People of Color, Women, Streamers Dominate 93rd Oscar Nominations

Netflix’s Mank led a set of nominations reflecting increased diversity for the 93rd Academy Awards, which honors movies released in 2020.

In a livestream from London March 15, actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas and her musician-actor husband Nick Jonas read the nominees covering 23 categories for the Oscars, which will air on ABC TV on April 25 from both Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

Mank, starring Gary Oldman — a film about scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who wrote Citizen Kane — earned 10 nominations, including best picture and best director (David Fincher). Oldman was nominated for best actor, while Amanda Seyfried earned a nom for best supporting actress.

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For the first time, a record nine non-white actors were nominated for awards, including Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari), Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah), Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami), LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah), Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), the late Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Steven Yeun (Minari), Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday).

Notably, two women, Emerald Fennell (for Promising Young Woman) and Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), were nominated for best director for the first time.

Six movies earned six nominations each, including Netflix’s Judas and the Black Messiah; Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7; A24’s Minari; Sony Pictures Classics’ The Father;  Searchlight Pictures’ Nomadland (available on Hulu); and Amazon Studios’ Sound of Metal. Focus Features’ Promising Young Woman received five nominations.