Oscars 2021: AMPAS Chooses Producers, Europe Weighs In, and the Documentary Race Takes Flight

This week, the season really begins to take shape as the Academy announces its Oscar producers, Europe weighs in on some of their best films of the year, and one organization celebrates a great year of documentary filmmaking.

Academy News


AMPAS has announced the producers for the 93rd Academy Awards telecast. Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher, and Steven Soderbergh will produce the industry’s biggest night. Collins is an Emmy-winning producer who has produced awards shows including the Grammys, BET Awards, and the Soul Train Awards. Sher’s Oscar nominated credits include Django Unchained and Erin Brockovich. Soderbergh won Best Director for the 2000 film Traffic, when he was also nominated for directing Erin Brockovich.

Precursor Updates and International Awards

The European Film Awards present their winners this week, with the major categories being announced on Saturday night. France’s The Big Hit won the prize for European Comedy and the French/Spanish film Josep won for Animated Feature. The nominees for European Film are Another Round, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Corpus Christi, Martin Eden, The Painted Bird, and Undine.

The Cinema Eye, which honors international non-fiction filmmaking, has announced their nominations in key categories. This year’s nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking are:

  • Boys State (Apple TV+)
    Directed and Produced by Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss
  • Collective 
    Directed and Produced by Alexander Nanau
    Produced by Blanca Oana, Bernard Michaud and Hanna Kastelicová
  • Dick Johnson is Dead (Netflix)
    Directed by Kirsten Johnson
    Produced by Katy Chevigny and Marilyn Ness
  • Gunda 
    Directed by Victor Kossakovsky
    Produced by Anita Rehoff Larsen
  • Time (Amazon Prime)
    Directed and Produced by Garrett Bradley
    Produced by Lauren Domino and Kellen Quinn

Movie Releases

Here are the films releasing this week:

Which films are you looking forward to this week?

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Karen Peterson is the Awards Editor for We Live Entertainment. She previously worked as the Assistant Editor at Awards Circuit, now owned by Variety. Her work can also be found at Citizen Dame and at the Watch and Talk podcast. Her non-awards season hobbies include Angels baseball, taking pictures of other peoples' pets, and tweeting about The Bachelor franchise.

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