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The 2021 Awards Season with Gateway Film Center

Columbus’s home for film.

Gateway Film Center to Reopen for Limited Schedule to Screen Best Picture Nominees

April 22 – April 25

Join your fellow film lovers at the Center for a festival weekend of in-person screenings of the Best Picture nominees. With your Awards Season Pass, you are also invited to join us for the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony on April 25.

A limited number of seats will be available – get your Awards Season Weekend Pass now!

Any remaining individual tickets will be released in mid-April.

Pass for One: SOLD OUT     Pass for Two

Nomadland—Thursday, April 22

After losing everything in the Great Recession, Fern embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. Real-life nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells act as Fern’s mentors and comrades as she explores a life outside of conventional society. See full details.

Minari—Friday, April 23

A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home. See full details.

Promising Young Woman—Friday, April 23

Nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story. See full details.

The Father—Saturday, April 24

Anthony is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the careers that his daughter, Anne, encouragingly introduces. Yet help is also becoming a necessity for Anne; she can’t make daily visits anymore and Anthony’s grip on reality is unravelling. See full details.

Mank—Saturday, April 24

1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Orson Welles’ iconic masterpiece, Citizen Kane (1941). See full details.

Judas and the Black Messiah—Saturday, April 24

FBI informant William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton. A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell. Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson. See full details.

The Trial of the Chicago 7—Sunday, April 25

With a knack for courtroom drama, Academy and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Aaron Sorkin translated this pivotal event in US history for the screen. The film earned six nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor Sacha Baron Cohen.  See full details.

Sound of Metal—Sunday, April 25

Metal drummer Ruben begins to lose his hearing. When a doctor tells him his condition will worsen, he thinks his career and life is over. His girlfriend Lou checks the former addict into a rehab for the deaf hoping it will prevent a relapse and help him adapt to his new life. After being welcomed and accepted just as he is, Ruben must choose between his new normal and the life he once knew. See full details.

Passes On Sale Now

With your Awards Season Weekend Pass, watch all eight Best Picture nominee screenings and join us for the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony on April 25.

Pass for One: SOLD OUT     Pass for Two

The 2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts

Coming to our Virtual Screening Room on April 2

For the 16th consecutive year, ShortsTV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films in all three categories
– Animated, Live Action and Documentary.

Preorder now and be the first to stream on April 2.

Live Action Shorts
Feeling Through, by Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski, USA
The Letter Room, by Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan, USA
The Present, by Farah Nabulsi, Palestine
Two Distant Strangers, by Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe, USA
White Eye, by Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman, Israel

Documentary Shorts

Colette, by Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard, France/Germany/USA
A Concerto Is a Conversation, by Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers, USA
Do Not Split, by Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook, USA/Norway
Hunger Ward, by Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman, USA
A Love Song for Latashaby Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan, USA

Animated Shorts
Burrow  by Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat , USA
Genius Loci by Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise, France
If Anything Happens I Love You by Will McCormack and Michael Govier, USA
Opera by Erick Oh, USA
Yes-People by Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson, Iceland
And, featuring more short films from the shortlist

A Note on Safety

Our priority is the safety and well-being of our audience, the people in our community, the artists we support, and our staff and volunteers. As we approach Awards Season Weekend at the end of April, we will continue to update you on the specific health and safety measures that will be implemented. If you have any questions, please contact

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Our Annual Nominations Breakfast

A Film Center tradition, reimagined

 This year’s awards season looks different, so we kicked off the celebration from home.

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