• James Kunovski

2021 Oscars: My Nominations

Oscar nominations are less than a week ago, so why not take the opportunity to wear the Academy members shoes for a day and pick my own choices in this bizarre and unexpected awards season. Firstly, what has this season offered us so far? Expected films have made their mark; the Golden Globes threw prognostication, and a little bit of logic, out the window; the leading actress race remains the most unpredictable and the BAFTAs resemble more the scattered focus of a film festival’s awards and less a serious Oscar predictor. Secondly, the rules: the picks have to be in line with this season’s other choices, across a broad range of ceremonies, so there won’t be too many spectacular outliers in the mix. There will probably be fair crossover between my picks and the eventual nominees. Choosing can be more fun than predicting, so with that being said, let’s take a look at my nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards.




Best Picture


“Judas and the Black Messiah”


“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”


“Mank”


“Minari”


“Nomadland”


“One Night in Miami”


“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”


Regina King, “One Night in Miami”


Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”




Best Actor


Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”


Kingsley Ben-Adir, “One Night in Miami”


Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”


Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”


Steven Yeun, “Minari”




Best Actress


Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom”


Andra Day, “The United States vs. 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”


Alan Kim, “Minari”


Leslie Odom, Jr., “One Night in Miami”


Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal”




Best Supporting Actress


Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”


Ellen Burstyn, “Pieces of a Woman”


Olivia Colman, “The Father”


Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”


Youn Yuh-jung, “Minari”




Best Cinematography


“First Cow”


“Judas and the Black Messiah”


“Mank”


“Nomadland”


“Tenet”




Best Film Editing


“Mank”


“Minari”


“Nomadland”


“Sound of Metal”


“The Trial of the Chicago 7”




Best Documentary Feature


“Boys State”


“Collective”


“Crip Camp”


“Time”


“Welcome to Chechnya”




Best Documentary Short Subject


“Call Center Blues”


“Do Not Split”


“Hunger Ward”


“A Love Song for Latasha”


“What Would Sophia Loren Do?”




Best Animated Feature Film


“Onward”


“Over the Moon”


“Soul”


“The Willoughbys”


“Wolfwalkers”




Best Animated Short Film


“Genius Loci”


“If Anything Happens I Love You”


“Opera”


“The Snail and the Whale”


“Yes-People”




Best Live Action Short Film


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Best International Feature Film


“Another Round”, Denmark


“Collective”, Romania


“La Llorona”, Guatemala


“Two of Us”, France


“Quo Vadis, Aida?”, Bosnia and Herzegovina




Best Original Score


“Mank”


“Minari”


“News of the World”


“Soul”


“Tenet”




Best Original Song


“Turntables” from “All In: The Fight for Democracy”


“Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”


“Fight For You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”


“Io Sì (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”


“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami”




Best Makeup and Hairstyling


“Birds of Prey”


“Hillbilly Elegy”


“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”


“Mank”


“Pinocchio”




Best Costume Design


“Birds of Prey”


“Emma.”


“Mank”


“Mulan”


“The Personal History of David Copperfield”




Best Production Design


“Emma.”


“The Father”


“Mank”


“Mulan”


“The Personal History of David Copperfield”




Best Sound


“Greyhound”


“The Invisible Man”


“The Midnight Sky”


“News of the World”


“Sound of Metal”




Best Visual Effects


“Birds of Prey”


“Mank”


“The Midnight Sky”


“Mulan”


“The One and Only Ivan”




Best Adapted Screenplay


“The Father”


“First Cow”


“I’m Thinking of Ending Things”


“Nomadland”


“One Night in Miami”




Best Original Screenplay


“Judas and the Black Messiah”


“Mank”


“Minari”


“Promising Young Woman”


“The Trial of the Chicago 7”