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Oscar Buzzed “Nomadland” Coming to Hulu, Theaters on February 19th, Wes Anderson’s “French Dispatch” Remains MIA


Everyone’s asking me how they can see Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland.” I’m pretty sure this is the Best Picture of 2021. (Funny, this year’s Oscars will be for the year in which the movies were actually released!)

Frances McDormand is sensational in this mesmerizing, beautifully made film. It’s already winning awards. I don’t want to oversell it but it’s the best movie this year despite many other good ones including “Minari,” “Ma Rainey,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “Let Them All Talk,” “Jesus and the Black Messiah,” “One Night in Miami,” “The Father,” and “Soul”– among others.

So here’s the news: Searchlight, formerly Fox now Disney, will release “Nomadland” on February 19th on Hulu and in theaters. You can see it earlier– on January 29th- in some IMAX Theaters. Wear a mask, gloves, etc. I’ve seen “Nomadland” twice but I actually might try IMAX on the 29th.

Searchlight has issued dates to some other films for later in the year but so far nothing for Wes Anderson’s “French Dispatch.” I don’t know why. Why not just release it for streaming and theaters, day and date, take your chances? “The French Dispatch” has missed all its release dates. It could be a Best Picture nominee if Searchlight would push the button before February 28th.

Now that we’ve done this, maybe someone from A24 will tell us when and how “Minari” will be available. I love this movie season! It’s like a treasure hunt!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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