Interviews with Oscar nominees: watch our 12 in-depth discussions


The Oscar nominations were released this week, with newly created stars and returning favorites among the mix. Of the 20 acting nominees, 12 had not previously achieved recognition for a previous performance (although Sacha Baron Cohen had previously been nominated for writing). Here at Gold Derby, our editors and writers interviewed a large majority of these new nominees, as well as a handful of veterans. Scroll down to watch our interviews with 12 of this year’s Oscar nominated actors.

We spoke with three of the five nominees for Best Actor – Ahmed Rice (“Sound of Metal”), Gary Oldman (“Mank”) and Steven yeun (“Minari”). Ahmed and Yeun made history with their nominations, the former becoming the first actor of Pakistani descent to win an acting nomination and the latter being the first Asian-American performer nominated in one of the main categories. Meanwhile, this is Oldman’s third Oscar nomination, having won this category in 2018 for “Darkest Hour.”

For Best Actress, our team interviewed the two stars who won their first nominations this year – Andra’s Day (“United States vs. Billie Holiday”) and Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”). Day and Kirby both made their first film performances and garnered Oscar attention in the process. Day follows in the footsteps of Diana ross, who was nominated in 1973 for playing Billie Holiday herself in “Lady Sings the Blues”.

Best Supporting Actor is nearing completion, with Gold Derby speaking to four of the five nominees: 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”). Of that group, only Kaluuya has been nominated before, winning a Best Actor offer in 2018 for “Get Out”. Odom is simultaneously nominated in the Original Song category for writing “Speak Now”, the song in the end credits of “One Night in Miami”.

In the Best Supporting Actress category, we covered three of the nominated performers: Maria bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”), Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”) and Yuh-Jung Youn (“Minari”). All three are nominated for the first time, with Youn becoming the first Korean actress nominated for an Oscar. Click the links below to see our chats with 12 of the 2021 Oscar nominees.

Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”)

Gary Oldman (“Mank”)

Steven Yeun (“Minari”)

Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”)

Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”)

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”)

Maria Bakalova (“Next film Borat”)

Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”)

Yuh-Jung Youn (“Minari”)

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