Oscars 2021: 8 Celebrities Nominated For An Academy Award For The First Time

The Academy Awards are nearly here, but did you know that some celebrities are nominated for the first time this year? Check out all we know about them

By Ingrid Mateos

- April 23 , 2021 - 16:35 hs

Mank (Netflix)

Lakeith Stanfield


The actor is nominated in the  Best Supporting Actor category for “Judas and the Black Messiah.” In a past comment he posted on his social media account, Stanfield was confused, as we all, as to why he is nominated in this category together with his co-star Daniel Kaluuya running against each other. “I’m confused too but f*ck it lmao.” The post was replaced with another humorous reaction “First time an actor with a face tattoo was nominated lmaooo.” He has appeared in several films like 'Selma,' 'Memoria,' or the acclaimed 'Get Out' but this is his first nomination ever.

Leslie Odom Jr.

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Leslie is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for portraying Sam Cooke in One Night in Miami and for Best Original Song for "Speak Now." About the double-nomination, he declared that he is beyond happy. "It means a lot on this movie in particular. This movie meant so much to me and to all of us," he said. "I was just happy to be part of it. I was thrilled that I got to bring more of myself to the project. It's deeply meaningful."


Sacha Baron Cohen


Here we have an oddity. The actor has a double nomination in different films. He is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for 'Borat Subsequent movie' and for Best supporting actor for 'The Trial of the Chicago 7. “I am grateful to the Academy to be a small part of this morning’s honors and I share my nomination with the incredible actors of Chicago 7 who are equally deserving of this accolade.” he shared about one of his nominations. The actor declared at the beginning of 2021 that his character 'Borat' will not make an appearance again because it was a little too much danger around it.

Paul Raci

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Paul Raci is a veteran actor that has made appearances on TV more than on the big screen. Tv shows that he has appeared in include Baywatch, CSI, ER, Scrubs, L.A. Law, and Aeon Flux. And despite not having a large resume in films (his biggest movie was Children of a Lesser God) he is taking all the important awards this season. Nominated as Best Supporting Actor, 'Sound of Metal' has earned Raci several awards like the Independent Spirit Award, Chicago Film Critics, Georgia Film Critics, the Hollywood Critics Association Award, and the National Society of Film Critics Awards, just to mention a few.

Maria Bakalova

Bakalova is nominated for the first time for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Borat Subsequent Movie film. The actress recalls that she was next to Pedro Pascal when she was informed she was nominated, and literally, started to shake.“We were in the middle of a take...I lost my mind for a second,” She won the Critics' Choice Award for the same category so we might see a rare occurrence this year if she wins, where a supporting actress in a comedy takes the famous statuette home.

Amanda Seyfried


Like Bakalova, Amanda Seyfried is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Marion Davies in Mank. Maria took to social media writing the best reaction ever "Wow Wa We Waa!” She then added "Thank you to the Academy for this honor! I really can't believe this - to hear my name in the company of these remarkable women and their breath-taking performances is a dream come true!" The actress made her debut in the film 'Mean Girls' but we can tell that those days are long gone.

Chadwick Boseman


The actor is the seventh in history to be posthumously nominated. He is nominated for his portrayal of Levee Green in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. All the predictions point that he is the most possible winner

Chloe Zhao


It is the first time that the director is nominated but she must be proud of her work in 'Nomadland' being nominated in four categories. She is nominated for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. The story of the movie follows the heart-wrenching story of Fern (Frances McDormand) and how she is traveling around the country while living in her van, taking small jobs, and reflecting on how fleeting life is. Chloe Zhao is making history since it is the first time a woman of color to be nominated.

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