Out this week
- Van Weezer by Weezer: Fifteenth album by the American rock band; comes after OK Human which was released earlier this year; features songs with a hard rock influence; includes the singles ‘The End of the Game’, ‘Hero’, ‘Beginning of the End’, and ‘I Need Some of That’.
- Better Mistakes by Bebe Rexha: Second album by the pop singer, the follow-up to her 2018 debut album, Expectations; includes the singles ‘Break My Heart Myself’ (featuring Travis Barker), ‘My Dear Love’ (featuring Ty Dolla Sign and Trevor Daniel), and ‘Baby, I’m Jealous’ (featuring Doja Cat).
- Monster (starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jennifer Ehle, Tim Blake Nelson, Nas, A$AP Rocky) – legal drama, based on Walter Dean Myers’ 1999 novel; a seventeen-year-old honour student (Harrison Jr.) is charged with felony murder.
- Here Today (starring Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Penn Badgley) – comedy; a veteran comedy writer (Crystal) befriends a street singer (Haddish).
- Above Suspicion (starring Jack Huston, Emilia Clarke, Johnny Knoxville) – thriller, based on the non-fiction book of the same name; an FBI agent (Huston) becomes involved with an informant (Clarke).
- Justin Shanes (@justinshanes): I’m 90% sure the Oscar producers made up the Pinocchio movie last night to pad out the nominees and that it doesn’t really exist.
- Eve 6 (@Eve6): They left Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne - who died last year from COVID and wrote ‘That Thing You Do’, one of the best, most beloved songs in modern cinema - out of the Oscars In Memoriam. I’m forging a pitchfork out of molten steel right now.
- Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan): Breaking: Oscars ratings crash to an all-time low, down a staggering 58% on last year’s Awards (which was also an all-time low.) As I feared, the woke brigade may have now destroyed the biggest, glitziest event in show business.
- Julius Sharpe (@juliussharpe): Lotta pressure on the next Oscars host to somehow top nobody.
93rd Academy Awards
Best Picture: Nomadland
Director: Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
Actor: Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Actress: Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah
Supporting Actress: Youn Yuh-jung – Minari
Original Screenplay: Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennel
Adapted Screenplay: The Father – Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller
Animated Feature Film: Soul
International Feature Film: Another Round (Denmark)
Original Score: Soul – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste
Original Song: ‘Fight for You’ (performed by H.E.R.) from Judas and the Black Messiah
For the complete list of nominees and winners, visit oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/2021.
Cast: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Bob Wells, Linda May, Swankie
Director: Chloé Zhao
Drama; after losing her job and the death of her husband, a woman (McDormand) decides to leave her hometown and travel around the country as a van dwelling nomad.
Based on Jessica Bruder’s 2017 non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.
Had a budget of $5 million; has grossed an estimated $6.5 million.
Has been lauded by critics as one of the best films of 2020.
Real-life nomads, including Bob Wells, Linda May, and Swankie, play fictionalized versions of themselves in the film.
Score composed by Ludovico Einaudi.