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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)
83%

#8
Adjusted Score: 99915%
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.
Synopsis: 1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing wit and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#7
Adjusted Score: 103790%
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: In 1969, seven people were charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the protests at the... [More]
Directed By: Aaron Sorkin

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 111715%
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: Nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be -- she's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she's living a... [More]
Directed By: Emerald Fennell

#5

Nomadland (2020)
94%

#5
Adjusted Score: 120676%
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: A woman embarks on a journey through the American West after losing everything during the recession.... [More]
Directed By: Chloé Zhao

#4

Sound of Metal (2019)
97%

#4
Adjusted Score: 111617%
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: A drummer's life gets turned upside down when he suddenly loses his hearing.... [More]
Directed By: Darius Marder

#3
Adjusted Score: 113861%
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: Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather... [More]
Directed By: Shaka King

#2

Minari (2020)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 113180%
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 Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of... [More]
Directed By: Lee Isaac Chung

#1

The Father (2020)
98%

#1
Adjusted Score: 114627%
Critics Consensus: Led by stellar performances and artfully helmed by writer-director Florian Zeller, The Father presents a devastatingly empathetic portrayal of dementia.
Synopsis: A man refuses assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances,... [More]
Directed By: Florian Zeller

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