Who’s Nominated for the 2021 Oscars?

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In a two-part live presentation on March 15, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas announced the nominees for the 93rd annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. After years of criticism that the nominations lack diversity, this year’s ceremony will be one of the most diverse ever

The Oscars ceremony was postponed nine weeks due to COVID-19 and is set to air on ABC on April 25 at 8 p.m. ET. Here are some of the nominations for the 2021 Oscars.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed is nominated for Best Actor for his role in Sound of Metal, a movie that’s up for five other nominations. Ahmed received critical acclaim for playing a heavy-metal drummer experiencing hearing loss while recovering from an addiction. He is the first Muslim actor to be nominated in any leading category at the Academy Awards. Another nominee is Anthony Hopkins, who became the oldest nominee in history for his role in The Father.

Chadwick Boseman received a posthumous Best Actor nomination for his final role, Levee Green in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Last month, Boseman won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for this role. 

Steven Yeun received a Best Actor nomination and became the first Asian American to be nominated in this category for his performance in Minari. Gary Oldman is also nominated for his role as screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz in Mank, a 1930’s period drama movie that earned nine other nominations.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Several actors earned nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Daniel Kaluuya earned a nomination for his portrayal as Fred in Judas and the Black Messiah. Lakeith Stanfield also got a nomination for his role as Bill in the same movie.

Sacha Baron Cohen received a nomination for his role as a counterculture revolutionary Abbie Hoffman in The Trial of the Chicago 7. Leslie Odom, Jr. is nominated for his role in One Night in Miami…, a fictionalized movie set in the 1960s. Additionally, Paul Raci is nominated for his role in Sound of Metal.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis’ critically acclaimed performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom earned her the Best Actress nomination for her leading role as Ma Rainey. With this nomination, Davis became the most nominated Black actress in the history of the Oscars. 

Andra Day got the nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of jazz singer and civil rights activist Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Last month, Andra Day became just the second Black woman to win Best Actress in a Drama at the Golden Globes. Day and Davis have become the first two black women to be nominated for Best Actress in the same year since 1973.

Vanessa Kirby received a Best Actress nomination for her performance in the movie Pieces of a Woman. Frances McDormand is also nominated for her critically-acclaimed role in the movie Nomadland. Carey Mulligan earned a nomination for her highly-praised role in the movie Promising Young Woman.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Various actresses are nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Maria Bakalova is nominated for her role in the mockumentary Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Glenn Close earned her eighth Oscar nomination for her performance in Hillbilly Elegy. Yuh-Jung Youn was nominated for her role in Minari. Olivia Colman earned her second Oscar nomination for her role in The Father. Amanda Seyfried is also nominated for her role in Mank.

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