NEW YORK (AP) – David Fincher’s “Mank” topped the 93 Academy Award nominations with 10 nominations Monday, and for the first time, two women, Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell, were nominated for 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 be nominated. The other nominees were Lee Isaac Chung for “Minari”, David Fincher for “Mank” and Thomas Vinterberg for “Another Round.”
Among 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 to act are People of Color, including a posthumous Best Actor nomination for Chadwick Boseman, and nods for Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Steven Yeun (“Minari”), Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield ( “Judas and the Black Messiah”), Leslie Odom Jr. (“A 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.
The other nominees for best actress are: Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”; Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”; Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”.
The nominations were 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 Boseman, Ahmed and Yeun, the nominees for best actor are: Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”; Gary Oldman, “Mank”.
The nominees for best supporting actress are: Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”; Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”; Olivia Colman, “The Father”; Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”; Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari”.
The nominees for best supporting actor are: Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Chicago 7 Trial”; Leslie Odom Jr., “A Night in Miami”; Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”; Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal”; LaKeith Stanfield, “Judas and the Black Messiah.”
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: Alexandra Byrne, “Emma”; Ann Roth, “Ma Rainey’s Black Butt”; Trish Summerville, “Mank”; Bina Daigeler “Mulan”; Massimo Cantini Parrini “Pinocchio”.
After a year of pandemic that closed most theaters, the nominees for best picture will hardly have a box office to talk about. It will be an Oscar not only without blockbusters but with many films that have barely been seen on the big screen. Streaming services are destined to dominate Hollywood’s biggest and most coveted awards.
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, featuring Zoom acceptance speeches, fell to 6.9 million viewers, a 64% drop from 2020. – last month.
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.
Film academy president David Rubin said Monday that the April 25 show will take place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, as well as its transportation hub, Union Station. Expect the broadcast to do its best to encourage viewers to return to the movies.
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