"Minari," "Judas and the Black Messiah" Lead Sundance-Supported 2021 Oscar Nominees


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Lee Isaac Chung's "Minari" received six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor.

Early Monday morning, 2021’s delayed awards season picked up more steam with the unveiling of the nominees for the 93rd annual Academy Awards. Priyanka Chopra (star of the 2018 Festival film A Kid Like Jake) and Nick Jonas (who was in the 2016 Festival film GOAT) went live to announce the nods across all 23 categories, and we want to congratulate all of the Sundance-supported projects that are up for awards. In total, Sundance-supported projects received 31 nominations (including four out of eight Best Picture nominations).

In the Best Documentary Feature category, four films from the 2020 Festival were nominated, all of which were supported by the Institute's Documentary Film Program. Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht’s opening night selection Crip Camp (2018 Documentary Edit and Story Lab, 2018 Creative Producing Summit, 2018 Catalyst Forum, 2017 Documentary Film Grant), Garrett Bradley’s Time (2019 Documentary Edit & Story Lab; producers Kellen Quinn and Lauren Domino met at the Creative Producing Lab), and Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent (2018 Documentary Film Grant) all had world premieres in Park City. Alexander Nanau’s Collective (2018 Documentary Film Grant) was part of 2020's Spotlight section.

Lee Isaac Chung’s gorgeous family portrait Minari — inspired by the writer-director's own upbringing in rural Arkansas — scooped up six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director. Steven Yuen made history becoming the first Asian American actor to be nominated for Best Actor, and Yuh-Jung Youn was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The film won the Grand Jury and Audience awards at the 2020 Festival, where it had its world premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.

From this year’s Festival, where it had its world premiere, Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah got six nominations, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Daniel Kaluyya and LaKeith Stanfield were both nominated for Best Supporting Actor for their turns in the film about the 1969 assassination of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton (Kaluyya won Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, at the Golden Globes earlier this month.)

Florian Zeller's The Father — which premiered at the 2020 Festival — got six nominations as well, including Best Picture, Best Editing, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Actors Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins were nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively, for their performances in the drama, which centers on the relationship between an elderly man and his adult daughter as they come to terms with his deteriorating mental state.

Emerald Fennell’s debut feature Promising Young Woman had its world premiere at the 2020 Festival, and it got five nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, and Best Original Screenplay. Carey Mulligan was nominated for Best Actress for her fearless performance in the thriller — her second nod in the category, as she was also nominated for another prize-winning Sundance selection, An Education, in 2009. This is the first year two women were nominated for Best Director, as Sundance Institute alum Chloé Zhao also received a nomination for her film Nomadland.

Tune in at 5:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, April 25, to watch the ceremony on ABC and see who takes home the top prizes. And read on for the full list of Sundance-supported nominees.


ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
The Father
Nomadland
One Night in Miami…
The White Tiger

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Judas and the Black Messiah
Minari
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of the Chicago 7)
Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)
Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami)
Paul Raci (The Sound of Metal)
LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah)

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)
Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy)
Olivia Colman (The Father)
Amanda Seyfried (Mank)
Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Collective
Crip Camp
The Mole Agent
My Octopus Teacher
Time

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Colette
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
A Love Song for Latasha

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

Another Round
Better Days
Collective
The Man Who Sold His Skin
Quo Vadis, Aida?

ORIGINAL SCORE

Da 5 Bloods
Mank
Minari
News of the World
Soul

ORIGINAL SONG

“Fight for You” (Judas and the Black Messiah)
“Hear My Voice” (The Trial of the Chicago 7)
“Husavik” (Eurovision)
“Io Si” (The Life Ahead)
“Speak Now” (One Night in Miami…)

PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Father
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
News of the World
Tenet

FILM EDITING

The Father
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
News of the World
Nomadland
The Trial of the Chicago 7

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)
Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)
Anthony Hopkins (The Father)
Gary Oldman (Mank)
Steven Yuen (Minari)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)
Andra Day ( The United States vs. Billie Holliday)
Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman)
Frances McDormand (Nomadland)
Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)

DIRECTING

Another Round (Thomas Vinterberg)
Mank (David Fincher)
Minari (Lee Isaac Chung)
Nomadland (Chloé Zhao)
Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell)

BEST PICTURE

The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank
Minari
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7


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Lee Isaac Chung's "Minari" received six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor.