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It’s that time of year again. Here is your official primer for the 94th Academy Awards. Need help figuring out what films to watch and where to find them? Never fear, the list below will help you navigate the process.

BELFAST (2021) Amazon Prime: Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical love letter based on his childhood in Belfast, Ireland is an early Oscar front runner for Best Picture and Best Director. Academy voters love a true story, and while it is at times manipulative and overly sentimental, it unabashedly delivers in the feel-good department.

CODA (2021) Amazon Prime: If you are like me and tend to root for the underdog, CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) is your film. Out of all the films likely to be nominated, CODA has the highest score on Rotten Tomatoes at 96%, and is likely to earn nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, as well as all of the acting categories.

DUNE (2021) HBOMAX: Last year, director Denis Villeneuve brought big budgeted science fiction back to the big screen. Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel has never looked so good. Dune has a chance to be nominated for : THE REEL By SCOTT PETERSON cinesportstalk.com @CineSportsTalk Best Picture and Best Director and will most certainly clean up on all the special effects and technical awards.

KING RICHARD (2021) HBOMAX: Despite a string of strong dramatic performances over the years, Will Smith has never won an Oscar in his 22-year acting career. That could all change with his electric performance as Richard Williams, the tough-loving yet overbearing father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. Smith is this year’s heavy favorite. King Richard will also most likely be nominated for Best Picture.

THE POWER OF THE DOG (2021) Netflix: Jane Campion’s psychological drama about male machismo in the Wild Wild West is neck and neck with Belfast for Best Picture and Director. The film will almost certainly earn a Best Actor nod for Benedict Cumberbatch as well as Best Supporting Actor for Kodi Smit- McPhee.

TICK, TICK… BOOM! (2021) Netflix: Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his directorial debut with this autobiographical musical adaptation of the life of Jonathan Larson, the creator of the stage show Rent. Andrew Garfield gives the performance of his career performing as the extremely talented yet eccentric Larson. Garfield is a lock for a Best Actor nomination, and Tick, Tick… Boom! has an outside chance at Best Picture.

By SCOTT PETERSON
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