To make Best Picture Oscar predictions, we weigh many factors with the most important being the preferential ballot. It is used only for this category at the Oscars and asks voters to rank all 10 Best Picture nominees; the winner is the consensus choice. We also take into account the pedigree of the filmmakers, the critical reception to their previous films, the box office tallies and the track record of the studios. Taking all of these into consideration, let’s look ahead to the 2021 Academy Awards nominations. Only those films with confirmed release dates are listed above. Check back often as new contenders are scheduled while other are dropped due to delays or critical reaction.