The first two rounds of our Oscars Best Picture nominees tournament of elite eight contenders have been decided! "Nomadland" triumphs over "Mank." "Judas and the Black Messiah" takes the victory lap over "The Father."
Our third round pairs up two different kinds of stories. A heavy metal drummer loses his hearing in one corner. A woman seeks vengeance against supposed "nice" guys in the opposite corner.
Oscars Best Picture Nominees - Round Three:
Contender 1 - Sound of Metal
"Sound of Metal" is also nominated for Best Actor (Riz Ahmed), Best Supporting Actor (Paul Raci), and 3 more Oscars. Somehow, it's still an underdog in the race. The story involves a heavy metal drummer who must cope when he starts to lose his hearing. Overall, it's a highly original, affecting drama.
Contender 2 - Promising Young Woman
Director Emerald Fennell's incendiary "Promising Young Woman" stands in the other corner. The film is also nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Actress for Carey Mulligan. The actress stars as a woman out for revenge. She plots against all male abusers, especially those who think they're "good guys." Mulligan and her film are the favored Oscar contenders. They came into Awards season with a lot of heat. Things are still quite warm in their camp.
We can't bet against "Promising Young Woman" in this particular matchup, but "Sound of Metal" is a hardcore contender. They're awesome adversaries.
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.