NEW YORK — What’s It About: 1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing wit and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish “Citizen Kane.”

Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Best Director (David Fincher); Best Actor (Gary Oldman); Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Seyfried); Cinematography; Music (Original Score); Best Sound; Costume Design; Makeup and Hairstyling; Production Design

The true story of old Hollywood about a screenwriter everyone called “Mank” has garnered the most Oscar nominations with 10.

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried, recognized for her supporting role as movie star Marion Davies, who was also the companion of the powerful newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.

Speaking from her home in the Catskills, Seyfried said her mother woke her up to let her know she’d been nominated.

“Just swung the door open and said, ‘You got it,'” she said.

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The star called the role “a turning point.”

In real life, Herman Mankiewicz and Davies both came from New York City, and though she reached the heights of Hollywood, Davies never lost her Brooklyn accent.

For Seyfried, that meant employing an accent coach.

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“The secret here is subtlety is your friend,” Seyfried said.

And she brings that same subtlety to her entire performance, which earned the star her first Academy Award nomination.

“This just felt like a bonus” she said. “A massive bonus that I wasn’t looking for, I wasn’t expecting, but I’m freely welcoming it in.”

The scene where audiences first meet Davies ended up being the last to be shot, or re-shot, after director David Fincher was unhappy with an earlier version.

“It had to be perfect,” Seyfried said.

But by the time they shot it again, the performer was pregnant with her second child.

“I thought it was going to be a lot harder than it was,” she said. “I think my son added dimension to that scene.”

Her son and daughter adorn Seyfried’s Instagram feed, along with a menagerie of animals, and photos of them appear next to images of the star in full glam mode.

Home base is a farm she purchased more than half a dozen years ago.

“I wanted land and horses, and I’m happy being alone,” she said. “I feel safe up here, and I feel like I can be completely at ease.”

Seyfried grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She said the support in here hometown was strong.

“That grounds you, and makes you feel like anything is possible,” she said. “Also, my expectations weren’t that high. I just knew what I wanted to do. Nobody in Allentown ever made me feel like it wasn’t possible.”

Once married, she was happy to discover that her husband “feels right at home as well.”

And in show business, that refuge is important.

“There’s a level of importance that are placed on things that maybe in the grand scheme of

The Academy Awards on Sunday night hopes to give a boost to an industry dealing with theaters shuttered for a year and countless delays in releases and new productions.

David Fincher’s “Mank,” a black-and-white drama about “Citizen Kane” co-writer Herman Mankiewicz, leads the pack at the 93rd Academy Awards with 10 nominations, including best picture, best director, and acting nods for Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried.

“Mank” was bankrolled by streaming giant Netflix and faces stiff competition from Chloé Zhao’s low-budget “Nomadland.” It stars Frances McDormand as a widow who leaves her hometown of Empire, Nevada to be “houseless” and travel around the United States.

Zhao wrote, edited, produced and directed “Nomadland,” which cemented its Oscar front-runner status with a win at the 78th Golden Globes for best picture – drama and taking top honors at the 32nd annual Producers Guild of America Awards.

Zhao and newcomer Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) have made history as the first time two women received directing nods in the same year. Only five women have ever been nominated before for best director.

And unlike the all-white acting nominations of five years ago that fueled the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, nine of the 20 acting nominees this year are people of color.

The Academy Awards will be broadcast live Sunday, April 25, at 8 p.m. on ABC. It will be the third Oscars in a row without a host.

Without further ado, the nominees are:

Best Picture: “The Father” (David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi and Philippe Carcassonne, producers); “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Shaka King, Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler, producers); “Mank” (Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth and Douglas Urbanski, producers); “Minari” (Christina Oh, producer); “Nomadland” (Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, producers); “Promising Young Woman” (Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell and Josey McNamara, producers); “Sound of Metal” (Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche, producers); and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Marc Platt and Stuart Besser, producers)

Best Director: Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”); David Fincher (“Mank”); Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”); Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”); and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”)

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”); Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”); Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”); Gary Oldman (“Mank”); and Steven Yeun (“Minari”)

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”); Andra Day (“The United States v. Billie Holiday”); Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”); Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”); and Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: 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”); and Lakeith Stanfield (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Maria Bakalova (’Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”); Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”); Olivia Colman (“The Father”); Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”); and Yuh-jung Youn (“Minari”)

Best Animated Feature Film: “Onward” (Pixar); “Over the Moon” (Netflix); “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” (Netflix); “Soul” (Pixar); and

NEW YORK — A real story of old Hollywood, about a screenwriter everyone called “Mank,” has garnered the most Oscar nominations with 10.

It’s up for Best Picture, but also honored with a nod was Amanda Seyfried, recognized for her supporting role as movie star Marion Davies, who was also the mistress of the powerful newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.

Speaking from her home in the Catskills, Seyfried said her mother woke her up to let her know she’d been nominated.

“Just swung the door open and said, ‘You got it,'” she said.

The star calls the role “a turning point.”

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In real life, Herman Mankiewicz and Davies both came from New York City, and though she reached the heights of Hollywood, Davies never lost her Brooklyn accent.

For Seyfried, that meant employing an accent coach.

“The secret here is subtlety is your friend,” Seyfried said.

And she brings that same subtlety to her entire performance, which earned the star her first Academy Award nomination.

“This just felt like a bonus” she said. “A massive bonus that I wasn’t looking for, I wasn’t expecting, but I’m freely welcoming it in.”

The scene where audiences first meet Davies ended up being the last to be shot, or re-shot, after director David Fincher was unhappy with an earlier version.

“It had to be perfect,” Seyfried.

But by the time they shot it again, the performer was pregnant with her second child.

“I thought it was going to be a lot harder than it was,” she said. “I think my son added dimension to that scene.”

Her son and daughter adorn Seyfried’s Instagram feed, along with a menagerie of animals, and photos of them appear next to images of the star in full glam mode.

Home base is a farm she purchased more than half a dozen years ago.

“I wanted land and horses, and I’m happy being alone,” she said. “I feel safe up here, and I feel like I can be completely at ease.”

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Once married, she was happy to discover that her husband “feels right at home as well.”

And in show business, that refuge is important.

“There’s a level of importance that are placed on things that maybe in the grand scheme of things aren’t that important,” she said.

But her Oscar nomination for “Mank” is definitely a milestone, which is why she and her family will travel to Los Angeles for the ceremony.

“I think we’re all kind of just trying to show up and show everybody what’s possible and that we’re back to celebrate for good,” she said.

She sees the Oscars show as heralding a return to live events.

“A way to get the ball rolling again safely,” she said. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

Mark your calendars: April 25 is Oscar Sunday. Live coverage begins Sunday morning and continues all