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The Oscar 2021 nominations are out and here’s what you need to know

The Oscar 2021 nominations are being hailed as the most diverse ever with multiple nods to civil rights films, persons of colour, and women.

Nominations in all 23 categories of the 93rd Academy Awards were announced on Monday, March 15, 2021. Mank received the maximum nods with 10 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Judas and the Black Messiah earned six nominations, including supporting actors for Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield. The two were joined by Leslie Odom Jr. in the category for One Night in Miami.

This year witnessed a record 70 women getting nominated in 76 categories. Of them were Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell nominated Best Director for Nomadland and Promising Young Woman, respectively — the first time two women have been nominated in this category the same year.


Image: Vegafi/CC 4.0/Wikimedia Commons; IMDb

Zhao is also the first woman of colour ever nominated as director. Fennel posted a tweet expressing her emotions following the honour.

So proud and grateful to every amazing person who worked on this film. Never going to stop crying.

— Emerald Fennell (@emeraldfennell) March 15, 2021


Nominated for Best Actress in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Viola Davis became the only Black woman with two best actress nods and the most-nominated Black actress ever with four nominations in total. Davis took to Twitter to congratulate the team behind the film.

Absolutely thrilled!! Congratulations to the whole @MaRaineyFilm team! Deserved! pic.twitter.com/Dx9GEsLRaz

— Viola Davis (@violadavis) March 15, 2021


It was also the first time that two actors of Asian descent were nominated in the Best Actor category. While Pakistani-origin Riz Ahmed became the first Muslim to earn the nod for his performance in Sound of Metal, Korean-American Steven Yeun found himself in the category for Minari.

While expressing gratitude for his nomination, Ahmed gave a shout out to the film’s writer-director Darius Marder, actor Paul Raci and the rest of the crew members in a series of tweets and an Instagram post.




Image: rizahmed/Instagram

Streaming platforms dominated this year’s nominees list. Films by Netflix earned a total of 35 nominations. Besides Mank, the streamer earned nominations for The Trial of the Chicago 7Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

The nominations were presented by actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas and her singer-songwriter husband Nick Jonas. The presentation was aired live from London on the Academy’s official website and digital platforms.

Image: priyankachopra/Twitter

Due to COVID-19, the ceremony will be held on April 25 this year instead of in its usual early April slot. The organisation also changed the eligibility criteria to allow films that would have gone to cinemas to still be eligible if they debuted on streaming services.

Academy president David Rubin confirmed that this year’s ceremony would be broadcast from Union Station in Los Angeles as well as the Oscars’ traditional Dolby Theatre home in Hollywood.

Here is a look at the nominees:

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah




Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Best Director

Thomas Vinterburg, Another Round

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

David Fincher, Mank

Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Gary Oldman, Mank

Steven Yeun, Minari

Best Supporting Actress

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Olivia Colman, The Father

Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Best Supporting Actor

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas And The Black Messiah

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Lakeith Stanfield, Judas And The Black Messiah

Leslie Odom Jr, One Night In Miami

Paul Raci, Sound Of Metal

Best Original Screenplay

Judas And The Black Messiah; Screenplay by Will Berson, Shaka King; Story by Will Berson, Shaka King, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas

Minari; Lee Isaac Chung

Promising Young Woman; Emerald Fennell

Sound Of Metal; Screenplay by Darius Marder, Abraham Marder; Story by Darius Marder, Derek Cianfrance

The Trial Of The Chicago 7; Aaron Sorkin

Best Adapted Screenplay

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm; Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman, Lee Kern; Story by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Nina Pedrad

The Father; Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

Nomadland; Chloé Zhao

One Night In Miami; Kemp Powers

The White Tiger; Ramin Bahrani

Best International Feature

Another Round (Denmark)

Better Days (Hong Kong)

Collective (Romania)

The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia)

Quo Vadis,  Aida? (Bosnia)

Best Animated Feature


Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon



Best Original Score

Da 5 Bloods; Terence Blanchard

Mank; Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Minari; Emile Mosseri

News Of The World; James Newton Howard

Soul; Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste

Best Original Song

Husavik, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Fight For You, Judas and the Black Messiah

Io Si (Seen), The Life Ahead

Speak Now, One Night in Miami

Hear My Voice, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Documentary Feature

My Octopus Teacher


Crip Camp

The Mole Agent


Best Documentary Short


A Concierto is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

Best Live Action Short

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

Best Animated Short


Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You



Best Sound

Greyhound; Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders and David Wyman

Mank; Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance and Drew Kunin

News of the World; Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller and John Pritchett

Sound of Metal; Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

Soul; Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott and David Parker

Best Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah; Sean Bobbitt

Mank; Erik Messerschmidt

News of the World; Dariusz Wolski

Nomadland; Joshua James Richards

The Trial of the Chicago 7; Phedon Papamichael

Best Costume Design

Emma; Alexandra Byrne

Mank; Trish Summerville

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom;  Ann Roth

Mulan; Bina Daigeler

Pinocchio; Massimo Cantini Parrini

Best Film Editing

The Father; Yorgos Lamprinos

Nomadland; Chloé Zhao

Promising Young Woman;  Frédéric Thoraval

Sound of Metal; Mikkel E.G. Nielsen

The Trial of the Chicago 7; Alan Baumgarten

Best Visual Effects

Love and Monsters; Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt and Brian Cox

The Midnight Sky; Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon and David Watkins

Mulan; Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury and Steve Ingram

The One and Only Ivan; Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones and Santiago Colomo Martinez

Tenet; Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Emma; Marese Langan, Laura Allen, Claudia Stolze

Hillbilly Elegy; Eryn Krueger Mekash, Patricia Dehaney, Matthew Mungle

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, Jamika Wilson 

Mank; Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams, Colleen LaBaff

Pinocchio; Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli, Francesco Pegoretti

Best Production Design

The Father; Production Design: Peter Francis; Set Decoration: Cathy Featherstone

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Production Design: Mark Ricker; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton

Mank;  Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

News of the World; Production Design: David Crank; Set Decoration: Elizabeth Keenan

Tenet; Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas

Hero and feature image via Priyanka Chopra Jonas Twitter 

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