Every year, I pick my winners among categories where I've seen the majority of nominees. In a decidedly off year for the movies, I've made picks in only fifteen categories because some categories were scatted among too many diverse options than I had the time nor desire to watch. These reflect only who I'd vote to give the Oscar to if I could, and not an attempt to predict who will win (though I may talk a little bit about predictions as well). In the past my picks sometimes coincided with the Academy's selections, but they can easily diverge. Last year, my picks matched the Academy's in 10 of 17 categories.
It's stating the obvious to say that this year was strange. The slate of films to review was comparatively weak due to a whole slew of issues revolving around the pandemic. This resulted in me skipping my usual companion piece in which I rank the Best Picture nominees because quite frankly I didn't have a lot to say about many of the nominees. But that's not to say there aren't gems among the artistry on display by the nominees. Let's get to it.