OSCARS 2021: The Nominees

The 93rd Academy Awards are a month away and today they announced the nominees!

2020 was a friggin weird year, man. I saw two 2019 movies in a cinema (Jojo Rabbit and Knives Out) before the world shut down. Covid-19, whether we realize it or not, has changed everything going forward. Everything. The movies are no different. My whole schtick on this blog is movies I have seen “IN A THEATER”. Even I must admit that streaming is winning the battle. The big screen will likely be relegated to the blockbusters while the mid to low-tier budgeted films will be streamed. Maybe I am wrong, but I don’t think I am. Luckily I have an indie theater a couple miles from my house. A lot of people aren’t as fortunate.

I will now, as is tradition, spend the next 41 days cramming in as many of these films as is humanly possible. It is not always easy to see them all. This year is 100% doable. Everything is out there streaming. A few I’ve already seen! Here’s the list:


Best Picture
 The Father 
 Judas and the Black Messiah 
 Mank 
 Minari 
 Nomadland 
 Promising Young Woman 
 Sound of Metal 
 The Trial of the Chicago 7 
 
Best Director
Thomas Vinterberg ( Another Round )
David Fincher ( Mank ) 
Lee Isaac Chung ( Minari ) 
Chloé Zhao ( Nomadland ) 
Emerald Fennell ( Promising Young Woman ) 
 
Best 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 ) 
 
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Viola Davis ( Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom ) 
Andra Day ( The United States v. Billie Holiday ) 
Vanessa Kirby ( Pieces of a Woman ) 
Frances McDormand ( Nomadland ) 
Carey Mulligan ( Promising Young Woman ) 
 
Best 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 )
 
Best 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 ) 
 
Best Animated Feature Film
 Onward  (Pixar) 
 Over the Moon  (Netflix) 
 A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon  (Netflix) 
 Soul  (Pixar) 
 Wolfwalkers  (Apple TV Plus/GKIDS) 
 
Best Adapted Screenplay
 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. 
 The Father, 
 Nomadland, 
 One Night in Miami,
 The White Tiger, 
 
Best Original Screenplay
 Judas and the Black Messiah. 
 Minari, 
 Promising Young Woman,  
 Sound of Metal. 
 The Trial of the Chicago 7,  
 
Best Original Song
 Fight for You,  ( Judas and the Black Messiah )
 Hear My Voice,  ( The Trial of the Chicago 7 )
 Húsavík,  ( Eurovision Song Contest )
 Io Si (Seen),  ( The Life Ahead )
 Speak Now,  ( One Night in Miami )
 
Best Original Score
 Da 5 Bloods,  Terence Blanchard 
 Mank,  Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross 
 Minari,  Emile Mosseri 
 News of the World,  James Newton Howard 
 Soul,  Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste 
 
Best Sound
 Greyhound, 
 Mank, 
 News of the World, 
 Soul, 
 Sound of Metal, 
 
Best Costume Design
 Emma,  Alexandra Byrne 
 Mank,  Trish Summerville 
 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,  Ann Roth 
 Mulan,  Bina Daigeler 
 Pinocchio,  Massimo Cantini Parrini
 
Best Animated Short Film
 Burrow  (Disney Plus/Pixar)
 Genius Loci  (Kazak Productions) 
 If Anything Happens I Love You  (Netflix) 
 Opera  (Beasts and Natives Alike) 
 Yes-People  (CAOZ hf. Hólamói) 
 
Best Live-Action Short Film
 Feeling Through  
 The Letter Room  
 The Present  
 Two Distant Strangers  
 White Eye  
 
Best Cinematography
 Judas and the Black Messiah,  Sean Bobbitt 
 Mank,  Erik Messerschmidt 
 News of the World,  Dariusz Wolski 
 Nomadland,  Joshua James Richards 
 The Trial of the Chicago 7,  Phedon Papamichael 
 
Best Documentary Feature
 Collective, 
 Crip Camp, 
 The Mole Agent, 
 My Octopus Teacher, 
 Time, 
 
Best Documentary Short Subject
 Colette, 
 A Concerto Is a Conversation, 
 Do Not Split, 
 Hunger Ward, 
 A Love Song for Latasha, 
 
Best Film Editing
 The Father,  Yorgos Lamprinos
 Promising Young Woman,  Frédéric Thoraval 
 Sound of Metal,  Mikkel E.G. Nielsen 
 The Trial of the Chicago 7,  Alan Baumgarten 
 
Best International Feature Film
 Another Round  (Denmark) 
 Better Days  (Hong Kong)
 Collective  (Romania) 
 The Man Who Sold His Skin  (Tunisia)
 Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 
 
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
 Emma, 
 Hillbilly Elegy, 
 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, 
 Mank,
 Pinocchio, 
 
Best Production Design
 The Father. 
 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. 
 Mank. 
 News of the World. 
 Tenet. 
 
Best Visual Effects
 Love and Monsters, 
 The Midnight Sky, 
 Mulan, 
 The One and Only Ivan, 
 Tenet,

A decent list this year! As I said: Incredibly accessible. Right before the Oscars I will post my picks. Once the telecast is finished I will make another post to see how I did at guessing! Happy watching!

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