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Glitz Africa Weekend Watchlist

It’s officially Oscar weekend, meaning the strong and mighty in film are days away from receiving their golden trophies.

In the lead this year is David Fincher’s ‘Mank’ with 10 nods including best picture and best director for Fincher. Following behind with six nominations apiece are ‘The Father’, ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’, ‘Minari’, ‘Nomadland’, ‘Sound of Metal’ and ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’. Emerald Fennell’s ‘Promising Young Woman’ received five nods. All mentioned films are also in the race for best picture.

So far on the scoreboard, ‘Nomadland’ is in good position to secure the best picture win after its success at all precursor events (Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics Choice Awards and Independent Spirit Awards).

Likely to interrupt ‘Nomadland’s’ big victory is ‘Trial of Chicago 7’, which picked up best cast ensemble (equivalent to best picture) at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Knowing the Oscars and the heavy surprise it comes with every year, it wouldn’t be a big blow if the hardware gets into the books of a different title other than ‘Nomadland’ and ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’. ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ equally stands as a big competitor to the two.

To get ourselves acquainted with any off-script results, we have assembled all eight films competing for best picture.

Scroll below for story synopsis and place to watch.

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

SYNOPSIS: Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.

AVAILABLE TO WATCH: Amazon Prime Video

‘The Father’

SYNOPSIS: All Bimbo ever wanted was to be a father to his children and a husband to his wife, but providence has an different plan altogether.

AVAILABLE TO WATCH: Amazon Prime Video

‘Promising Young Woman’

SYNOPSIS: Nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be — she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past.

AVAILABLE TO WATCH: Amazon Prime Video

‘Mank’

SYNOPSIS: 1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing wit and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish “Citizen Kane.”

AVAILABLE TO WATCH: Netflix

‘Nomadland’

SYNOPSIS: A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

AVAILABLE TO WATCH: Amazon Prime Video

‘Minari’

SYNOPSIS: A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

AVAILABLE TO WATCH: Amazon Prime Video

‘Sound of Metal’

SYNOPSIS: A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.

AVAILABLE TO WATCH: Amazon Prime Video

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