the past year, with Mank leading the way atop 10 nominations. Nomadland and Promising Young Woman also had their helmers nominated for Best Director, the first time more than one woman has been recognized in the category for a single year. Minari and Sound of Metal also made a strong showing with their number of noms. You can see the full list of the 2021 Oscar nominations, print out our handy ballot for your Oscar pool, cast your vote in our online Oscar Ballot Poll, and read on to see the Best Picture nominees ranked by Tomatometer.

#8

Mank (2020)
82%

#8
Adjusted Score: 96.657%
Critics Consensus: Sharply written and brilliantly performed, Mank peers behind the scenes of Citizen Kane to tell an old Hollywood story that could end up being a classic in its own right.
Directed By: David Fincher

#7
Adjusted Score: 103.237%
Critics Consensus: An actors' showcase enlivened by its topical fact-based story, The Trial of the Chicago 7 plays squarely -- and compellingly -- to Aaron Sorkin's strengths.
Synopsis: What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with... [More]
Directed By: Aaron Sorkin

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 107.275%
Critics Consensus: A boldly provocative, timely thriller, Promising Young Woman is an auspicious feature debut for writer-director Emerald Fennell -- and a career highlight for Carey Mulligan.
Synopsis: Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman... until a tragic event abruptly derailed her future. Now she's... [More]
Directed By: Emerald Fennell

#5

Nomadland (2021)
94%

#5
Adjusted Score: 111.092%
Critics Consensus: A poetic character study on the forgotten and downtrodden, Nomadland beautifully captures the restlessness left in the wake of the Great Recession.
Synopsis: Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off... [More]
Directed By: Chloé Zhao

#4

Sound of Metal (2020)
97%

#4
Adjusted Score: 108.666%
Critics Consensus: An evocative look at the experiences of the deaf community, Sound of Metal is brought to life by Riz Ahmed's passionate performance.
Synopsis: During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When... [More]
Directed By: Darius Marder

#3
Adjusted Score: 109.747%
Critics Consensus: An electrifying dramatization of historical events, Judas and the Black Messiah is a forceful condemnation of racial injustice -- and a major triumph for its director and stars.
Synopsis: Fred Hampton was 21 years old when he was assassinated by the FBI, who coerced a petty criminal named William... [More]
Directed By: Shaka King

#2

Minari (2020)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 111.068%
Critics Consensus: Led by arresting performances from Steven Yeun and Yeri Han, Minari offers an intimate and heart-wrenching portrait of family and assimilation in 1980s America.
Synopsis: A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas... [More]
Directed By: Lee Isaac Chung

#1

The Father (2021)
98%

#1
Adjusted Score: 108.621%
Critics Consensus: Led by stellar performances and artfully helmed by writer-director Florian Zeller, The Father presents a devastatingly empathetic portrayal of dementia.
Synopsis: Anthony (Academy Award Winner, Anthony Hopkins) is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne... [More]
Directed By: Florian Zeller

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