After a delay due to the Covid pandemic, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has finally released the nominees for the 93rd annual Academy Awards.

Due to the closure of movie theatres around the world, The Oscars have altered the normal rules for eligible films to allow for streaming. In this pandemic year, Netflix led the way with 35 nominations.

After some controversy over the past couple of years, The Academy has strived to diversify the list of nominees. For the first time two female filmmakers are among the nominees.

The black and white film “Mank” leads the list of nominees with 10 nods. “Judas and the Black Messiah”, “Nomadland”, “Minari”, “Sound of Metal”, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”, and “The Father” have all earned six nominations each.

Along with being one of two women in the Best Director category; Chloe Zhao becomes the most nominated female in Oscar history with a total of four nominations. Zhao also makes history as the first woman of colour to earn a nomination in the director category.

After #OscarsSoWhite, nine of the 20 acting nominees are non-white; including the first Muslim and Asian actors in the Best Actor category.

The 2021 Academy Awards will air on April 25 from Los Angeles in a socially distanced multiple location event.

And the nominees are:

Best Picture:
“The Father”
“Judas and the Black Mesiah”
“Promising Young Woman”
“Sound of Metal”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Riz Ahmed in “Sound of Metal”
Chadwick Boseman in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins in “The Father”
Gary Oldman in “Mank”
Steven Yeun in “Minari”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Sacha Baron Cohen in “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
Daniel Kaluuya in “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Leslie Odem Jr in “One Night in Miami…”
Paul Raci in “Sound of Metal”
Lakeith Stanfield in “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Viola Davis in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Andra Day in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby in “Pieces ofa Woman”
Frances McDormand in “Nomadland”
Carey Mulligan in “Promising Young Woman”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Maria Bakalova in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
Glenn Close in “Hillbilly Elegy”
Olivia Colman in “The Father”
Amanda Seyfried in “Mank”
Yuh-Jung Youn in “Minari”

Best Animated Feature Film:
“Over the Moon”
“A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”

Best Cinematography:
Sean Bobbitt for “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Erik Messerschmidt for “Mank”
Dariusz Wolski for “News of the World”
Joshua James Richards for “Nomadland”
Phedon Papamichael for “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best Costume Design:
Alexandra Byrne for “Emma”
Ann Roth for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Trish Summerville for “Mank”
Bina Daigeler for “Mulan”
Massimo Cantini Parrini for “Pinocchio”

Best Direction:
Thomas Vinterberg for “Another Round”
David Fincher for “Mank”
Lee Isaac Chung for “Minari”
Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland”
Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman”

Best Feature Documentary:
“Crip Camp
“The Mole Agent”
“My Octopus Teacher”

Best Short Subject Documentary:
“A Concderto is a Conversation”
“Do Not Split”
“Hunger Ward”
“A Love Song for Latasha”

Best Film Editing:
Yorgos Lamprinos for “The Father”
Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland”
Frederic Thoraval for “Promising Young Woman”
Mikkel E. G. Nielsen for “Sound of Metal”
Alan Baumgarten for “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best International Feature Film:
“Another Round” from Denmark
“Better Days” from Hong Kong
“Collective” from Romania
“The Man Who Sold His Skin” form Tunisia
“Quo Vadis, Aida?” from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Makeup and Hairstyling:
Marese Langan, Laura Allen, and Claudia Stolze for “Emma”
Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle, and Patricia Dehaney for “Hillbilly Elegy”
Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, and Jamika Wilson for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Gigi Williams, Kimberley Spiteri, and Colleen LaBaff for “Mank”
Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli, and Francesco Pegoretti for “Pinocchio”

Best Original Score:
Terence Blanchard for “Da 5 Bloods”
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for “Mank”
Emile Moseri for “Minari”
James Newton Howard for “News of the World”
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste for “Soul”

Best Original Song:
“Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah by H.E.R.
“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7” by Daniel Pemberton and Celest Waite
“Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus, and Rickard Goransson
“Io Si (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti A Se)” by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini
“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami…” by Leslie Odom Jr and Sam Ashworth

Best Production Design:
Peter Francis and Cathy Featherstone for “The Father”
Mark Ricker, Karen O’Hara, and Diana Stoughton for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale for “Mank”
David Crank and Elizabeth Keenan for “News of the World”
Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas for “Tenet”

Best Animated Short Film:
“Genius Loci”
“If Anything Happens I Love You”

Best Live Action Short Film:
“Feeling Through”
“The Letter Room”
“The Present”
“Two Distant Strangers”
“White Eye”

Best Sound:
Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders, and David Wyman for “Greyhound”
Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance, and Drew Kunin for “Mank”
Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller, and John Pritchett for “News of the World”
Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott, and David Parker for “Soul”
Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés, and Phillip Bladh for “Sound of Metal”

Visual Effects:
Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt, and Brian Cox for “Love and Monsters”
Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon, and David Watkins for “The Midnight Sky”
Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury, and Steve Ingram for “Mulan”
Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones, and Santiago Colomo Martinez for “The One and Only Ivan”
Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley, and Scott Fisher for “Tenet”

Best Adapted Screnplay Writing:
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
“The Father”
“One Night in Miami…”
“The White Tiger”

Best Original Screenplay Writing:
“Judas and the Black Messiah”
“Promising Young Woman”
“Sound of Metal”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”