See all the photos from EW's 2021 Oscars issue cover shoots

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Viola Davis
"I want to explore the mess, the beauty of being a black woman," says Davis.
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The powerhouse: Viola Davis
With her indelible twist as blues legend Ma Rainey in George C. Wolfe's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Viola Davis hit a high note and broke an Oscars record. With the fourth nod of her career, she became the most nominated black actress in the history of the academy.
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Viola Davis
Davis initially resisted the role of Ma Rainey: "I just didn't see myself," she says. But Wolfe and producer Denzel Washington (director and lead actress of 2016 Davis in Fences, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress) believed in her.
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Viola Davis
Most of Ma Rainey's historical records have been lost to this day - but finding unsung stories has become something of a signature for Davis.
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The Revelation: Regina King
Although Regina King's directorial debut One Night in Miami… was rejected in the categories of “Best Picture” and “Best Director”, the three-time nominee drama made a big impression - and heralded the arrival of the Oscar winner as a great film talent.
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Regina King
Despite being in front of the camera, King says directing was "exhausting on a whole different level, but I love it".
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Regina King
"She demanded that we do her best on the floor," nominated One Night in Miami ... star Leslie Odom Jr. says about King.
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Regina King
Although King himself did not receive a Best Director nomination, this year was the first time that a woman of color was recognized in this category. "It's a lot to worry about that we're still not going to premiere everything in 2021," notes King.
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Regina King
As the long awards ceremony for her directorial debut comes to an end, the moment "feels like a new beginning," says King.
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The front runner: Chloé Zhao
Nomadland's six nominations include four for screenwriter and director Chloé Zhao (Best Director, Image, Adapted Screenplay and Editing). After making history on the long journey of this awards season, she is about to graduate triumphantly.
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Chloé Zhao
"As a filmmaker, I feel very nomadic," says Zhao, whose next film is the Marvel Cinematic Universe entry Eternals. "It can be pretty lonely at times. You just feel very fleeting."
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The cover of the EW Oscars edition by Chloé Zhao
To find out more about the 2021 Oscars race, order the May edition of Entertainment Weekly - with covers featuring Chloé Zhao, Viola Davis and Regina King - or find it on newsstands from April 16 and stay tuned online EWs Award is up to date. Don't forget to subscribe to more exclusive interviews and photos in EW only.
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The cover of the EW Oscars by Viola Davis
To find out more about the 2021 Oscars race, order the May edition of Entertainment Weekly - with covers featuring Chloé Zhao, Viola Davis and Regina King - or find it on newsstands from April 16 and stay tuned online EWs Award is up to date. Don't forget to subscribe to more exclusive interviews and photos in EW only.
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Cover of the EW Oscars by Regina King
If you want to find out more about the 2021 Oscars race, order the May edition of Entertainment Weekly - with covers featuring Chloé Zhao, Viola Davis and Regina King - or find it on newsstands from April 16 and stay with us online EWs Award is up to date. Don't forget to subscribe to more exclusive interviews and photos in EW only.
Viola Davis, Regina King and Chloé Zhao are EW's 2021 Oscars cover stars.
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