The Oscar nominations are here -- and they're not so queer.
While Viola Davis (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) and Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday) were nominated in the category of Best Actress in a Leading Role for portraying bisexual blues icons, Ma Rainey and Billie Holiday, that was the extent of representation in the acting categories.
There were no out LGBTQ+ actors featured this year. Jodie Foster won a Golden Globe for her performance in The Mauritanian but did not receive a nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additionally, the Globes gave a nod to Rosamund Pike for her role as a queer (and wicked) guardian of the elderly in I Care a Lot, but the Academy did not.
There were many other notable LGBTQ+ snubs. David France's Welcome to Chechnya, a film about antigay persecution in the Russian-controlled region, was shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature but did not make the cut. Disclosure, the acclaimed doc about the history of trans representation in media, was also not featured in this category -- although this was no surprise, as it was not on the shortlist.
Two of Us, France's Oscar submission revolving around an elder lesbian love story, was snubbed in the Best International Feature category. And Pixar's Out, about a man's magical coming-out to his parents, Kapaemahu, and Pedro Almodovar's The Human Voice, starring Tilda Swinton in an adaptation of Jean Cocteau short play, were shortlisted in the shorts categories but were ultimately not nominated.
Out artist Janelle Monae was also snubbed for her original song "Turntables."
However, there were notable wins in representation. For the first time in Oscars history, two women, Chloe Zhao (Nomadland) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), were nominated in the Best Director category. Minari's Steven Yuen is the first Asian-American actor up for Best Actor in a Leading Role. And Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal) is the first actor of Pakistani descent nominated.
See the full list of nominees below.
Best Picture The Father Judas and the Black Messiah Mank Minari Nomadland Promising Young Woman Sound of Metal The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Director Lee Isaac Chung, Minari Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman David Fincher, Mank Chloe Zhao, Nomadland Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
Best Actor Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Anthony Hopkins, The Father Gary Oldman, Mank Steven Yeun, Minari
Best Actress Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman Frances McDormand, Nomadland Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Best Supporting Actor Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7 Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami Paul Raci, Sound of Metal Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah
Best Supporting Actress Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy Olivia Colman, The Father Amanda Seyfried, Mank Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
Original Screenplay Judas and the Black Messiah Minari Promising Young Woman Sound of Metal The Trial of the Chicago 7
Adapted Screenplay Borat Subsequent Moviefilm The Father Nomadland One Night in Miami The White Tiger
Animated Feature Onward Over the Moon A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon Soul Wolfwalkers
Production Design The Father Mank Ma Rainey's Black Bottom News of the World Tenet
Costume Design Emma Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Mank Mulan Pinocchio
Cinematography Sean Bobbitt, Judas and the Black Messiah Erik Messerschmidt, Mank Dariusz Wolski, News of the World Joshua James Richards, Nomadland Phedon Papamichael, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Editing The Father Nomadland Promising Young Woman Sound of Metal The Trial of the Chicago 7
Makeup and Hairstyling Emma Hillbilly Elegy Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Mank Pinocchio
Sound Greyhound Mank News of the World Soul Sound of Metal
Visual Effects Love and Monsters The Midnight Sky Mulan The One and Only Ivan Tenet
Score Da 5 Bloods Mank Minari News of the World Soul
Song Husavik (Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga) Fight for You (Judas and the Black Messiah) Lo Si (Seen) (The Life Ahead) Speak Now (One Night in Miami) Hear My Voice (The Trial of the Chicago 7)
Documentary Feature Collective Crip Camp The Mole Agent My Octopus Teacher Time
International Feature Another Round, Denmark Better Days, Hong Kong Collective, Romania The Man Who Sold His Skin, Tunisia Quo Vadis, Aida?, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Animated Short Burrow Genius Loci If Anything Happens I Love You Opera Yes-People
Documentary Short Colette A Concerto Is a Conversation Do Not Split Hunger Ward A Love Song for Latasha
Live-Action Short Feeling Through The Letter Room The Present Two Distant Strangers White Eye