The nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards are out as the film industry is seemingly fighting its way back to a more normal reality with cinemas across America opening back up. The biggest night in Hollywood in 2021 is set for April 26 and there is a lot that superhero movie fans can look forward to as the main categories are packed with talent that is a part of both the MCU and the DCU.
Perhaps the name that deserves the most attention is that of Chloé Zhao, the director of the upcoming Marvel Studios sci-fi epic Eternals. Zhao‘s Nomadland has had an amazing award season so far, having won her the Golden Globe for Best Director and Best Motion Picture – Drama just last month. She now has the possibility to take home four Academy Awards as she is nominated for Best Director, Best Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay and, by being a producer of the movie, can also grab the Oscar for Best Picture. Nomadland is nominated for a further two awards, Best Cinematography and Best Actress (Frances McDormand).
Black Panther’s director Ryan Coogler also has a chance to take home an award as he is one of the producers behind Judas and the Black Messiah which, as Nomadland, is nominated for Best Picture. In terms of acting, there are several names of which to take note. The late Chadwick Boseman and Odin himself, Anthony Hopkins, are nominated for Best Actors, for their roles in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Father, respectively. The George C. Wolfe directed movie also gave us an incredible performance by Viola Davis, the DCEU’s Amanda Waller, who is nominated for Best Actress. In terms of the awards for supporting roles, Glenn Close, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Nova Prime Irani Rael, is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Ron Howard‘s Hillbilly Elegy, and another former Black Panther cast member, Daniel Kaluuya, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor following his performance in the aforementioned Judas and the Black Messiah.
From outside of the MCU and from the current DCU being put to film, but still within the comic book movie realm, we can also find The Dark Knight Trilogy‘s Commissioner Gordon, Gary Oldman, as well as Venom’s Riz Ahmed, alongside Boseman and Hopkins in the Best Actor category.