• Charlie Vogelsang

Oscars 2021 Predictions: 5 Indie Films That Deserve To Win

From Lee Isaac Chung’s 'American Dream' movie to Chloé Zhao’s abstract road flick, we present the indie films that deserve glory.

Postponed blockbuster films during the pandemic have led to a rise in indie darlings finally getting the recognition they deserve. Despite a pandemic, there are so many movies to celebrate from last year. The 2021 award season will be unlike any other as many of the token filmmakers that these ceremonies worship have had to reschedule their releases.

Thankfully, this means that more independent films get a chance to show off their meticulously crafted projects on a bigger stage and gain more recognition with awards. To celebrate the incredible bout of independent films last year, here are five outstanding releases that deserve an Oscar nomination.


Directed by Lee Isaac Chung, Minari is a semi-autobiographical take on his upbringing. A complete hit at the Sundance Festival, Minari tells the story of a Korean-American family who move to America to provide a better life for their children. It focuses on the harrowing truth of the ‘American Dream’ and it offers a heart-wrenching portrait of a family’s struggle. Steven Yeun and Ye-ri Han give magnificent performances that deserve all the praise.


Following an elderly Welshman (played by Anthony Hopkins), The Father tells his journey through dementia and how he must deal with his progressing memory loss. Co-written and directed by Florian Zeller, The Father gives you an unsettling but emotional journey that’ll stay with you even after the film ends. Another smash hit from Sundance, and hopefully it’ll win over the Academy as well.


Chloé Zhao’s moving story of a woman who loses everything in the Great Recession. Frances McDormand’s devastating performance as a nomad who embarks on a journey through the west is just addictive to watch. Nomadland’s captivating cinematography of the vast landscapes of America contrasting McDormand’s fragile character is a combination that leaves you stunned.


The debut movie from the multi-talented Regina King, One Night in Miami is a fictional account of the famous night Cassius Clay won big. This outstanding film features icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown who gather to discuss their roles in the civil rights movement and their views on the cultural upheaval of the 60s. It is the first film to premiere at the Venice Film Festival from an African-American female director, and King is truly a talent to watch out for.


Kornél Mundruczó directs Vanessa Kirby in this tragic film that chronicles a family’s grief after losing their baby. Pieces of a Woman is full of unbelievable performances that show all the different stages of grief and the director is unafraid to show the toughst bits. It’s a difficult film to watch, but it’s well worth it.

The Oscars is scheduled to take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on April 25, 2021.