Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell Make History With 2021 Oscar Nominations

Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell Make History With 2021 Oscar Nominations

The ‘Nomadland’ director and the ‘Promising Young Woman’ helmer are up for best director as the complete nominations list for the upcoming Academy Awards is announced.

AceShowbizChloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell will both compete for best director at the 2021 Academy Awards setting a new record for female auteurs in the category.

The nominations, announced on Monday (15Mar21) by actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas and her husband, singer-songwriter-actor Nick Jonas saw both Zhao’s “Nomadland“, and British talent Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman” selected in the Best Picture category, as well as earning them nods for their direction, breaching a new barrier again for female directors, who have typically been overlooked.

It is the first time in the Academy Awards’ nearly almost 100-year history, more than one female director has been nominated in the best director category.

In total, only five women have been nominated in the best director category, with Kathryn Bigelow, who directed 2010 movie “The Hurt Locker“, the first and only female director to win in the category.

Both films garnered several nominations, with “Nomadland” collecting six including Best Actress for lead Frances McDormand, and Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman” earning a Best Actress nod for Carey Mulligan among its five nominations. While David Fincher helmed “Mank” is the Oscars most nominated movie with 11 nods.

Director Fincher will compete against Zhao, Fennell, Aaron Sorkin for “The Trial of the Chicago 7” – which garnered seven nods – Thomas Vinterberg for movie “Another Round“, and Lee Isaac Chung for “Minari“.

In the Best Actor category, Chadwick Boseman was given another posthumous nod for his role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom“, alongside his co-star Viola Davis who gets her fourth Oscar nomination, and her second nod for Best Actress.

Also competing for Best Actor is “Mank” leading man Gary Oldman, fellow British stars Anthony Hopkins for “The Father” and Riz Ahmed for “Sound of Metal“, and Steven Yeun for “Minari”.

The Best Actress category is rounded out by first-time nominees, singer Andra Day for “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” and former “The Crown” star Vanessa Kirby for “Pieces of a Woman“.

In a move that may cause some controversy, British star Daniel Kaluuya is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor group for his starring role in “Judas and the Black Messiah“, alongside his co-star LaKeith Stanfield. Also in the supporting actor group are; Sacha Baron Cohen for “The Trial of the Chicago 7”, Leslie Odom Jr. for “One Night in Miami…“, and Paul Raci for “Sound of Metal”.

Glenn Close receives her eighth Oscar nomination for her role in “Hillbilly Elegy“, and will compete against Cohen’s “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” co-star Maria Bakalova, Olivia Colman for “The Father”, Amanda Seyfried for “Mank”, and “Minari” star Yuh-Jung Youn in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Elsewhere Disney’s “Soul” and “Onward” will battle it out for the Animated Movie category, which is rounded out by “Over the Moon“, “Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon“, and “Wolfwalkers“.

The Oscars will take place on Sunday, 25 April.

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:

  • Chloe Zhao – “Nomadland
  • David Fincher – “Mank
  • Aaron Sorkin – “The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Emerald Fennell – “Promising Young Woman
  • Thomas Vinterberg – “Another Round
  • Lee Isaac Chung – “Minari

Best Actor:

  • Chadwick Boseman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Anthony Hopkins – “The Father
  • Riz Ahmed – “Sound of Metal
  • Gary Oldman – “Mank
  • Steven Yeun – “Minari

Best Actress:

  • Carey Mulligan – “Promising Young Woman
  • Frances McDormand – “Nomadland
  • Viola Davis – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Andra Day – “The United States vs. Billie Holiday
  • Vanessa Kirby – “Pieces of a Woman

Supporting Actor:

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  • 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

Supporting Actress:

  • Maria Bakalova – “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Glenn Close – “Hillbilly Elegy
  • Olivia Colman – “The Father
  • Amanda Seyfried – “Mank
  • Yuh-Jung Youn – “Minari

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

Animated Feature:

  • Onward
  • Over the Moon
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
  • Soul
  • Wolfwalkers

International Feature Film:

  • Another Round
  • Better Days
  • Collective
  • The Man Who Sold His Skins
  • Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Documentary:

  • Collective
  • Crip Camp
  • The Mole Agent
  • My Octopus Teacher
  • Time

Best Cinematography:

  • Mank
  • Nomadland
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Judas and The Black Messiah
  • News of the World

Best Costume Design:

  • Emma
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Mank
  • Mulan
  • Pinocchio

Best Editing:

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Nomadland
  • Mank
  • Promising Young Woman
  • The Father

Make-Up and Hairstyling:

  • Mank
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Pinocchio
  • Emma
  • Hillbilly Elegy

Original Score:

  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Mank
  • Minari
  • News of the World
  • Soul

Original Song:

  • “Fight For You” – “Judas and the Black Messiah
  • “Hear My Voice” – “The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • “Husavik (My Hometown)” – “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
  • “lo Si (Seen)” – “The Life Ahead” (“La Vita Davanti a Se“)”
  • “Speak Now” – “One Night in Miami…

Production Design:

  • Mank
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • News of the World
  • The Father
  • Tenet

Best Sound:

  • Sound of Metal
  • Soul
  • Mank
  • Greyhound
  • News of the World

Visual Effects:

  • Tenet
  • The Midnight Sky
  • Love & Monsters
  • Mulan
  • The One and Only Ivan

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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