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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture

  • Mank

    November 13, 2020

    1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane.

  • Nomadland

    January 29, 2021

    A woman in her sixties embarks on a journey through the western United States after losing everything in the Great Recession, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    February 12, 2021

    Bill O’Neal infiltrates the Black Panthers on the orders of FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton ascends—falling for a fellow revolutionary en route—a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul.

  • Promising Young Woman

    December 13, 2020

    A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    September 25, 2020

    What was supposed to be a peaceful protest turned into a violent clash with the police. What followed was one of the most notorious trials in history.

  • The Father

    December 23, 2020

    A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages and, as he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

  • Minari

    December 11, 2020

    A Korean-American family moves to Arkansas in search of their own American Dream. With the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother, the stability of their relationships is challenged even more in this new life in the rugged Ozarks, testing the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

    This semi-autobiographical film from writer-director Lee Isaac Chung resulted in one Academy Award win (Best Supporting Actress Yuh-Jung Youn) and five other nominations, including Best Picture.

  • Sound of Metal

    November 20, 2020

    Metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to lose his hearing. When a doctor tells him his condition will worsen, he thinks his career and life is over. His girlfriend Lou checks the former addict into a rehab for the deaf hoping it will prevent a relapse and help him adapt to his new life. After being welcomed and accepted just as he is, Ruben must choose between his new normal and the life he once knew.

    This film won two Academy Awards (Best Editing, Best Sound) and was nominated for four more (Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actor - Riz Amed, and Best Supporting Actor - Paul Raci).

Best Actor

  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    November 25, 2020

    Tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson’s play.

    Chadwick Boseman is nominated as Levee Green.

  • Sound of Metal

    November 20, 2020

    Riz Ahmed is nominated as Ruben Stone in this Best Picture nominee.

  • The Father

    December 23, 2020

    Anthony Hopkins is nominated as Anthony in this Best Picture nominee.

  • Mank

    November 13, 2020

    Gary Oldman is nominated as Herman J. Mankiewicz in this Best Picture nominee.

  • Minari

    December 11, 2020

    Steven Yeun is nominated as Jacob in this Best Picture nominee. He’s the first Asian-American performer to ever be recognized in the in the Lead Actor category.

Best Actress

  • The United States vs. Billie Holiday

    March 31, 2021

    Billie Holiday spent much of her career being adored by fans. In the 1940’s, the government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial ballad, “Strange Fruit.”

    Andra Day is nominated as Billie Holiday.

  • Pieces of a Woman

    December 30, 2020

    When a young mother’s home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy, she begins a year-long odyssey of mourning that fractures relationships with loved ones in this deeply personal story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.

    Vanessa Kirby is nominated as Martha Weiss.

  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    November 25, 2020

    Viola Davis is nominated as Ma Rainey.

  • Nomadland

    January 29, 2021

    Frances McDormand is nominated as Fern in this Best Picture nominee.

  • Promising Young Woman

    December 13, 2020

    Carey Mulligan is nominated as Cassandra “Cassie” Thomas in this Best Picture nominee.

Best Supporting Actor

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    September 25, 2020

    Sacha Baron Cohen is nominated as Abbie Hoffman in this Best Picture nominee.

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    February 12, 2021

    This Best Picture nominee features two nominees in this category: Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield as Bill O’Neal.

  • One Night in Miami…

    December 25, 2020

    In the aftermath of Cassius Clay’s defeat of Sonny Liston in 1964, the boxer meets with Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown to change the course of history in the segregated South.

    Leslie Odom Jr. is nominated as Sam Cooke.

  • Sound of Metal

    November 20, 2020

    Paul Raci is nominated as Joe in this Best Picture nominee..

Best Supporting Actress

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    October 23, 2020

    14 years after making a film about his journey across the USA, Borat risks life and limb when he returns to the United States with his young daughter, and reveals more about the culture, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the political elections.

    Maria Bakalova is nominated as Tutar Sagdiyev.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

    November 9, 2020

    An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.

    Glenn Close is nominated as Bonnie “Mamaw” Vance.

  • The Father

    December 23, 2020

    Olivia Colman is nominated as Anne in this Best Picture nominee.

  • Mank

    November 13, 2020

    Amanda Seyfried is nominated as Marion Davies in this Best Picture nominee.

  • Minari

    December 11, 2020

    Yuh-Jung Youn is nominated as is nominated as Soonja in this Best Picture nominee.

Best Animated Feature Film

  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

    September 26, 2019

    When an alien with amazing powers crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun the Sheep goes on a mission to shepherd the intergalactic visitor home before a sinister organization can capture her.

  • Onward

    February 29, 2020

    In a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.

  • Over the Moon

    October 16, 2020

    In this animated musical, a girl builds a rocket ship and blasts off, hoping to meet a mythical moon goddess.

  • Soul

    December 25, 2020

    Joe Gardner is a middle school teacher with a love for jazz music. After a successful gig at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body and is transported to the You Seminar, a center in which souls develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child. Joe must enlist help from the other souls-in-training, like 22, a soul who has spent eons in the You Seminar, in order to get back to Earth.

  • Wolfwalkers

    October 26, 2020

    In a time of superstition and magic, when wolves are seen as demonic and nature an evil to be tamed, a young apprentice hunter comes to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last pack. But when she saves a wild native girl, their friendship leads her to discover the world of the Wolfwalkers and transform her into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.

Best Cinematography

  • Mank

    November 13, 2020

    Cinematography by Erik Messerschmidt.

  • Nomadland

    January 29, 2021

    Cinematography by Joshua James Richards.

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    February 12, 2021

    Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt.

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    September 25, 2020

    Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.

  • News of the World

    December 25, 2020

    A Texan traveling across the wild West bringing the news of the world to local townspeople, agrees to help rescue a young girl who was kidnapped.

    Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.

Best Costume Design

  • Emma.

    February 13, 2020

    In 1800s England, a well-meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.

    Costume design by Alexandra Byrne.

  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    November 25, 2020

    Costume design by Ann Roth.

  • Mank

    November 13, 2020

    Costume design by Trish Summerville.

  • Mulan

    September 4, 2020

    When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Chinese Army to defend the country from Huns, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. She is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. Disguised as a man by the name of Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her innermost strength and embrace her true potential.

    Costume design by Bina Daigeler.

  • Pinocchio

    December 19, 2019

    In this live-action adaptation of the beloved fairytale, old woodcarver Geppetto fashions a wooden puppet, Pinocchio, who magically comes to life. Pinocchio longs for adventure and is easily led astray, encountering magical beasts, fantastical spectacles, while making friends and foes along his journey. However, his dream is to become a real boy, which can only come true if he finally changes his ways.

    Costume design by Massimo Cantini Parrini.

Best Director

  • Mank

    November 13, 2020

    Directed by David Fincher.

  • Nomadland

    January 29, 2021

    Directed by Chloé Zhao.

  • Promising Young Woman

    December 13, 2020

    Directed by Emerald Fennell.

  • Minari

    December 11, 2020

    Directed by Lee Isaac Chung.

  • Another Round

    September 24, 2020

    Four high school teachers launch a drinking experiment: upholding a constant low level of intoxication.

    Thomas Vinterberg is the only director whose film is not nominated for Best Picture.

Best Original Screenplay

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    February 12, 2021

    Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King; Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas

  • Minari

    December 11, 2020

    Written by Lee Isaac Chung

  • Promising Young Woman

    December 13, 2020

    Written by Emerald Fennell

  • Sound of Metal

    November 20, 2020

    Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder; Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    September 25, 2020

    Written by Aaron Sorkin

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    October 23, 2020

    Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern; Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad

  • The Father

    December 23, 2020

    Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

  • Nomadland

    January 29, 2021

    Written for the screen by Chloé Zhao

  • One Night in Miami…

    December 25, 2020

    Screenplay by Kemp Powers

  • The White Tiger

    January 13, 2021

    An ambitious Indian driver uses his wit and cunning to escape from poverty and rise to the top. An epic journey based on the New York Times bestseller.

    Written for the screen by Ramin Bahrani

Best Documentary

  • Collective

    February 28, 2020

    In the aftermath of a tragic fire in a Romanian club, burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life threatening. A team of investigative journalists move into action uncovering the mass corruption of the health system and of the state institutions. Collective follows journalists, whistle blowers, and authorities alike. An immersive and uncompromising look into a dysfunctional system, exposing corruption, propaganda, and manipulation that nowadays affect not only Romania, but societies around the world.

  • Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

    March 25, 2020

    Down the road from Woodstock in the early 1970s, a revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers, transforming their young lives and igniting a landmark movement.

  • The Mole Agent

    December 11, 2020

    When a daughter becomes concerned about her mother’s well-being in a retirement home, private investigator Romulo hires Sergio, an 83-year-old man who becomes a new resident—and a mole inside the home, who struggles to balance his assignment with becoming increasingly involved in the lives of several residents.

  • My Octopus Teacher

    September 4, 2020

    After years of swimming every day in the freezing ocean at the tip of Africa, Craig Foster meets an unlikely teacher: a young octopus who displays remarkable curiosity. Visiting her den and tracking her movements for months on end he eventually wins the animal’s trust and they develop a never-before-seen bond between human and wild animal.

    “My Octopus Teacher” won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2021.

  • Time

    October 9, 2020

    Fox Rich, indomitable matriarch and modern-day abolitionist, strives to keep her family together while fighting for the release of her incarcerated husband. An intimate, epic, and unconventional love story, filmed over two decades.

Best Film Editing

  • The Father

    December 23, 2020

    Edited by Yorgos Lamprinos.

  • Nomadland

    January 29, 2021

    Edited by Best Director nominee Chloé Zhao.

  • Promising Young Woman

    December 13, 2020

    Edited by Frédéric Thoraval.

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    September 25, 2020

    Edited by Alan Baumgarten.

  • Sound of Metal

    November 20, 2020

    Edited by Mikkel E. G. Nielsen.

Best International Feature Film

  • Another Round

    September 24, 2020

    Four high school teachers launch a drinking experiment: upholding a constant low level of intoxication.

  • Collective

    February 28, 2020

    This film is also nominated for Best Documentary.

  • Better Days

    October 25, 2019

    A bullied teenage girl forms an unlikely friendship with a mysterious young man who protects her from her assailants, while she copes with the pressures of her final examinations.

  • The Man Who Sold His Skin

    September 5, 2020

    To be able to travel to Europe and find the love of his life, Sam Ali, a Syrian refugee, accepts to have his back tattooed by one of the most sulfurous contemporary artist; becoming that way a precious work of art.

  • Quo vadis, Aida?

    February 26, 2021

    Bosnia, July 1995. Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. As an insider to the negotiations Aida has access to crucial information that she needs to interpret. What is at the horizon for her family and people - rescue or death? Which move should she take?

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Emma.

    February 13, 2020

    In 1800s England, a well-meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.

    Nominees: Marese Langan, Laura Allen, and Claudia Stolze

  • Hillbilly Elegy

    November 9, 2020

    An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.

    Nominees: Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle, and Patricia Dehaney

  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    November 25, 2020

    Nominees: Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, and Jamika Wilson

  • Mank

    November 13, 2020

    Nominees: Gigi Williams, Kimberley Spiteri, and Colleen LaBaff

  • Pinocchio

    December 19, 2019

    Nominees: Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli, and Francesco Pegoretti

Best Original Score

  • Da 5 Bloods

    June 12, 2020

    Four African-American Vietnam veterans return to Vietnam. They are in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader and the promise of buried treasure. These heroes battle forces of humanity and nature while confronted by the lasting ravages of the immorality of the Vietnam War.

    Music by Terence Blanchard.

  • Mank

    November 13, 2020

    Music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

  • Minari

    December 11, 2020

    Music by Emile Mosseri.

  • News of the World

    December 25, 2020

    A Texan traveling across the wild West bringing the news of the world to local townspeople, agrees to help rescue a young girl who was kidnapped.

    Music by James Newton Howard.

  • Soul

    December 25, 2020

    Music by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste.

Best Original Song

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    February 12, 2021

    Nominated for “Fight For You” by H.E.R., Tiara Thomas, and Dernst Emile II.

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    September 25, 2020

    Nominated for “Hear My Voice” by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite.

  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

    June 26, 2020

    Two small-town aspiring musicians chase their pop star dreams at a global music competition, where high stakes, scheming rivals and onstage mishaps test their bond.

    Nominated for “Husavik” by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson.

  • The Life Ahead

    November 3, 2020

    In seaside Italy, a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business takes in a 12-year-old street kid who recently robbed her.

    Nominated for “Io Sì (Seen)” by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini.

  • One Night in Miami…

    December 25, 2020

    Nominated for “Speak Now” by Leslie Odom, Jr., and Sam Ashworth.

Best Production Design

  • The Father

    December 23, 2020

    Nominees: Peter Francis, Cathy Featherstone

  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    November 25, 2020

    Nominees: Mark Ricker, Karen O’Hara, and Diana Stoughton

  • Mank

    November 13, 2020

    Nominees: Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale

  • News of the World

    December 25, 2020

    Nominees: David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan

  • Tenet

    August 22, 2020

    Armed with only one word - Tenet - and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

    Nominees: Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas

Best Sound

  • Greyhound

    July 10, 2020

    A first-time captain leads a convoy of allied ships carrying thousands of soldiers across the treacherous waters of the “Black Pit” to the front lines of WW2. With no air cover protection for 5 days, the captain and his convoy must battle the surrounding enemy Nazi U-boats in order to give the allies a chance to win the war.

    Nominees: Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders, and David Wyman

  • Mank

    November 13, 2020

    Nominees: Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance, and Drew Kunin

  • News of the World

    December 25, 2020

    Nominees: Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller, and John Pritchett

  • Soul

    December 25, 2020

    Nominees: Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott, and David Parker

  • Sound of Metal

    November 20, 2020

    Nominees: Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés, and Phillip Bladh

Best Visual Effects

  • Love and Monsters

    October 16, 2020

    Seven years since the Monsterpocalypse began, Joel Dawson has been living underground in order to survive. But after reconnecting over radio with his high school girlfriend Aimee, Joel decides to venture out to reunite with her, despite all the dangerous monsters that stand in his way.

    Nominees: Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt and Brian Cox

  • The Midnight Sky

    December 10, 2020

    A lone scientist in the Arctic races to contact a crew of astronauts returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.

    Nominees: Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon, and David Watkins

  • Mulan

    September 4, 2020

    Nominees: Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury, and Steve Ingram

  • The One and Only Ivan

    August 21, 2020

    A gorilla named Ivan who’s living in a suburban shopping mall tries to piece together his past, with the help of other animals, as they hatch a plan to escape from captivity.

    Nominees: Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones, and Santiago Colomo Martinez

  • Tenet

    August 22, 2020

    Nominees: Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley, and Scott Fisher

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