2021 Oscars Nominations: Female Directors Make History

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Emerald Fennel (Left) Chloe Zao (Left)
Oscars Nomination

The wait has finally ended to see which films and their masterminds might get rewarded this year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Popularly referred to as the Oscars, this year’s ceremony (93rd edition) was delayed by the corona virus pandemic, otherwise we’d be typically done by now.

The awards will recognize films released in 2020, a strange year in which theaters were mainly shutdown because of the pandemic. The nominees were announced on Monday 15th March 2021 and the ceremony is set to take place on Sunday the 25th of April. The list is dominated by films from streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, especially with Mank and Nomadland respectively.

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Emerald Fennel (Left) Chloe Zao (Right)

Two female directors made history in the Best Director category, Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman and Chloé Zhao for Nomadland, as this would be the first time two women would be up for the same award. Late Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) also got nominated in the Best Actor category for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

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Chadwick Boseman November 29, 1976 – August 28, 2020

This year’s nomination has been praised for taking huge strides towards inclusion with more than 20 black people being considered for awards.

Take a look at the full list of nominees below.

Best Picture

“The Father”

“Judas and the Black Messiah”




“Promising Young Woman”

“Sound of Metal”

“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best Director

Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”

Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”

David Fincher, “Mank”

Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”

Thomas Vinterberg, “Another Round”

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”

Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”

Gary Oldman, “Mank”

Steven Yeun, “Minari”

Best Actress

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”

Best Supporting Actor

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 Supporting Actress

Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”

Olivia Colman, “The Father”

Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”

Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari”

Original Screenplay

“Judas and the Black Messiah”


“Promising Young Woman”

“Sound of Metal”

“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Adapted Screenplay

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

“The Father”


“One Night in Miami”

“The White Tiger”

Animated Feature


“Over the Moon”

“A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”



Production Design

“The Father”


“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

“News of the World”


Costume Design


“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”





Sean Bobbitt, “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Erik Messerschmidt, “Mank”

Dariusz Wolski, “News of the World”

Joshua James Richards, “Nomadland”

Phedon Papamichael, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”


“The Father”


“Promising Young Woman”

“Sound of Metal”

“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Makeup and Hairstyling


“Hillbilly Elegy”

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”






“News of the World”


“Sound of Metal”

Visual Effects

“Love and Monsters”

“The Midnight Sky”


“The One and Only Ivan”



“Da 5 Bloods”



“News of the World”



“Husavik” (“Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”)

“Fight for You” (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)

“Lo Sì (Seen)” (“The Life Ahead”)

“Speak Now” (“One Night in Miami”)

“Hear My Voice” (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)

Documentary Feature


“Crip Camp”

“The Mole Agent”

“My Octopus Teacher”


International Feature

“Another Round,” Denmark

“Better Days,” Hong Kong

“Collective,” Romania

“The Man Who Sold His Skin,” Tunisia

“Quo Vadis, Aida?” Bosnia and Herzegovina

Animated Short


“Genius Loci”

“If Anything Happens I Love You”



Documentary Short


“A Concerto Is a Conversation”

“Do Not Split”

“Hunger Ward”

“A Love Song for Latasha”

Live-Action Short

“Feeling Through”

“The Letter Room”

“The Present”

“Two Distant Strangers”

“White Eye”

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