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And the Oscar Goes To… The 2021 Academy Award Nominations Are Here

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at CU Boulder chapter.

Yeah, yeah, 2020. The weirdest, worst, best, most unexpected year practically ever. So many industries were affected, forced to innovate and adapt to the evolving (and virtual) world. There are so many products and services that have been changed forever, but there are still some special experiences that hours of binge-watching and immediate theatrical releases to your home can’t change: like going to the movie theatre. 

Theatres around the globe have been shuttered, and your mediocre sound system and microwave popcorn just isn’t the same. Anticipated movies have been rescheduled or delayed for the foreseeable future, while some streaming services like Disney+ and HBOMax have tried their hand at joint streaming and theatrical releases. 

This morning, Priyanka Chopra (“The White Tiger”) and Nick Jonas (“Kingdom”) announced the Oscar nominations for one of the weirdest years in Hollywood history. While traditional box office numbers and flashy premieres with immediate audience reactions didn’t happen this year, the Academy still had a variety of groundbreaking, moving, and entertaining films to nominate.

Check out the full list below, visit oscars.org, or watch Chopra and Jonas stream the announcements live here. My countdown to the event on April 25th has begun!  

Best Picture

“The Father” (trailer here)

“Judas and the Black Messiah” (trailer here)

“Mank” (trailer here)

“Minari” (trailer here)

“Nomadland” (trailer here)

“Promising Young Woman” (trailer here)

“Sound of Metal” (trailer here)

“The Trial of the Chicago 7″ (trailer here)


Thomas Vinterberg, “Another Round”

David Fincher, “Mank”

Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”

Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”

Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”

Olivia Colman, “The Father”

Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”

Youn Yuh-jung, “Minari”

Actor in a Supporting Role

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”

International Feature Film

“Another Round” – Denmark (trailer here)

“Better Days” – Hong Kong (trailer here)

“Collective” – Romania (trailer here)

“The Man Who Sold His Skin” – Tunisia (trailer here)

Qu Vadis, Aida? – Bosnia and Herzegovina (trailer here)

Documentary (Short)

“Colette” (watch here)

“A Concerto Is a Conversation” (watch here)

“Do Not Split” (watch here)

“Hunger Ward” (trailer here)

“A Love Song For Latasha” (trailer here)

Documentary Feature

“Collective” (trailer here)

“Crip Camp” (trailer here)

“The Mole Agent” (trailer here)

“My Octopus Teacher” (trailer here)

“Time” (trailer here)

Original Song

“Fight For You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”

“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

“Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”

“lo Sì (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”

“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami…”

Original Score

“Da 5 Bloods”



“News of the World”


Animated Feature Film

“Onward” (trailer here)

“Over the Moon” (trailer here)

“A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” (trailer here)

“Soul” (trailer here)

“Wolfwalkers” (trailer here)

Animated Short Film

“Burrow” (trailer here)

“Genius Loci” (trailer here)

“If Anything Happens I Love You” (trailer here)



Adapted Screenplay

“Borat Subsequent MovieFilm”

“The Father”


“One Night in Miami”

“The White Tiger”

Original Screenplay

“Judas and the Black Messiah” (IMDb)

“Minari” (IMDb)

“Promising Young Woman”

“Sound of Metal”

“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”

Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”

Gary Oldman, “Mank”

Steven Yeun, “Minari”

Actress in a Leading Role

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”

Production Design

“The Father”

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”


“News of the World”



Sean Bobbitt, “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Erik Messerschmidt, “Mank”

Dariusz Wolski, “News of the World”

Joshua James Richards, “Nomadland”

Phedon Papamichael, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Achievement in Sound



“News of the World”


“Sound of Metal”

Live Action Short Film

“Feeling Through” (watch here)

“The Letter Room” (trailer)

“The Present” (watch here)

“Two Distant Strangers” (trailer)

“White Eye” (trailer)

Visual Effects

“Love and Monsters”

“The Midnight Sky”

“Mulan” (IMDb)

“The One and Only Ivan” (IMDb)


Film Editing

“The Father”


“Promising Young Woman”

“Sound of Metal”

“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Costume Design


“Ma Rainey’s Blackbottom”




Makeup and Hairstyling


“Hillbilly Elegy”

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”



Phew. I personally have quite the watchlist before April 25th! What do you think of the nominations? Are there any of your favorites that didn’t make the list (sorry, “Trolls World Tour”). Check back in with Her Campus CU Boulder when winners are announced!

Maeve Reilly

CU Boulder '21

Maeve is a full-time Events Associate at Her Campus Media. After three amazing years at Her Campus CU Boulder, interning, and being a national writer, she just couldn't get enough HC! She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder (sko buffs!) in December 2021 with a degree in business.
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