2021 OSCAR NODS: History Maker Viola Davis, Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Chadwick Boseman, Andra Day + Regina King & Spike Lee SNUBBED

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The Oscar nominations are in! Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield scooped up nominations for their roles in Judas and the Black Messiah. Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman were nominated for their performances in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Andra Day nabbed a nod for her portrayal of iconic singer Billie Holiday.

On the flip side, directors Regina King and Spike Lee were snubbed! Everything inside…

The 2021 Oscar nominations are in, which means the biggest night in Hollywood is right around the corner. The 93rd annual Academy Awards are set to be held on Sunday, April 25th to honor the BEST films of the year, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Daniel Kaluuya has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Black Panther Party leader Chairman Fred Hampton in the biographical drama, Judas and the Black Messiah. This is Daniel’s third Oscar nomination, so maybe a third time will be the charm? We shall see.

The category is packed with competition. He’ll be going up against his co-star LaKeith Stanfield – who played FBI informant William O’Neal. This is Lakeith’s first Oscar nomination. Woot.

Both actors will also be up against Leslie Odom Jr. for his performance as legendary artist Sam Cooke in Regina King’s One Night in Miami. He’s up for TWO Oscars this year, including Best Original Song for “Speak Now” with Sam Ashworth.

Judas and The Black Messiah scooped up a total SIX Oscar nominations, including the coveted Best Picture, two Best Supporting Actor nods, Best Original Screenplay (Will Berson, Shaka King, Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas), Best Original Song (“Fight For You” by H.E.R., Tiara Thomas, and Dernst Emile II), Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt).


The late Chadwick Boseman earned his first Academy Awards nomination for his role as cornet player Levee in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He’s up for Best Actor in a Leading Role, which makes the seventh time an actor has received a posthumous honor in either the Best Actor or Supporting Actor category from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.


Viola Davis just received her fourth Oscar nomination, making her the most-nominated Black actress ever at the Oscars (which broke her own record)! She’s in the running for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role as blues singer Ma Rainey in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. This is the second time she has been nominated in this category.

The 55-year-old actress first received the Best Actress honor in 2012 for her role in The Help. In 2017, she won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for FENCES. And in 2009, she was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for DOUBT.

This category will be a tough one as Andra Day has also been nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of iconic singer Billie Holiday in HULU’s “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.” She slayed the role (her first film feature) and went the extra mile to transform into the jazz singer/activist, so it’s a toss-up between her and Viola. Hopefully, one of the YBF women take hope the golden statue.

The ladies will be up against Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman), Frances McDormand (Nomadland) and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman).


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom scooped up a total of 5 nominations, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume Design (Ann Roth), Best Production Design (Production Design: Mark Ricker; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton) and Best Makeup & Hairstyling (Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson).

Animated film SOUL nabbed three nominations, including Best Original Score (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste), Best Animated Feature Film (Pete Doctor and Dana Murray) and Best Sound (Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott and David Parker). If you didn’t know, Jamie Foxx became Disney-Pixar’s first Black lead in one of its animated movies.

One Night In Miami was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Kemp Powers) and Da 5 Bloods scored a nomination for Best Original Score.

Speaking of One Night in Miami and Da 5 Bloods – both Regina King and Spike Lee were SNUBBED for director awards this year. Regina King made her directorial debut for One Night In Miami and knocked it out of the park! Also, Spike Lee did an amazing job bringing Da 5 Bloods to life on screen.

Another snub we noticed was against voting activist Stacey Abrams. All In: The Fight for Democracy is a documentary that examined the issue of voter suppression and how the ex-Georgia gubernatorial candidate literally saved the United States. Hmph.

The 93rd annual Academy Awards ceremony will go down Sunday, April 25th at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. It was originally scheduled for February 28th, but it was pushed back due to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19.

Keep it locked to The YBF for the only things you need to know going down Oscar night.

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures via AP/ David Lee/Netflix via AP

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