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How the Real Grownups Fared in 2021's Oscar Nominations

This year's potential big winners are out, and here's who is in the running

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Gary Oldman in "Mank," Viola Davis in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and Anthony Hopkins in "The Father."
Miles Crist/Netflix; David Lee/Netflix; Sean Gleason/Sony Pictures Classics

The 2021 Oscar nominations are in, and grownups made a strong showing again this year. Seven of the 20 performers nominated for best acting (in leading and supporting roles) are over 50 — worse than last year's remarkable 10, but still better than 2019's six.

Actors over 50 nabbing noms

In the lead acting categories, four grownups earned nominations: Viola Davis, 55 (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom); Frances McDormand, 63 (Nomadland); Gary Oldman, 62 (Mank); and Anthony Hopkins, 83 (The Father). Hopkins’ kudos are especially delightful, capping his extraordinary career resurgence: He won an Oscar at 54 for The Silence of the Lambs, earned four nominations in six years, but then was shut out of the Oscars for 22 years. Now in his 80s, Hopkins has snagged two noms (including for last year's The Two Popes). As he told AARP this month, “I'm on a bit of a roll."

Grownups nabbed two noms for supporting actress — Glenn Close, 73 (Hillbilly Elegy) and Yuh-Jung Youn, 73 (Minari) — and one for supporting actor for Paul Raci, 72, (Sound of Metal).

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But first: AARP Movies for Grownups Awards

In Hollywood, the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards nominees are seen as partial predictors of who's going to get some Oscar love. While we await the Movies for Grownups ceremony, airing on the PBS show Great Performances on March 28 at 8 p.m. (check local listings) and on the PBS Video app, and the Oscars on April 25, study up (and watch what you can!) with this full list of films and performers honored with nominations by both AARP and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Best Picture

  • Minari
  • Nomadland
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7


  • One Night in Miami
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7


  • Crip Camp

Foreign Language Film

  • Another Round (Druk)
  • Collective (Collectiv)
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All nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards:

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 Actress in a Leading Role

  • 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 Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
  • Olivia Colman, The Father
  • Amanda Seyfried, Mank
  • Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
  • Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Father
  • Gary Oldman, Mank
  • Steven Yeun, Minari

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • 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 Director

  • Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
  • Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
  • David Fincher, Mank
  • Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
  • Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best Costume Design

  • Emma
  • Mank
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • Mulan
  • Pinocchio

Best Original Score

  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Mank
  • Minari
  • News of the World
  • Soul

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Peter Baynham, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jena Friedman, Anthony Hines, Lee Kern, Dan Mazer, Erica Rivinoja and Dan Swimer)
  • The Father (Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller)
  • Nomadland (Chloé Zhao)
  • One Night in Miami (Kemp Powers)
  • The White Tiger (Ramin Bahrani)

Best Original Screenplay

  • Judas and the Black Messiah (Will Berson, Shaka King, Keith Lucas and Kenny Lucas)
  • Minari (Lee Isaac Chung)
  • Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell)
  • Sound of Metal (Derek Cianfrance, Abraham Marder and Darius Marder)
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Aaron Sorkin)

Best Animated Short Film

  • Burrow
  • Genius Loci
  • If Anything Happens I Love You
  • Opera
  • Yes-People

Best Live-Action Short Film

  • Feeling Through
  • The Letter Room
  • The Present
  • Two Distant Strangers
  • White Eye

Best Documentary Feature

  • Collective (Collectiv)
  • Crip Camp
  • The Mole Agent (El Agente Topo)
  • My Octopus Teacher
  • Time

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • Colette
  • A Concerto Is a Conversation
  • Do Not Split
  • Hunger Ward
  • A Love Song for Latasha

Best International Feature Film

  • Another Round (Druk), Denmark
  • Better Days (Shaonian de Ni), Hong Kong
  • Collective (Collectiv), Romania
  • The Man Who Sold His Skin, Tunisia
  • Quo Vadis, Aida?, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Best Sound

  • Greyhound
  • Mank
  • News of the World
  • Sound of Metal
  • Soul

Best Production Design

  • The Father
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • Mank
  • News of the World
  • Tenet

Best Film Editing

  • The Father
  • Nomadland
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of Metal
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Cinematography

  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Mank
  • News of the World
  • Nomadland
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Visual Effects

  • Love and Monsters
  • The Midnight Sky
  • Mulan
  • The One and Only Ivan
  • Tenet

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Onward
  • Over the Moon
  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
  • Soul
  • Wolfwalkers

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Emma
  • Hillbilly Elegy
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • Mank
  • Pinocchio

Best Original Song

  • "Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
  • "Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
  • "Io Sì (Seen)” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Sé)
  • "Speak Now” from One Night in Miami
  • "Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7

Tim Appelo covers entertainment and is the film and TV critic for AARP. Previously, he was the entertainment editor at Amazon, video critic at Entertainment Weekly, and a critic and writer for The Hollywood ReporterPeople, MTV, The Village Voice and LA Weekly.

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