2021 Academy Award Nominations, See The Full List Including Nomadland And More

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Despite an unprecedented year in 2020, Awards Season has still manage to arrive. With other ceremonies like the Golden Globes in the rear view, all eyes are on the biggest event: The Academy Awards. A number of projects were pushed back, but there still managed to a unique season full of strong performances. From streaming hits like Mank to acclaimed dramas like Nomadland, movie fans were treated to glorious storytelling, even if they never actually spent much time in a theater.

Last season was lacking in major movie blockbusters, with the exception of Christopher Nolan's Tenet. But that didn't stop studios from releasing pedigree films to the masses, whether it be via streaming service or VOD. And without further ado, here are the nominees for the 2021 Academy Awards.


Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah




Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Promising Young Woman's pharmacy scene

Best Director

Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round

David Fincher, Mank

Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Andra Day as Billie Holiday

Best Actress

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Andra Day, The United States Vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Gary Oldman, Mank

Steven Yeun, Minari

Maria Bakolova in the car during Borat 2

Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Movie Film

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman, The Father

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actor

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami

Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

The cast of The Trial of the Chicago Seven

Best Original Screenplay

Judas and the Black Messiah


Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Fern in Nomadland

Best Adapted Screenplay

Borat Subsequent Movie Film

The Father


One Night In Miami

The White Tiger

Mebh in Wolfwalkers

Best Animated Feature


Over The Moon

A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon



Mads Mikkelsen in Another Round

International Feature Film

Another Round, Denmark

Better Days, Hong Kong

Collective, Romania

The Man Who Sold His Skin, Tunisia

Quo Vadis, Aida?, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A participant from Crip Camp

Best Documentary Feature


Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher


Gary Oldman in Mank

Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom


News of the World


Tom Hanks in News of the World

Best Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah


News of the World


The Trial of the Chicago 7

Anya Taylor-Joy in Emma

Best Costume Design


Ma Rainey's Black Bottom




Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal

Film Editing

The Father


Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Glenn Close in Hillbilly Elegy

Best Makeup And Hairstyling


Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom



the cast of Da 5 Blods

Best Score

Da 5 Bloods



News of the World


Rachel MccAdams "singing" in Eurovision

Best Original Song

"Fight For You", Judas and the Black Messiah

"Hear My Voice", The Trial of the Chicago 7

"Husavik", Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga

"Io Si (Seen)", The Life Ahead

"Speak Now" One Night In Miami

Soul's barber scene

Best Sound



News of the World


Sound of Metal

Robert Pattinson in Tenet

Best Visual Effects

Love And Monsters

The Midnight Sky


The One and Only Ivan


If Anything Happens I Love You's family hugging

Best Animated Short


Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You


Yes- People

A caretaker in Hunger Ward

Best Documentary Short


A Concerto is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

Osac Isaac in The Letter Room

Best Live Action Short

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

Despite the countless movie delays that occurred over the past year, there is still a full season of award contenders. We'll just have to wait and see which projects take home a coveted Academy Award. In the meantime, check out our 2021 release list to plan your next movie experience.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.