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.
Our scores for The Father:
Fake nomination The Father would earn: Most Not What You Assumed It Would Be.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Our scores for Judas and the Black Messiah:
Fake nomination Judas and the Black Messiah would earn: Best Speeches.
Our scores for Mank:
Fake nomination Mank would earn: Shortest Tie.
Our scores for Minari:
Fake nomination Minari would earn: Best Acting By a Snake.
Our scores for Nomadland:
Fake nomination Nomadland would earn: Best Use of 10-Gallon Paint Bucket.
Promising Young Woman
Our scores for Promising Young Woman:
Fake nomination Promising Young Woman would earn: Best Opening.
Sound of Metal
Our scores for 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
Our scores for 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