Almost three months ago I posted a list of 30 potential Best Picture Oscar contenders, plus a list of snubbed films that deserved consideration.  Since then, I’ve updated the list with reviews as I’ve seen the movies, including any personal favorites that hadn’t previously made the list.  As the Academy Awards draw closer, let’s take a look at an updated watchlist, a list that has taken into consideration those undervalued films that have risen up the ranks and those over-hyped movies that have taken a tumble.

This is the Variety ranking of top Academy Award contenders:

  1. Nomadland
  2. The Trial of the Chicago 7
  3. Minari
  4. Promising Young Woman
  5. One Night in Miami
  6. News of the World
  7. Sound of Metal
  8. Judas and the Black Messiah
  9. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  10. The Father
  11. Mank
  12. Da 5 Bloods
  13. Soul
  14. First Cow
  15. The Mauritanian
  16. On the Rocks
  17. Malcolm & Marie
  18. Another Round
  19. Hillbilly Elegy
  20. Palm Springs

Snubbed: The Devil All the Time, Pieces of a Woman, Onward, The Platform, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, The Gentlemen, Underwater, The Way Back, Eurovision, Extraction, Yes God Yes, Ammonite, The Midnight Sky.