Ranking the 2020–21 Best Picture Nominees

Some lesser films got chance to shine during pandemic Oscars

Sep 13 · 11 min read

By Todd Hill

China-born filmmaker Chloe Zhao won her first Oscar, for Best Director, for “Nomadland,” her third film, which also won the Academy Award for Best Picture, at the 93rd Academy Awards on April 25, 2021. Photo courtesy of Associated Press

Every year of my not-so-short-anymore life, I have watched the Oscars, and I have almost never enjoyed the experience.

That’s not as masochistic as it sounds, since I have enjoyed the films the Academy Awards honor every year —…