OSCAR NOMINATIONS SEEM TO SATISFY, DESPITE PANDEMIC
NEW YORK (AP) – For an awards season that follows a year that saw Hollywood crippled by the coronavirus pandemic, the Oscar nominations managed to check off enough boxes to make film fans happy. The nominations were diverse, with two female filmmakers in the running for best director. Nine of the 20 acting nominations went to persons of color, a far cry from five years ago when the (hash)OscarsSoWhite hashtag was used to taunt the Academy. There’s even an Oscar nomination for an old-school Hollywood movie, “Mank.” It got 10 nominations, more than any other film.
CHADWICK BOSEMAN GETS POSTHUMOUS OSCAR NOMINATION
NEW YORK (AP) – Hollywood insiders have been saying that Chadwick Boseman’s work in his last film, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” may have been his best work as an actor. And Oscar voters seem to agree that Boseman, indeed, saved his best for last. He is up for best actor, his first such nod, less than a year after he died last summer of colon cancer. Boseman is the first black actor to get a posthumous nod. Many movie fans expected him to get a supporting actor nomination for Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods.” But he didn’t.
VIOLA DAVIS MAKES HISTORY WITH HER NOMINATION
NEW YORK (AP) – Viola Davis is making history – again. She’s nominated for best actress for this year’s Oscars for her work in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” That gives her four in her career – and makes her the most nominated Black actress ever. Not feeling so honored: Spike Lee. His “Da 5 Bloods” was virtually ignored, despite getting good reviews. The only Oscar nod it got was for the score, done by Terence Blanchard.
ANDRA DAY REACTS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Nah.” Andra Day says that was her first reaction when she was asked about playing Billie Holiday in a movie. Good thing for her – and movie fans – that she changed her mind. Day is now an Oscar nominee for her portrayal of the blues icon in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.” Day says even after taking the role, she didn’t think about awards for doing the Lee Daniels movie. Day says she was just “trying to survive” the movie-making experience.
OSCAR BY THE NUMBERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A look, by the numbers, at notable facts, figures and trivia from the nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards:
11 – First-time acting nominees. First-timers include Amanda Seyfried for “Mank,” Andra Day for “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” and Paul Raci for “Sound of Metal.” The best director category has even fresher faces, with only one repeat nominee, David Fincher, of the five up for an Oscar.
10 – Nominations for “Mank,” the most of any film this year, with nods for best picture, director, actor for Gary Oldman and supporting actress for Amanda Seyfried.
9 – Actors of color nominated, a record. They include Steven Yeun, whose nod for “Minari” makes him the first Asian American up for best actor, and Riz Ahmed, who is the first person of Pakistani descent nominated in an acting category.
8 – Career nominations for Glenn Close, who’s up for best supporting actress this year for “Hillbilly Elegy.” She has never won an Oscar.
7 – Actors nominated for Oscars after their deaths, now that Chadwick Boseman got a posthumous nomination. That puts him with James Dean, Spencer Tracy, Massimo Troisi and Peter Finch, the only one to win best actor posthumously. For supporting actor, Heath Ledger and Ralph Richardson got nods. Ledger won for “The Dark Knight” in 2009.
6 – Black actors nominated, Chadwick Boseman, Audra Day, Viola Davis, Daniel Kaluuya, Leslie Odom Jr. and LaKeith Stanfield. Only one Cynthia Erivo, was nominated last year.
5 – African nations that have received nominations for best international feature, now that Tunisia has its first nominee. Along with Tunisia’s one, Algeria has had five, South Africa has had two, and Ivory Coast and Mauritania have had one apiece.
4 – Nominations received by “Nomadland” director Chloe Zhao. That’s a record for a woman in what is a record year for women at the Oscars.
3 – Career nominations for Sacha Baron Cohen. He’s nominated for best supporting actor for playing Abbe Hoffman in “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” And as he was for the first “Borat” film in 2007, he’s up for best adapted screenplay for the sequel.
2 – Career nominations for Olivia Colman, whose nod for “The Father” follows 2019’s pick for “The Favourite.” She won best actress that year and is up for supporting actress this year.
1 – Man nominated for both best actor and best original song in the same year. Leslie Odom Jr. is up for “One Night in Miami,” in which he plays singer Sam Cooke. Four women have done this: Mary J. Blige for “Mudbound” in 2018, Lady Gaga for “A Star is Born” in 2019, and Cynthia Erivo for “Harriet” in 2020.
0 – Nominations for director Spike Lee or actor Delroy Lindo, whose “Da 5 Bloods” was among Oscar’s biggest snubs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Reactions from some of the nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards:
“I leaned into Sam Cooke’s signature confidence and signature swagger to make this believable. There were plenty of places that I felt like I might not measure up. But in those moments, I would reach for Sam’s confidence, because he knew how to measure up. – Leslie Odom Jr., nominated for best supporting actor for his role as Sam Cooke in “One Night in Miami” and also for best original song, in an interview.
“When you hear your own name it’s a weird feeling, I just quietly gave thanks and felt some gratitude – Riz Ahmed, nominated for best actor for “Sound of Metal,” in an interview.
“Wow Wa We Waa! Thank you to the Academy for this honor! I really can’t believe this – to hear my name in the company of these remarkable women and their breathtaking performances is a dream come true!” – Maria Bakalova, nominated for best supporting actress for “Borat,” in a statement.
“As a writer this is hard for me to say but I’m beginning to think the performance of the cast may have something to do with the quality of the film.” – Aaron Sorkin, director and screenwriter of “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” nominated in six categories including best picture, in an interview.
“As we were doing it I became aware of how rarely we see birth onscreen, yet it’s such a universal human experience. For that alone to be seen, let alone the subject we put onscreen..” – Vanessa Kirby, nominated for best actress for “Pieces of a Woman,” in an interview.
“I recognize that our film stands on the success of ‘Black Panther,’ (co-producer) Ryan Coogler’s film. We wouldn’t have gotten this film made without his participation.” – Shaka King, nominated for best picture and best original screenplay for the film “Judas and the Black Messiah,” i
“Oh, no, never, ever even dreamt about it. No, it was just other side of the world, that story. So not to me.” – Yuh-Jung Youn, nominated for best supporting actress for “Minari,” said in an interview after arriving in Vancouver, Canada
“To be part of this historic year for the Academy, alongside so many exceptionally gifted filmmakers means more than I can possibly describe, and I’m particularly proud to be nominated beside the amazing Chloe Zhao.” – Emerald Fennell, nominated for best director and best original screenplay for “Promising Young Woman,”
“Everybody has been just embracing who I am and the things I have to say. That’s huge being a young 23-year-old Black woman. I’m just paving the way for those that will continue to fight along with me, and that will come after me for generations and generations to come.” -H.E.R., nominated for best original song for “Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah,” in an interview.
OSCARS NOMINATIONS LIST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Complete list of nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards:
Best picture: “The Father”; “Judas and the Black Messiah”; “Mank”; “Minari”; “Nomadland”; “Promising Young Woman”; “Sound of Metal”; “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
Best actor: Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”; Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”; Gary Oldman, “Mank”; Steven Yeun, “Minari.”
Best actress: Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”; Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”; Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”; Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”
Best supporting actor: Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”; Leslie Odom Jr., “One Night in Miami…”; Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”; Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal”; LaKeith Stanfield, “Judas and the Black Messiah.”
Best supporting actress: Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”; Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”; Olivia Colman, “The Father”; Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”; Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari.”
Best director: Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”; Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”; David Fincher, “Mank”; Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”; Thomas Vinterberg, “Another Round.”
Original screenplay: “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Shaka King and Will Berson; “Minari,” Lee Isaac Chung; “Promising Young Woman,” Emerald Fennell; “Sound of Metal,” Darius Marder and Abraham Marder; “Trial of the Chicago 7,” Aaron Sorkin.
Adapted screenplay: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman and Lee Kern, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”; Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, “The Father”; Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”; Kemp Powers, “One Night in Miami…”; Ramin Bahrani, “The White Tigers.”
Animated feature: “Onward”; “Over the Moon”; “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”; “Soul”; “Wolfwalkers.”
Original score: “Da 5 Bloods,” Terence Blanchard; “Mank,? Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross; “Minari,” Emile Mosseri; “News of the World,” James Newton Howard; and “Soul,? Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste.
Original song: “Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”; “Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”; “Io Si (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”; “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami…”; and “Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
Cinematography: “Judas and the Black Messiah”; “Mank”; “News of the World”; “Nomadland”; “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
Costume design: The nominees for best costume design: Alexandra Byrne, “Emma”; Ann Roth, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Trish Summerville, “Mank”; Bina Daigeler “Mulan”; Massimo Cantini Parrini “Pinocchio.
Animated short film: “Burrow”; “Genius Loci”; “If Anything Happens I Love You”; “Opera”; “Yes-People.”
Live action short film: “Feeling Through”; “The Letter Room”; “The Present”; “Two Distant Strangers”; “White Eye.”
Documentary feature: “Collective”; “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution”; “The Mole Agent”; “My Octopus Teacher”; “Time.”
Documentary short subject: “Colette”; “A Concerto Is a Conversation”; “Do Not Split”; “Hunger Ward”; “A Love Song for Latasha.”
International film: “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, Bosnia and Herzegovina; “Another Round,” Denmark ; “Better Days,” Hong Kong; “Collective,” Romania; “The Man Who Sold His Skin,” Tunisia.
Sound: “Greyhound”; “Mank”; “News of the World”; “Soul”; “Sound of Metal.”
Production design: “The Father”; “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; “Mank”; “News of the World”; “Tenet.”
Film editing: “The Father”; “Nomadland”; “Promising Young Woman”; “Sound of Metal”; “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
Makeup and hairstyling: “Emma”; “Hillbilly Elegy”; “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; “Mank”; “Pinocchio.”
Visual effects: “Love and Monsters”; “The Midnight Sky”; “Mulan”; “The One and Only Ivan”; “Tenet.”
BARBARA RICKLES DIES, WIDOW OF COMEDIAN DON RICKLES
NEW YORK (AP) – Barbara Rickles, the widow of Don Rickles, has died. She died Sunday, the 56th anniversary of their wedding. Like most close to Rickles, Barbara Rickles was a frequent target of his often sharp barbs and putdowns. But despite the jokes at her expense, the couple had one of Hollywood’s most enduring marriages. Barbara Rickles was 84; her rep says she had non-Hodgkins lymphoma.