Wednesday, April 14

Oscars 2021: “Mank”, by David Fincher, leads the race with ten nominations

The film Mank, ode to the golden age of Hollywood by David Fincher, with Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, heads off the race for the 93e edition of the Oscars with no less than ten nominations. Mank is nominated in the categories of Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Seyfried).

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Then come six films with six nominations:

  • Nomadland, of Chloé Zhao, with Frances McDormand, considered the favorite by many experts after her victory at the Golden Globes;
  • The Father, Frenchman Florian Zeller, with Anthony Hopkins;
  • Chicago Seven, by Aaron Sorkin, legal drama around the repression of demonstrations against the Vietnam War, with Sacha Baron Cohen;
  • Judas and the Black Messiah, by Shaka King, with Daniel Kaluuya;
  • Minari, of Lee Isaac Chung;
  • Sound of Metal, by Darius Marder.

Often criticized for its lack of representativeness, the Academy of Oscars selected this year two women in the category which rewards the best director, Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell (for Promising Young Woman). This is a first. Hollywood darling this year, Chloe Zhao is also the first woman to compete for the Oscars in four categories (best film, direction, cut and screenplay).

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The Golden Globes have been lambasted for the absence in their selection of films featuring black actors, but the Oscars avoided this pitfall: Judas and the Black Messiah, which highlights the civil rights struggle in the 1960s and the action of the Black Panthers, competes in six categories. Also of note is the highly anticipated posthumous appointment of Chadwick Boseman, who died on August 28 of cancer at the age of 43, for his role in Ma Rainey’s Blues, a Netflix production.

With its many films, the audience of which has been boosted by the confinements, the video on demand platform Netflix seems to be off to a good start for this 93e editing. So far, no movie produced by a streaming platform has won the Supreme Oscar for Best Feature; this year, Netflix has two out of eight contestants (Mank and Ma Rainey’s Blues). Amazon Prime is present in this flagship category with Sound of Metal and also landed three nominations for One Night in Miami … and two others for Borat 2.

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Cinemas have remained completely closed since mid-March in Los Angeles due to health restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced the Oscars to postpone the award ceremony to April 25, unprecedented .

Here are the appointments announced on Monday March 15:

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah



Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

Chicago Seven


Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)

David Fincher (Mank)

Lee Isaac Chung (Minari)

Emerald Fennell (Promising Youg Woman)

Thomas Vinterberg (Drunk)

Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Blues)

Andra Day (Billie Holiday, a matter of state)

Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman)

Frances McDormand (Nomadland)

Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)

Ahmed Rice (Sound of Metal)

Chadwick Boseman (The Blues of Ma Rainey)

Anthony Hopkins (The Father)

Gary Oldman (Mank)

Steven Yeun (Minari)

  • Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bakalova, Borat 2

Glenn Close, An American ode

Olivia Colman, The Father

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

  • Best Supporting Actor

Sacha Baron Cohen (Chicago Seven)

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 Foreign Language Film

Drunk (Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden)

Shao Nian from Ni (Hong Kong)

The Collective Affair (Romania)

The man who sold his skin (Tunisia)

The Voice of Aida (Bosnia)

  • Best animated film


Journey to the Moon

Shaun the Sheep, the movie. The farm strikes back


The Wolf People

The Collective Affair

Crip Camp. The crippled revolution

The Mole Agent

The Wisdom of the Octopus


  • Best Original Screenplay

Judas and the Black Messiah (Will Berson and Shaka King)

Minari (Lee Isaac Chung)

Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell)

Sound of Metal (Darius Marder and Abraham Marder)

Chicago Seven (Aaron Sorkin)

  • Best Adapted Scenario

Borat 2 (Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman, Lee Kern)

The Father (Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller)

Nomadland (Chloe Zhao)

One Night in Miami … (Kemp Powers)

The White Tiger (Ramin Bahrani)

The World with AFP

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