The Academy Awards

  • The 93rd Academy Awards Includes NYFA Alum Shivani Rawat’s “The Trial of The Chicago 7”


    On Monday morning, Oscar hopefuls awaited as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (“The Academy”) announced the highly anticipated list of Academy Award nominees vying for a gold statue at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards.

    With the COVID-19 pandemic, the award ceremony got pushed from its normal February/early March broadcast and will now be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, honoring the films released in 2020.

    (L-R): Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), and Steven Yeun (“Minari”)

    In the midst of Hollywood’s pandemic year, the 2021 Oscars nominations shattered some historic milestones that have cemented this year’s ceremony as one to watch, with nods that include:

    • Netflix setting a record for distributors with 35 total nominations in 2021. The streaming giant also leads the Best Picture category with two nods, while Amazon, A24, Focus, Searchlight, and Sony Classics held one nomination each. This year, major studios were not present in this category, a notable exception given the tumultuous distribution efforts major studios faced with releasing tentpole and lower budget films across the production slate in 2020.
    • Chadwick Boseman has become the seventh actor to receive a posthumous nomination for his work on Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
    • Riz Ahmed is the first Muslim actor to be nominated in the Best Actor category for his performance in The Sounds of Metal.
    • Steven Yeun, the first Asian American to receive a Best Actor nod, and Best Supporting Actress nominee Youn Uh-Jung are the first actors born in Korea to earn Oscar recognition for their performances in Minari.

    Best director nominees Chloé Zhao (Left) and Emerald Fennell (Right)

    While there are already incredible highlights from this year’s nominees, the most striking and celebrated have been the nominations received among women, with previous records being shattered across multiple categories including the best director category, which has received criticism in the past for the lack of women’s representation.

    “NYFA is celebrating Women’s History Month by recognizing the women making history at the 93rd Academy Awards. 70 women received 76 nominations – the most in a given year! It’s the first time the Academy nominated two women – Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell – for Best Director at the same time. Zhao is the first woman of color to get a nod in that category and also nabbed nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. Fennell’s nomination is also the first time a woman has been nominated for her first feature.

    Viola Davis is the most-nominated Black actress ever, with her fourth Oscar nod. Women are also getting the spotlight in the Best Documentary Feature category with 4 of the 5 nominated films being directed by women. We’d like to also give special recognition to a former NYFA grad, Shivani Rawat (1-Year Screenwriting alum), who executive produced The Trial of Chicago 7 – a Best Picture nominee. We look forward to watching these inspirational ladies take the red carpet on April 25th!” – NYFA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

    (L-R): Shivani Rawat (“The Trial of The Chicago 7”), Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), Christina Oh (“Minari”), and Ann Roth (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)

    Other notable records made this year include a historic nomination for Minari producer and NYFA guest speaker Christina Oh, who is the first Asian American woman to receive a nomination for best picture. Meanwhile, costume designer Ann Roth ties for the oldest Oscar nominee-at-large and is nominated for her work on Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at age 89.

    New York Film Academy is incredibly excited to congratulate the talented and diverse group of nominees representing the body of work at this year’s Academy Awards and will be cheering on NYFA alum Shivani Rawat’s The Trial of The Chicago 7, which is nominated for six awards.



    “The Father”
    “Judas and the Black Messiah”
    “Promising Young Woman”
    “Sound of Metal”
    “The Trial of the Chicago 7″


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


    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”


    “Another Round” – Denmark
    “Better Days” – Hong Kong
    “Collective” – Romania
    “The Man Who Sold His Skin” – Tunisia
    Qu Vadis, Aida? – Bosnia and Herzegovina


    “A Concerto Is a Conversation”
    “Do Not Split”
    “Hunger Ward”
    “A Love Song For Latasha”


    “Crip Camp”
    “The Mole Agent”
    “My Octopus Teacher”


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


    “Over the Moon”
    “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”


    “Borat Subsequent MovieFilm”
    “The Father”
    “One Night in Miami”
    “The White Tiger”


    “Judas and the Black Messiah”
    “Promising Young Woman”
    “Sound of Metal”
    “The Trial of the Chicago 7”


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


    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”


    Thomas Vinterberg, “Another Round”
    David Fincher, “Mank”
    Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”
    Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”
    Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”


    “The Father”
    “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
    “News of the World”


    Sean Bobbitt, “Judas and the Black Messiah”
    Erik Messerschmidt, “Mank”
    Dariusz Wolski, “News of the World”
    Joshua James Richards, “Nomadland”
    Phedon Papamichael , “The Trial of the Chicago 7”


    “Ma Rainey’s Blackbottom”


    “News of the World”
    “Sound of Metal”


    “Genius Loci”
    “If Anything Happens I Love You”


    “Feeling Through”
    “The Letter Room”
    “The Present”
    “Two Distant Strangers”
    “White Eye”


    “Da 5 Bloods”
    “News of the World”


    “Love and Monsters”
    “The Midnight Sky”
    “The One and Only Ivan”


    “The Father”
    “Promising Young Woman”
    “Sound of Metal”
    “The Trial of the Chicago 7”


    “Hillbilly Elegy”
    “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

    March 17, 2021 • Diversity, Entertainment News, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 956

  • Gender Inequality in Film Infographic Updated in 2018


    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) released its original Gender Inequality in Film infographic in 2013. Now, following the TIME’S UP™ movement and actress Frances McDormand’s impassioned call at the 90th Academy Awards for the industry to embrace Inclusion Riders, NYFA’s updated Gender Inequality in Film infographic presents research on gender in film from 2007 to 2017, from more than 40 sources and scholarly studies. 

    “With all that’s happening in the film industry, the New York Film Academy hopes to contribute what we can to the conversation with this infographic. It can be used as a reference and an educational tool to raise further awareness and inspire leaders within the entertainment industry, and beyond,” explains NYFA Chair of Documentary Andrea Swift. “It is an accessible way to interact with key information to support the movement to reach 50/50 by 2020.”

    Throughout Women’s History Month in March, NYFA will be highlighting different aspects of the data in this infographic as a four-part series. This is part one, and reveals the full, updated infographic. Stay tuned for more!

    To further support the conversation around gender inequality in film, NYFA will also host events throughout Women’s History Month, with a focus on International Women’s Day on March 8. For more information, click here.

    For additional content related to the conversation surrounding gender equality in film, check out these additional resources from the New York Film Academy:

    1. Time’s Up and #MeToo Dominate the 2018 Golden Globes
    2. Oscar-nominated Editor Kristen Nutile Screens Heroin(e) at New York Film Academy
    3. Anna Serner Speaks on Behalf of Gender Equality in Film
    4. Actress Rose McGowan Screens her Directorial Debut Dawn at NYFA
    5. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Diversifies With 774 New Members
    6. Patricia Arquette Demands Equality for Women
    7. Black Inequality in Film
    8. Sony Pictures Television Selects NYFA Alum Tiffany Paulsen for Diverse Directors Program
    9. NYFA Student Takes Part in Women of Sundance Panel
    10. Legendary Agent Boaty Boatwright Speaks at the New York Film Academy
    11. NYFA Spotlight: Gina Theresa on Women in Games and Motion Capture Acting
    12. Brandii Grace Discusses Inclusiveness in Video Games
    13. NYFA Embraces the Fearless Girl Statue Outside New York Campus
    14. Has Female Equality in Hollywood Progressed in 2014?
    15. UNESCO’s Gender Equality Heritage & Creativity 2014
  • 2015 Oscars Winners Recap


    2015 Oscars Winners Recap

    The Academy Awards, the annual ceremony that celebrates all things film, were held yesterday. The winners have taken home their golden Oscar statues, and we have a recap of the nightly events for you.

    Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led the pack with four Oscars each. However, Birdman came away with the wins in the bigger categories, including best picture, best director, original screenplay, and achievement in cinematographyThe Grand Budapest Hotel took home wins in best original score, best production design, achievement in makeup and hairstyling, and achievement in costume design.

    On the acting front, the big winners included best actress Julianne Moore for her roll in Still Alice, best actor Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, best supporting actress Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (who made waves during her victory speech), and best supporting actor JK Simmons for Whiplash.

    The complete list of winners and nominees is below:


    Best supporting actor:

    WINNER: JK Simmons for Whiplash

    Robert Duvall for The Judge

    Ethan Hawke for Boyhood

    Edward Norton for Birdman

    Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher


    Achievement in costume design:

    WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero

    Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges

    Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood

    Maleficent – Anna B Sheppard

    Mr Turner – Jacqueline Durran


    Achievement in makeup and hairstyling:

    WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier

    Foxcatcher – Bill Corso, Dennis Liddiard

    Guardians of the Galaxy – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White


    Best foreign-language film:

    WINNER: Ida – Paweł Pawlikowski

    Tangerines – Zaza Urushadze

    Leviathan – Andrey Zvyagintsev

    Wild Tales – Damián Szifrón

    Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako


    Best live-action short film:

    WINNER: The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby, James Lucas

    Aya – Oded Binnun, Mihal Brezis

    Boogaloo and Graham – Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney

    Butter Lamp – Wei Hu, Julien Féret

    Parvaneh – Talkhon Hamzavi, Stefan Eichenberger


    Best documentary short subject:

    WINNER: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Dana Perry

    Joanna – Aneta Kopacz

    Our Curse – Tomasz Sliwinski, Maciej Slesicki

    The Reaper – Gabriel Serra

    White Earth – Christian Jensen


    Achievement in sound mixing:

    WINNER: Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley

    American Sniper – John T Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Walt Martin

    Birdman – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Thomas Varga

    Interstellar – Gary Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, Mark Weingarten

    Unbroken – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, David Lee


    Achievement in sound editing:

    WINNER: American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman

    Birdman – Aaron Glascock, Martín Hernández

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Brent Burge, Jason Canovas

    Interstellar – Richard King

    Unbroken – Becky Sullivan, Andrew DeCristofaro


    Best supporting actress:

    WINNER: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

    Laura Dern for Wild

    Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game

    Emma Stone for Birdman

    Meryl Streep for Into the Woods


    Achievement in visual effects:

    WINNER: Interstellar – Paul J Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott R Fisher

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Dan Deleeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill, Daniel Sudick

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Erik Winquist

    Guardians of the Galaxy – Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner, Paul Corbould

    X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer


    Best animated short film:

    WINNER: Feast – Patrick Osborne, Kristina Reed

    The Bigger Picture – Daisy Jacobs, Chris Hees

    The Dam Keeper – Robert Kondo, Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi

    Me and My Moulton – Torill Kove

    A Single Life – Joris Oprins


    Best animated feature film:

    WINNER: Big Hero 6

    The Boxtrolls

    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Song of the Sea

    The Tale of the Princess Kaguya


    Best production design:

    WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

    The Imitation Game – Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald

    Interstellar – Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

    Into the Woods – Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock

    Mr Turner – Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts


    Achievement in cinematography:

    WINNER: Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki

    The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert D Yeoman

    Ida – Lukasz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewski

    Mr Turner – Dick Pope

    Unbroken – Roger Deakins


    Achievement in film editing:

    WINNER: Whiplash – Tom Cross

    Boyhood – Sandra Adair

    The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg

    The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling

    American Sniper – Joel Cox, Gary Roach


    Best documentary feature:

    WINNER: Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky

    Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

    Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy, Keven McAlester

    The Salt of the Earth – Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier

    Virunga – Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara


    Best original song:

    WINNER: Selma – Lonnie Lynn (Common), John Stephens (John Legend) (“Glory”)

    The Lego Movie – Shawn Patterson (“Everything Is Awesome”)

    Beyond the Lights – Diane Warren (“Grateful”)

    Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond (“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”)

    Begin Again – Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois (“Lost Stars”)


    Best original score:

    WINNER: Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game

    Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

    Jóhann Jóhannsson– The Theory of Everything

    Gary Yershon – Mr Turner


    Original screenplay:

    WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman

    Richard Linklater – Boyhood

    E Max Frye, Dan Futterman – Foxcatcher

    Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler


    Adapted screenplay:

    WINNER: Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

    Jason Hall – American Sniper

    Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice

    Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything

    Damien Chazelle – Whiplash


    Best director:

    WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman

    Richard Linklater – Boyhood

    Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher

    Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game


    Best actor:

    WINNER: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

    Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

    Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

    Bradley Cooper – American Sniper

    Michael Keaton – Birdman


    Best actress:

    WINNER: Julianne Moore for Still Alice

    Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

    Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

    Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

    Reese Witherspoon – Wild


    Best picture:

    WINNER: Birdman

    American Sniper


    The Imitation Game

    The Grand Budapest Hotel


    The Theory of Everything





    February 23, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 5818