After a long working day, you will hardly want to search for something worth watching among those thousands of movies. That`s why the German TV Company has prepared a new rating for you. The best movies, the winners, and nominees for the Academy Award are here. We have tried to include the main nominations, so you can choose your favorite genre. 

Here is the mentioned list. Have a look at it and choose the best option for this evening. 

The Best Animated Feature Film

Are you among those who prefer animated movies? Have a look at this category then. The first one is the winner, and further, the nominees follow. 

Soul

Soul

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Director: Pete Docter and Anna Murray

Soul is a special animated movie. It is worth every second spent on watching it. 

It tells you a story about a music teacher who has been always dreaming about becoming a musician, his trip to the Great After and the Great Beyond, his soul, and the greatest friendship ever. What about values? You will look at your life from a different point of view. We bet you will enjoy watching the movie. 

It was the winner. Now, the nominees follow. 

Onward

Onward

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Director: Dan Scanlon

Onward is among those movies that tell us about the deepest matters in our lives. Several thousands of years ago, magic was common in the mystery world. However, with time, technology has advanced so much that magic has become obsolete. The situation changes when two elf brothers Ian and Barley have lost their father and get from their mum some magical things. These things can bring their dad back for a one-day-long visit. 

The movie teaches us to deal with the worst losses and still, move on without losing hope. 

Over the Moon

Over the Moon

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Director: Glen Keane, John Kars

One more movie that teaches to get over any pain and grief is Over the Moon. Fei Fei lives happily until she loses her mom. The girl hopes though that the legend about a Moon goddess is the truth and decides to go to the Moon to meet the goddess and her mum. Moreover, she knows about the Moon goddess's secret: the woman has taken a potion of immortality and now, is forced to live forever. 

After a lot of adventures, good and bad ones, the girl reaches the Moon. There, she learns to handle her grief and move on even if it is very painful. 

Cinematography

Now, it is a turn to enjoy for those who love movies. So, what about a couple of leaders? Here we go! 

Mank

Mank

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Director: David Fincher

Mank is a biographical drama that tells us about a great screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. He was hired to create a screenplay for Citizen Kane. His work on the screenplay is connected with a lot of struggle but he manages to create a piece that he himself will call the piece of his life. 

In the end, the movie made based on his screenplay wins the Academy Award for the Best Original Screenplay. 

Now, let us have a look at the nominees. 

Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah

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Director: Shaka King

Judas and the Black Messiah is one more biographical movie. It is a mixture of drama, thriller, action. The movie tells us a story about a young criminal recruited by the FBI to become their informant. He does his job well, so well that when he tries to quit, he isn't allowed to do so. 

While he is supposedly working on the good side, there are still too many questions and doubts, and he cannot find any proper replies. This is one more biographical drama. However, the story is completely different from the story of a screenwriter. Judas and the Black Messiah tells viewers a tragic story of a young criminal who becomes an FBI informant. We see that even though the young man is fighting the crime, there are still many questions to ask and many doubts to resolve. There is no way back, and in this, the FBI resembles a criminal organization.

News of the World

News of the World

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Director: Paul Greengrass

News of the World is a western drama. The movie is telling a story of a Civil War veteran. He is an elderly man but his adventures aren`t over yet. He takes a task to return a young girl to her family, or rather to the leftovers of her family. The girl was kidnapped when she was a child by Kiowa. Now, she has a unique chance to reunite with her closest ones.

After delivering her to her relatives, the old man directs to his own home where he discovers that his wife is dead. Nobody is waiting for him. He returns to check how the girl is and finds out that she has to be saved now from her own relatives. 

In the end, these two stay together. 

The movie shows us that those are our family who feels for us, take care of us, and love us. And those people aren`t necessarily our relatives. 

Directing

Not a single movie would exist without proper directing. That`s why a special award is given for directing. Here is the list of movies that were distinguished by amazing directing. As usual, the first one is the Academy Award winner, and further, the nominees follow. 

Nomadland

Nomadland

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Director: Chloe Zhao

Nomadland is a story about a woman. She isn`t young, around her 50-ies, and at that age, she loses her husband, her job, and sells all her belongings to buy a van and move around the country in search of work. She believes that her life is nothing but struggle until she meets nomads and discovers the true joy in her freedom. 

This is a very deep movie that makes us think. If you love such type of movies, you will for sure enjoy every second of Nomadland. 

And now, some words about the nominees.

Another Round

Another Round

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Director: Thomas Wirtenberg

What about drinking? Some psychiatrists insist that drinking in small volumes improves the quality of life. Four colleagues learned about this theory and decided to test it. For some, it worked and helped to fix relationships with the closest ones, to become more creative and productive at work. Others had sad co

Minari

Minari

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Director: Lee Isaac Chung

Minari is a story about Korean immigrants who are trying to make their way in the USA during the 1980-s. The family struggles with farming and living, they get from time to time some help, sometimes, they seem to be lost. However, in the end, they have to reassess their values and start again everything from a zero point. 

Documentary

Documentaries are special movies. They are loved by a selected circle of people. They even are believed to be boring. However, our list is about a different types of documentaries. Each of them tells a story to learn and to think about. 

My Octopus Teacher

My Octopus Teacher

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Director: Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed

Foster is in her element: she is freediving and documenting her experiences when she meets a young and curious octopus. She is doing her best to make the animal trust her and to let the octopus into her world. And in the end, she manages to achieve it. 

The documentary tells us about the incredible relationship of a young woman and an animal, a wild animal. They learn about the life of each other, they help each other, and they teach each other. This is an amazing movie to watch and learn from it. 

The nominees are the following.

Collective

Collective

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Director: Alexander Nanau

A fire in a club Colectiv starts a new page in the country`s history. 27 people die, more than 220 persons are hospitalized. But soon, they start dying in hospitals. Rumors are crawling that it happens because the disinfectants in hospitals are diluted. Protests break out, and journalists start their own investigation.

When the truth is unveiled, the Health Minister resigns. But even this doesn`t improve the situation at all. What is going on? Watch the documentary to find out. 

The Mole Agent

The Mole Agent

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Director: Maite Alberdi

An agent believes or rather suspects that in a caregiving facility for elderly people, caregivers abuse their clients. The agent hires an elderly man to go and live there undercover. What will be discovered? Watch the documentary to find out. 

International Feature Film

The Academy Award in this category is given to the movies where dialogues are predominantly not in English. We believe that being awarded the main prize in cinematography already means that the movie is of top quality. Even being nominated for the award tells us a lot. 

Another Round

Another Round

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Director: Thomas Wirtenberg (Denmark)

Another Round, once more, as it got the award in several nominations. So, once more: four teachers are testing a theory that alcohol in small amounts improves the quality of life. The results are different for each friend. 

Better Days

Better Days

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Director: Kwok Cheung Tsang (Hong Kong)

This movie is about one of the most painful topics - bullying. A teenage girl has to deal with the stress of her final exams, and at the same time, she has to handle violent bullying from the side of her classmates. Unexpectedly, she meets a stranger who promises to take care of her. 

The Man Who Sold His Skin

The Man Who Sold His Skin

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Director: Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia)

This movie has everything in it: satire, drama, tragedy, politics, and many more things. A Syrian refugee agrees to provide his back as a canvas for a famous tattoo artist. Soon, somebody else is getting interested in the masterpieces created by the famous tattoo maker.