Oscar Winners 2021: What to Watch Next

Oscar Winners 2021

Oscar Winners: What to Watch Next

by Roderic March
In our last article, we suggested other titles to watch for each of the 2021 Academy Award Best Picture nominees. And on Sunday, the envelope was opened to reveal Nomadland won Best Picture. It’s definitely one of the most interesting and unique movies among the nominees.
Now that the voting is over and the winners have been announced, we’re ready to suggest titles you'd enjoy if you liked one of the feature film winners in the Oscars 2021 major categories – Nomadland, The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Promising Young Woman, My Octopus Teacher, Soul, Another Round, Mank, Sound of Metal, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and Tenet.
the Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
My Octopus Teacher
Another Round
Sound Of Metal
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

We created this list of titles for fans of the Oscar winners – using a combination of five tools we developed to help studios understand audience reactions to their movies and TV shows.

  • Most-like titles
  • Nanocrowd genres
  • Nanocrowd minigenres
  • Viewer keywords
  • Crowd rating

We’re sharing details about how we chose titles for My Octopus Teacher, Soul, and Another Round. And then, we show you the complete list of suggested titles for all the Oscar winners. For more details about how we selected titles for Nomadland, Judas and the Black Messiah, and Minari, you can look back at our previous article.

My Octopus Teacher

Documentary Feature Winner
Like any great documentary, My Octopus Teacher was much more than a documentary about an octopus. It was an exploration of life, what we can learn from animals, and a vivid introduction into their lives. Here are the titles we thought you might enjoy if My Octopus Teacher inspired you.
suggestions for My Octopus Teacher
If you liked My Octopus Teacher try: Elephant, March of the Penguins, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, Biggest Little Farm, Honeyland.
Each of these stories is very different (and none of them is about an octopus). The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, The Biggest Little Farm, and Honeyland are similar stories of how animals enlighten and touch our hearts the more we interact with them. The March of the Penguins and Elephant don't have a human cast at all, but both are still emotional, touching journeys that explore animals’ lives to enrich our knowledge of both them and us.

We chose these titles because they

  • are among the top 20 most-like titles for My Octopus Teacher
  • are all in the genre Humanity and the World Around Us
  • share these minigenres
    • journey, scientific, humanity, breathtaking, earth
    • documentary, sad, fascinating, emotional, heartbreaking
    • animals, adorable, heartwarming, family
  • have at least 5 of the top 15 viewer keywords in common - including documentary, journey, emotional, and touching
  • are rated at least 3.6 stars out of 5


Animated Feature Film Winner
Soul is a unique and moving film, truly unlike any other animated feature we've seen. And our analysis showed there are no other films that captured its powerful, philosophical theme and exploration of jazz. However, animated features often create moving, emotional stories that help us discover ourselves with laughter and joy. Like Soul, all of our selections are emotional journeys with a side of laughter.
suggestions for Soul
If you liked Soul try: Up, Toy Story 4, Inside Out,Ralph Broke the Internet, Brother Bear.

We chose these titles because they

  • are among the top 20 most-like titles for Soul
  • are all in the genre Kids and Animation with no secondary genres
  • share these minigenres
    • imaginative, fantasy, magic, fairy-tale, enchanted
    • humor, cartoon, funny, jokes, lovable
    • christmas, holiday, heartwarming, family, adorable
  • have at least 5 of the top 15 viewer keywords in common - including funny, emotional, and journey
  • are rated at least 3.3 stars out of 5

Another Round

International Feature Film Winner

Another Round was yet another challenge. It's predominantly in our Victorious Underdog genre, but it's definitely not the usual teen coming-of-age or sports story. It's also in our Moving Relationship Stories genre, and it contains lots of humor and tragic elements as it exposes the effects of alcohol abuse. It’s certainly a unique collection of themes wrapped up in a darkly funny, emotional story.

We didn't expect to find a title exactly like Another Round, but we did find 4 suggestions that share key elements. Smashed is also a darkly funny, emotional story of how alcoholism affects relationships. In Half Nelson, drug addiction is the backdrop to its dark emotional journey with occasional touches of humor. Rushmore and Detachment are also dark-humor Victorious Underdog stories with a school as a backdrop, although they don't delve into the same themes of addiction. Watch out though: if you're looking for the same amount of humor as Another Round, you may not want to add Half Nelson and Detachment to your list.

If you liked Another Round try: Half Nelson, Rushmore, Detachment.

We chose these four titles because they

  • are among the top 20 most-like titles for Another Round
  • are all in the genre Victorious Underdogs
  • all 4 share 1 minigenre with Another Round
    • teacher, student, classroom, kids, classmates
  • share these 2 minigenres
    • sad, depressing, illness, touching, heartbreaking or
    • team, coach, sports, football, athlete
  • had at least 7 of the top 15 viewer keywords in common - including teacher, emotional, and relationships
  • were rated at least 3.7 stars out of 5

Full List of Suggested Titles

Here's the full list of nominees and our suggested movies and TV shows. We had fun adding a few new titles to our list of Academy Award suggestions. Grab your remote and enjoy!

2021 Oscar Winners and Our Suggestions



  • the Straight story (1999)
  • Revolutionary Road (2008)
  • Paris, Texas (1984)
The Father

The Father

  • Amour (2012)
  • Still Alice (2015)
  • Pieces of a Woman (2021)
  • Our Father (2014)
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah

  • Detroit (2017)
  • Mississippi Burning (1988)
  • BlacKkKlansman (2018)
  • J. Edgar (2011)
  • Just Mercy (2020)


  • Avalon (1990)
  • Entre Nos (2009)
  • The Namesake (2007)
  • Shoplifters (2018)
  • In America (2002)
Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman

  • Elle (2016)
  • Nocturnal Animals (2016)
  • 8MM (1999)
  • The Butterfly Effect (2004)
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
My Octopus Teacher

My Octopus Teacher

  • Elephant (2020)
  • March of the Penguins (2005)
  • The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003)
  • The Biggest Little Farm (2019)
  • Honeyland (2019)


  • Up (2009)
  • Toy Story 4 (2019)
  • Inside Out (2015)
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
  • Brother Bear (2003)
Another Round

Another Round

  • Smashed (2012)
  • Half Nelson (2006)
  • Rushmore (1998)
  • Detachment (2011)


  • Citizen Kane (1941)
  • Cradle Will Rock (1999)
  • Chaplin (1992)
  • Frost/Nixon (2008)
  • All the King's Men (2006)
Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal

  • Whiplash (2014)
  • Beautiful Boy (2018)
  • A Star Is Born (2018)
  • The Queen's Gambit (2020)
  • Children of a Lesser God (1986)
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

  • Ray (2004)
  • The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021)
  • Cadillac Records (2008)
  • Get on Up (2014)
  • Dancer in the Dark (2000)


  • Inception (2010)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
  • The Matrix (1999)
  • Source Code (2011)