Sacha Baron-Cohen, Carey Mulligan, Olivia Colman, Daniel Kaluuya and Sir Anthony Hopkins are among the British stars nominated for this year’s Oscars.
Vanessa Kirby, Gary Oldman and Riz Ahmed are among the other UK nominees.
It is also the most diverse Oscars ever, with nine of the 20 acting nominees from non-white backgrounds.
And two women were nominated for best director – the first time more than one woman has been shortlisted for that prize in the awards’ 93-year history.
Chloe Zhao is nominated for directing Nomadland, and Britain’s Emerald Fennell is recognised for Promising Young Woman.
Other nominated stars include Frances McDormand, Glenn Close, Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman.
Mank, the black-and-white drama starring Oldman as Citizen Kane writer Herman Mankiewicz, leads the overall field with 10 nominations.
This year’s winners will be announced at the delayed ceremony on 25 April.
The leading nominees:
- 10 nominations – Mank
- 6 – The Father
- 6 – Judas and the Black Messiah
- 6 – Minari
- 6 – Nomadland
- 6 – Sound of Metal
- 6 – The Trial of the Chicago 7
- The Oscar nominations in full
The Brits are coming
The eight British acting nominees range from Ahmed, who receives his first Oscar nomination for playing a drummer who loses his hearing in Sound of Metal, to Sir Anthony, who earns his sixth nomination for playing a man who loses his grip on reality in The Father.
Colman will hope to repeat her 2019 success for The Favourite after being nominated this year for playing the daughter in The Father.
Sir Anthony and Ahmed are joined on the five-strong best actor shortlist by Oldman, who is back three years after winning for playing Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour.
Carey Mulligan is nominated for Promising Young Woman despite being shut out by this year’s Baftas. The revenge thriller also earns Fennell, who is best known for acting in Call the Midwife and The Crown, nominations for best picture and best original screenplay as well as best director.
Kirby, who also made her name on The Crown, is nominated for playing a traumatised mother in Pieces of a Woman, while Kaluuya and Baron-Cohen are up for best supporting actor for Judas and the Black Messiah and The Trial of the Chicago 7 respectively.
Other British nominees include singer Celeste for best song, for her contribution to The Trial of the Chicago 7; and Aardman’s A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, which is up for best-animated film.
Most diverse Oscar nominations
Six black actors and actresses are nominated, equalling the record set in 2017. This year, Kaluuya, Boseman and Davis are joined by US stars Andra Day, Lakeith Stanfield and Leslie Odom Jr – who is also up for best original song.
Davis is shortlisted for playing a 1920s blues singer in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – the fourth nomination of her career, making her the most-nominated black actress ever.
Wow! I’m honoured to be nominated by my fellow actors alongside such inspiring performances, and am grateful to the Academy for their support and encouragement. I’m equally thrilled for our visionary writer-director Darius Marder and the brilliant Paul Raci… pic.twitter.com/Z6ScOq08tf— Riz Ahmed (@rizwanahmed) March 15, 2021
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Ahmed is reportedly the first Muslim actor and the first actor of Pakistani descent to get an Oscar nomination, and Yuh-Jung Youn is the first South Korean actress to get an Oscar nod.
She will be joined at the ceremony by Steven Yeun, her Korean-American co-star in Minari, who is nominated for best actor.
Minari is also up for the Academy Awards’ top prize, best picture, which is given to a film’s producers. Its rivals for that award include Judas and the Black Messiah, which is the first best picture nominee to have an all-black line-up of producers.
Posthumous Oscar for Boseman?
Boseman is nominated alongside Davis for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – his final role before he died of cancer at the age of 43 last year.
The much-loved star, who is also known for his role in Black Panther, is the favourite to be rewarded with the best actor award.
If he does, he will be only the second posthumous best actor winner after Peter Finch for Network in 1976.
Female directors make history
Only five women had been nominated for best director before, and only one has won – Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2010.
This year, two of the five contenders are female, with Chinese-born, US-based Zhao the hot favourite for her story of a woman, played by Frances McDormand, who lives a nomadic life in a van.
Zhao is up for a total of four awards this year – best picture, best adapted screenplay and best editing, as well as best director. If she wins them all, she will equal a record set by Walt Disney, who is the only person to have won four Oscars in the same night.
So proud and grateful to every amazing person who worked on this film. Never going to stop crying.— Emerald Fennell (@emeraldfennell) March 15, 2021
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Fennell is the first British woman to be up for best director. Some predicted a third female best director nominee this year, with Regina King tipped for One Night in Miami. She won an Oscar for her acting for If Beale Street Could Talk in 2019, but will not get a directing award to go with it this year.
Overall, a record 76 nominations went to women this year, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organises the awards.
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