What to Do This Weekend

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Welcome. It’s Oscar weekend, so if you’re the type to cram for the ceremony as if for a final exam, it’s time to cue up Minari or Nomadland or whichever contenders you missed. (The broadcast is Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time, on ABC.) Here’s the complete list of nominees and our predictions for who will win. And here’s a ballot if you want to make some predictions of your own.

We’ve got plenty of conversation starters for your virtual watch party: Is there a clear front-runner for best picture? How accurate is that birth scene in “Pieces of a Woman”? On their podcast, “Still Processing,” Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham talked about the revenge-fantasy thriller “Promising Young Woman,” which poses the powerful question “What if there are no good men?”

There’s more to keep you busy beyond movies, of course. Streaming European theater fests. Making “absurdly delicious” chiles rellenos. Anticipating Season 4 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” (April 28!) Finding a weekly car rental that costs less than your mortgage payment. (It’s possible!)

If you’d like to have an especially productive weekend, take inspiration from Jhumpa Lahiri, who wrote her latest novel in Italian then translated it into English herself. “Translation, to me, is metamorphosis,” she told The Times’s Joumana Khatib. “It is a kind of radical re-creation of the work, because you are recreating the language to allow that work to be reborn.”

I was recently riveted by the documentary “The True Cost,” about the environmental impact of fast fashion, so I was glad to learn about some brands’ interest in “regenerative agriculture,” described as “yoga, but for farmland.” This journey through the fridge, highlighting fabrics made from grocery items, is illuminating, too.

John Muse in Springfield, Mass., is thinking about how “home” is not necessarily any one place.

Nadia Owusu’s “Aftershocks” is a mesmerizing memoir about her life and upbringing. The last chapter, assessing all that has happened to her, is called “Home.” In it, many of the paragraphs start with the sentence “Let me show you my home,” followed by descriptions of family members, memories, places she has been and experiences she has gone through. The last one:

“Let me show you my home. It is a blue chair. I sought asylum here. I marked my application temporary. For myself, I am writing reconstruction, not elegy.

“Look into my eyes. See my glowing skin. My pores are open. I am made of the earth, flesh, ocean, blood, and bone of all the places I tried to belong to and all the people I long for. I am pieces. I am whole. I am home.”

It’s incantatory, and a glorious way to look at both life and the definition of one’s home.

Which film, Oscar-nominated or not, would you name “Best Picture” of the last year? Write to us: athome@nytimes.com. Include your full name and location and we might feature your response in a future newsletter. We’re At Home. We’ll read every letter sent. More ideas for leading a full life at home or near it appear below. I’ll see you on Wednesday.

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