2021 Oscar nominations: who got nominated & who got snubbed?

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The 93rd Oscars will happen on April 25th, more than two months delayed from their original date, which was supposed to be in February. My guess is that the average person probably thinks the Oscars already happened anyway, so I’m curious what the vibe will be once the Oscars go on so late in the “season.” The Oscar nominations came out this morning, and let’s get to it! Here are all of the big nominations.

Best Picture
The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
Minari
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
The Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Director
David Fincher, Mank
Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Best Supporting Actress
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Movie Film
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Best Supporting Actor
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 Lead Actress
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holliday

Best Actor
Riz Ahmed, The Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Gary Oldman, Mark
Steven Yeun, Minari
Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Best original screenplay:
Judas And The Black Messiah
Minari
Promising Young Woman
Sound Of Metal
The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Best adapted screenplay:
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
The Father
Nomadland
One Night In Miami
The White Tiger

Best International Film:
Another Round (Denmark)
Better Days (Hong Kong)
Collective (Romania)
The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia)
Quoa Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Best Original Song:
Husavik, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Fight For You, Judas and the Black Messiah
lo Sì (Seen), The Life Ahead
Speak Now, One Night in Miami
Hear My Voice, The Trial of the Chicago 7

I really, really want to see The Father, but I have not gotten a chance yet. Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman both look like they’re doing major work though. I loved The Trial of the Chicago 7 AND The Sound of Metal. Those were my two favorite movies from the past year, and I’m really glad that they were both recognized for Best Picture, and that Riz Ahmed and Sacha Baron Cohen got nominated! Interesting to see the late surge for Minari, and I hope more people see that movie! It’s also really cool to see two women in the Best Director category. I appreciated Promising Young Woman and Carey’s performance in particular, but that film is… A LOT. It f–ked me up. But I’m super-proud of Emerald Fennell for all of the praise she’s getting. Last thing: Glenn Close!! HILLBILLY ELEGY! CAN WE NOT.

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  1. Lily P says:

    I’m glad to see Minari isn’t put into the foreign film section again.

  2. Mia4s says:

    Well on the upside probably the most diverse field in…ever? Including the very likely to be second ever woman to win best director.

    On the downside? Ummm, everything. This will easily be the worst rated, least watched ceremony in decades, the films will be among the least watched, and the whole thing will pass with less notice from the general public than usual (which wasn’t much to begin with).

    Sigh….

    So maybe the Oscars could make this level of diversity and variety the norm going forward so it doesn’t pass unnoticed? Maybe? Give it a shot?

    • sunny says:

      Truly this. Happy to see the more diverse slate of nods and most of those films are legit terrific (though I wish One Night in Miami got more love) but this will definitely be a case of most of the films being unknown or more unseen.

      • Case says:

        Honestly though…this shouldn’t be a year where most films are unknown or unseen. They’ve almost all been available on streaming! Best Picture nominees were more accessible than ever this year. I guess it’s more down to people’s moods and not being up to watching more serious films this year.

      • Darla says:

        Case I think you’re so right. I haven’t seen a lot of these films and for that exact reason. i mean, honestly the “in memoriam” segments of all the news programs is too much at this point. I need escapism.

      • Louise177 says:

        I think most people haven’t seen a lot of movies because of the mentality. People like seeing new movies in theaters. It’s not the same watching on tv. I haven’t seen any movies but seen a ton of tv shows.

    • original penguin says:

      We need to give it a shot – we need to watch these excellent films – so that their ratings go up and we can show that diverse films make money. We have to support them – otherwise the moneymakers will come up with excuses.

  3. Cee says:

    This is the first time I’ve seen practically none of the films nominated so I suppose I’ll sit this one out.

    • sa says:

      I’ve already been sitting out the Oscars, but this is the first year that I don’t think I’ve seen anything nominated.

      Between the pandemic, current politics, overt racism, and everything else going on now, I just want my entertainment to be light, fluffy, and escapist. Like I’m sure that some of these movies are great, but they hold no interest to me right now. Maybe in a year or two I’ll be able to watch heavy or “meaningful” movies again, but I’m just not there right now.

      • Vera says:

        I’m with you. I am not ashamed to say that with the world right now, I watched a bunch of rom-roms on Netflix, superhero stuff and comedies and nothing heavier than that. I need escapism.

  4. LightPurple says:

    Did they not see the Mauritanian at all or were they repulsed by the subject matter? Tahar Rahim’s performance was riveting, far, far more interesting than Gary Oldman’s in Mank.

    Really happy for Sasha Baron Cohen, he’s getting kudos for multiple works here AND he manages to almost pull off Hoffman’s Worcester accent.

    Thrilled for LaKeith Stanfield, whose fine performance has been ignored just about everywhere else although I don’t understand why it’s in supporting. Eject Oldman and promote Stanfield to the lead category. But if that category is too crowded, good that he’s here. He really deserves attention for that performance.

    • cer says:

      I don’t think it was the subject matter, I think with middling to good reviews, it just wasn’t able to break through to get attention.

    • Kristen says:

      Agree 1000% about Sacha Baron Cohen. He was fantastic in that movie, and is just a talented actor all around.

    • Levans says:

      I wonder if Lakeith is in supporting so that Chadwick can take home Lead

    • sunny says:

      Lakeith to Supporting is a bit of category fraud by the producers because everyone is assuming Chadwick’s(awesome) performance in Lead has it sown up.

      I didn’t love Oldman- his is the performance I would drop from Lead.

      But also Dnaiel Kalyuua was so great in Judas and the Black Messiah, like I cannot get over how good his Fred Hampton was.

  5. Eleonor says:

    In my family we lost someone to dementia, I don’t know if I can watch the movie.

    • Charfromdarock says:

      I am going through this now. I know I can’t watch it.

    • grabbyhands says:

      Sending love and light to both of you.

      I lost my dad two weeks ago tomorrow after a decade long battle with Parkinsons with Lewy Body dementia and the trailer was devastating to watch BEFORE that, so as well acted as I am sure it is, I’m going to have to skip this one.

      • Anne Call says:

        Grabbyhands, I have a good friend who has been diagnosed with Lewy Body and his poor wife had a mild heart attack last week from the stress of it all. He’s in his mid 70’s and very fit, worrying that she will be a caregiver for a few years to come. My mother got Alzheimer’s in her mid 80’s and it was terrible. Agree, that I don’t want to see any movies about it. Just too depressing.

  6. Case says:

    I’m so happy to see Minari and Sound of Metal up for Best Picture. Those two were left off some other lists and I thought they were excellent. I’ve seen the majority of nominated films this year and they topped my list to get nominated. I’m glad I’ve tried to see most of the nominees this year (still need to watch Nomadland and The Father) — it makes award season way more fun.

    Paul Raci and Riz Ahmed were AWESOME in Sound of Metal, thrilled to see them recognized. And Steven Yeun! I can’t believe sweet Glen from The Walking Dead is an Oscar nominee. I’m so happy for him; he’s such a good actor! Also thrilled for LaKeith Stanfield — he picks such wonderful projects and is so consistent in turning in great performances.

  7. Southern Fried says:

    I love Nomadland so much. I know the subject is not to everyone’s taste but the way it deals with grieving is exceptional. When my son died I wished many times to go get in my car with his dog and drive and drive and drive as far away as possible and be alone, it was at times overwhelming, a real effort not to do it. I needed to stay for my kids and all the family. It’s like Brokeback Mountain to me, deeply moving love story. I couldn’t rewatch Brokeback again for several years afterwards and I feel the same about Nomad even though I know I’ll be back again when I’m ready. I’m a person who is not at all drawn to sad themes usually.

  8. Boo says:

    Wow, I’m pretty surprised One Night in Miami wasn’t nominated for Best Picture or Director, I thought it was a powerful film. I still need to see a few of these that are on my list. We really enjoyed The Trial of the Chicago 7. The Father and Minari are next. I don’t plan to watch the Carey Mulligan movie.

  9. Penguin says:

    Riz Ahmed deserves all the success!

    • Boo says:

      I’ve loved him since Rogue One and I can’t wait to see this. Even more so because my daughter is an ASL/English Interpreting major. I hope he wins! He’s awesome.

      • Original Penguin says:

        This year, the nomination is the win. Chadwick is (rightly) a lock to win best actor. But it’s great to see him nominated

      • pottymouth pup says:

        how this film was made, including the requirements for (and backgrounds of) the actors was amazing. This was a hauntingly beautiful film

    • KLO says:

      Riz is a super captivating actor. I have no idea if he`s actually any good at acting because I just simply stare at him whenever he is in something. Love him.

  10. Marty says:

    I actually don’t hate these nominations and there is some very well deserved recognition in there.

  11. Viktoria says:

    How is Rosamund Pike not nominated for I care a lot???? She was brilliant in that movie!!! I usually love that woman but she played her character so perfectly I loathed her …I feel like she always gets overlooked – most of the movies nominated here I haven’t seen and have no intention to so I guess I will neither watch nor care wins except for Sacha Baron Cohen which I love too!

    • SmalltownGirl says:

      Was it eligible? It came out this year, so I think it would be eligible next year?

    • SR says:

      Yeah I am going to be controversial here and say that Viola should have been in Supporting and Rosamund in her spot in Lead Actress.

      I love Viola, she is one of my favourite actresses, she was robbed once and rightfully won another time; but Ma Rainey was not a leading role. I watched that movie expecting it to be about HER character. The movie is named after her character, and the real-life person was incredibly interesting. But no, it was about the men in her band. She didn’t actually appear that often. She was great, and worthy of a nomination for Supporting Actress, but the only lead in the film was Chadwick (who was incredible). Their comparative screentime isn’t even close. We actually talked after the film about how little screentime she had compared to our expectations and that we were disappointed that we didn’t see more of her and learn more about Ma Rainey’s story.

      Rosamund in I Care A Lot was incredible, and deserved a nom for sure. One of the best films and performances I have seen in ages.

  12. Boo says:

    I can’t speak for anyone else, but I haven’t watched the Oscars in about four years because (unless they’ve updated finally) ABC has no way for streamers to watch their shows live. So I’ve discounted any discussion of Oscars ratings because so many people have given up cable the last few years and can’t watch the Oscars anyway. I even emailed ABC once to beg them to do something because I love the Oscars. I got a stupid email in return that just restated my question as an answer. “Why can’t I stream?” “You cannot stream.” Idiots.

  13. Vera says:

    I will be honest and the only one I’ve seen from this list is the Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. Husavik is a wonderful song and it should win all awards.

    • LightPurple says:

      I was so HAPPY to see that get a nomination. That movie really lifted me up at the beginning of lockdown.

      • Vera says:

        I know. the critics might not liked it, but for an Eurovision fan like me, it was just such a sweet and uplifting movie. I watched it several times.

  14. Jess says:

    I don’t know how Delroy LIndo wasn’t nominated for lead actor. I know Chadwick will probably win and I love him and love his performance in Ma Rainey, but what Delroy did in Da 5 Bloods was a masterpiece and the way he’s been overlooked is shameful. I also thought One Night in Miami was an amazing film and deserved a Best Pic and Best Director nom. But I am super psyched for Promising Young Woman – that was one of my favorite movies of the year and they both deserve their awards. Haven’t seen Nomadland yet but really want to and am trying to figure out if I dare see it on a big screen.

    • Case says:

      I’m disappointed at how overlooked Da 5 Bloods was in general! It deserved a BP nomination. I really loved that movie.

    • Original Penguin says:

      Delroy has been locked out of a lot of the precursors which is a real shame but not suprising. The film only really was making awards noise when people were talking about a double nomination for Chadwick.

      I think if anyone was vulnerable it was Steven Yeun. And I can’t hate on his nomination.

  15. Norman Bates' Mother says:

    I’m so surprised and at the same time so happy that Steven Yeun is nominated! I love him as an actor but I was worried that he wouldn’t have as many chances as he deserves after The Walking Dead.

  16. A.Key says:

    I’m so happy Better Days got nominated!! I hope it wins, it’s probably one of the best movies I’ve seen in many years.

  17. bibi says:

    I havent seen a lot of the movies, but managed to see Borat and Maria Bakalova, was absolutely incredible. She pulled those scenes, on camera, with a straight face, live in front of real people not in on it? I mean, I would have cracked smile somewhere, but she was straight faced the whole time. I give her my vote. She was excellent and to be honest all those dramas, I cannot watch them anymore because the world is throwing so many sh*t balls at us right now, I cant even take my own sadness, my own anger and disapointment towards the world we live in anymore.

    • Original Penguin says:

      I really hope Maria wins. But I can’t seen them not giving it to Glenn (for totally the wrong role in the wrong film)- when they should have given it to her 30 years ago instead.

      The media is going to take it as Glenn v Olivia take 2. But Olivia totally deserved her win. Glenn should have been rewarded long long ago

    • LightPurple says:

      Maria deserves to win for her takedown of Rudy Giuliani.

    • A says:

      YES! I 100% believe she will win.

  18. olliesmom says:

    Yay to Steven Yeun’s best actor nom!

    This show is going to be a hot mess.

  19. Gab says:

    All the releases that didn’t happen in theaters plus productions that were halted due to lockdowns. This is a weird slate this year. A lot of these movies seem super depressing ( I guess the Oscar noms often are). But I’m not in the mood.

  20. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Why is it whenever a female actor uglies herself on film she gets nominated? Most times, they’re simply not wearing makeup so it’s really them lol. But throw on a prosthetic, shed a tear and scream, and you’ve nailed a nomination.

    • FicklePickle says:

      Weeeell, most of the Academy voters are still older white men who are aware JUST HOW MUCH being physically attractive to them can make or break a woman’s career in Hollywood, and just how much they rely on character ‘typing’ (where people can only play a very limited range of options and trying to break out of that = not profitable). Also that women’s roles in Hollywood is, by my very rough estimate, 10% children, 10% ugly harpy, 5% fat comic relief who is ‘unfuckable’ (never a lead), 25% evil hottie, 10% Grandmother (sex life only exists as grossout comedy), and 45-49% various subtypes of attractive female lead (significant overlap with ‘child’ category, between 5-9%).

      Therefore anything or any role that makes a woman even temporarily ‘not attractive’ is *in the Academy voter’s minds* an ENORMOUS risk that might change the way producers and studios see them so much that they’d be essentially uncastable.

      That, or they’re still unconsciously operating on the assumption that women feel that the primary purpose of a woman is to be physically attractive to men and that even temporarily non-prettifying the self is a real and serious emotional trauma to a woman, much in the same way men tend to get about their masculinity in relation to really stupid things like sports and guns and BBQ.

  21. L4frimaire says:

    I haven’t seen any of these films,haven’t heard of some of them ( the Father) and so many of them seem so bleak or downers. Reflection of our time I guess, but I’ll check out a few of them. I saw bits of the Borat movie ( which hubs found hilarious) but couldn’t sit through the whole thing but the actress was really good and deserves the nomination. Not that interested in watching the ceremony.

  22. gunner_runner says:

    Mank is the kind of movie that the academy will always love, smh.

    Saw a few of these on streaming services. Wish I saw Nomadland in the theaters as the cinenamatography was breathtaking but alas …

  23. lucy2 says:

    Great to see 2 women nominated for Best Director. Disappointed Regina King didn’t get nominated too – to be honest I couldn’t get into One Night In Miami, but I love her so much I always root for her.

    I’ve only seen a handful of these, I’ll have to pick up the pace!

    • Case says:

      One Night In Miami took me forever to get through. I was so excited for it because of Leslie Odom Jr. and…meh. This year I realized I don’t think I like films based on plays — Ma Rainey also dragged endlessly for me, even though I did end up liking that story by the end of it.

  24. Lively says:

    Promising young woman was an amazing movie

  25. lemonylips says:

    I’m so happy for Quo vadis Aida? I thought I couldn’t stomach any more of those stories that are about something so deeply written in my Region’s history, but I’m rooting for Žbanić as a female director and someone who finally told that story.

  26. ohrhilly says:

    Regina King should have been nominated as Best Director for One Night in Miami. And Lakeith should have been nominated for Best Actor and not running against Daniel K. for the same Best Supporting Actor award.

  27. Coco says:

    Why are Kaluuya and Stanfield considered supporting actors?

    • FicklePickle says:

      The production companies might have assumed that Chadwick Boseman is a lock for lead actor and not wanted to set their guys up to fail?

  28. Atti says:

    The sound of metal should win in my opinion.

    I want Viola Davis to win so bad, even though I havent seen any of the other roles she is up against. She is fantastic and was amazing in the movie. I just wish the movie was better.

  29. A says:

    The only ones I can predict with 99% accuracy are Best Supporting Actress and Best Actor. It’s obvious who they winners are.

    omg Promising Young Woman is a terrible film, so performative of Hollywood to go “see! we think r*pe is bad! we nominated the film that goes ‘r*pe is bad and if you get revenge you die!’ isn’t that awesome? anyway, let’s give Woody Allen and Roman Polanski another standing ovation!”

  30. Amando says:

    I haven’t seen any of these movies or even heard of most of them. I guess I’ll be sitting this one out.