The Academy Award Nominations Just Righted Some Historic Wrongs

Nick Pope
·4-min read
Photo credit: Searchlight Pictures
Photo credit: Searchlight Pictures

From Esquire

The Academy Award nominations are finally here, and you know what? Fair play. It’s a good list! Does Mank really deserve ten separate nominations? It does not. Is it galling to see Shaun the Sheep miss out on a best actor nod yet again? You bet it is. Should Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga be anywhere near an Oscar? No. But overall: agreed.

What’s more, they’ve included Minari – a very good film that you should watch when it’s actually released here – in the Best Picture category, correcting a misstep that plunged the Golden Globes into controversy last month. For those who weren’t paying attention, the predominantly Korean-language film wasn’t deemed eligible for the two best picture Globes despite the fact it was financed and distributed by American companies. Instead, it was nominated for and won the foreign language category.

Elsewhere, Chloé Zhao is the first woman of colour to be nominated for best director, which she’s received for Nomadland. The presence of Emerald Fennell on the same list, for Promising Young Woman, marks the first occasion that two women have been nominated at the same time. Shameful stuff, but progress nonetheless.

The list isn’t without controversy, however. Many on social media have called attention to the fact that both Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya have received supporting role nods for Judas and the Black Messiah, despite Stanfield’s starring role. Check out the full list below:

Photo credit: Judas and the Black Messiah
Photo credit: Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Directing

Another Round, Thomas Vinterberg

Mank, David Fincher

Minari, Lee Isaac Chung

Nomadland, Chloe Zhao

Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell

Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Gary Oldman, Mank

Steven Yeun, Minari

Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Andra Day, The United States vs Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Actor in a Supporting Role

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

Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman, The Father

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father

Nomadland

One Night in Miami...

The White Tiger

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Judas and the Black Messiah

Minari

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7


Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Film Editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Animated Feature Film

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

International Feature Film

Another Round

Better Days

Collective

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Documentary (Feature)

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher

Time

Music (Original Score)

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul

Music (Original Song)

'Hear My Voice', The Trial of the Chicago 7

'Husavik', Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

'Fight For You', Judas and the Black Messiah

'Io Sì (Seen)', The Life Ahead

'Speak Now', One Night in Miami...


Sound

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Soul

Sound of Metal

Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Mank

News of the World

Tenet

Makeup and Hairstyling

Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Mank

Pinocchio

Costume Design

Emma

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Mank

Mulan

Pinocchio

Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet

Documentary (Short Subject)

Colette

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

Short Film (Animated)

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You

Opera

Yes-People

Short Film (Live-Action)

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

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