93rd Academy Awards

93rd Academy Awards
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DateApril 25, 2021
SiteDolby Theatre
Union Station
Los Angeles, California
Hosted byNone[1]
Produced byJesse Collins
Stacey Sher
Steven Soderbergh
Directed byGlenn Weiss
Most nominationsMank (10)
TV in the United States

The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films released between January 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021. It is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, at both the Dolby Theatre and Union Station, on April 25, 2021, two months later than originally planned, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema. The nominations were announced on March 15, 2021.[2]


The nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards were announced on March 15, 2021, in a global livestream on the official website by Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas.[3][4]

Mank lead with nominations in ten categories, and was the only Best Picture-nominated film without a nomination for its screenplay. This is the first year since the expansion of the Best Picture field in 2009 where every Best Picture nominee received at least one acting nomination. Judas and the Black Messiah became the first Best Picture nominee with all black producers. Collective became the second consecutive film to receive nomination for both Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature, following Honeyland.

This is the first instance of two women, Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell, being nominated for Best Director in the same year. Zhao and Fennell also became the second and third women to receive simultaneous nominations for producing, directing, and writing, after Sofia Coppola in 2003. Additionally, Zhao and Lee Isaac Chung are the first two Asian directors to be nominated in the same year. Another Round became the third film since the expansion nominated for Best Director but not for Best Picture, after Foxcatcher and Cold War.

Steven Yeun is the first Asian-American to be nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Minari and Riz Ahmed became the first Muslim actor nominated for the same category for his role in Sound of Metal.[5] Chadwick Boseman became the first African-American to receive a posthumous acting nomination as Best Actor in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Viola Davis and Andra Day became the second pair of black Best Actress nominees in the same year since Diana Ross and Cicely Tyson in 1973. Coincidentally, Ross and Day were both nominated for playing Billie Holiday. Davis also became the most nominated black actress with a total of four nominations.

Leslie Odom Jr. became the fourth consecutive person and first man to receive acting and songwriting nominations for the same film, following Mary J. Blige, Lady Gaga and Cynthia Erivo. Frances McDormand is the first woman to receive nominations in producing and acting for the same film.[citation needed]

At 89 years old, costume designer Ann Roth became the third oldest nominee for a competitive Oscar in any category, a few months behind Agnès Varda and James Ivory who were also 89 at the 90th Academy Awards.

Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield were both nominated for Best Supporting Actor for their roles in Judas and the Black Messiah, despite Warner Bros. Pictures having campaigned Stanfield for Best Actor, to the surprise and confusion of the public, awards pundits and Stanfield himself.[6] Maria Bakalova and Youn Yuh-jung became the first Bulgarian and South Korean actors to be nominated for an acting category.

Films directed by women received nominations in a record 17 categories, including the first time two female-directed films were nominated in Best Visual Effects for The One and Only Ivan and Mulan.

16 films produced and distributed by Netflix accounted for 35 nominations in all categories excluding Best International Feature Film and Best Live Action Short Film.


Governors Awards

The Academy cancelled its annual Governors Awards ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has planned to incorporate the winners into the Oscar ceremony.[7] This is the first year of the Governors Awards in which there have not been any official winners of the Academy Honorary Award.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

  • Tyler Perry – for his active engagement with philanthropy and charitable endeavors in recent years, including efforts to address homelessness and economic difficulties faced by members of his community.
  • Motion Picture & Television Fund – being honored for the emotional and financial relief services it offers to members of the entertainment industry.

Films with multiple nominations

Films that received multiple nominations
Nominations Film
10 Mank
6 The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7
5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Promising Young Woman
4 News of the World
3 One Night in Miami...
2 Another Round
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Hillbilly Elegy


The Academy announced in June 2020 that it was postponing the ceremony from its originally scheduled date of February 28, 2021, to April 25 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema, thereby extending the eligibility period for feature films through to February 28, 2021. The eligibility criteria had already been modified to account for films originally intended to have a theatrical release but which were ultimately released directly to video. It marks the fourth time that the Academy Awards have been postponed, and the first time since the 6th Academy Awards that films released in two different calendar years will be eligible for award consideration in the same ceremony.[8]

Ceremony information

During its board of governors meeting on April 28, 2020, the Academy voted to consolidate the Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing category into a single Best Sound category (reducing the total number of categories to 23). The Sound branch had raised concerns that the two categories had too much overlap in scope.[9] The rules for Best Original Score now require that a film's score include a minimum of 60% original music, and franchise films and sequels must have a minimum of 80% new music.[9] For the first time, preliminary voting for Best International Feature Film will also be open to all voting members of the Academy.[9]

As part of the Academy's environmental initiatives, the distribution of physical and hardcopy items such as screener copies, screenplays, and music CDs will be discontinued after the 93rd Academy Awards. Screeners will be served solely through the members-only "Academy Screening Room" streaming service going forward.[9]

On December 8, 2020, Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher, and Steven Soderbergh were named the producers of the ceremony.[10] Glenn Weiss is slated to direct the ceremony.[11]

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the American film industry – including interruptions to film production and the nationwide closures of cinemas due to restrictions on commerce and public gatherings – is expected to have a major impact on the 93rd ceremony. In particular, the Academy Awards require films to have received a theatrical release in the previous calendar year, in at least one cinema in Los Angeles County for at least seven days with three screenings per-day, in order to be eligible. The Golden Globe Awards had changed its criteria for its 2021 edition to allow films originally scheduled to have a "bona fide theatrical release" in Los Angeles between March 15 and April 30 to be eligible if released direct-to-streaming.[12] In regard to the Oscars, the Academy stated that it was "in the process of evaluating all aspects of this uncertain landscape and what changes may need to be made".[12]

The AMPAS delayed its board of governors meeting to April 28,[13][14] where it voted to temporarily allow films first released via password-protected (covering subscription streaming services) or transactional video on demand services to be eligible for nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards, if they were originally scheduled to have a theatrical release, and are uploaded to AMPAS's online screening service within 60 days of their public release. The previous requirement for a seven-day theatrical release will be reinstated once cinemas have sufficiently resumed operations. To allow ease of compliance with the criteria, eligible screenings will also be allowed to occur in other major cities besides LA, specifically Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area.[9][15][16]

There were talks of postponing or even canceling the 93rd ceremony.[17] On June 15, 2020, the Academy announced that the ceremony would be delayed by two months from February 28, 2021, to April 25, 2021, and the eligibility periods for feature films would be extended through February 28, 2021.[18] In a joint statement, AMPAS president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson explained that "for over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times. They certainly have this year. Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone's control."[18] The Academy's Governors Awards and Scientific and Technical Awards have been postponed indefinitely.[18] Following the postponement announcement, the British Academy Film Awards also moved from February to April,[18] and the Golden Globe Awards took the Oscars' previous date by moving to February 28.[19]

On October 7, 2020, the Academy issued a clarification of its eligibility criteria, stating that a week of nightly screenings at a drive-in theater within the aforementioned cities would also render films eligible for consideration in the 93rd ceremony.[20]

On December 1, 2020, a representative of the Academy told Variety that an in-person ceremony "will happen", as opposed to a fully remote or hybrid format. A hybrid format was used by the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, where the host and award presenters were present on-site, but all nominees appeared from remote locations.[21] On March 15, the Academy announced that the ceremony would take place at Los Angeles Union Station in addition to the Dolby Theater, although exact details over how the ceremony will be split between these venues has yet to be announced. All other in-person festivities associated with the Academy Awards have been canceled.[22]

On March 19, 2021, the show's organizers announced that nominees would not be able to attend via video conference. In a letter sent out to all the nominees, the producers have said that they went to "great lengths to provide a safe and enjoyable evening for all of you in person" believing that a "virtual thing will diminish those efforts".[23]

See also


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  3. ^ abc.com
  4. ^ "The full list of 2021 Oscar nominations". Guardian. March 15, 2021. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  5. ^ https://www.insider.com/steven-yeun-first-asian-american-actor-nominated-best-actor-oscars-2021-3
  6. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (March 15, 2021). "2021 Oscars Nominations: Snubs and Surprises for Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield and Jodie Foster". New York Times. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
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  10. ^ Kay, Jeremy (December 8, 2020). "Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher, Steven Soderbergh to produce 2021 Oscars". Screen International. Archived from the original on December 10, 2020. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  11. ^ Davis, Clayton (March 19, 2021). "Oscars: Glenn Weiss Will Return to Direct Ceremony". Variety. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  12. ^ a b Hammond, Pete (March 26, 2020). "Golden Globes Alter Eligibility Rules For Theatrical Releases In Light Of Coronavirus Crisis; Others Including Oscar Expected To Follow". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 4, 2020. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  13. ^ Hammond, Pete (April 7, 2020). "Oscars: Academy Delays April Board Meeting; Key Fall Film Festivals Hope To Keep Lights On For Movie Awards Season". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  14. ^ Desta, Yohana. "Will Coronavirus Complicate the Oscars Too?". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on June 27, 2020. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  15. ^ Sharf, Zack (April 28, 2020). "Oscars Will Allow VOD Releases to Qualify While Major Theaters Are Closed". IndieWire. Archived from the original on May 3, 2020. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  16. ^ Malkin, Marc. "Oscars Will Consider Films That Didn't Play in Theaters as Part of New Academy Rules". Variety. Archived from the original on April 29, 2020. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  17. ^ Malkin, Marc (May 19, 2020). "Film Academy Considering Postponing 2021 Oscars (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on May 20, 2020. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  18. ^ a b c d Malkin, Marc (June 15, 2020). "Oscars 2021 Pushed Back by Two Months". Variety. Archived from the original on June 16, 2020. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  19. ^ "Golden Globes Sets Late February Date After Oscars Delay". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 1, 2020. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  20. ^ Shafer, Ellise (October 7, 2020). "Oscars Update Eligibility Rules to Allow Drive-In Screenings". Variety. Archived from the original on October 13, 2020. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  21. ^ Davis, Clayton (December 1, 2020). "No Zoom for Oscars 2021, as Academy Says 'In-Person Telecast Will Happen' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on December 2, 2020. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  22. ^ Hammond, Peter (March 15, 2021). "Academy Confirms Venues And Scaled-Down In-Person Oscars And Events; Governors Ball, Nominees Luncheon, More KO'd". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  23. ^ "Oscars 2021: No Zoom allowed for attendees - CBBC Newsround". Retrieved March 19, 2021.

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