The nominations are here! Mank, Judas and the Black Messiah and Minari are the top contenders for this year’s virtually-held award ceromony.
Now the Grammys are done and dusted for another year, we can finally put all of our attention to the grand finale – the Oscars. Known to cause controversy with on-stage mishaps and snubbed nominations, the famed award show is kicking off the final showdown with his year’s noms.
Leading the way with a whopping 10 nominations is David Fincher’s black and white drama Mank, scooping nods in Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Nomadland, Sound of Metal and The Trial of the Chicago 7 all come in second with six nominations in various categories.
This year is definitely the year of the Brits, as Sacha Baron-Cohen, Carey Mulligan and Olivia Colman, Daniel Kaluuya and Sir Anthony Hopkins are all nominated in major categories. History has also been made before the show even kicks off as Riz Ahmed is the first Muslim to be nominated for Best Actor, while Steve Yeun becomes the first Asian-American to be nominated in the same category. With it being International Women’s Month, Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell are waving the flag for the girls as they mark the first time two women have been nominated for Best Director.
(LEFT) HULU: The United States Vs Billie Holiday (RIGHT) Netflix: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
HULU: The United States Vs Billie Holiday Netflix: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
With nine actors of colour nominated, this year marks the most diverse slate of acting nominees in history, after years of aggressive efforts by the Academy to diversify its membership after years of all-white nominees. Chadwick Boseman, Andra Day, Viola Davis, Lakeith Stanfield and Leslie Odom Jr are among those nominated
While we celebrate those who have been nominated, a few eyebrows were left raised after Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and Regina King’s One Night In Miami were left off the nominations list, and while Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom scored noms in Best Actor and Best Actress categories, the film was not selected for Best Picture. With this year’s show set be held virtually like other award shows, we hope they’ve learned from the glitch-infested Golden Globes and put on a show to remember for the right reasons.
For all nominations visit Oscars.org and tune in April 26th to watch the ceremony
(LEFT) A24: Minari (MID) Amazon Studios: Sound of Metal (RIGHT) Warner Bros: Judas and the Black Messiah
A24: Minari (MID) Amazon Studios: Sound of Metal Warner Bros: Judas and the Black Messiah