2021 Oscars: Who Will Win vs. Who Should Win | THR News

Who will win big at the 2021 Oscars, and who should win? The Hollywood Reporter's awards expert Scott Feinberg is weighing in on the likely winners, while chief film critic David Rooney reveals who he thinks is the most deserving ahead of Sunday's show.

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TIFFANY TAYLOR: Who will win big at the 2021 Oscars, and who should win? The Hollywood Reporter's awards expert Scott Feinberg is weighing in on the likely winners while chief film critic David Rooney reveals who he thinks is the most deserving ahead of Sunday's show.

In the Best Actress category, Feinberg says Frances McDormand will win for Nomadland, but Rooney believes Carey Mulligan should win for Promising Young Woman.

- You are so pretty. I'm a nice guy.

- Are you?

TIFFANY TAYLOR: According to Rooney, after watching Mulligan build a screen persona primarily out of restrained characterizations and period pieces, it was a thrill to watch her tear down that facade playing a fiercely contemporary woman, an avenging angel driven as much by pain as rage.

For Best Actor, Feinbrg and Rooney both believe Chadwick Boseman will and should win for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."

- You don't know nothing about what kind of blood I've got, what kind of heart I've got beating here!

- (SINGING) I'm on my way.

- Come on. Come on!

TIFFANY TAYLOR: Feinberg says, this Oscar night will belong to Chadwick Boseman, who died in August, leaving a legacy of great performances and this one last masterclass still in the can.

In the Best Director category, the pair are also in agreement that Chloe Zhao will and should win for "Nomadland."

- What the nomads are doing is not that different than what the pioneers did.

- Hey [? Fern! ?]

- You've got to make the whole a bigger [INAUDIBLE].

- I think Fern's part of an American tradition.

TIFFANY TAYLOR: And finally, when it comes to Best Picture, Feinberg believes "Nomadland" will win, but Rooney thinks "Minari" should win.

- David look! They're wheels!

- Wheels?

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TIFFANY TAYLOR: According to Rooney, Lee Isaac Chung's intensely personal account of a young Korean immigrant family grasping for their modest piece of the American dream is both a return to the domestic heartland dramas that were once a studio staple and a reclamation of those stories as a cross-cultural experience, imbued delicacy, grit, and affecting warmth by an unimpeachable cast.

For Feinberg and Rooney's full thoughts on who will and should win at the 2021 Oscars, go to THR.com. For the Hollywood Reporter News, I'm Tiffany Taylor.