New Wave of Awards Contenders Poised to Hit Theaters and Streamers

10:10 AM 1/26/2021

by Scott Feinberg

The 2021 calendar year is underway, but there’s still time to throw a hat or two in the ring, as films including 'Judas and the Black Messiah' and 'Nomadland' gain wider audiences.

Tom Holland in 'Cherry.'
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Tom Holland in 'Cherry.'

  • 'Cherry'

    Robert Downey Jr. moderated a Q&A session with three fellow Marvel alums — star Tom Holland and directors Anthony and Joe Russo — plus their leading lady, Ciara Bravo, that was posted on Apple TV+'s FYC site on Jan. 8, praising their efforts in the genre-bending film.

  • 'Judas and the Black Messiah'

    Warner Bros.' hopeful about the life, betrayal and death of Black Panther Fred Hampton, played by Get Out Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya, will launch Feb. 1 from an unusual place in this most unusual, extended Oscar season — the virtual Sundance Film Festival, ahead of its Feb. 12 day-and-date release.

  • 'Nomadland'

    Searchlight finally answered the question of how it will release its Oscar front-running film starring Frances McDormand: It will debut in select Imax theaters Jan. 29, expanding to others and then concurrently opening in regular theaters and dropping on Hulu starting Feb. 19.

  • Armie Hammer in 'Rebecca'

    Netflix's remake of the big Oscar winner from 80 years ago was on thin awards ice to begin with, but the recent wave of bad press for its leading man — justified or not — probably has eliminated whatever shot he had for his performance.

  • Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods'

    The BlacKkKlansman Oscar winner was toasted at a virtual American Cinematheque tribute Jan. 14, featuring contributions from past collaborators and culminating with stars of his latest presenting him with the evening's honor.

  • 'Crip Camp'

    This heartfelt film about a generation of activists who emerged from a 1970s summer camp for kids with disabilities — hailing from the Obamas' production company and Netflix — won top honors Jan. 16 at the International Documentary Association Awards.

    This story first appeared in the Jan. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.