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The most diverse Oscar nominations ever

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A total of nine actors of colour received Best Actor nomination, an improvement from last year’s one POC nominee (Cynthia Erivo, Best Actress), and Chinese director Chloe Zhao became the first woman of colour nominated for Best Director.

For the first time ever, the Academy has nominated two female directors at the same time. Chloe Zhao (Nomadland) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) were also nominated at the Globes in the same category, with the former becoming the first Asian woman to win.

Zhao and Fennell’s nominations bring the total number of women nominated in the category to a whopping seven. If either of them wins, they will be the second woman to win the award in the entire history of the Oscars. It’s hard to believe that it has taken 93 years for this to happen (better late than never, I guess?).

Many people, fans and critics alike, were shocked when they learnt of Regina King’s Best Director snub. Her directorial debut One Night in Miami received great reviews after its release at Venice Film Festival and had been slated as a definite nomination.

Steven Yeun and Riz Ahmed also made history, becoming the first Asian American and Pakistani Best Actor nominees, respectively. Alongside the late Chadwick Boseman, this is the first year the category is not majority white.

Confusingly, Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield have been nominated in the Supporting Actor category for their roles in Judas and the Black Messiah. It begs the question, if neither of them was the lead, then who was? Both their performances have been praised since its release, but Kaluuya is expected to win.

The nominations in the Best Picture category were, mostly, expected. Nomadland is still the frontrunner after winning the award at the Globes, but who knows what will happen on the night.

A sigh of relief came for fans of Minari as the film is (rightfully) nominated in the Best Picture category. The Globes faced criticism when they put it in the foreign film category despite it being made up of mostly American cast and crew.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Da 5 Bloods and One Night in Miami all nabbed nominations for best ensemble at the SAG awards but were shockingly snubbed for Best Picture.

Mank has come out on top with ten nominations in total. The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Nomadland, Sound of Metal and The Trial of the Chicago 7 all have 6.

Eight Brit’s received acting nominations this year. Olivia Coleman will likely be looking to repeat her 2019 win for Supporting Actress. At 83, her The Father co-star Anthony Hopkins is the oldest person to be nominated for Best Actor.

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Director

Thomas Vinterberg, 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 actress in a supporting role

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman, The Father

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

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

Best actor in a supporting role

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 screenplay

Judas and the Black Messiah

Minari 

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best adapted screenplay

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm 

The Father

Nomadland

One Night in Miami 

The White Tiger

Best international feature film

Another Round

Better Days

Collective

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best documentary

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher

Best animated feature film

Time

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

Best animated short film

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You

Opera

Yes-People

Best live-action short film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

Colette

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

Best cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 17

Best costume design

Emma

Mank

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mulan

Pinocchio

Best makeup and hairstyling

Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Best production design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

News of the World

Tenet

Best original score

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul

Best sound

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Sound of Metal

Soul

Best film editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best visual effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet

Best original song

Husavik, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Fight For You, Judas and the Black Messiah

Io Sì (Seen), The Life Ahead

Speak Now, One Night in Miami

Hear My Voice, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Featured image credit: Vanity Fair.

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