Oscar nominations 2021

Nomadland, Minari, Promising Young Woman and The Trial Of The Chicago 7 are among the Academy Award nominees for best film.

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- Lucy Cotter's here. She's our art and entertainment correspondent. Chadwick Boseman, wasn't everyone saying that he's going to be win this posthumously?

LUCY COTTER: Yes, and he's not been nominated. So, but we are seeing Olivia Colman for "The Father."


LUCY COTTER: Yeah, there's some, some really interesting nominees already coming out. We've had an Actress in a Best Supporting Role, Actor in a Best Supporting role, because he's Sacha Baron Cohen, and Daniel Kaluuya. I mean, fantastic performance from both of those. Those are the standout things so far. Also, Original Screenplay, "Promising Young Woman," that's the Carey Mulligan film, which was written, directed and produced by the Brit, Emerald Fennell. So it's looking good so far.

And I mean it is a really interesting year this year. I mean, the Oscars celebrate the best of the big screen, and yet, the big screen has been closed for most of the year. Box office takings have been down 75%. The majority of cinemas across the world have been closed because of the pandemic. So it has completely changed cinema this year. There's been an acceleration of people going to streaming services. I mean, it's kept us most of us going through lockdown, hasn't it, watching these films on streaming services?

But it's had a huge effect on the Oscars. The Oscars, the ceremony is being put back by two months. It's now on April the 25th. And they've had to change some of the rules. They've had to lengthen the amount of time when films are eligible. And they've also had to allow films which have gone straight to streaming services. Although there is a caveat that the films had to have been planned to go on the big screen. So big change this year, massive.

- Huge. When were most of these films made? Pre-pandemic, one assumes.

LUCY COTTER: Yeah, most pre-pandemic. And some of the films that we should have seen in this nominations list, obviously have not been released. A lot of the big studios have kept films back because it just didn't make sense for them to put them out. So there's been huge delays, huge changes in production, huge changes to cinema. The whole landscape of the film industry. So it's going to be extraordinary to watch this year's Oscars in a lot of ways to see what happens.

- It's in April.

LUCY COTTER: April the 25th, two months late. And again, we don't really know exactly how it's going to pan out. There will be some remote, there will be some in person. That red carpet that we all watch, and in some ways, that's the best bit about the whole thing, isn't it?

- Absolutely.

LUCY COTTER: Looking at what people are wearing, what people are saying. Will there be some of that? It sounds like there will be a red carpet of sorts, but it will be socially distanced and very different. But I mean, if you at the Golden Globes, audience figures were down something like 65%. And year on year, the Oscars are always losing audiences. So they're going to have to do something quite extraordinary to keep people watching this year.

- That's interesting. One hopes the red carpet is not as it was in the Golden Globes, in people's kitchens.

LUCY COTTER: I don't know, I think that was brilliant in some ways.

- --She put the dog, who is it? Regina [INAUDIBLE] that had a dog next to her.

LUCY COTTER: I think half of the appeal of the Golden Globes was seeing in people's houses, seeing what they were wearing, whether they were in their pajamas, whether they have a tux on top. But yeah, I mean, it will be very interesting to see what's happening. And also, I mean the list of nominations, all eyes are on how diverse this list will be today, because there has been so much controversy in the last few years with all the awards ceremony.

- And specifically about women behind the camera not being nominated, right?

LUCY COTTER: Yes. Well, and diversity across the board. But if you look at the number of women that have been nominated, there have only been five women nominated for Best Director in the history of the Oscars. If Chloe Zhao gets nominated for "Nomadland," which we assume she will today, she'll only be the sixth woman to be nominated in this category, which has been historically all white men. But it was only 2016 that we saw the Oscars so white controversy. And since then, since it was an all white lineup in the acting categories, the Oscars has completely, well, they say they've completely transformed their membership. They've had to do something.

Again, they tried to listen, they say. And if you look at the number of people in the Oscars and the diversity of that membership, it has changed. The membership has grown. It's now 32% female, 16% people of color. And this year's intake, 45% women, 36% of members from underrepresented groups. So we would think that it will be a vastly different type of list, much more diverse. In fact, we're being told it could make history in being the most diverse we've ever seen.

And if you look at the other awards ceremonies, if you look at the BAFTAs, they had a similar controversy last year and they vowed to change. They put in place 120 changes to the makeup and to the rules of how the BAFTAs are organized and judged. And it made a massive difference when we saw the nominations coming out last week. It really was a transformed list.

But then the Golden Globes, huge controversy with the Golden Globes this year. They were accused of being corrupt. And it came out that they had no Black members in the whole of their very small 87 members of the Golden Globes. But they hadn't listened. And huge controversy surrounding that. So people are watching these award ceremonies to see who's been nominated.

Well, "Mank" leads the way. This is the Gary Oldman film. And it's interesting, because this is a film from Netflix. As we've been talking about, the streaming services have done very well in all these awards ceremonies. We've all been watching a lot of the streaming services. There's been a massive accelerated shift towards watching those. But "Mank" is interesting insofar as it's an ode to Hollywood. It's a black and white, very traditional film. So this is Gary Oldman and Amanda Siegfried. Six for "Trial of the Chicago Seven," "Judas and the Black Messiah," "Promising Young Woman," "Sound of Metal," "The Father," and "Minari."

I mean, I was shocked to see Olivia Colman there for "The Father," Best Supporting Actress in a supporting role. She won a few years ago for "The Favorite." We weren't expecting to see her in this list. Fantastic news. In terms of other Brits, we've said Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins for "The Father," co-star with Olivia Colman. Also, Vanessa Kirby, "Pieces of a Woman" and Carey Mulligan for the Emerald Fennell film, which we were talking about before. I mean, it's surprising that "Promising Young Woman" has done so well. It hasn't done so well at the other awards ceremonies. We didn't see a nomination for Emerald or Carey at the Golden Globes. So great news there.

And we're seeing history in the making in the directing category. Two women directors have been nominated. Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennel for "Promising Young Woman." And it's looking like a very diverse list in the acting categories. And this was so important for the Oscars to show that it had changed since the 2016 Oscars so white campaign and the huge controversy last year with the BAFTAs, and again, with the Golden Globes just a couple of weeks ago.

So it is important that these awards ceremonies reflects the industry as a whole, reflects the population as a whole, because people are watching. But it is interesting. Lots of people ask every year whether or not the Oscars are relevant anymore. Every year that less people are watching. However, if you get an Oscar nomination, if you get an Oscar win, it does matter people. Will go and see your film. And that tallies up with box office takings.

- Absolutely. You have brightened our afternoon immensely. Lucy, thank you so much.