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Mar 15 2021
MANK Leads, Oscar Nominees 2021 Are Diverse In Every Sense Comments (0)

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The Oscar nominations are here, and the honors were spread around among many deserving nominees, resulting in a diverse — creatively and culturally — list.

It's hard to find really shocking snubs. Delroy Lindo, Tom Hanks, Ellen Burstyn and Regina King all had reason to hope, but none were shoo-ins.

Maybe the most violent exclusion is Dick Johnson Is Dead in the documentary category. Easily one of the best docs of this or any year (I think My Octopus Teacher is going to win, though), it becomes yet another immensely popular documentary shunned in that notorious category. (Hoop Dreams, Crumb, Truth or Dare, Paris Is Burning, Shoah, The Celluloid Closet, The Thin Blue Line, Roger & Me, Grey Gardens ...)

Far more prevalent are pleasant Judas-black-messiah-warner-boyculturesurprises — like Lakeith Stanfield's first nomination, the inclusion of Judas and the Black Messiah for Best Picture — and a long list of edgy or history-making films and performances thought to stand a solid chance that were given nods in the end, such as Minari and its two acting noms, Paul Raci for Sound of Metal, Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell is only the third woman to receive three Oscar nominations in a single day) and everything Nomadland (Chloé Zhao is the first woman to receive four).

Another big feat: Viola Davis is now the most-nominated Black actress in movie history, and is the first to be nominated as Best Actress twice.

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