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Rejoice, Two Female Directors Have Received Oscar Nominations For The First Time In The Show’s History

Both Viola Davis and Steven Yeun also broke history

With the Grammy Awards having only just wrapped up, the Academy has wasted no time in kick-starting their event with the release of their long-awaited nominations. But this time, the award ceremony has made history, with two women nominated in the Best Director category in the same year, for the first time ever.

The category includes Chloé Zhao who is nominated for her work on Nomadland and Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman, both of whom were also recognised at the Golden Globes back, alongside Regina King for One Night in Miami. And while King wasn’t nominated by the Academy this time around, her film did earn a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for Kemp Powers.

It’s with this nomination that Zhao becomes the first woman of colour to be nominated in her selected category. Along with that, Nomadland is looking to sweep up the awards with the film also up for best adapted screenplay and best picture.

But it’s not just Zhao and Fennell who made history, Viola Davis and Steven Yeun have also broken records. Thanks to Davis’ nomination for Best Actress in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the actress is now the award show’s most-nominated Black actress of all time. Additionally, she became the only Black woman with two best actress nominations. 

Alongside Davis, Steven Yeun has earned a Best Actor nomination for his work on Minari, making him the first Asian American actor to earn such acclaim.

Announced from London by Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas, the late Chadwick Boseman was also nominated for Best Actor for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and has been a front-runner all awards season long, with his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepting on his behalf most recently at the Golden Globes.

The 93rd Academy Awards is set to air on April 26 at 11am AEST.

Here’s the full list of the Oscars 2021 nominees. Place your bets now!

Best Picture

The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Actor in a Leading Role

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

Actress in a Leading Role

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

Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen in The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah
Leslie Odom Jr. in One Night in Miami
Paul Raci in Sound of Metal
Lakeith Stanfield in Judas and the Black Messiah

Actress in a Supporting Role

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


Another Round, Thomas Vinterberg
Mank, David Fincher
Minari, Lee Isaac Chung
Nomadland, Chloé Zhao
Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
The Father
One Night in Miami
The White Tigers

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Costume Design

Emma, Alexandra Byrne
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Ann Roth
Mank, Trish Summerville
Mulan, Bina Daigeler
Pinocchio, Massimo Cantini Parrini

Music (Original Score)

Da 5 Bloods, Terence Blanchard
Mank, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Minari, Emile Mosseri
News of the World, James Newton Howard
Soul, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste

Music (Original Song)

“Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
“Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7
“Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
“Io Sì (Seen)” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
“Speak Now” from One Night in Miami

Documentary Feature

Collective, Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana
Crip Camp, Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht, and Sara Bolder
The Mole Agent, Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibáñez
My Octopus Teacher, Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed, and Craig Foster
Time, Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino, and Kellen Quinn

Documentary Short Subject

Colette, Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard
A Concerto Is a Conversation, Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers
Do Not Split, Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook
Hunger Ward, Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman
A Love Song for Latasha, Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan

Animated Feature Film

Onward, Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae
Over the Moon, Glen Keane, Gennie Rim, and Peilin Chou
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Richard Phelan, Will Becher, and Paul Kewley
Soul, Pete Docter and Dana Murray
Wolfwalkers, Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young, and Stéphan Roelants

Animated Short Film

Burrow, Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat
Genius Loci, Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise
If Anything Happens I Love You, Will McCormack and Michael Govier
Opera, Erick Oh
Yes-People, Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson

Live Action Short Film

Feeling Through, Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski
The Letter Room, Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan
The Present, Farah Nabulsi
Two Distant Strangers, Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe
White Eye, Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman

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


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

Film Editing

The Father, Yorgos Lamprinos
Nomadland, Chloé Zhao
Promising Young Woman, Frédéric Thoraval
Sound of Metal, Mikkel E. G. Nielsen
The Trial of the Chicago 7, Alan Baumgarten

Production Design

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

Makeup and Hairstyling

Emma, Marese Langan, Laura Allen, and Claudia Stolze
Hillbilly Elegy, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle, and Patricia Dehaney
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, and Jamika Wilson
Mank, Gigi Williams, Kimberley Spiteri, and Colleen LaBaff
Pinocchio, Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli, and Francesco Pegoretti


Greyhound, Warren Shaw
Mank, Ren Klyce
News of the World
Sound of Metal

Visual Effects

Love and Monsters
The Midnight Sky
The One and Only Ivan

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