As Dr. Strange once told Iron Man–we’re in the endgame now. (Sorry–I couldn’t help myself.) The nominations for the 2021 Oscars have been finally announced, but before I share my reactions, let’s get to this year’s nominees!

Best Motion Picture of the Year

The Father David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi and Philippe Carcassonne, Producers

Judas and the Black Messiah Shaka King, Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler, Producers

Mank Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth and Douglas Urbanski, Producers

Minari Christina Oh, Producer

Nomadland Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, Producers

Promising Young Woman Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell and Josey McNamara, Producers

Sound of Metal Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche, Producers“The Trial of the Chicago 7” Marc Platt and Stuart Besser, Producers

The Trial of the Chicago 7 Marc Platt and Stuart Besser, Producers


Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day in The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand in Nomadland

Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman


Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins in The Father

Gary Oldman in Mank

Steven Yeun in Minari


Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Glenn Close in Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman in The Father

Amanda Seyfried in Mank

Yuh-Jung Youn in Minari


Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen in “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Daniel Kaluuya in “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Leslie Odom, Jr. in “One Night in Miami…”

Paul Raci in “Sound of Metal”

Lakeith Stanfield in “Judas and the Black Messiah”


Achievement in Directing

Another Round Thomas Vinterberg

Mank David Fincher

Minari Lee Isaac Chung

Nomadland Chloé Zhao

Promising Young Woman Emerald Fennell


Original Screenplay

Judas and the Black Messiah Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King; Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas

Minari Written by Lee Isaac Chung

Promising Young Woman Written by Emerald Fennell

Sound of Metal Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder; Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance

The Trial of the Chicago 7 Written by Aaron Sorkin


Adapted Screenplay

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan 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 Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

Nomadland Written for the screen by Chloé Zhao

One Night in Miami… Screenplay by Kemp Powers

The White Tiger Written for the screen by Ramin Bahrani


Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Onward Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae

Over the Moon Glen Keane, Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon Richard Phelan, Will Becher and Paul Kewley

Soul Pete Docter and Dana Murray

Wolfwalkers Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young and Stéphan Roelants


Best Documentary Feature

Collective Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana

Crip Camp Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder

The Mole Agent Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibáñez

My Octopus Teacher Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster

Time Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino and Kellen Quinn


Best International Feature Film of the Year

Another Round Denmark

Better Days Hong Kong

Collective Romania

The Man Who Sold His Skin Tunisia

Quo Vadis, Aida? Bosnia and Herzegovina


Best Animated Short Film

Burrow Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat

Genius Loci Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise

If Anything Happens I Love You Will McCormack and Michael Govier

Opera Erick Oh

Yes-People Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson


Best Documentary Short Subject

Colette Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard

A Concerto Is a Conversation Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers

Do Not Split Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook

Hunger Ward Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman

A Love Song for Latasha Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan


Best Live Action Short Film

Feeling Through Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski

The Letter Room Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan

The Present Farah Nabulsi

Two Distant Strangers Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe

White Eye Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman


Achievement in 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


Achievement in 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


Achievement in 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


Achievement in 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

Soul Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott and David Parker

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


Achievement in 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


Achievement in Costume Design

Emma Alexandra Byrne

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Ann Roth

Mank Trish Summerville

Mulan Bina Daigeler

Pinocchio Massimo Cantini Parrini


Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

Emma Marese Langan, Laura Allen and Claudia Stolze

Hillbilly Elegy Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle and Patricia Dehaney

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

Mank Gigi Williams, Kimberley Spiteri and Colleen LaBaff

Pinocchio Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli and Francesco Pegoretti


Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

Da 5 Bloods Terence Blanchard

Mank Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Minari Emile Mosseri

News of the World James Newton Howard

Soul Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste


Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

“Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

“Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7
Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite

“Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson

“Io Sì (Seen)” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini

“Speak Now” from One Night in Miami…
Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth


Here’s how things shook out overall for the Best Picture nominees: Mank is on top with 10 nominations, followed by The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Nomadland, Sound of Metal, and The Trial of the Chicago 7 with six nomination each. Additionally, Promising Young Woman picked up five nominations.

This year’s nominations included some big firsts, including two women directors, Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell, nominated for Best Director. Minari’s Steven Yeun became the first Asian American actor to be nominated for Best Actor, and Yuh-Jung Youn became the first South Korean actor to be nominated Best Supporting Actress. Sound of Metal lead Riz Ahmed is the first Muslim actor to be nominated for Best Actor. And that’s not all–in Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom are the first two Black women to be nominated in the category.

All of these firsts are amazing, and I can only hope that it doesn’t take another 93 years to see even more diversity and inclusivity among the nominations.

Overall, I think this year’s nominations are pretty solid, although there were some disappointing oversights, including the lack of One Night in Miami… and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in Best Picture. In Best Director, Regina King deserved to be recognized for her work–I thought she did a stellar job with One Night in Miami…. Tenet should have received recognition in Best Sound, Best Score, and Best Cinematography. Ludwig Göransson’s score, especially, stuck with me after seeing the film last fall. It was a bit of a shock that he didn’t pick up a nomination.

But the biggest surprise of the morning–aside from Thomas Vinterberg picking up a Best Director nomination for Another Round–was LaKeith Stanfield being nominated alongside his co-star Daniel Kaluuya in Best Supporting Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah. I’m not surprised that Stanfield was recognized–I think his performance in the film is fantastic. Being that Warner Bros. had been pushing their FYC campaign for Stanfield in Best Actor, I was a little shocked that the Academy decided to place him in the same category as Kaluuya.

Or, as Stanfield shared on his Instgram:

The 93rd Annual Oscars will air live on Sunday, April 25, at 5 p.m. (PST) on ABC. So close, yet still a little over a month away!

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