The film Mank by David Fincher, with Gary Oldman in the lead role, is leading the race for the 93rd Academy Award with ten nominations in total, the prestigious American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday.
Mank, produced by Netflix, is nominated in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Seyfried) and numerous technical categories.
No film produced by a video-on-demand platform has won the flagship Oscar award for best feature film. This year Netflix has two out of eight contestants. Outraged Mank, The Chicago Seven, Aaron Sorkin’s legal drama around the crackdown on protests against the Vietnam War, is a strong candidate this year. Amazon Prime is present in this flagship category with Sound of Metal and also landed three nominations for One Night in Miami and two others for Borat 2.
Will these films succeed in getting ahead of Nomadland ? Already crowned at the Venice and Toronto festivals, Chloe Zhao’s film has yet to shine at the Golden Globes and at the American Critics’ Awards.
With his film The Father, Frenchman Florian Zeller has a good race with six nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, Six nominations also for the favorite Nomadland by Chloe Zhao with Frances McDormand, Chicago Seven Aaron Sorkin with Sacha Baron Cohen, Judas and the Black Messiah with Daniel Kaluuya, Minari and Sound of Metal.
Often criticized for its lack of representativeness, this year the Academy of Oscars selected two women out of five in the category of “best director”, Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman. This is a first. At 35, British director Emerald Fennell has become, thanks to “Promising Young Woman”, the first director to win an Oscar nomination for her first feature film. Promising Young Woman is a feminist thriller featuring a woman (Carey Mulligan) who quenches her thirst for revenge by skimming bars and pretends to be drunk to make men reveal their misogyny. The film received five nominations in total, including one in the supreme category of “best feature film”.
Hollywood darling this year, Chloe Zhao is also the first woman to compete for the Oscars in four different categories (best film, direction, editing and screenplay), notes the Academy.
The Golden Globes have been lambasted for the lack of films featuring black actors. The Oscars avoided this pitfall with a total of nine “non-white” actors competing in the four categories assigned to actors, according to Hollywood specialists.
Steven Yuen thus became the first American of Asian origin to be selected in the category of best actor for Minari. He will face Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), the first actor of Pakistani origin to compete for the Oscars. For her part, Viola Davis broke the nominations record for a black actress, obtaining her fourth selection for Ma Rainey’s Blues. She found a second black actress there, Andra Day for Billie Holiday, a matter of state, again a historic first.
The Academy has also selected six times Judas and the Black Messiah, which highlights the fight for civil rights in the 1960s and the action of the Black Panthers. Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield are both nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this film, respectively for their portrayal of Black Panther activist Fred Hampton and police informant William O’Neall.
Only Oscar voters could watch a film about two black men and decide both must be supporting characters
– Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) March 15, 2021
If these nominations are to be believed, the film Judas and the Black Messiah would not have any lead role, or would the Oscar jurors not have managed to decide between them? Unlike other film awards, the Oscars place actors in the category where they have received the most votes. “There were only Oscar voters to watch a movie about two black men and decide that both were supporting roles.”, reacted on Twitter Robbie Collin, critic for the British newspaper The Telegraph.
The Blues by Ma Rainey and One Night in Miami, two films directed and played by black artists, are also absent from the list of nominations for “best feature film”, the queen category.
Romanian films have often been cursed at the Oscars. On 35 occasions, the country proposed candidates to the jury, which systematically ignored them, until Monday.
Collective Affair, which highlights the corruption after a tragic accident at a Bucharest nightclub, does not do things by halves: it is not only selected in the category of “best foreign film” but also in that of “best documentary”.
Tunisia also obtained the first Oscar nomination in its history thanks to The man who sold his skin. However, the two works will find the Danish film on their way. Drunk, given favorite for the Oscar of foreign film.
The nominations were announced by the couple formed by Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas. David Rubin, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the prestigious Oscars, announced Monday that the 93rd ceremony will take place on April 25 not only in the traditional hall of the Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood, but also in a historic train station in downtown Los Angeles.
The details are not yet known but the famous Union Station, renowned for its Spanish colonial-style architecture, should allow the parterre of stars to participate in the gala evening while respecting the safety distances required from the coronavirus, like artists invited to the Grammy Awards on Sunday evening.
Nominations in the main categories:
Best film :
The Father, Florian Zeller
Judas and the Black Messiah, Shaka king
Minari, Lee isaac chung
Nomadland, Chloe zhao
Promising Young Woman, Emerald fennell
Sound of Metal, Darius marder
The Chicago Seven, Aaron Sorkin
Mank, David Fincher
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland
David Fincher, Mank
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Emerald Fennell, Promising Youg Woman
Thomas Vinterberg, Drunk
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Blues
Andra Day, Billie Holiday, a matter of state
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Best actor :
Ahmed Rice, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Blues
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steven Yeun, Minari
Best Supporting Actress:
Maria Bakalova, Borat 2
Glenn Close, An American ode
Olivia Colman, The Father
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Yuh-Jung Young, Minari
Best Supporting Actor:
Sacha Baron Cohen, Chicago Seven
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 Foreign Film:
Drunk (Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden)
Shao Nian De Ni (Hong Kong)
The Collective Affair (Romania)
The man who sold his skin (Tunisia)
Aida’s voice (Bosnia)
Best Animated Feature:
Travel to the moon
Shaun the Sheep Movie: The Farm Strikes Back
The wolf people
The Collective Affair
Crip Camp: the crippled revolution
The Mole Agent
The wisdom of the octopus
Best Original Screenplay:
Judas and the Black Messiah – Will Berson and Shaka King
Minari – Lee Isaac Chung
Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell
Sound of Metal – Darius Marder and Abraham Marder
Chicago Seven – Aaron Sorkin
Best Adapted Scenario:
Borat 2 – Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman, Lee Kern
The Father – Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller
Nomadland – Chloe Zhao
One Night in Miami – Kemp Powers
The white tiger – Ramin Bahrani
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Oscars 2021: the film “Mank” leads the race with ten nominations