Oscars 2021, the 93rd event of Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry happened on Sunday, 25th April, 2021.
The Academy Awards-Oscars is an American award that recognizes excellence in film and movie production. The event is an equivalent of The Grammy Awards(for music) ,The Emmy Awards (for TV Industry) and the Tony Awards (for theater).
This year’s ceremony was delayed by two months and was inevitably different. At Union Station, nominees walked an unusually sparse red carpet before sitting, spaced out but mostly mask less, in one of the station’s converted halls.
- Nomadland wins best film, best director and best actress
- Chloe Zhao is the first woman of colour to win best director and only the second woman ever to win.
- Frances McDormand is named best actress, also for Nomadland – her third win in that category
- Sir Anthony Hopkins wins best actor for The Father, the late Chadwick Boseman had been tipped to win
- Daniel Kaluuya honoured with best supporting actor award for Judas and the Black Messiah
- Other British winners include Emerald Fennell for best screenplay
- Yuh-Jung Youn wins best supporting actress, the first Korean performer to win an acting Oscar
- Soul lands best animated film and best original score
- This year’s event was the most diverse Oscars ever, with nine of the 20 acting nominees from ethnic minority backgrounds
Nomadland’s Chloe Zhao made history as the first woman of colour and second woman to win best director.
Sir Anthony, 83, is the oldest winner of best actor, while Kaluuya is the first black British actor to win an Oscar – for the best supporting award.
British actress-turned-writer/director Emerald Fennell won a screenplay award.
She won best original screenplay for Promising Young Woman, which she also directed.
Frances McDormand won best actress for her role in Nomadland, while veteran South Korean actress Yuh-Jung Youn won best supporting actress for Minari.
The trophies were handed out in one of the grand halls at Los Angeles’s stylish Union Station to allow for a Covid-safe ceremony, while many UK-based nominees were at a venue in London – although Sir Anthony was at neither.
Absent Sir Anthony beats Boseman
Sir Anthony won best actor for his masterful performance as a man suffering with dementia in The Father, 29 years after he won his first Oscar for The Silence of the Lambs.
His victory was the biggest surprise of the night. The award had been tipped to go to the late Chadwick Boseman, who died at the age of 43 last August, for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
It was perhaps a surprise to Sir Anthony himself, who was neither in LA nor at the British Film Institute in London, the ceremony’s UK venue.
Big night for Nomadland
The slow-burning drama about a woman living in her van in the American West after the financial crash won the top prize for best film, while Zhao made history as the first woman of colour to be named best director.
The only other woman to have won the directing prize was Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2010.
McDormand, who now has three Oscars, is one of the only professional actors in the film. Most of the rest of the cast is made up of real people playing fictionalised versions of themselves.
In her acceptance speech, Zhao thanked the real-life nomads “for teaching us the power of resilience and hope”.
The big winners
- Nomadland – 3
- The Father – 2
- Judas and the Black Messiah – 2
- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – 2
- Mank – 2
- Soul – 2
- Sound of Metal – 2
Victorious Kaluuya ‘happy to be alive’
The 32-year-old Londoner won best supporting actor for his incendiary performance as Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.
“What a man. How blessed we are that we live in a lifetime where he existed,” the actor said. “I am humbled to be nominated for portraying a man whose principles I deeply respect and for guiding me to walk in his footsteps.”
Kaluuya in excitement told global audience of millions “My mum met my dad, they had sex, it’s amazing. I’m here. I’m so happy to be alive so I’m going to celebrate that tonight.”
Yuh-Jung Youn became the first South Korean actress to win an Oscar, for her role as the grandmother in Korean-American family drama Minari.
She beat Olivia Colman, Amanda Seyfried, Maria Bakalova and Glenn Close to the prize for best supporting actress. It was Close’s eighth nomination without a win. Youn said she “doesn’t believe in competition” and paid tribute to her fellow nominee, asking: “How can I win over Glenn Close?”
From Call the Midwife to the Oscars
The night’s other British winners included Emerald Fennell, for Promising Young Woman, her first film as writer and director.
Until now, Fennell has been best-known for appearing in front of the camera, playing Patsy in BBC drama Call the Midwife and Camilla Parker-Bowles in Netflix’s The Crown.
She is the first British woman to win the best original screenplay award since it was established in its current form in 1958.
The other UK winners included Christopher Hampton, who shared the best adapted screenplay award with Florian Zeller for The Father; and Atticus Ross, who shared the best score prize with Trent Reznor and Jon Batiste for Soul.
The film also won best costume design for 89-year-old Ann Roth, making her the oldest woman to win an Oscar.
A very different Oscars
The ceremony was delayed by two months and was inevitably different this year. At Union Station, nominees walked an unusually sparse red carpet before sitting, spaced out but mostly maskless, in one of the station’s converted halls.
Like last year, there was no single host, so the show was introduced by director and Oscar-winning actress Regina King, who began on a political note.
Referring to the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd, she said: “If things had gone any different in Minneapolis I might have traded in my heels for marching boots,” she said.
Most nominees and winners were there in person, but some were in London, while others appeared by satellite from locations including Paris, Prague and Sydney.