So I Watched All Of The Best Picture Nominees With My Mom, And We Agree On What Movie Should Win

    "The movie’s payoff is about why Mankiewicz wrote the Citizen Kane screenplay, but by the time I got there, I was as comatose as Gary Oldman." –My mom

    As a big fan of both the Oscars hullabaloo and my mother, in that order (I just read that to her and she said, "In THAT order? I spent a week doing this!"), I was very excited when she and I decided to watch all of the 2021 Best Picture nominees and score them.

    My mom, Nancy, is a cool mom. She graduated from law school at 23, she speaks French, and she loves the song "S&M" by Rihanna.

    I, on the other hand, am 21 years old and just ate a banana with peanut butter at 2:45 a.m.

    Now that we've watched them all, I can safely say it was just as much fun as I expected. Here are our Best Picture thoughts and scores.

    The Father

    Anthony Hopkins walking down a hallway in "The Father"

    Our scores for The Father:

    Olivia Coleman and Anthony Hopkins sitting in an office in "The Father"

    Fake nomination The Father would earn: Most Not What You Assumed It Would Be.

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    LaKeith Stanfield raisins his fist in "Judas and the Black Messiah"

    Our scores for Judas and the Black Messiah:

    Daniel Kaluuya addressing a crowd in "Judas and the Black Messiah"

    Fake nomination Judas and the Black Messiah would earn: Best Speeches.


    Gary Oldman looking tired in "Mank"

    Our scores for Mank:

    Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman talking in "Mank"

    Fake nomination Mank would earn: Shortest Tie.


    The family in "Minari" looking at their mobile home

    Our scores for Minari:

    Steven Yeun digging and well and talking to his son, Alan S Kim, in "Minari"

    Fake nomination Minari would earn: Best Acting By a Snake.


    Frances McDormand smiling in "Nomadland"

    Our scores for Nomadland:

    Linda May and Frances McDormand wearing face masks and sitting in lawn chairs in "Nomadland"

    Fake nomination Nomadland would earn: Best Use of 10-Gallon Paint Bucket.

    Promising Young Woman

    Carey Mulligan reading a book in "Promising Young Woman"

    Our scores for Promising Young Woman:

    Carey Mulligan pretending to be drunk in "Promising Young Woman"

    Fake nomination Promising Young Woman would earn: Best Opening.

    Sound of Metal

    Riz Ahmed looking calm in "Sound of Metal"

    Our scores for Sound of Metal:

    Riz Ahmed and a child on a slide in "Sound of Metal"

    Fake nomination Sound of Metal would earn: Best Proof Your Mother Was Right ("Don’t play that music so loud").

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    Eddie Redmayne talking at a podium in "The Trial of the Chicago 7"

    Our scores for The Trial of the Chicago 7:

    Yahya Abdul-Mateen II being held down in the courtroom in "The Trial of the Chicago 7"

    Fake nomination The Trial of the Chicago 7 would earn: Best Use of Headbands on Men.

    So here are our rankings and winners for Best Picture:


    1. Judas and the Black Messiah: 9.5/10 **WINNER**
    2. Sound of Metal: 9/10
    3. Minari: 8.5/10
    4. The Trial of the Chicago 7: 8/10
    5. The Father: 7/10
    6. Nomadland: 6/10
    7. Promising Young Woman: 3/10
    8. Mank: 1.5/10


    1. Judas and the Black Messiah: 9/10 **WINNER**
    2. Sound of Metal: 8.5/10
    3. Minari: 8/10
    4. Promising Young Woman: 8/10
    5. The Trial of the Chicago 7: 8/10
    6. The Father: 7.5/10
    7. Nomadland: 7/10
    8. Mank: 2/10

    The Oscars are this Sunday, April 25, at 8 p.m. on ABC!