History has been made with the 2021 Oscar nominations. For the first time in the awards’ 93-year history two women have been nominated for the best director award, this is the first time more than one woman has been shortlisted for this prize.
Before this year the best director category had only featured five female filmmakers, making the nominations for Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell all the more ground breaking.
The #Oscars nominees for best directing:
Thomas Vinterburg, Another Round
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
David Fincher, Mank
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Chloé Zhao, Nomadlandhttps://t.co/cqZ1TEc6fg
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 15, 2021
Oscar history has also been made in the best actor category. Riz Ahmed is the first Muslim to be nominated in the category and Steven Yeun is the first Asian American to receive a lead actor nomination.
The Oscars continue the diverse nominations with six black actors or actresses nominated, this equals the record set in 2017. The nominees include Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Viola davis and Andra Day. This is the fourth nomination of Davis’ career, making her the most nominated black actress in the Oscars history.
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) March 15, 2021
Behind the camera the best picture nomination for Judas and the Black Messiah represents the first nomination for an all-black line up of producers.
Eight British actors have also received nominations including Riz Ahmed who’s nomination for playing a drummer in Sound of Metal is his first nomination, whereas Sir Anthony Hopkins receives his sixth nomination for his leading role in The Father.
The possibility remains for a posthumous Oscar for Chadwick Boseman. The actor gained the nomination for his part in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, his final role before he died of cancer aged 43 last year. The Black Panther star is the current favourite for the best actor award, which would make him only the second posthumous best actor winner.
Overall, Mank leads the way with 10 nominations, a returning Gary Oldman will look to repeat the success of the Darkest Hour and claim the Best Actor gold. The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Nomadland, Sound of metal and the Trial of the Chicago 7 are all level on 6 nominations.
𝙼𝚘𝚟𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚊 𝚝𝚎𝚊𝚖 𝚜𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝, 𝙼𝚊𝚗𝚔.
— Mank (@MankFilm) March 15, 2021
This year’s winners will be announced at the delayed ceremony taking place on the 25th April.
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