The strangest awards season ever kept on its unpredictable path Monday morning, with Oscar nominations sharing the love among a number of films and no clear front-runner to be had.
David Fincher’s “Citizen Kane” origin tale “Mank” led the field with 10 nominations, while Shaka King’s historical thriller “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Florian Zeller’s dementia drama “The Father,” Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Lee Isaac Chung’s Korean-American Dream story “Minari,” Chloe Zhao’s road-trip drama “Nomadland” and Darius Marder’s deaf-culture study “Sound of Metal” scored six each.
The 93rd annual Academy Awards, airing April 25 (ABC, 8 p.m. EDT/5 PDT), so far doesn’t have a host – which, if that holds to form, will be the third year in a row – but does have the most diverse slate of nominated talent. In a positive move away from the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag coined five years ago, nine of the 20 acting nominees are people of color.
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The best picture competition includes “Nomadland,” “Mank,” “The Father,” “Sound of Metal,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “Black Messiah,” “Minari,” and Emerald Fennell’s feminist revenge movie “Promising Young Woman.”
With her best actress nomination for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Viola Davis became the most-nominated Black actress in Oscar history. The category also features two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”), Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”), Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) and Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”).
The late Chadwick Boseman garnered a posthumous best actor nomination for his work in “Ma Rainey.” The category also features Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”), Steven Yeun (“Minari”), Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) and Gary Oldman (“Mank”).
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Hopkins’ “The Father” co-star Olivia Colman heads a supporting actress lineup with recent Golden Globe winner Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”), Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”), Yuh-jung Youn (“Minari”) and Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”).
Globe and Critics Choice supporting actor victor Daniel Kaluuya faces competition in the Oscar category from his “Judas and the Black Messiah” co-star Lakeith Stanfield, Sacha Baron Cohen (“Chicago 7”), Leslie Odom Jr. (“One Night in Miami”) and Paul Raci (“Sound of Metal”).
Also, for the first time two women were nominated for best director. Zhao and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) are up for the Oscar alongside Chung Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”)