Leading Actress Oscar Nominations 2021
The Oscars 2021 Actress in a Leading Role nominations have been announced! Five actresses are now competing to take home the most prestigious award in film, the Oscar, with the winner revealed when the Oscars air LIVE SUNDAY APRIL 25 8e|5p on ABC. The nominees for Actress in a Leading Role are: Viola Davis, Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby, Frances McDormand and Carey Mulligan. McDormand becomes the third woman and the twentieth person to have both an acting and a Best Picture nomination, not necessarily for the same film. This is Mulligan's second nomination in this category. For all the details, you can read more about the Oscars 2021 Actress in a Leading Role nominees below. You can also explore other Oscars 2021 nominees and see the complete Oscars 2021 nominations list right here on Oscar.com.
OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2021 - ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Viola Davis in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
During a recording session in a Chicago studio in 1927, tensions rise between famed singer Ma Rainey, ambitious horn player Levee and Ma Rainey's white manager, both of whom are determined to control the fiery "Mother of the Blues" to their own advantage.
Andra Day in THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY
In the 1940s, the U.S. government targeted beloved jazz icon Billie Holiday as part of their war on drugs, to prevent her from performing her heart-wrenching ballad "Strange Fruit," a blatant cry against lynching.
Vanessa Kirby in PIECES OF A WOMAN
After a young mother's home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy, she begins a year-long odyssey of mourning and self-discovery that fractures relationships with her mother, partner and loved ones.
Frances McDormand in NOMADLAND
Following the economic collapse of the small town of Empire, Nevada, Fern packs her van to explore a life outside conventional society as a modern-day nomad in the American West.
Carey Mulligan in PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Medical student Cassie was a promising young woman until a mysterious event derailed her future. Now, nothing in her life is what it seems; she is smart, cunning and lives a double life at night while seeking to right the wrongs of the past.
The 93rd Oscars®, produced by Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh, will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.