After a year that has seen the film industry decimated by filming restrictions and the closure of cinemas worldwide, the Oscars nominations come as a refreshing respite from the stream of dower cinematic news and offer a celebratory look towards what was achieved.
Despite all the difficulty, there have still been some stellar performances that have warranted an Oscar nod. The nominations announced just a few moments ago reflect the difficulties that cinema has faced with a largely reduced shortlist.
The most notable presence in the Best Actor category is Chadwick Boseman, who tragically passed away on August 28th, 2020. He has received his posthumous nomination for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Also amongst the nominees is Riz Ahmed for his performance in Sound of Metal. The Amazon Prime feature documents the life of a heavy metal drummer who loses his hearing.
Gary Oldman also received a nomination, the fourth of his career, for his performance in the David Fincher-directed Netflix movie Mank. The role saw him portray legendary screenplay writer Herman J. Mankiewicz and was met with unanimous critical acclaim.
Anthony Hopkins was another amongst the list with multiple wins and nominations already to his name. He was nominated for his work in The Father. The movie is an emotional study of ageing as Hopkins stars as an old man who refuses all his daughter’s assistance, played by Oscar-winner Olivia Coleman.
The final nomination went to Steven Yeun for his role in Minari. The story of a Korean family who relocate to a farm in Arkansas in the 1980s.
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‘Best Actor‘ Nominees:
- Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)
- Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)
- Anthony Hopkins (The Father)
- Gary Oldman (Mank)
- Steven Yeun (Minari)