Oscar nominations 2021: ‘Mank’ leads with 10 honors, Viola Davis makes history

The strangest awards season ever kept on its unpredictable path Monday morning, with Oscar nominations sharing the love among a number of films and no clear front-runner to be had.

David Fincher’s “Citizen Kane” origin tale “Mank” led the field with 10 nominations, while Shaka King’s historical thriller “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Florian Zeller’s dementia drama “The Father,” Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Lee Isaac Chung’s Korean-American Dream story “Minari,” Chloe Zhao’s road-trip drama “Nomadland” and Darius Marder’s deaf-culture study “Sound of Metal” scored six each.

The 93rd annual Academy Awards, airing April 25 (ABC, 8 p.m. EDT/5 PDT), so far doesn’t have a host – which, if that holds to form, will be the third year in a row – but does have the most diverse slate of nominated talent. In a positive move away from the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag coined five years ago, nine of the 20 acting nominees are people of color.

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Gary Oldman stars as screenwriting gadfly Herman Mankiewicz in the Netflix film "Mank." (Photo: NETFLIX)

The best picture competition includes “Nomadland,” “Mank,” “The Father,” “Sound of Metal,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “Black Messiah,” “Minari,” and Emerald Fennell’s feminist revenge movie “Promising Young Woman.”

With her best actress nomination for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Viola Davis became the most-nominated Black actress in Oscar history. The category also features two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”), Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”), Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) and Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”). 

The late Chadwick Boseman garnered a posthumous best actor nomination for his work in “Ma Rainey.” The category also features Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”), Steven Yeun (“Minari”), Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) and Gary Oldman (“Mank”).

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