2021 Oscar Predictions: Yes, There Could Be Some Surprises in Store

While some major categories might seem like no-brainers, there could be more than a few upsets on Sunday night.
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The longest Oscar season in history comes to a close this weekend, but for many prognosticators, the bulk of the conversation ended long ago. “Nomadland” has held fast to its Best Picture frontrunner status alongside probable Best Director winner Chloé Zhao, and it’s safe to assume that “Another Round” and “My Octopus Teacher” have their respective awards in the bag. Is it time to talk Cannes yet?

Well…not to so fast.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson swap their Oscar predictions and diverge on several key categories (Thompson also elaborates on her picks here). In this most unusual year, there are many potential surprises in store across many categories, from Best Actress to Original Song. Keeping their eyes on the clock, Kohn and Thompson work their way through all 23 categories while making one case after the next. Either one of them could be spot-on, but both can’t be 100 percent right. Watch the full episode above or listen to it below to see if their picks square with your own.

Screen Talk is produced by Leonardo Adrian Garcia and available on Apple PodcastsStitcher, and Soundcloud. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on Apple Podcasts, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. Check out the rest of IndieWire’s podcasts on Apple Podcasts right here.

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