2021 Oscars: The Academy Reveals the Nominees

The Oscars are finally here!


It’s that time of the year. Even though this year it was a couple of months delayed, the Academy Awards have finally announced their nominees for this year’s edition, the 93rd. Like every year, this list is full of surprises, both good and bad. As expected, Nomadland is the one scoring nominations in all main categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, etc.


Like every year, there are movies that start the Awards season as potential candidates for the 10th slot in the Best Picture category, and maybe one or two nominations here and there and end up very high on everybody’s lists. This year, this was the case for both Minari and Promising Young Woman, and it was very much deserved. Films like Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom or Da 5 Bloods enjoyed a couple of months in which they were considered the favorites for many categories, and have now lost a lot of steam. This is not surprising for a season that has lasted (and actually has not ended) half a year. However, Da 5 Bloods did manage to sneak into the Best Score category, something I personally was not expecting.


Movies like Cherry or Malcolm & Marie were considered as potential candidates months ago, but poor reception was fatal for the two of them and ended up out of the main categories. One of the big stories for me is Mank, a movie that came out three months ago and was very divisive. Ultimately, I think the movie was forgotten… to everybody but the Academy. They love themselves some movies about moviemaking, especially if it’s about the making of a classic (Citizen Kane in this case), and they are also looking for an excuse to finally give David Fincher an award. However, Fincher’s late father did not manage to get his nomination for writing the script, which was one of the big upsets today. Oddly enough, one of the categories Mank was also favorite in was Best Visual Effects, for which it was not nominated.


The big upset today was Aaron Sorkin not getting nominated as a director for Trial of the Chicago 7, with Another Round director Thomas Vinterberg stealing his spot. One Night in Miami also was prived from many nominations today, including one of the locks (besides Leslie Odom, Jr. for Best Supporting Actor), Best Picture. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom surprisingly didn’t land a nomination there either. The Father, on the other hand, received a lot of nominations, at least many more than what was expected a few months ago.


One final note. Today, Chloé Zhao has become the most nominated woman in a single ceremony with four nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing), surpassing Fran Walsh back in 2003 for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Song).


Here are the nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards (you can also check out here our predictions for this list, to see how many we got wrong!):


Best Picture



Trial of the Chicago 7

Promising Young Woman


Judas and the Black Messiah

Sound of Metal

The Father


Best Director

Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)

David Fincher (Mank)

Lee Isaac-Young (Minari)

Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)

Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round)


Best Actress

Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)

Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

Frances McDormand (Nomadland)

Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman)

Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday)


Best Actor

Anthony Hopkins (The Father)

Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

Gary Oldman (Mank)

Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)

Steven Yeun (Minari)


Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Movie Film)

Olivia Colman (The Father)

Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari)

Amanda Seyfried (Mank)

Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy)


Best Supporting Actor

Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)

Sacha Baron Cohen (Trial of the Chicago 7)

Leslie Odom, Jr. (One Night in Miami)

Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)

Lakeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah)


Best Adapted Screenplay

Nomadland (Chloé Zhao)

One Night in Miami (Kemp Powers)

The Father (Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller)

The White Tiger (Ramin Bahrani)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Peter Baynham, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jena Friedman, Anthony Hines, Lee Kern, Dan Mazer, Nina Pedrad, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Swimer)


Best Original Screenplay

Trial of the Chicago 7 (Aaron Sorkin)

Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell)

Minari (Lee Isaac Chung)

Judas and the Black Messiah (Will Berson, Shaka King, Keith Lucas, Kenneth Lucas)

Sound of Metal (Abraham Marder, Darius Marder, Derek Cianfrance)


Best Cinematography

Joshua James Richards (Nomadland)

Erik Messerschmidt (Mank)

Dariusz Wolski (News of the World)

Phedon Papamichael (Trial of the Chicago 7)

Sean Bobbitt (Judas and the Black Messiah)


Best Editing

Mikkel E.G. Nielsen (Sound of Metal)

Alan Baumgarten (Trial of the Chicago 7)

Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)

Yorgos Lamprinos (The Father)

Frédéric Thoraval (Promising Young Woman)


Best Score

Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Soul)

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Mank)

James Newton Howard (News of the World)

Emile Mosseri (Minari)

Terence Blanchard (Da 5 Bloods)


Best Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky



The One and Only Ivan


Best Sound

Sound of Metal

News of the World





Best Production Design

Donald Graham Burt (production designer), Jan Pascale (set decorator): Mank

David Crank (production designer), Elizabeth Keenan (set decorator): News of the World

Mark Ricker (production designer), Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton (set decorator): Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Nathan Crowley (production designer), Kathy Lucas (set decorator): Tenet

Peter Francis, (production designer), Cathy Featherstone (set decorator): The Father


Best Costume Design

Ann Roth (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

Alexandra Byrne (Emma)

Trish Summerville (Mank)

Bina Daigeler (Mulan)

Massimo Cantini Parrini (Pinocchio)


Best Makeup & Hairstyle

Mia Neal (hair and wig designer, makeup department head), Sergio Lopez-Rivera (personal makeup artist for Viola Davis), Jamika Wilson (personal hair stylist for Viola Davis) from Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Eryn Krueger Mekash (makeup department head), Patricia Dehaney (hair department head), Matthew Mungle (prosthetic designer) from Hillbilly Elegy

Mark Coulier (prosthetic designer), Dalia Colli (makeup artist), Francesco Pegoretti (hair designer) from Pinocchio

Marese Langan (hair and makeup designer) from Emma

Gigi Williams (makeup department head), Kimberley Spiteri (hair department head), and Colleen LaBaff (assistant head hairstylist) from Mank


Best Animated Feature




A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Over the Moon


Best Original Song

Speak Now (Written by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth) from One Night in Miami

Io Si (Seen) (Written by Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi) from The Life Ahead

Fight for You (written by H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas.) from Judas and the Black Messiah

Húsavík (Savan Kotecha, Rickard Goransson, fat max Gsus) from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Hear My Voice (Written by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste) from The Trial of Chicago 7