This is historic! Steven Yeun has become the first Asian-American to receive a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas announced the 93rd Academy Awards nominations in all 23 categories on Monday (Mar 15) morning from a remote feed in London.
The Walking Dead alum is singled out for his performance in the immigrant drama Minari, which is also vying for Best Picture, Best Director (Lee Isaac Chung), Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Supporting Actress for Youn Yuh-jung.
Youn, 73, is the first South Korean actress nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Yeun's fellow Best Actor nominee, Sound of Metal's Riz Ahmed, became the first person of Pakistani descent ever nominated for any Oscar. Sound of Metal tells the story of a heavy-metal drummer whose life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.
Mank, David Fincher’s black-and-white drama about the making of Citizen Kane, leads the race with 10 nominations while Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Nomadland, Sound of Metal, The Father and The Trial of the Chicago 7 scored six nods each. All these films are contending for Best Picture alongside Promising Young Woman which received five nominations.
It's also a watershed year in the Best Director category. For the first time in the Oscars’ 93-year history, two women — Chloe Zhao for Nomadland, a drama bout van dwellers in recession-hit America, and Emerald Fennell for the feminist revenge Promising Young Woman — are up for the prize in the same year. Zhao and Chung’s nominations also marked the first time two Asian directors are gunning for the trophy in the same year.
Elsewhere, Chadwick Boseman is in the running for Best Actor for the jazz pic Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Boseman, who died in August at the age of 43, became the seventh performer to receive a posthumous nomination. Boseman's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom co-star Viola Davis snagged a Best Actress nod. Her latest nomination makes her the most nominated Black actress in Oscar history. Davis was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Doubt and Fences (which she won), and Best Actress for The Help.
Meanwhile, Derek Tsang’s Better Days, the school bullying drama from Hongkong, starring Zhou Dongyui and Jackson Yee, is up for Best International Feature Film. Other contenders in the category include Denmark’s Another Round, “Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Quo Vadis, Aida?, Romania’s Collective, and Tunisia’s The Man Who Sold His Skin.
Speaking of Hongkong, Do Not Split, a 35-minute piece on the pro-democracy movement in the city is nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category. Given the sensitive topic, it’s bound to ruffle the feathers of the Chinese government.
The Oscars are usually held in February but because of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s been pushed back to Apr 25 (Sun). (It’ll be Monday morning in Singapore.) The virtual ceremony will take place at LA’s Union Station and the Dolby Theatre.
Here are the nominations in the major categories:
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
David Fincher, Mank
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins,The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steven Yeun, Minari
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States v. 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
Youn Yuh-Jung, Minari
Best International Feature Film
Another Round (Denmark)
Better Days (Hong Kong)
The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia)
Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Best Animated Feature Film
Over the Moon
Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
For the complete list of nominations, click here.
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