Oscars 2021: Who is nominated and will they attend in person?

Oscar-nominated stars including Chadwick Boseman, Olivia Colman, Leslie Odom Jr, Daniel Kaluuya, and Carey Mulligan
The Oscars are drawing nearer and nearer (Picture: Getty Images)

The 93rd annual Academy Awards (Oscars) are scheduled to take place tomorrow night (April 25), celebrating the best films to come out of 2020.

The ceremony has been rescheduled from its previous date of February 28 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to this date change, there has been a temporary change to the Oscar’s eligibility criteria, with the December 31 deadline extended to February 28.

In the running for the coveted best picture award includes the likes of The Father, Judas and The Black Messiah, Mank and Minari.

Also receiving nominations for best picture were Nomadland, Promosing Young Woman, Sound Of Metal and The Trial Of The Chicago 7.

The Academy Awards have also made history this year, with two female directors being nominated – Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell for their movies Nomadland and Promising Young Woman.

But which stars have been nominated for this year’s awards, and will they be attending in-person?

Oscar trophies backstage at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards
This year’s Oscars were postponed from the previous February date due to the coronavirus pandemic (Picture: Getty Images)

Who are the Oscar nominees?

Nominated for best actor are Riz Ahmed, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman and Steven Yeun.

Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman has received a posthumous nomination (Picture: FilmMagic)
Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed has become the first Muslim to be nominated in the best actor category (Picture: PA)

Chadwick has received a posthumous nomination for his performance in May Rainey’s Black Bottom, his final film to be released following his death last August. He also received a posthumous nod at the Screen Actors Guild Awards earlier this year.

While Riz has made history as the first Muslim to be nominated for the award.

Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen has picked up a nod in the supporting actor category (Picture: EPA)

Meanwhile, Sacha Baron Cohen, Daniel Kaluuya, Leslie Odom Jr, Paul Raci and Lakeith Stanfield have all picked up nods in the supporting actor category.

Viola Davis, Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby, Frances McDormand and Carey Mulligan are all competing for the best actress award – with Viola making history as the most nominated black actress in the acting categories.

Viola Davis
Viola Davis is one of many nominated for best actress (Picture: Getty Images)
Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman has been nominated for supporting actress (Picture: FilmMagic)

And Maria Bakalova, Glenn Close, Olivia Colman, Amanda Seyfried and Young Yuh-jung have been recognised in the supporting actress category.

Olivia previously won best leading actress in 2019 for her role In The Favourite, giving a widely-loved speech.

Will the nominees be attending the Oscars in-person?

This year’s Oscars are expected to be different due to the ongoing pandemic.

The ceremony will be held across two venues: the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and the Union Stadium in Los Angeles.

The Oscar statue watches over the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton hotel on February 4, 2019 in Beverly Hills
The Oscars will be held in multiple locations this year (Picture: AFP/Getty)

While awards are set to be given out in person, the show will have a limited audience at just 170 people, who are said to be rotated in and out of the event space throughout the evening.

Attendees are required to take at least three Covid tests ahead of the night and have their temperatures taken before they are admitted to the event.

They will also reportedly not be required to wear face masks while the cameras are rolling during the ceremony.

Megan Thee Stallion wearing a mask at the 2021 Grammys
Attendees will be required to wear masks while off camera. Other award shows such as the Grammys have also seen those in attendance masked up (Picture: CBS)

However, they are being asked to mask up when not on camera, for example during advertising breaks, according to Variety.

Due to the smaller audience, we can expect that only a few of the nominees will be able to attend in person.

Some of the celebs nominated will also appear from international hubs – such as the British Film Institute (BFI) in London – which have been set up to help those unable to travel due to the pandemic.

The Academy previously said it wants the broadcast to feel like a film and producers told nominees appearing via Zoom would be a last resort.

While much about the ceremony will be different, the Academy has enlisted the usual array of star names to add as much glamour to proceedings as possible, with the likes of Brad Pitt, Zendaya, Renee Zellwegger, Reese Witherspoon, Harrison Ford and Halle Berry giving out awards.

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