And The Winner Is Mank

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This morning.

Ahead of the 2021 Academy Awards on Sunday night.

DaveC writes:

Can a Broadsheet reader recommend or has seen any of the movies nominated for Oscar for Best Film? This is the first year I know nothing about any of them, although I’m curious about Mank for the name alone.


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13 thoughts on “And The Winner Is Mank

  1. Junkface

    What a misery fest. I like the odd hard hitting film, they are important at times, but jayzus. All of them! Hollywood is sinking into a hole of shame and self flagellation and pity.

    Making great comedy films is THE hardest thing to do, but also the most rewarding for audiences, lifting their mood, distracting them from everyday stresses, flushing the brain with feel good endorphins. The fact that they don’t even consider comedies as a worthy genre of awards is ridiculous. Making sad, harrowing and depressing films is like shooting fish in a barrel. They are ten a penny.

    1. Junkface

      I’m sure it is. Like “When they see us” from a couple of years ago on netflix. I thought it was really good, full of great performances and an important cultural event to set straight.
      I think now they are overloading audiences with misery porn, as it reflects Hollywoods current obsession with wokeism, I mean NONE of them dare to speak out about the worries they actually have about illiberalism and self censorship in the media. It stifles creativity, free thought and debate. This is essential for writers and directors.

  2. Charger Salmons

    The Trial of the Chicago 7 is on Netflix.
    It’s okay but hardly Oscar nomination stuff.
    But woke Hollywood will fall over itself to hand out the gong to a right-on movie rather than a great movie.

  3. Col

    Mank is long and slow, but impressive looking.
    Trial of the Chicago 7 is enjoyable if you like courtroom drama and/or anything by Aaron Sorkin.
    Promising Young Woman is very well put together, different and interesting. It’s the best of the ones I’ve seen.

    I haven’t seen the rest. but am most interested in Judas & The Black Messiah.

  4. V aka Frilly Keane

    Promising Young Woman – to be this year’s Three Billboards

    an incredible fillum, scripted, produced and directed by one woman, Emerald Fennel
    (ye’ll know her as Camilla from the Crown btw, and ‘wans my age will know her dad, the Jeweller Theo Fennell)

    Chicago 7 is an interesting watch,
    of that time and to be there, in the shoes almost, of all the lads. yes, lads
    but there is an aftertaste that lingered with me,
    and that’s that it does leave you with the sense that it was a Vanity project for some of the cast

  5. Stephen Moran

    Having seen most of them in the twilight zone, I’d make the following observations. Regarding “Mank” : you really would need to be a fan of Citizen Kane (which is of course a classic but for some like Guinness still an acquired taste) to get it. Ab fab screenplay though & great performance by Oldman (basically playing his former alcoholic self ). The Sound of Metal is a deserving if quirky nominee & tells the tale of a indie rock drummer (Riz Ahmed who is outstanding) suffering dramatic hearing loss & how he copes with his world falling apart. That said I think best actor will go to Daniel Kaluuya for his role of the betrayed Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in “Judas & the Black Messiah”. I hope Nomadland wins best flick as it really gets to the heart of the gig economy world in a touching & important way without preaching. Minari I found tough going & Promising Young Woman while earnest would be a “slight work” without Carey Mulligan’s performance, so it may well be Fargo Francis Mac who triumphs as best actress. Enjoy

  6. Daisy Chainsaw

    Kaluuya is in the Best Supporting Actor category because everyone knows Chadwick Boseman’s posthumous run for Lead Actor is unstoppable, but to be fair he really deserves it as he gives a powerful performance in Ma Rainey.

    I really enjoyed Mank. Oldman is great, as is Amanda Seyfried who gets to be a woman, as opposed to the “girl” roles she normally appears in. The whole thing looks gorgeous too.


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