The case for ‘Nomadland’ winning Best Picture at the Oscars

The case for ‘Nomadland’ winning Best Picture at the Oscars
Nomadland” has been the Oscars Best Picture front-runner since last summer. That’s when Chloe Zhao’s film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it promptly won the Golden Lion award. Shortly after, “Nomadland” received the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival, an often reliable indicator of Best Picture bona fides — past audience-chosen honorees included Best Picture winners “Green Book,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Unsurprisingly with such accolades on its resume, “Nomadland” has been the top choice among Gold Derby awards experts for months. The Frances McDormand feature has held firm as the top contender in the Best Picture race since September. But its long run as the 2021 Oscars favorite perhaps belies the film’s true uniqueness in Academy Awards history. Few Best Picture nominees in the last 20 years focus so exclusively on women. In fact, as the Washington Post pointed out last year,
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