The all-new Oscars kick off on Sunday afternoon, LA time, with a hybrid physical-virtual-who-knows-quite-what event that will hopefully combine all the highlights of this unusual awards season to date: razzmatazz, powerful speeches, the odd tech mishap to remind us that, no, it doesn’t just happen to us, and Minari’s Yuh-Jung Youn unleashing another brilliantly insulting acceptance speech.
Ignore any naysaying online – it’s a truly high-quality field this year. Shorn of a few studio movies that were pushed back during the pandemic and that might otherwise have been hogged the limelight, a little more room has been made for smaller films to gatecrash the party. It’s given the field a slight alternative edge that we’re 100 percent here for. But who will win – and which gems were overlooked this year?