2021 Oscar Nominations Revealed: See the Full List

Netflix dominates with Mank, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and Hillbilly Elegy

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Mank / Minari / Nomadland

    This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) revealed the nominees for the 2021 Academy Awards. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas announced the nominees virtually in a live telecast. Now in its 93rd year, the annual awards show honors cinematic achievements in the film industry.

    Following its epic showing at last month’s Golden Globes Awards, Netflix came out strong yet again, dominating the slate with top-tier nominations for Mank, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and Hillbilly Elegy. In fact, David Fincher’s historical drama leads the way with 10 nominations that include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

    Other favorites include Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah, Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal, Florian Zeller’s The Father, Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman, and, yes, Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari. After being relegated to solely International Film at the Golden Globes, Minari was vindicated by the Academy, nabbing nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Steven Yeun, Best Supporting Actress for Yuh-Jung Youn, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Score.


    Elsewhere, Chadwick Boseman was posthumously nominated for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Maria Bakalova secured a Best Supporting Actress nom for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross received two Best Original Score nominations for Soul and Mank, and Thomas Vinterberg snuck into the Best Director field for Another Round.

    Altogether, it’s a noticeably progressive shift from the mostly white field of nominees in 2020 with plenty of diversity across the board. The fact that two female filmmakers are nominated for Best Director (Zhao, Fennell) — not to mention, the many nominations for female writers in both Screenplay categories  — is admittedly a step up for the Academy. Historically speaking, Zhao is the first Chinese-American woman to be nominated for Best Director, while Fennell marks the first female filmmaker to be nominated for a feature directorial debut.

    In terms of snubs, Jack Fincher’s screenplay for Mank was curiously left out of its sweep, Regina King was passed over for Best Director for One Night in Miami…, and Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods was virtually ignored save for Original Score. Those who campaigned hard for Delroy Lindo will no doubt be very disappointed this morning for the veteran actor.


    The full list of nominees can be found below as they are announced. Winners will be unveiled during a live gala at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday, April 25th, 2021, two months later than originally planned due to the COVID pandemic. Stay tuned to Consequence in the month ahead for more coverage.

    Best Picture:
    The Father
    Judas and the Black Messiah
    Promising Young Woman
    Sound of Metal
    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    Best Director:
    Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
    Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
    David Fincher, Mank
    Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
    Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman


    Best Actor:
    Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
    Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    Anthony Hopkins, The Father
    Gary Oldman, Mank
    Steven Yeun, Minari

    Best Actress:
    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 Supporting Actor:
    Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
    Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
    Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami …
    Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
    Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah


    Best Supporting Actress:
    Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
    Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
    Olivia Colman, The Father
    Amanda Seyfried, Mank
    Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

    Best Original Screenplay:
    Judas and the Black Messiah, Will Berson and Shaka King
    Minari, Lee Isaac Chung
    Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell
    Sound of Metal, Darius Marder, Abraham Marder
    The Trial of the Chicago 7, Aaron Sorkin

    Best Adapted Screenplay:
    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman, Lee Kern & Nina Pedrad
    The Father, Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton
    Nomadland, Chloé Zhao
    One Night in Miami …, Kemp Powers
    The White Tiger, Ramin Bahrani


    Best International Feature Film:
    Another Round
    Better Days
    The Man Who Sold His Skin
    Quo Vadis, Aida?

    Best Documentary Feature Film:
    Crip Camp
    The Mole Agent
    My Octupus Teacher

    Best Documentary Short:
    A Concerto Is a Conversation
    Do Not Split
    Hunger Ward
    A Love Song for Natasha

    Best Animated Feature Film:
    Over the Moon
    A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon


    Best Animated Short Film:
    Genius Loci
    If Anything Happens I Love You

    Best Live Action Short Film:
    Feeling Through
    The Letter Room
    The Present
    Two Distant Strangers
    White Eye

    Best Original Score:
    Da 5 Bloods
    News of the World

    Best Original Song:
    “Fight For You” by H.E.R., Judas and the Black Messiah
    “Hear My Voice” by Celeste, The Trail of the Chicago 7
    “Husavik” by Molly Sandén and Will Ferrell, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
    “Io Si (Seen)” by Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, and Niccolò Agliardi, The Life Ahead
    “Speak Now” by Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami

    Best Production Design:
    The Father
    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    News of the World

    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:
    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    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 Sound:
    News of the World
    Sound of Metal

    Best Visual Effects:
    Love and Monsters
    The Midnight Sky
    The One and Only Ivan

    Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
    Hillbilly Elegy
    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom