Sacha Baron Cohen, Nomadland and Mank dominate the Oscar nominations

And the Trial of the Chicago 7 picks up six nominations

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen
Global film editor

David Fincher’s Hollywood epic Mank was always going to score with Academy Awards voters – a group of love to celebrate home-town stories, no matter how acidic – and so it has proved. Mank scored ten Oscar nominations at the grand unveiling, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress nods for Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried respectively.

Also up for gongs when the Oscars airs on Sunday, 
April 25 are Olivia Colman (Best Actress for The Father), Viola Davis (Best Actress for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), and Lee Isaac Chung, Emerald Fennell and Chloé Zhao in a fascinating-looking Best Director category. 

As expected, Chadwick Boseman is nominated posthumously for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and is an overwhelmingly popular choice to win.

What else to look out for on the list? It’s rare for a film to win Best Picture without a Best Editing nomination, so if precedent is anything to go by, the big award is a race between The Father, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Nomadland is the hot favourite, but this would seem to reduce Minari’s once red-hot buzz to a glowing ember.

Unusually, Judas and the Black Messiah’s LaKeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya go head-to-head in the Best Supporting Actor category. It’s the kind of category-finessing that takes place every year, but it does beg the question of who the film’s actual lead is.

Among the relatively few major surprises was a Best Director nomination for Thomas Vinterberg for Another Round, the omission of the much-fancied Tahar Rahim for The Mauritanian, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom missing out on a Best Picture nod.

Here are the nominations in full:

Best Picture
The Father
Judas 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
Steven Yeun, Minari
Gary Oldman, Mank

Best Actress
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
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 StanfieldJudas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Youn Yuh-jung, Minari
Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Best Costume Design
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Score
Da 5 Bloods
News of the World

Best Sound
Sound of Metal
Sound of Metal

Best Adapted Screenplay
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
One Night in Miami…
The Father
The White Tiger

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

Best Film Editing
The Father
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best International Feature Film
Quo Vadis, Aida?
Another Round
Better Days

The Man Who Sold His Skin

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

Best Visual Effects
The Midnight Sky
Love and Monsters
The One and Only Ivan


Best Make-up and Hairstyling
Hillbilly Elegy 
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 

Best Original Song
Husavik (My Hometown), Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Fight for You, Judas and the Black Messiah
Io Se (Seen), The Life Ahead
Speak Now, One Night in Miami…
Hear My Voice, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Animation
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Over the Moon

Best Cinematography
Nomadland, Joshua James Richards
Mank, Erik Messerschmidt
News of the World, Dariusz Wolski
The Trial of the Chicago 7, Phedon Papamichael
Judas and the Black Messiah, Sean Bobbitt

Best Documentary
The Mole Agent
Crip Camp: a Disability Revolution
My Octopus Teacher

Best Documentary Short 
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Hunger Ward
A Love Song for Latasha
Do Not Split

Animated Short Film
Genius Loci
If Anything Happens I Love You

Best Short Film
The Present
White Eye

Feeling Through
The Letter Room
Two Distant Strangers

The 93rd Oscars take place at 8pm ET on Sunday, April 25 and will be televised live around the world. Rewatch the grand nominee unveiling below.

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