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Nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards

March 15, 2021

By John Corrado

The nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards were announced this morning, with eight films (The Father, Judas And The Black Messiah, Mank, Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal and The Trial Of The Chicago 7) ultimately getting into the Best Picture lineup.

David Fincher’s Mank leads the day with a total of ten nominations, which is about what I expected since the film is a very clear contender in a lot of the technical categories. Many of the expected frontrunners from throughout the season ended up getting in, with everyone’s predicted five (Viola Davis, Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby, Frances McDormand, Carey Mulligan) rounding out the Best Actress lineup.

Meanwhile, in Best Supporting Actress, a category that felt so hard to predict a few days ago, ended up settling into the five expected nominees from earlier in the season (Maria Bakalova, Glenn Close, Olivia Colman, Amanda Seyfried, Yuh-jung Youn). As someone who wasn’t really a fan of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, I’m not that crazy about Bakalova’s nomination, and it will be very embarrassing if she actually wins, especially over Yuh-jung Youn in Minari.

The first big surprise of the morning was LaKeith Stanfield (who actually campaigned as lead) getting in Best Supporting Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah. Thomas Vinterberg scoring a Best Director nomination for Another Round also came as a surprise, and it’s pretty cool to see the director’s branch starting to recognize International Film nominees. I am also very, very happy that The Father get in for Production Design and Editing, as the film powerfully uses both to put us inside the mind of someone with dementia.

There were also snubs, of course. Aaron Sorkin not making the Best Director cut for once-presumed Best Picture frontrunner The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one that a lot of people will take notice of, but it’s not entirely shocking since the film is more being recognized for writing and editing. I’m more disappointed that Regina King’s directorial debut One Night in Miami missed out on a Best Picture nomination. King was also a notable omission from the Best Director lineup, which still includes two female nominees (Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell) for the first time in history.

Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods was another notable omission in several major categories, with the film’s masterful lead performance by Delroy Lindo, once seen as the frontrunner, ultimately being unable to crack the Best Actor five, and Chadwick Boseman missing out on a second posthumous nomination for Supporting Actor. The film’s lone nomination instead came for Terrence Blanchard’s musical score. A few smaller snubs that stood out to me were Welcome to Chechnya missing out on both Documentary Feature and Visual Effects nominations, categories that it made the shortlist in.

The always unpredictable Documentary Feature category also carried some surprises. Critical favourites Dick Johnson is Dead and Boys State both got the shaft, while dark horse contender The Mole Agent got a surprise nomination, which I actually predicted on Twitter after watching the film. My own personal pick in the category is Collective, which I’m happy to say followed in the footsteps of Honeyland last year to become a double nominee, getting nominated in the International Film category as well.

I am very disappointed that Pixar’s groundbreaking SparkShort Out missed out on a Best Animated Short nomination, though fellow SparkShort Burrow did get in, at least. I also would have loved to see Pixar’s Soul get nominated for Best Picture and Original Screenplay, both things that sadly didn’t pan out. The film did, however, receive a trio of much deserved nominations for Sound, Score and Animated Feature, the latter two of which it is all but guaranteed to win.

I can’t wait for them to go back to a fixed ten nominees for Best Picture, as an expanded lineup would have given films like One Night in Miami and Soul a better chance of getting in. But, for the most part, I’m pretty happy with a lot of these nominees. I’m thrilled with all of the love for Nomadland and Minari (Steven Yeun in Best Actor!), which, by my estimate, are the two Best Picture frontrunners, just as they should be.

Please find the full list of nominations after the jump.

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

David Fincher – Mank

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

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 Actor:

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:

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Youn Yuh-jung – Minari

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 Original 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 Animated Feature:

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

Best Documentary Feature:

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher

Time

Best International Feature:

Another Round

Better Days

Collective

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

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.

Mank

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mulan

Pinocchio

Best Film Editing:

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound Of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Makeup & Hairstyling:

Emma.

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Pinocchio

Best Production Design:

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

News of the World

Tenet

Best Sound:

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Soul

Sound of Metal

Best Visual Effects:

Love And Monsters

Mulan

The Midnight Sky

The One And Only Ivan

Tenet

Best Original Score:

Da 5 Bloods – Terrence 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

Best Original Song:

“Fight for You” – Judas and the Black Messiah

“Hear My Voice” – The Trial of the Chicago 7

“Husavik (My Hometown)” – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

“Io Sì (Seen)” – The Life Ahead

“Speak Now” – One Night in Miami

Best Animated Short:

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You

Opera

Yes-People

Best Documentary Short:

Colette

A Concerto 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

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