More boldness, academy


When Frances McDormand received the Academy Award for Best Actress for “Three Billboards Outside Aiping, Missouri” in 2017; In her speech, she called for more diversity in Hollywood. Her critique of the annual monotony of the Oscar nominee list (usually split between males and “the white man”) seems to have done its job. Until 2021, Oscar nominations in the history of the Academy have not been that diverse, but this academy and its voting members (their number increased with more women, minorities, and directors outside the US) are neither radical nor bold. The first turning point was the year 2020 when the South Korean film “Parasite” swept the awards. In the time of Corona since last year, the Oscars witnessed more diversification, but these changes came out of the blue, and the selected films remained within the “safety zone”.For the second year in a row, Netflix topped the Oscar nominations in the 93rd edition, with 35 nominations, more than double the nominations for “Disney”, which ranks second with 15 nominations. Three films alone collected 21 of the 35 nominations. «مانك“(10 nominations),”Trial 7 from Chicago»(Six), and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (five). With these films, Netflix surpassed the achievements of any other company. As for Disney, it depends on ‘Nomadic Land’ to win the Best Picture Award, and ‘Soul»Nominee for three awards. And in third place, we find «Amazon» with 12 nominations, six of them received «Iron soundWhile “Borat Film Part Two” received two nominations. The number of “Amazon” may not be large, but it is a record for the company, especially as it aspires to the “Best Voice” award (a high probability that it will win) for the movie “The Sound of Iron.”
The new Oscar edition has 76 nominations for prominent women in the film industry. For the first time in history, two women were nominated for the Best Director award: the English Emerald Fennell for her film “A Promising Young Woman”, and the Chinese-American Chloe Chow for her film “Nomadic Land.” Note that since the start of the Oscar 93 years ago, only five women have been nominated for the Best Director award. Fennel and Chow were also nominated in the writing category: “A.Troubled nomadsBest Adapted Screenplay and Promising Woman for Best Original Screenplay.
Nine non-white actors were nominated, including Riz Ahmed as a drummer who loses his hearing in “The Sound of Iron”, Viola Davis as the blues singer in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Andra Day in “USA v Billy Holiday”, Stephen Yoon for the movie “Minary”, knowing that he is the first Asian-American actor who hopes to win an Oscar in this category. As expected, Chadwick Bosman has been nominated for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Bosman died of cancer in the summer of 2020, succeeding James Dean, Heath Ledger and five others who received the nomination and honor after their deaths.
As much as academics who fear everything new in cinema resist, today cinema is monopolized by newcomers. Although the academy is trying to diversify, it lacks radicalism. What is required is wider openness, greater embrace, and most importantly, acceptance of everything new. With a quick glance at the nominations, Hollywood is still far from true diversity. Cinema is not white, black, or feminist. Cinema is cinema. And if we want to define cinema by skin color or gender, let us prefer, but let’s be more realistic and daring …
«The Five Blood Brothers“Spike Lee – although not his best – talks about the history and suffering of blacks more than any other movie presented this year, but ended up with one nomination for best soundtrack. The dramas about African Americans have been reduced to one movie, “Judas and the Black Christ,” so what happened to the rest of the titles? This is if we only speak in America. We did not look at the five masterpieces presented this year by British Steve McQueen, in a series Small Axe. The movie has been shortened.White Tiger“For director Ranim Behrani and his nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay only, although the BAFTA Awards and Critics Awards gave us notice of the largest possible nominations, such as Best Film or at least Best Actor for Indian Adaresh Ghorag who gave a great performance. As for “The first cow“Kelly Richard, his great love did not yield a single nomination. Perhaps the academy fears the true anti-capitalist “American Dream” story. The Academy has some cowardice for not being a candidate for the Charlie Kaufman movie.I am thinking of ending things», As it is still far from philosophical films and those that talk about man with his existential dilemmas. The great feminist movement this year was also reduced to one superficial film, “A Promising Young Woman,” dropped “Help” for Australian Kitty Green, and the wonderful performance of Julia Garner, who deserves a serious competition for the Best Actress award. The movie ‘Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysBy Eliza Hetman. In the Best International Non-English-Speaking Film nominations, update and no embarrassment. Where are the “apples” by the Greek Christos Nico, “Martin Aiden” by the Italian Pedro Marcello, and the masterpiece “Dear, Camarad!” By Andrei Konchalovsky, “Never snow again“For the Poles, Malgorzata Zumuska and Michel Englert?”
The only category in which we can say that major changes have occurred to it It is the “Best Voice” category, which we will return to in detail, as we will have a pause with the two Arab films nominated for the Oscar. “The Man Who Sold His Back” by Kawthar Bin Haniyeh, and “The Gift” by Palestinian Farah Al-Nabulsi. While awaiting the award ceremony on April 25th, today we present the top five categories, along with our expectations of which films will win.

List of nominations
Here’s a list of nominees in the main categories for the 93rd Academy Awards, which will be held April 25 in Hollywood:
Best Film: “The Father”, “Judas and the Black Christ”, “Mank”, “Minary”, “The Nomadic Land”, “A Promising Young Woman”, “The 7 Trial of Chicago”
Best Director: Chloe Chow (Nomad Land), David Fincher (Mank), Lee Isaac Chang (Minari), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), Nomas Winterberg (Drank)
Best Actor: Riz Ahmed (Iron Voice), Chadwick Bosman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Anthony Hopkins (Father), Gary Oldman (Mank), Stephen Yoon (Minary)
Best Actress: Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Andra Day (US vs. Billie Holiday), Vanessa Kirby (Woman Parts), Frances McDormand (Nomad Land), Carrie Mulligan (Young Promising)
Best Supporting Actor: Sacha Baron Cohen (Trial 7 from Chicago), Daniel Calluia (Judas and Black Christ), Leslie Odom Jr. (A Night in Miami), Paul Raisi (The Voice of Iron), Lacith Stanfield (Judah and Black Christ)
Best Supporting Actress: Maria Bacalova (Borat Part Two), Glenn Close (Hillbilly Illegi), Olivia Coleman (Father), Amanda Seyfried (Mank), Yoo Jong Yun (Minari),
Best Foreign Language Film: Another Tour (Denmark), Peter Dies (Hong Kong), Kollectiv (Romania), The Man Who Sold His Back (Tunisia), Ko Fades, Aida (Bosnia)
Best Animated Movie: Onward, Over the Moon, E-Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Spirit, and Wolfwalkers
Best Documentary Film: Collective, Crepe Crumb, The Mall Agent, My Octopus Teacher, Time,
Best Original Screenplay: Judas and the Black Christ (Will Pearson and Shaka King), Minary (Lee Isik Chang), Young Promising (Emerald Fennell), The Sound of Iron (Darius Marder and Abraham Marder), Trial 7 from Chicago (Aaron Sorkin),
Best Adapted Screenplay: Part 2 of Porat, Father, Nomad Land, Night in Miami, White Tiger.

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