2021 Oscar Nominees: 'Mank' Leads Historically Diverse Oscars

The nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards were announced this morning. Read on for the complete list of Oscar nominees.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Gary Oldman in poster art for "Mank."

© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

The 2021 Oscars finally got more inclusive this year. A total of 76 nominations went to women -- a record for a given year. Two woman directors got much deserved nods (also a first), Chloé Zhao for "Nomadland," and Emerald Fennell for "Promising Young Woman."

People of color were very well represented across the categories. Zhao became the first woman of color to be nominated for Best Director. Steven Yeun became the first Asian American actor to be nominated for Best Actor, for "Minari," and Riz Ahmed became the first Muslim actor nominated in the same category, for "Sound of Metal." Asian actors got overdue representation, as Yeun's "Minari" co-star Youn Yuh-jung landed a Best Supporting Actress nod.

Ahmed and Yeun join the late Chadwick Boseman for his posthumous Best Actor nod for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." Also up for Best Actor is Gary Oldman for "Mank" and Anthony Hopkins for "The Father."

© Amazon / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Amazon / Courtesy Everett Collection

In another first, the Best Supporting Actor category saw three Black men nominated: Leslie Odom, Jr. for "One Night in Miami," and Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield for "Judas and the Black Messiah." They join Sacha Baron Cohen for "The Trial of the Chicago 7" and Paul Raci for "Sound of Metal."

As diverse as this Oscars is this year, "Mank" ends up being the film to beat. It leads with 10 nominations a piece, including Best Picture and Best Director (David Fincher). Knowing how much the Academy loves movies about old Hollywood, this is not surprising. Also less surprising is streamer Netflix's domination, with 33 Oscar nominations a piece, including two for Best Picture with "The Trial of the Chicago 7" and "Mank." Second to Netflix is Amazon Studios with 12 nominations, including Best Picture with "Sound of Metal." Certainly this is a sign of the times, and that's not just related to the changing release strategies during the pandemic.

Of course, the Oscars would not be without its snubs, and some of the surprising omissions include Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods," which only landed one nod for Best Original Score. The female-led "Never Rarely Sometimes Always," "First Cow," and "The Forty-Year-Old Version" have become largely forgotten by the bigger award shows, Oscars included. Other snubs include Regina Hall for Best Director for "One Night in Miami," Jodie Foster, who just won a Golden Globe for "The Mauritanian," and David Fincher's late father Jack Fincher, for his screenplay for "Mank."

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas were on hand to announce the nominees virtually. The Oscars will air in-person from multiple locations, including the landmark Dolby Theatre, April 25th at 8pm Eastern on ABC. The full list of nominees are below.

Best Picture

  • “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)
  • “Mank” (Netflix)
  • “Minari” (A24)
  • “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
  • “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
  • “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

Best Director

  • Thomas Vinterberg - “Another Round”
  • David Fincher - “Mank”
  • Lee Isaac Chung - “Minari”
  • Chloé Zhao - “Nomadland”
  • Emerald Fennell - “Promising Young Woman”

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”
  • Steven Yeun - “Minari”

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Viola Davis - “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • Andra Day - “The United States v. Billie Holiday”
  • Vanessa Kirby - “Pieces of a Woman”
  • Frances McDormand - “Nomadland”
  • Carey Mulligan - “Promising Young Woman”

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 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”

Best Animated Feature Film

  • “Onward” (Walt Disney/Pixar)
  • “Over the Moon” (Netflix)
  • “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” (Netflix)
  • “Soul” (Walt Disney/Pixar)
  • “Wolfwalkers” (Apple/GKIDS)

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” - 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” - Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller
  • “Nomadland” - Chloé Zhao
  • “One Night in Miami” - Kemp Powers
  • “The White Tiger” - Ramin Bahrani

Best Original Screenplay

  • “Judas and the Black Messiah” - Screenplay by Will Berson, Shaka King; Story by Will Berson, Shaka King, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas
  • “Minari” - Lee Isaac Chung
  • “Promising Young Woman” - Emerald Fennell
  • “Sound of Metal” - Screenplay by Darius Marder, Abraham Marder; Story by Darius Marder, Derek Cianfrance
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” - Aaron Sorkin

Best Original Song

  • “Fight for You,” (“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,” (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”) - Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite
  • “Húsavík (My Home Town),” (“Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”) - Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson
  • “Io sì (Seen),” (“The Life Ahead”) - Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini
  • “Speak Now,” (“One Night in Miami”) - Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth

Best Original Score

  • “Da 5 Bloods” - Terence Blanchard
  • “Mank” - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
  • “Minari” - Emile Mosseri
  • “News of the World” - James Newton Howard
  • “Soul” - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste

Best 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

Best Costume Design

  • “Emma” - Alexandra Byrne
  • “Mank” - Trish Summerville
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” - Ann Roth
  • “Mulan” - Bina Daigeler
  • “Pinocchio” - Massimo Cantini Parrini

Best Animated Short Film

  • “Burrow” (Disney Plus/Pixar)
  • “Genius Loci” (Kazak Productions)
  • “If Anything Happens I Love You” (Netflix)
  • “Opera” (Beasts and Natives Alike)
  • “Yes-People” (CAOZ hf. Hólamói)

Best Live-Action Short Film

  • “Feeling Through”
  • “The Letter Room”
  • “The Present”
  • “Two Distant Strangers”
  • “White Eye”

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 Documentary Feature

  • “Collective” (Magnolia Pictures and Participant)
  • “Crip Camp” (Netflix)
  • “The Mole Agent” (Gravitas Ventures)
  • “My Octopus Teacher” (Netflix)
  • “Time” (Amazon Studios)

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • “Colette” (Time Travel Unlimited)
  • “A Concerto Is a Conversation” (Breakwater Studios)
  • “Do Not Split” (Field of Vision)
  • “Hunger Ward” (MTV Documentary Films)
  • “A Love Song for Latasha” (Netflix)

Best 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

Best International Feature Film

  • “Another Round” (Denmark)
  • “Better Days” (Hong Kong)
  • “Collective” (Romania)
  • “The Man Who Sold His Skin” (Tunisia)
  • “Quo Vadis, Aida?” (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • “Emma” - Marese Langan, Laura Allen, Claudia Stolze
  • “Hillbilly Elegy” - Eryn Krueger Mekash, Patricia Dehaney, Matthew Mungle
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” - Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, Jamika Wilson
  • “Mank” - Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams, Colleen LaBaff
  • “Pinocchio” - Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli, Francesco Pegoretti

Best 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

Best 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
Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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