Now that the annual college basketball tournament is nearing its end, it's time to take it to the movies, and determine the best of the best Oscars Best Picture nominees!
In our first round of elite eight Best Picture nominees (i.e. – the only movies nominated this year in an annual potential nominee field of ten), we're pairing up two films that might not be known to the masses. Both are well worth discovering.
In one corner of Oscars Best Picture nominees, we have the favorite seed, filmmaker Chloe Zhao's Western-esque "Nomadland." Starring the incredible Frances McDormand, the film follows her nomadic character, whose husband has died, as she travels the country in her RV. She looks for work where she can get it. She shares fellowship with real-life nomads. And she has amazing adventures. The film's a meditative wonder that speaks softly and says a lot. It's also the frontrunner for Best Picture, winning critics' awards and the Golden Globe for Best Picture.
In the other corner, we have the not-quite-as-heralded, supremely rewarding "Mank." Veteran filmmaker David Fincher directs this black and white masterpiece about the writer of "Citizen Kane," Herman J. Mankiewicz. It's an epic tale featuring a go-for-broke title performance from Gary Oldman. It's also a throwback that in many ways mirrors the film it's about. It was also scripted by the filmmaker's late father, Jack Fincher.
So which film is more likely to win the big prize? Our money's on "Nomadland." Sometimes, though, there's the upset. For those who bet on "Mank" and place their odds in Vegas or their friends' bracket…to the underdog victors go the ultimate spoils.
Chuck is an editor/writer who's worked for NCM, Fandango, Movies.com, MediaTrip, Hollywood.com and Newsweek. His favorite movie is "Jaws." He's definitely a dog guy.