A Oscars ceremony red carpet crowded with movie stars in sequinned gowns by the likes of Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera may feel a very long way from our reality right now. In fact, many of this year’s most anticipated films such as the James Bond franchise’s No Time To Die and A Quiet Place: Part II have abandoned their planned premiere dates, which may make award season 2021 a rather quiet affair.
In addition, organisers of the Cannes Film Festival recently announced the event won’t take place in June, after it was pushed back a month due to the ongoing health crisis, and will be postponed to a later date.
But as the old show business cliché goes, ‘the show must go on’.
And so, with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at the list of new films – from a phenomenal Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin to Jennifer Lawrence making her return to the big screen – all waiting in the wings to win gongs at next year’s award season.
Here is a list of our Oscars 2021 winners predictions:
Best Actress: Jennifer Hudson, Respect
Are you ready for an emotional one? Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin, in the biopic that the soul singer herself helped to develop before her death (even choosing Hudson as the leading star and also picked by her family to sing at the funeral in 2018).
Respect is guaranteed not to leave a dry eye in the house.
Best Actor: Will Smith, King Richard
Anyone that is as obsessed with the rise of Venus and Serena Williams in the tennis ranks will be queuing up to watch this biopic of their dad – Richard Williams played by Will Smith in the story of the man who coached his daughters to be winners.
Best Motion Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7
Aaron Sorkin – known for his quick-witted scribe of award-winning films The Social Network, Moneyball and Steve Jobs – directs this group of men charged with incitement to riot against the Vietnam war in 1968.
With a cast that includes Oscar season heavyweights Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Michael Keaton and Frank Langella, we’re predict big wins all round.
Best Director: Sofia Coppola
Correcting the humongous gender gap in the Best Director category we all witnessed this year, Coppola will steal the show in 2021 with On The Rocks.
The film is all about a young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York City. With Bill Murray and Rashida Jones in the film’s leading roles, we expect hearts to be fully warmed.
Lost in Translation fans at the ready…
Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen, The French Dispatch
Wes Anderson‘s new stylish number follows editors and journalists of a fictional magazine set in a made-up French metropolis.
The cast is a classic Anderson affair including Tilda Swinton, Murray, Oscar winner Frances McDormand and former Oscar nominated star Timothée Chalamet.
But like every Anderson film, this film will be all about the sets. Prepare to want to paint your home in Breton stripes.
Best Supporting Actress: Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
This Ron Howard adaptation of JD Vance’s harrowing hit book examines a young man navigating working-class life in Ohio.
Starring Glenn Close as Mamaw, the grandmother who raised Vance, this could see her finally take home the award after a record breaking seven nominations.
Best Supporting Actor: Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods
After his 2018 hit BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee returns for this Netflix-produced 165-minute film about the Vietnam war.
Not a typical epic war number, this narrative follows four African American veterans returning to Ho Chi Minh City in the present day to discover what happened to their ‘fifth blood’, played brilliantly in flashbacks by Black Panther lead Chadwick Boseman, whose character was murdered in action.
Best Animation: Soul
Directed by the Oscar-winning animator Pete Docter, who brought us Up and Inside Out, the film sees a school music teacher (voiced by Jamie Foxx) with dreams of playing at a legendary New York jazz club.
When his soul is accidentally separated from his body, a moving journey begins which will motivate us all to fulfil our dreams.
Other Notable Oscar 2021 Mentions:
Jennifer Lawrence, Red, White And Water
She’s back! Playing a US solider who suffers a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan and struggles to recover upon returning home directed by Lila Neugebauer, Lawrence makes a return to the big screen opposite If Beale Street Could Talk‘s Brian Tyree Henry in this emotional drama.
Steven Spielberg, West Side Story
What happens if you combine Steven Spielberg, writer Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner and a cast of hot young things including Ansel Elgort and Maddie Ziegler? Oscar season, that’s what.
The film follows two teenagers from different backgrounds who fall in love in 1950s New York. And there’s even a cameo from Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her role in the 1961 version.
Robin Wright, Land
In her directorial debut, Wright also stars in the lead of this film about Edee Mathis, a woman consumed by grief who resolves to remove herself completely from life moving to the most unpopulated area in the U.S., a cabin in the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming – where she learns to survive.
Gary Oldman, Mank
Social Network director David Fincher makes his directorial return to Netflix with this biopic, staring Gary Oldman, all about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz who battles with director Orson Welles over the screenplay credit for Citizen Kane.
Taika Waititi, Next Goal Wins
Anyone who loved JoJo Rabbit as much as we did will be excited about the arrival of this film.
It explores the life of a coach who takes the American Samoa national football team to the World Cup and sees Michael Fassbender return to the big screen alongside Elisabeth Moss and Armie Hammer.
Timothée Chalamet, Dune
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In his first leading role, Chalamet stars in Denis Villeneuve adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic science-fiction novel about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most vital element in the galaxy alongside Zendaya no less.
‘Blade Runner’ fans get ready…
Ana De Armas, Blonde
The star of one of 2020’s biggest breakouts in Knives Out and soon to be released ‘No Time To Di’, De Armas now takes her leading tole as Marilyn Monroe in an adaptation of the novel by Joyce Carol Oates for Netflix.
George Clooney, Good Morning, Midnight
Who can resist Clooney?
Alongside Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler and David Oyelowo he stars and tells the story of a lonely scientist in the Arctic racing to stop a group of astronauts from returning home to global catastrophe.
This article originally appeared on ELLE UK.