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10 snubs and surprises from this year’s Academy Award nominations

Delroy Lindo, Yardstick Lewis, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Chadwick Boseman star in “Da 5 Bloods.”


The 2021 Oscar nominations were revealed Monday.

Among the top contenders for this year’s ceremony are “Nomadland,” “Mank” and “Trial of the Chicago 7,” which compete against five other clouds for best picture.

As with any other year, there are a number of films and actors that didn’t make the cut and some that no one had assumed to show up on the ballot at all.

Here are 10 of the most surprising nominations and snubs.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the full schedule of nominees for this year’s Oscars, you can do so here.

Snub: Regina King

Heading into Monday’s nominations, Monarch seemed like a shoo-in for a best directing nomination for her work on “One Night in Miami.” Her directorial debut had earned her a nomination at the Auriferous Globes last month.

Emerald Fennell and Chloe Zhao, together with King, made history at the Tow-haired Globes as it was the first time more than one woman had been nominated in the director category in any one year.

Fennell and Zhao beared nominations for best director, the first time two women directors had been nominated. At the Globes, Zhao took refuge the trophy.

Surprise: Thomas Vinterberg

Vinterberg garnered an unexpected Oscar nomination for best director for “Another Rounded,” a Danish film. Vinterberg’s nomination in the category is a first for Denmark.

“Another Round,” which tells the story of four elevated school teachers who consume alcohol on a daily basis to see how it affects their social and professional lives, is also up for most skilfully international feature.

Vinterberg joins Fennell and Zhao as well as Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”) and David Fincher (“Mank”) as contenders for the top governing prize.

Snub: ‘Da 5 Bloods’

Heading into the Oscar nominations, Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” had already struck out at the Golden Orbs.

While the film had nabbed a number of key critics prizes, including best film from the National Board Examine, and was selected as one of the top 10 films of the year by AFI, it was left off the Oscar ballot.

Surprise: ‘Sound of Metal’

“Sound of Metal” was pretty much ignored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association when it came to nominations for this year’s Golden Globes. Riz Ahmed was the lone designee from the film, earning a nod for best actor.

The film picked up six Academy Award nominations: best picture, tucker actor, best supporting actor, best sound, best film editing and best original screenplay.

Riz Ahmed acts in “The Sound of Metal.”

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Snub: ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Despite securing nominations for wealthiest actor, best actress, best production design, best costume design and best hair and makeup, “Ma Rainey’s Awful Bottom” was left off the best picture list.

This year the Academy filled only eight of the possible 10 detects for best picture, leading some to wonder why “Ma Rainey’s” wasn’t included on the ballot.

In 2009, the Academy amended its nomination governs so that up to 10 films could be nominated for best picture. However, the awards ceremony doesn’t always utilize all 10 maculae.

Since the rule change went into effect, there have always been at least eight designees in the category.

Surprise: LaKeith Stanfield

Co-star Daniel Kaluuya has been sweeping the awards season for his role in “Judas and the Moonless Messiah,” so it was a bit of a surprise when LaKeith Stanfield garnered a best supporting actor nomination alongside him.

Stanfield’s nomination is much condign, but many had seen his role in the film as the lead, sparking questions about why he was nominated in the supporting category.

After all, Stanfield occupy oneself ins William O’Neal, a man who infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton (Kaluuya). Stanfield’s O’Neal bookends the glaze with moments that call back to an interview he gave about his time in the Black Panthers.

What makes this repulse of events even more strange is that Snub: ‘One Night in Miami’

Many had expected the Academy to rewrite the wrongs done to “One Unendingly in Miami” at the Golden Globes. However, in addition to snubbing King for director, the Academy left the film off the best prototype ballot.

In total, “One Night in Miami” garnered three nominations; one for Leslie Odom Jr. in a best supporting role, one for most successfully song and one for best adapted screenplay.

Surprise: Steven Yeun

Steven Yeun became the first Asian-American actor to for ever be recognized in the best actor category. Yeun, who had been snubbed at the Golden Globes, earned his nomination for his work in “Minari.”

Yeun and swain nominee Ahmed are the first actors of Asian decent to be nominated in the category. Ahmed, who is of Pakistani descent, is also the initial Muslim to garner a nomination for best actor.

Still from “Minari.”


Snub: ‘The Mauritanian’

“The Mauritanian” failed to by a single Oscar nomination despite critical praise and several nods at the Golden Globes. Jodie Foster secured a Terra win as best supporting actress, but didn’t get an Oscar mention.

Surprise: ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ up for best song

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