The Academy Award nominations for the 2021 Oscars ceremony have been announced in an online ceremony presented by Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas.
The pandemic has forced the ceremony to be delayed, with the prestigious awards initially set to take place on February 28th. The Academy previously extended the eligibility period for nominated films by two months, allowing movies released from January 1st 2020, to February 28th, 2021, to be nominated for the Oscars.
They made other significant adjustments to the eligibility rules in response to the pandemic, which means they now accept digital screenings for the first time. Previously, films needed to be screening in theatres for at least one week in a Los Angeles-area to qualify.
“For over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times. They certainly have this year. Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone’s control,” Academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson previously said in a statement.
‘Best Picture’ is the most coveted award at the ceremony, and eight films have been listed, including Nomadland and David Fincher’s Mank, which are early favourites to take home the prize.
They are joined on the nominations list by Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, the incredible Minari, The Father starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal starring Riz Ahmed and the groundbreaking Judas and the Black Messiah.
‘Best Picture’ nominees:
- The Father
- Judas and the Black Messiah
- Promising Young Woman
- Sound of Metal
- The Trial of the Chicago 7