On Monday, the nominations for the 2021 Academy Awards were finally announced. The nominations were given in a video presented by singer Nick Jonas and his wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Several films that were nominated such as Mank, Nomadland, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Promising Young Woman were not a surprise to anyone, as most people expected these movies to be nominated for the Best Picture award. However, certain nominations such as Maria Bakalova for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm as the title character’s daughter Tutar Sagdiyev came as a surprise to quite a few people, as comedy films do not often get as much recognition at the Academy Awards. Despite the expected and surprising nominations for certain films and actors, there were several films and people that were snubbed.

One of the most notable films that the Academy Awards snubbed was the war drama Das 5 Bloods, leaving out Spike Lee for Best Director, Delroy Lindo for Best Actor as the character of Paul, the late Chadwick Boseman for Best Supporting Actor as the character of “Storman” Norman Earl Holloway, Danny Bilson, Kevin Willmott and the late Paul De Meo for Best Original Screenplay and the film in general for Best Picture.

Another major figure who was snubbed for an Oscar this year was Aaron Sorkin for the Best Director award for his film Trial of the Chicago 7. Many critics agreed that Sorkin’s direction was one of the best aspects of that film. One category that received that most controversy was that of Best Documentary. Among the documentaries that were snubbed were All In by Stacey Abrams, Boys State by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, Dick Johnson Is Dead by Kirsten Johnson and The Truffle Hunters by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw.

Regardless of the shocking snubs for this year’s Academy Awards, the winners are set to be announced on April 25 during the official ceremony.

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