Well, well, well, the time has finally come! The 2021 Oscars nominations have been revealed and are chock full of pleasant surprises (as well as a few snubs). Films like Judas and the Black Messiah and Sound of Metal did far better than many expected, while others – such as Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and One Night in Miami… – did not do as well as initially projected. The total Best Picture nomination count landed at 8 rather than 9, and some films that were never in contention (in terms of being leading favorites) managed to squeeze themselves in, blocking out some distinguished competition. Here is that list in full.
A few highlights: Lakeith Stanfield was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Judas and the Black Messiah despite being campaigned for Lead, My Octopus Teacher made a surprise appearance in the Best Documentary Feature Category, Thomas Vinterberg took the Best Director spot for international hit Another Round over Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, and Mank lost both Film Editing and Original Screenplay nominations to Promising Young Woman and Judas and the Black Messiah, respectively. Judas also picked up a nod for Cinematography, while Better Days broke through the International Feature category, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon managed to crack the animation race, and Paul Raci held on to a Supporting Actor spot for his brilliant work in Sound of Metal. In terms of snubs, both Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and One Night in Miami…were left out of the Best Picture (the former missed Adapted Screenplay as well), and Tenet’s Ludwig Göransson missed out on Best Original Score, as the Academy instead opted to nominate Terence Blanchard’s work on Da 5 Bloods, which scored its only nomination in that category. Apart from what I’ve noted here, there weren’t too many departures from the expected nominee pool this year, and the unexpected choices were mostly positive.
So, what do you think of these nominees? Any egregious snubs for you? Pleasant surprises? Let me know in the comments section below, and keep your eyes peeled for more Oscars coverage as the awards season continues. Thanks for reading!
- The Friendly Film Fan
Film critic in my free time. Film enthusiast in my down time. Writer for Bitesize Breakdown.