Oscars 2021 Nominations: The Biggest Snubs Surprises

The 2021 Oscar political elections are right below as well as likewise, as frequently, include snubs as well as likewise shocks. Here are the largest troubles from the 2021 Academy Award elections.

The 2021 Oscars elections are below after a lengthy and also odd awards season, so what were the biggest snubs and also shocks? Perhaps the least surprising news is that David Fincher's Mank was recognized with the most nominations – with 10 in total across most major categories – followed by a diverse range of films with six nominations, including Minari, Nomadland, The FatherJudas and also the Black MessiahSound of Metal, and The Trial of the Chicago 7. The winners will be revealed at the 2021 Academy Awards Ceremony, held on Sunday, April 25.

It's certainly one of the most diverse crowds of Oscar nominees yet. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' efforts to diversify its voting bloc appear to be paying off. Chloe Zhao continues her historic honors period run with Nomadland as the first woman of color to be nominated for Best Director, competing in a category featuring two women for the first time, alongside Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman. Both actor categories feature a majority of nominees of color, including Steven Yuen of Minari, the first Asian-American nominee for Best Actor, and also Riz Ahmed, the first Muslim nominee in that category. Yuen and also co-star Youn Yuh-jung, nominated for Best Supporting Actress, are the first South Korean-born performers to be nominated.

There were some surprise inclusions and conspicuous absences among the nominees, with big names and candidates who seemed like sure bets slipping from the nominations altogether. While many first-time nominees got a nod this year, many stalwarts and expected nominees were left out of key categories, including Aaron Sorkin and Regina King for Best Director, Pedro Almodovar for Best Live Action Short. Spike Lee and Delroy Lindo missed out on nominations for Da 5 Bloods and several potential nominees for The Mauritanian, which picked up some late-season recognition, were also left out. So what were the greatest snubs and surprises of the 2021 Oscar elections?

Nominated across five categories, including both Best Actor and Best Actress, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom failed to be acknowledged in the Best Picture category, despite being a front runner across this year's awards season in many categories. The Best Picture category this year includes eight of a possible 10 elections, so there was room for the play adaptation to be included, but it must not have made the impact overall that nominated lead actors Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis – who secured nominations in the lead acting categories – did this year. With this nomination, Davis becomes one of the most-nominated Black actress at the Oscars.

The Best Director category features several expected elections and some interesting surprises. Thomas Vinterberg, the Danish director of Best International Feature Film-nominated Another Round takes the final spot in a category including Chloe Zhao, Emerald Fennell, Lee Isaac Chung for Minari and David Fincher for Mank. It's the only other nomination for the Danish film, though lead actor Mads Mikkelsen picked up some awards recognition this year. Vinterberg seems to have taken the place Aaron Sorkin would have picked up. His film, The Trial of the Chicago 7, received six nominations, including Best Picture, but snubbed Sorkin in the director category.

Da 5 Bloods had a lot of Oscars steam behind it in multiple categories. Spike Lee's feature, starring Delroy Lindo, was predicted to sweep a number of categories, especially Best Director, Best Actor as well as a potential second nod for Chadwick Boseman in Best Supporting Actor. Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, and a number of other categories were thought possible for the film, though its awards season steam began to sputter out in recent weeks. Still, only a single nomination for Da 5 Bloods – in Best Original Score for Terence Blanchard – is certainly considered a snub by any measure.

Shaka King's Judas and the Black Messiah came off as a surprise hit in the 2021 Oscar nominations, with six nods, including recognition twice in the Best Supporting Actor category, for Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield. Kaluuya was considered a front runner after his Golden Globes 2021 win in the same category, but Stanfield came from behind to be nominated as well. His performance certainly deserves recognition. But this late-season nod may show an indication of recency bias, with Judas only releasing in mid-February, and begs the question: If both main actors in the movie are nominated in the supporting category, who was leading the movie?

Regina King's directorial debut One Night In Miami was considered a sterling effort, with extremely positive reactions from audiences and critics alike, and an interesting spin on the typically Oscar-bait biopic genre. But King received no recognition for her own project, throughout the expected Best Director and Best Picture classifications. The film picked up three nominations: For Leslie Odom Jr. in Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Song, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay for Kemp Powers.

The Best Director category for the first time features two women competing against each other. Chloe Zhao, the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated right here, has lengthy been considered the front runner in the category for Nomadland, but Emerald Fennell was less of a sure bet for Promising Young Woman. The Academy has weathered much criticism over the years for its failure to nominate women directors, particularly in 2020, when Natalie Portman wore a custom gown embroidered with the names of women directors who should have had a look-in, including Céline Sciamma, Greta Gerwig, Lulu Wang, and also Mati Diop.

The Best Live Action Short Film category is not usually one to feature controversy – often the movies are harder to see or escape notice in preference for the prestigious feature-length categories – but Pedro Almodóvar's The Human Voice was considered by many to be the front-runner not only for a nomination, but to win in this category. Almodóvar is critically adored as well as likewise previously nominated at the Academy Awards in five categories, with two wins for 1999's All About My Mother (Best Foreign Language Film) and also also 2002's Talk to Her (Best Original Screenplay). His 30-minute short film starring Tilda Swinton carries on lots of of the themes he's become identified for but was overlooked of the political elections entirely.

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