Delroy Lindo, Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Chadwick Boseman star in “Da 5 Bloods”.
The Oscar nominations for 2021 were announced on Monday.
The top candidates for this year’s ceremony include “Nomadland”, “Mank” and “Trial of the Chicago 7”, who compete against five other films for the best picture title.
As with every other year, there are a number of films and actors who didn’t make the cut, and some that no one expected would even appear on the ballot.
Here are 10 of the most surprising nominations and the biggest snubs.
If you haven’t had a chance to read the full list of nominees for this year’s Oscars, you can do so here.
Snub: Regina King
On the way to Monday’s nominations, Regina King seemed like a botched nomination for best director for her work on “One Night in Miami”. Her directorial debut had earned her a Golden Globes nomination last month.
Emerald Fennell and Chloe Zhao made history with King at the Golden Globes, as it was the first time in a year that more than one woman was nominated in the director’s category.
Both Fennell and Zhao received nominations for best director at the Oscars on Monday, which was the first ever Academy Awards. At the globes, Zhao took home the trophy.
Surprise: Thomas Vinterberg
Thomas Vinterberg received an unexpected Oscar nomination for best director for his work on Another Round, a Danish film. Vinterberg’s nomination in this category is a first for Denmark.
Another Round, which tells the story of four high school teachers who consume alcohol on a daily basis to see how it affects their social and professional lives, is also best internationally.
Vinterberg joins Fennell and Zhao as well as Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”) and David Fincher (“Mank”) as contenders for the grand prize.
Snub: There 5 Bloods
On the way to the Oscar nominations, Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” had already reached the Golden Globes.
While the film had won a number of major critics’ awards, including National Board Review’s Best Picture, selected by AFI as one of the Top Ten Films of the Year, it was banned from Oscar voting on Monday.
Surprise: Sound of Metal
“Sound of Metal” was largely ignored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in its nominations for this year’s Golden Globes. Riz Ahmed was the only nominee from the film to be recognized for best actor.
The film received six Academy Awards nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound, Best Editing, and Best Original Screenplay.
Riz Ahmed plays in “The Sound of Metal”.
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Snub: Ma Rainey’s black bottom
Despite the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Hair and Makeup Design, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was removed from the list of best pictures.
That year, the academy only occupied eight of the ten possible spots for best picture, which led some to wonder why “Ma Rainey’s” was not on the vote.
Surprise: LaKeith Stanfield
Co-star Daniel Kaluuya has swept awards season for his role in “Jude and the Black Messiah,” so it was a bit of a surprise on Monday when LaKeith Stanfield received a Best Supporting Actor nomination alongside him.
Stanfield’s nomination is well deserved, but many had seen his role in the film as leading actor and raised questions about why he was nominated in the supporting category.
Snub: One night in Miami
Many had expected the Academy to rewrite the injustice of “One Night in Miami” at the Golden Globes. The Academy not only berated King for her work in the director’s chair, but also stopped the film from choosing the best images.
“One Night in Miami” received a total of three nominations; one for Leslie Odom Jr. in a best supporting role, one for the best song, and one for the most adapted script.
Surprise: Stephen Yeun
On Monday, Stephen Yeun was recognized as the first Asian-American actor in the Best Actor category. Yeun, who was cursed at the Golden Globes, received his nomination for his work in “Minari”.
Yeun and his candidate Ahmed are the first actors of Asian descent to be nominated in this category. Ahmed is the first Muslim to also receive a nomination for best actor.
Snub: The Mauritanian
Despite critical praise and several nods to the Golden Globes, “The Mauretanian” couldn’t win a single Oscar nomination. Jodie Foster won a Globe for Best Supporting Actress, but did not receive an Oscar mention.
Surprise: Eurovision Song Contest for the best song
When Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga debuted on Netflix last June, many viewers hummed the tune to “Husavik (My Hometown)”. Few, if any, would have thought it would be nominated for an Oscar nine months later.
The half-English, half-Icelandic power ballad competes against songs from “Judas and the Black Messiah”, “The Life Ahead”, “One Night in Miami” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7”.