But Why Tho?
93rd Academy Awards Predictions and Discussion
Not even the COVID-19 pandemic can stop the pursuit of Oscar gold. The 93rd Academy Awards will be held 7 p.m. central April 25. This year’s Oscars were originally scheduled to be held Feb. 28 but the awards ceremony was delayed because of the pandemic. As a result of theater closures and release dates in 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended its eligibility period from Dec. 31 to Feb. 28 and allowed planned theatrical releases that instead debuted on a streamer or on-demand to qualify for consideration. Host-less for the third consecutive year, the main ceremony will relocate from the tradition venue of the Dolby Theatre to the Los Angeles Union Station, with broadcasts also emanating from the Dolby Theatre and various international locations. David Fincher’s Mank, about the writing and the politics of Citizen Kane, leads all Oscar contenders with 10 nominations. Mank is competing for Best Picture against The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, and The Trial of the Chicago 7. In recent years, the Academy Awards have come under fire for its lack of diversity and inclusion, most notably during the #OscarsSoWhite backlash in 2015. This year, though, marks the first time two women are in the running for Best Director, Promising Young Woman’s Emerald Fennell and Nomadland’s Chloe Zhao, who also is the first woman of color to compete for Best Director. Also, nine actors of color are competing in the various acting categories, with Minari’s Steven Yeun the first Asian-American Best Actor nominee and Sound of Metal’s Riz Ahmed the first Muslim nominee. This Oscars roundtable discussion features three fellow members of the Austin Film Critics Association: Elizabeth Stoddard of Cinapse, Jon Partridge also of Cinapse, and Kate Sánchez, co-founder and editor-In-Chief of But Why Tho? website of writers and podcasters. Stoddard serves as president of the Austin Film Critics Association; Partridge serves as vice president.
Aired: April 22, 2021.