Oscar Nominations 2021: ‘Mank’ Rakes In Most Noms as Female and BIPOC Nominees Make History

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'Nomadland' director Chloé Zhao, seen here in 2018, continued her record-setting award season run by becoming the first non-white woman to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Director. Photo: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

Mank may be a black and white film, but it’s poised to nab some gold with its 10 Oscar nominations. The David Fincher-directed biopic about Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz nabbed the most Oscar 2021 noms of any film this morning, including for Best Picture, Best Actor (Gary Oldman, 62), Best Actress (Amanda Seyfried) and Best Director (Fincher, 58). The film was actually originally written in the mid-90s by Fincher’s dad, Jack Fincher, who died in 2003.

It’s perhaps no surprise that a love letter to Old Hollywood would lead the Oscar nominations, but the Oscars did break some new ground — particularly in a time of heightened awareness around representation among nominees.

Chloé Zhao, who made history as the first woman of Asian descent to nab the Golden Globe for Best Director (and only second woman overall) for her film Nomadland, landed an historic Oscar nomination for Best Director for the film — becoming the first woman of colour to do so. The 38-year-old is joined in the category by Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell, 35 — marking the first time in Oscar history that two women have been nominated in the Best Director category.

Of course, progress at the Oscars is painfully slow. In the 93-year history of the Academy Awards, only one woman has ever won the award for Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow in 2009 for The Hurt Locker), and this year featured other viable female candidates for the award — for example, Regina King for One Night in Miami… — so it’s a very small step in the right direction.

As well, actress Youn Yuh-jung, 73, landed the first Oscar nomination of her career, in the Best Supporting Actress category for Minari, while her co-star, Steven Yeun, 37, landed a Best Actor nomination — marking the first time any performer of Korean descent has been nominated for acting Oscars. Meanwhile, Riz Ahmed, 38, a British actor of Pakistani descent, became the first Muslim actor to receive a nomination in the Best Actor category and the first actor of Pakistani descent to receive a nomination in any acting category. As Gold Derby pointed out, the trio combined to make history as “the first time three Asian actors have been nominated concurrently.”

In fact, the Oscars nominated nine non-white actors out of 20 possible slots across all the acting categories, which is the most in its history. They include: Viola Davis, 55 (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Andra Day, 36 (United States vs. Billie Holiday) for Best Actress; Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Steven Yeun (Minari) for Best Actor; Youn Yuh-jung  (Minari) for Best Supporting Actress; and Daniel Kaluuya, 32 (Judas and the Black Messiah), Leslie Odom, Jr., 39 (One Night in Miami…) and LaKeith Stanfield, 29 (Judas and the Black Messiah) for Best Supporting Actor. For Boseman, who died last August at age 43 from colon cancer before Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was released, his final film also brought him his first Oscar nomination.

Nomadland and The Father Pick Up Multiple Nods

 

Nomadland — long expected to be an award-season powerhouse after becoming the first film ever to land the top awards at both the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals — picked up the second-most nominations with seven, including for Best Picture, Best Director (Zhao) and Best Actress (Frances McDormand, 63) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Zhao).

Anthony Hopkins, 83, received a Brest Actor nomination for playing a man experiencing a terrifying slide deeper into dementia in the film The Father, which picked up six total nominations. They include Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Olivia Colman, 47) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Florian Zeller, 41, who wrote the play that the film is based on).

Glenn Close, who turns 74 on March 19, is nominated for her eighth Academy Award — this time for Best Supporting Actress for Hillbilly Elegy — but is still looking for her first win, while Vietnam veteran turned actor Paul Raci picked up his first Oscar nomination at age 72 for Sound of Metal.

As well, Another Round, a Danish film about aging and friendship that revolves around four middle-aged men — all teachers at the same high school — who embark on an experiment to test a theory that humans function best with a .05 per cent blood alcohol level, landed two nominations, for Best International Feature and Best Director (Thomas Vinterberg, 51).

And Canada is even represented at the Oscars this year via the film A Concerto is a Conversation, which is nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject. The film, about, “A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer [who] tracks his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall” was written and co-directed by Halifax filmmaker Ben Proudfoot.

 

The Full List of Nominees

 

Read on for the full list of 2021 Oscar nominees, announced this morning in Hollywood.

 

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Actress in a Leading Role

 

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day, United States vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

 

Actor in a Leading Role

 

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Gary Oldman, Mank

Steven Yeun, Minari

 

Actress in a Supporting Role

 

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman, The Father

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Youn Yuh-jung, Minari

 

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

 

Directing

 

Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

David Fincher, Mank

Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

 

Original Screenplay

 

Judas and the Black Messiah

Minari

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Adapted Screenplay

 

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father

Nomadland

One Night in Miami…

The White Tiger

 

Cinematography

 

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Film Editing

 

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Animated Feature Film

 

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

 

Animated Short Film

 

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You

Opera

Yes-People

 

Live-Action Short Film

 

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

 

International Feature Film

 

Another Round

Better Days

Collective

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

 

Documentary Feature

 

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher

Time

 

Documentary Short Subject

 

Colette

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

 

Original Score

 

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul

 

Original Song

 

“Fight For You,” Judas and the Black Messiah

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

“Husavik,” Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

“Io Si (Seen),” The Life Ahead

“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami…

 

Sound

 

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Soul

Sound of Metal

 

Costume Design

 

Emma

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Mulan

Pinocchio

 

Makeup and Hairstyling

 

Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Pinocchio

 

Production Design

 

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

News of the World

Tenet

 

Visual Effects

 

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet

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