Disney Receives 15 Academy Award Nominations!

After the many delays of this strange year, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) finally announced the nominees for the 93rd celebration, which included 15 nods for the Walt Disney Company.

AMPAS updated its rules during 2020 for qualifying films for the upcoming ceremony. In April, the Academy announced that films that had “previously planned theatrical releases” can qualify for Oscars without the typical Los Angeles qualifying run, but the film “must be made available on the secure Academy Screening Room member-only streaming site within 60 days of the film’s streaming or VOD (Video On Demand) release.”

This new rule allows films like “Soul,” “Mulan,” and “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” to stream on digital platforms, like Disney+ and Hulu, but still be eligible for Academy consideration.

And the nominees are…

“Nomadland” received six nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Actress in a Leading Role, Directing, Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Cinematography. 

Disney+ received its first Oscar nominations since launching in 2019. Disney and Pixar’s “Onward and “Soul” were both nominated for Best Animated Feature, with “Soul” also garnering nominations for Best Original Score and Best Sound. “Mulan” received nominations for Best Costume Design and Best Visual Effects; Disney’s “The One and Only Ivan” received a nomination for Best Visual Effects; and Disney and Pixar’s “Burrow” received a nomination for Best Animated Short Film.

The Hulu Original film “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” garnered one nomination with a Best Actress nomination for Andra Day. Hulu is also the exclusive streaming home to Searchlight Pictures’ “Nomadland.”

The Oscars ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 25. The show will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

A complete list of all Disney nominations is below.

Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)

After losing her job after the US Gypsum plant in Empire, Nevada shuts down, Fern embarks on a journey through the American West looking for a new life, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

  • Best Motion Picture – Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Dan Janvey, Mollye Asher, Chloé Zhao
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role – Frances McDormand
  • Best Achievement in Directing – Chloé Zhao
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Chloé Zhao
  • Best Achievement in Editing – Chloé Zhao
  • Best Achievement in Cinematography – Joshua James Richards

Soul (Pixar Animation Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Disney+ / Disney Music Group)

Joe is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn’t quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz, and he’s good. But when he travels to another realm to help someone find their passion, he soon discovers what it means to have soul.

  • Best Animated Feature
  • Best Original Score – Jon Batiste, Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor
  • Best Achievement in Sound

Mulan (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Disney+)

To save her ailing father from serving in the Imperial Army, a fearless young woman disguises herself as a man to battle northern invaders in China.

  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Visual Effects

Onward (Pixar Animation Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley embark on a magical quest to spend one more day with their late father. Their adventure is filled with cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discoveries. 

The One and Only Ivan (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Disney+)

A gorilla named Ivan tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Stella.

Burrow (Pixar Animation Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Disney+)

In Disney and Pixar’s new short film, a young rabbit embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she’s doing.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Hulu)

A biographical film about The Federal Bureau of Narcotics launching an undercover sting operation against famed jazz singer Billie Holiday.

  • Best Actress – Andra Day

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