In a year in which streaming broadcasters have given moviegoers and voters alike shelter while catching up with any remaining hopes, Netflix has again amassed the most nominations with 35 after receiving 24 last year.
Seven other best film hopefuls shared second among the number of nominations to six each: “The Father”, “Judas and the Black Messiah”, “Minari”, “Nomadland”, “Sound of Metal” and “The Chicago trial ”7.” “Promising Young Woman” landed five nominations. “One Night in Miami,” which was snubbed in the Best Picture and Directing category for actress Regina King’s directorial debut, won three offerings: Leslie Odom, Jr. for her supporting role as crooner Sam Cooke; Kemp Powers for best adapted screenplay; and a nod to the best original songs for “Speak Now”, sung by Odom Jr.
One movie that almost went missing was “Da 5 Bloods” by Spike Lee, including underrated frontman Delroy Lindo. His only nomination was for Terence Blanchard’s score. The Netflix production was released in mid-summer, but with a surge of recent titles capitalizing on the extra two months of qualifying, it could have gotten lost in the shuffle.
Given the unusual circumstances of a year when many expensive blockbusters were put on the shelves by studios until audiences felt safe enough to return to their local multiplexes, there was history to be had at do in several categories. On the one hand, “Judas and the Black Messiah” will be the first winner for Best Picture with an all-black production team, made up of director Shaka King, Ryan Coogler and Charles D. King.
Meanwhile, Fincher is the only director to have been nominated before for “The Social Network” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, but has yet to win.
In addition, the female talent behind the camera has made significant strides. Previously, only five women competed in the achievement category and only one won, Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” in 2009. This year two made the cut – Chloe Zhao, who is the first Chinese woman and woman of color. to be nominated in the Achievement category and is considered the favorite to win for “Nomadland”, and British helm Emerald Fennell in her grand-first onscreen achievement of “Promising Young Women”. Fennell also became the first woman to be ready for her first film.