"Mank" Tops Oscar Nominations With 10; History Made In Best Director Category
Gary Oldman portrays Herman Mankiewicz in a scene from "Mank." (Nikolai Loveikis/Netflix)
"The Father," "Judas and the Black Messiah," "Minari," "Nomadland," "Sound of Metal," "The Trial of the Chicago 7" tally six nods apiece
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David Fincher’s “Mank” led nominations to the 93rd Academy Awards with 10 nods 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. “Mank” was joined by 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 best director category. Only five women have ever been nominated in the category before. Zhao is the first woman of Asian descent 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 slate of nominees ever — and a far cry from the all-white acting nominees that spawned the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag five years ago. Nine of the 20 acting nominees 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. (“One Night in Miami”), Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), Andra Day (“The People vs. Billie Holiday”) and Yuh-Jung Youn (“Minari”).

Davis, who won for her performance in 2016’s “Fences,” landed her fourth Oscar nomination, making Davis the most nominated Black actress ever.

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 typically have happened by now but this year were postponed by two months due to the pandemic. They will instead be telecast April 25. 

The film academy confirmed Monday that the show will be held at both its usual home in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and the city’s railway hub, Union Station.

In addition to Boseman, Ahmed and Yeun, the nominees for best actor are: Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”; Gary Oldman, “Mank.”

Behind “Mank” in the nominations tally were six films with six nods apiece--"The Father," "Judas and the Black Messiah," "Minari," "Nomadland," "Sound of Metal" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7."

Earning five noms each were "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom" and "Promising Young Woman."

"News of the World" garnered four nominations while "One Night in Miami" and "Soul" took three apiece.

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 Trial of the Chicago 7”; Leslie Odom Jr., “One 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 Disability Revolution”; “The Mole Agent”; “My Octopus Teacher”; “Time.”
he nominees for best international film are: “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Denmark, “Another Round”; “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 “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”; “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami...”; and “Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

The nominees for best animated feature: “Onward”; “Over 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; “Trial of the Chicago 7,” Aaron Sorkin.

The nominees for best costume design: Alexandra Byrne, “Emma”; Ann Roth, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Trish Summerville, “Mank”; Bina Daigeler “Mulan”; Massimo Cantini Parrini “Pinocchio.” 

After a pandemic year that shuttered most movie theaters, the best-picture nominees will have hardly any box office to speak of. It will be an Oscars not just without blockbusters but with many movies that have barely played on the big screen. Streaming services are set to dominate Hollywood’s biggest and most sought-after awards. 

The film academy and ABC will hope that the nominees can drum up more excitement than they have elsewhere. Interest in little golden statuettes has nosedived during the pandemic. Ratings for a largely virtual Golden Globes, with acceptance speeches by Zoom, plunged to 6.9 million viewers — a 64% drop from 2020 — last month.

With the notable exception of fueling streaming subscriber growth, the pandemic has been punishing for the movie industry. Production slowed to a crawl, blockbusters were postponed or detoured to streaming and thousands have been laid off or furloughed.

But the outlook for Hollywood has recently brightened as coronavirus cases have slid and vaccines have ramped up. Movie theaters are reopening in the U.S.’s two largest markets, New York and Los Angeles. And several larger movies — including the Walt Disney Co.’s “Black Widow” (May 7) — are scheduled for May and beyond.

Film academy president David Rubin said Monday that the April 25 show will play out at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre as well as its transportation hub, Union Station. Expect the broadcast to do its best to pitch viewers on going back to the movies.


Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Riz Ahmed in “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
  • Chadwick Boseman in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
  • Anthony Hopkins in “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Gary Oldman in “Mank” (Netflix)
  • Steven Yeun in “Minari” (A24)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Sacha Baron Cohen in “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
  • Daniel Kaluuya in “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)
  • Leslie Odom, Jr. in “One Night in Miami...” (Amazon Studios)
  • Paul Raci in “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
  • Lakeith Stanfield in “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Viola Davis in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
  • Andra Day in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (Hulu)
  • Vanessa Kirby in “Pieces of a Woman” (Netflix)
  • Frances McDormand in “Nomadland” (Searchlight)
  • Carey Mulligan in “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Maria Bakalova in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make
  • Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” (Amazon Studios)
  • Glenn Close in “Hillbilly Elegy” (Netflix)
  • Olivia Colman in “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Amanda Seyfried in “Mank” (Netflix)
  • Yuh-Jung Youn in “Minari” (A24)

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Onward” (Walt Disney) Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae
  • “Over the Moon” (Netflix) Glen Keane, Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou
  • “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” (Netflix) Richard Phelan, Will Becher and Paul Kewley
  • “Soul” (Walt Disney) Pete Docter and Dana Murray
  • “Wolfwalkers” (Apple/GKIDS) Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young and Stéphan Roelants

Achievement in cinematography

  • “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.) Sean Bobbitt
  • “Mank” (Netflix) Erik Messerschmidt
  • “News of the World” (Universal) Dariusz Wolski
  • “Nomadland” (Searchlight) Joshua James Richards
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) Phedon Papamichael

Achievement in costume design

  • “Emma” (Focus Features) Alexandra Byrne
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) Ann Roth
  • “Mank” (Netflix) Trish Summerville
  • “Mulan” (Walt Disney) Bina Daigeler
  • “Pinocchio” (Roadside Attractions) Massimo Cantini Parrini

Achievement in directing

  • “Another Round” (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Thomas Vinterberg
  • “Mank” (Netflix) David Fincher
  • “Minari” (A24) Lee Isaac Chung
  • “Nomadland” (Searchlight) Chloé Zhao
  • “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features) Emerald Fennell

Best documentary feature

“Collective” (Magnolia Pictures/Participant)
An Alexander Nanau Production/Samsa Film/HBO Europe Production
Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana

“Crip Camp” (Netflix)
A Higher Ground and Rusted Spoke in association with Little Punk, JustFilms, Ford Foundation Production
Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder

“The Mole Agent” (Gravitas Ventures)
A Micromundo Producciones/Motto Pictures/Sutor Kolonko/Volya Films/Malvalanda Production
Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibáñez

“My Octopus Teacher” (Netflix)
A Netflix Original Documentary in association with Off the Fence and The Sea Change Project Production
Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster

“Time” (Amazon Studios)
A Concordia Studio in association with The New York Times, Outer Piece and Hedgehog Films Production
Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino and Kellen Quinn

Best documentary short subject

A Respawn Entertainment/Oculus Studios/Time Travel
Unlimited Production
Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard

“A Concerto Is a Conversation” (New York Times Op-Docs)
A Breakwater Studios Production
Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers

“Do Not Split”
A Field of Vision Production
Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook

“Hunger Ward” (MTV Documentary Films)
A Spin Film/Vulcan Production
Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman

“A Love Song for Latasha” (Netflix)
A Black Dreams LLC Production
Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan

Achievement in film editing

  • “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics) Yorgos Lamprinos
  • “Nomadland” (Searchlight) Chloé Zhao
  • “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features) Frédéric Thoraval
  • “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios) Mikkel E. G. Nielsen
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) Alan Baumgarten

Best international feature film of the year

“Another Round”
A Zentropa Entertainments Production

“Better Days”
A Goodfellas Pictures Limited Production
Hong Kong

An Alexander Nanau Production/Samsa Film/HBO Europe Production

“The Man Who Sold His Skin”
A Tanit Films Production

“Quo Vadis, Aida?”
A Deblokada Production
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

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

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix) Terence Blanchard
  • “Mank” (Netflix) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • “Minari” (A24) Emile Mosseri
  • “News of the World” (Universal) James Newton Howard
  • “Soul” (Walt Disney) Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

“Fight For You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”
(Warner Bros.)
Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II
Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
Music by Daniel Pemberton
Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite

“Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire
Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson

“Io Sì (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”
Music by Diane Warren
Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini

“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami...”
(Amazon Studios)
Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth

Best motion picture of the year

“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
A Trademark Films/F Comme Film/Ciné-@ Production
David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi and Philippe Carcassonne, Producers

“Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)
A Macros Media/Proximity Media Production
Shaka King, Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler, Producers

“Mank” (Netflix)
A Netflix International Pictures Production
Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth and Douglas Urbanski, Producers

“Minari” (A24)
A Plan B Production
Christina Oh, Producer

“Nomadland” (Searchlight)
A Highwayman/Hear/Say Productions/Cor Cordium Production
Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, Producers

“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
A LuckyChap Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment Production
Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell and Josey McNamara, Producers

“Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
A Caviar/Flat 7 Production
Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche, Producers

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
A Netflix in association with Cross Creek Pictures/Marc Platt/DreamWorks Pictures in association with ShivHans Pictures Production
Marc Platt and Stuart Besser, Producers

Achievement in production design

  • “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics) Production Design: Peter Francis Set Decoration: Cathy Featherstone
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) Production Design: Mark Ricker Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton
  • “Mank” (Netflix) Production Design: Donald Graham Burt Set Decoration: Jan Pascale
  • “News of the World” (Universal) Production Design: David Crank Set Decoration: Elizabeth Keenan
  • “Tenet” (Warner Bros.) Production Design: Nathan Crowley Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas

Best animated short film

“Burrow” (Walt Disney)
A Pixar Animation Studios Production
Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat

“Genius Loci”
A Kazak Production
Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise

“If Anything Happens I Love You” (Netflix)
A Gilbert Films and Oh Good Production
Will McCormack and Michael Govier

A Beasts And Natives Alike Production
Erick Oh

A CAOZ and Hólamói Production
Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson
 Best live action short film

“Feeling Through”
A Doug Roland Films Production
Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski

“The Letter Room”
A Dutch Tilt Film, Mad Gene Media and Topic Production
Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan

“The Present”
A Philistine Films Production
Farah Nabulsi

“Two Distant Strangers”
A Dirty Robber Production
Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe

“White Eye”
A MINA Films and KM Production
Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman

Achievement in sound

  • “Greyhound” (Apple) Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders and David Wyman
  • “Mank” (Netflix) Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance and Drew Kunin
  • “News of the World” (Universal) Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller and John Pritchett
  • “Soul” (Walt Disney) Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott and David Parker
  • “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios) Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michellee Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

Achievement in visual effects

  • “Love and Monsters” (Paramount) Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt and Brian Cox
  • “The Midnight Sky” (Netflix) Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon and David Watkins
  • “Mulan” (Walt Disney) Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury and Steve Ingram
  • “The One and Only Ivan” (Walt Disney) Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones and Santiago Colomo Martinez
  • “Tenet” (Warner Bros.) Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher

Adapted screenplay

  • “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” (Amazon Studios) 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” (Sony Pictures Classics) Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller
  • “Nomadland” (Searchlight) Written for the screen by Chloé Zhao
  • “One Night in Miami...” (Amazon Studios) Screenplay by Kemp Powers
  • “The White Tiger” (Netflix) Written for the screen by Ramin Bahrani

Original screenplay

  • “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.) Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King. Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas
  • “Minari” (A24) Written by Lee Isaac Chung
  • “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features) Written by Emerald Fennell
  • “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios) Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder. Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) Written by Aaron Sorkin


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