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Academy Award Nominations: History In Best Director Category, ‘Mank’ Leads In Noms And More




Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies and Gary Oldman as Herman Mankiewicz in David Fincher's
Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies and Gary Oldman as Herman Mankiewicz in David Fincher's "Mank."
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In this morning’s Oscar nominations announcement, David Fincher’s Old Hollywood tale “Mank” emerged as the pack leader, with ten nominations including best picture and actor in a leading role.

In a historic move for the academy, two women are nominated in the best director category— Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland,” and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman.”  Viola Davis made history with her fourth Oscar nomination, becoming the most-nominated Black woman ever, and the only Black woman with two best actress nominations. Other best picture nominees include “Minari,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” ” “The Father” and “Sound of Metal.” But films like “Malcolm & Marie,” Sam Levinson’s black-and-white quarantine-filmed saga starring Zendaya, and Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” failed to pick up any predicted acting nominations.

Today on AirTalk, we’re taking a look at this year’s Oscar nominations. Who was snubbed, who is favored, and how might it all shake out at the big ceremony? If you have thoughts, comment below or give us a call at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA); she tweets @ClaudiaPuig

Thelma Adams, film critic and long-time expert awards predictor for Gold Derby - a foremost media outlet dedicated to entertainment awards; she tweets @thelmadams