NEW YORK (AP) – David Fincher’s “Mank” led the 93 Academy Award nominations with 10 nominations on Monday, and for the first time, two women, Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell, were voted best director.
Eight films were nominated for best picture. Joining “Mank” were Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman”, Zhao’s “Nomadland”, “Judas and the Black Messiah”, “Sound of Metal”, “Minari”, “The Father” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7 “.
History was made in the category of best director. Only five women have been nominated in the category before. Zhao is the first woman of Asian descent to receive a nod, and the most nominated woman in a single year in Oscar history. It also earned nominations for screenplay adapted from the film, editing, and, as a producer, in the category of best picture.
The other nominees for directing were Lee Isaac Chung for “Minari”, Fincher for “Mank” and Thomas Vinterberg for “Another Round.”
For performers, it’s the most diverse list of nominees ever, and a far cry from the all-white acting nominees who spawned the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag five years ago. Nine of the 20 nominees for performance are people of color, including a posthumous nomination for best actor. for Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Butt”), and winks for Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Steven Yeun (“Minari”), Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield (“Judas and the Black Messiah”), Leslie Odom Jr. (“One Night in Miami”), Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Butt”), Andra Day (“People vs. Billie Holiday”) and Yuh-Jung Youn (“Minari”).
Davis, who won for her performance in 2016’s “Fences,” earned her fourth Oscar nomination, making Davis the most nominated black actress in history. Yeun is the first Asian American nominated for best actor.
The other nominees for best actress are: Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”; Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”; Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”.
The remaining nominees for best actor are: Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”; Gary Oldman, “Mank”.
After a year of pandemic that closed most theaters, the nominees for best picture hardly had a box office to talk about. Not only will the Oscars be short of blockbusters, they will also move on with many films that have barely been seen on the big screen. That leaves streaming services poised to dominate Hollywood’s biggest and most coveted awards.
Netflix, as expected, led the pack with 35 nominations. The service is still searching for its first best picture winner, and this year it has two takes on “Mank” and “The Chicago 7 Trial,” a movie Paramount Pictures sold during the pandemic. Netflix also led last year with 24 nominations, but was left with just two wins.
Other streamers were in the mix. Amazon in particular was well represented with “Sound of Metal”, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and “One Night in Miami”.
Nominations Announced from London by presenters Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. The Academy Awards would normally have happened by now, but this year they were postponed two months due to the pandemic. Instead, they will be broadcast on television on April 25.
The film academy confirmed Monday that the show will take place both at its usual home at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theater and at the city’s rail hub, Union Station.
In addition to Youn, the nominees for best supporting actress are: Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”; Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”; Olivia Colman, “The Father”; Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”.
In addition to Odom Jr., Kaluuya and Stanfield, the nominees for best supporting actor are: Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Chicago 7 Trial”; Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal”.
The nominees for best documentary feature are: “Collective”; “Crip Camp: a revolution of disability”; “The mole agent”; “My master octopus”; “Time.”
The nominees for best international film are: “Quo Vadis, Aida?” Bosnia and Herzegovina; “Another round”, Denmark; “Better Days”, Hong Kong; “Collective”, Romania; “The man who sold his skin”, Tunisia.
The nominees for best original song are: “Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”; “Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”; “Io Sì (seen)” from “Life ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”; “Talk now” of “A night in Miami”; and “Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
The nominees for best animated feature film: “Adelante”; “On the moon”; “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”; “Soul”; “Wolfwalkers”.
The nominees for best original screenplay are: “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Shaka King and Will Berson; “Minari”, Lee Isaac Chung; “Promising Young Woman”, Emerald Fennell; “Sound of Metal”, Darius Marder and Abraham Marder; “Chicago 7 Test”, Aaron Sorkin.
Nominees for Best Costume Design are: Alexandra Byrne, “Emma”; Ann Roth, “Ma Rainey’s Black Butt”; Trish Summerville, “Mank”; Bina Daigeler “Mulan”; Massimo Cantini Parrini “Pinocchio”.
The film academy and ABC hope the nominees can generate more excitement than elsewhere. Interest in small gold statuettes has plummeted during the pandemic. Ratings for the largely virtual Golden Globes fell to 6.9 million viewers, a 64% drop from 2020 – last month. Although on Sunday the Grammys managed to break the Zoom trap which has haunted other award shows.
With the notable exception of driving broadcast subscriber growth, the pandemic has hit the film industry.. Production slowed, blockbusters were postponed or diverted to broadcast, and thousands were fired or suspended.
But the outlook for Hollywood has recently improved as coronavirus cases have slipped and vaccines have risen. Movie theaters are reopening in the two largest markets in the United States, New York and Los Angeles. And several bigger movies, including Walt Disney Co.’s “Black Widow” (May 7), are slated for May and beyond.
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