LOS ANGELES: “Mank”, David Fincher’s black-and-white ode to “Citizen Kane,” comfortably led this year’s Oscars nominations Monday with 10 nods including for best picture and best director, as female filmmakers smashed Academy records.
The Netflix reimagining of Hollywood’s Golden Age was far ahead of the competition following the live-streamed announcement, which saw six films receive six nominations apiece including US road movie Nomadland and anti-Vietnam War courtroom drama The Trial of the Chicago 7.
In a year that saw a record 70 women nominated, there were directing nods for Chloe Zhao (Nomadland) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) – the first year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ever selected multiple women.
The nominations narrow the field to the final hopefuls for April 25, the latest-ever date for Hollywood’s award season-capping spectacle which has been transformed and delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Zhao is the first woman of color ever nominated as director, while Aaron Sorkin (Chicago 7) had to settle for a screenplay nomination after missing out to the likes of Fincher and Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round).