Oscars give nod to politically themed films in best picture nominations
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Politically themed films are among the contenders for the Academy Awards' top prize, with "The Trial of the Chicago 7," "Mank" and "Judas and the Black Messiah" among the best picture nominees.

The nominations for this year's Oscars ceremony were announced on Monday.

"The Trial of the Chicago 7," from "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin, garnered six nominations. The film is a dramatization of the prosecution of seven activists who participated in demonstrations during the 1968 Democratic National Convention that turned into a police riot, and their subsequent prosecution by the Nixon administration.

In "Judas and the Black Messiah," actor Daniel Kaluuya plays Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was killed by police in a 1969 shooting long criticized as an assassination. In addition to the best picture nod, Kaluuya was also nominated in the actor in a supporting role category.

"Mank," from director David Fincher, led the Oscar nods, scoring 10 nominations in total. In addition to best picture, the drama snagged nominations in the director, supporting actress and actor categories, among others.
The movie follows Herman Mankiewicz as he writes the screenplay for 1941's "Citizen Kane." The depiction of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst in the movie, who launched a vendetta against "Citizen Kane" over suspicions it was based on him, has drawn comparisons to former President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE.
Other nominees in the best picture category include: "The Father," "Minari," Nomadland," "Promising Young Woman" and "Sound of Metal."
A pair of women is also making history for their Oscar nominations. Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell were both nominated in the best director category for "Nomadland" and "Promising Young Woman," respectively. The nods mark the first time two women have been nominated for best director.
Chadwick Boseman was nominated posthumously for the actor in a leading role award for his performance in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," a film adaptation of the August Wilson play by the same name.

The “Black Panther” star died last year at 43 four years after a diagnosis of colon cancer, which he never spoke about publicly.
Sacha Baron Cohen was recognized for two films, with a nomination for best supporting actor for his role in "The Trial of the Chicago 7," and in the screenwriting category for "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm." Maria Bakalova also earned an actress in a supporting role nomination for the "Borat" sequel. The Bulgarian actress appeared in a headline-making scene in the movie which showed Trump's lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill Newsmax hires Jenna Ellis, Hogan Gidley as contributors MORE, accompanying her into a hotel room and appearing to put his hand down his pants. Giuliani has said he was adjusting his microphone.
The 93rd annual Academy Awards will air April 25 on ABC.