A film critic has said he was surprised that Borat Subsequent Moviefilm has been nominated for two Oscars because it “wasn’t the best”.
Warwick Jackson from Black Country Radio thought its nominations for best actress in a supporting role and best adapted screenplay were “political”.
For best director, Jackson hopes David Fincher wins the award as he believes Fincher “deserves it”. For best picture, although “Promising Young Woman is good”, Jackson feels “it’ll be between Mank and The Father”.
Jackson also said: “Vanessa Kirby should win best actress for Pieces of a Woman” and that “best actor will probably be Riz Ahmed as the drummer in Sound of Metal or Anthony Hopkins as a second choice”.
Thank you to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Congratulations to all the nominees.
Thank you Florian Zeller for trusting this old man and for the magnificent opportunity to work with you and your outstanding cast. @unitedtalent @sonyclassics @TheAcademy pic.twitter.com/tv2eAw6Jdv
— Anthony Hopkins (@AnthonyHopkins) March 16, 2021
It is the most diverse Oscars, with nine of the 20 acting nominees from ethnic minority backgrounds.
With her fourth Oscar nomination, Viola Davis becomes the most nominated black actress in the awards’ history and the only black woman with two best actress nominations. Davis appeared alongside the late Chadwick Bosemann nominated for best actor, in the film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) March 15, 2021
Six black actors are nominated, matching the record set in 2017. Daniel Kaluuya, Viola Davis, LaKeith Stanfield, Andra Day and Chadwick Boseman have been nominated for the award with Leslie Odom Jr nominated for two awards this year – best actor and best original song.
After a battle with cancer, Boseman died in 2020 at the age of 43; this marks his first Oscar nomination.
Yuh-Jung Youn is the first South Korean actress to be nominated for an oscar and Riz Ahmed is the first actor of Pakistani descent and the first Muslim actor to be nominated for best actor.
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
Out of the five women ever nominated for best director, American Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to have won. Bigelow was awarded in 2010 for her work for The Hurt Locker.
Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman and Chloé Zhao for Nomadland make history: it is the first time in 93 years of the awards that more than one woman has been nominated for best director.
Zhao is up for four awards: best director, best picture, best editing and best adapted screenplay. If Zhao wins, she and Walt Disney will be the only people who have won four Oscars on the same night.
Fennell is the first British woman to be nominated for best director.
So proud and grateful to every amazing person who worked on this film. Never going to stop crying.
— Emerald Fennell (@emeraldfennell) March 15, 2021
Mank, the drama starring Gary Oldman as Citizen Kane writer Herman Mankiewicz, leads overall with 10 nominations.
The winners will be announced on April 25 in a ceremony that will take place at the its normal home the Dolby Theatre and at Union Station in Los Angeles.