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2021 Oscar winners: Nomadland wins best picture during a very strange show

By Tim Augustin - on 26 Apr 2021, 6:17pm

2021 Oscar winners: Nomadland wins best picture during a very strange show

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The 93rd Academy Awards are over, and boy was it a strange show. Regina King (Watchmen, One Night in Miami) played host while cameras darted between various socially-distanced celebrities in the room. Unlike the 2020 Emmys, this wasn’t a video call-laden affair. These are strange times for movie award shows though, particularly since theaters were closed for most of last year. 

Still, the show must go on. Here's what happened:

  • Nomadland director Chloe Zhao dominated the show with a massive amount of wins. Zhao is now the second woman in the Oscars’ 93-year history to win an Academy Award for Best Director, and the first Asian woman to do so too. Nomadland also won Best Picture, and Frances McDormand won Best Actress for her performance. Zhao also helmed Eternals for Marvel Studios, which releases later this year. 
  • South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Minari, and delightfully expressed excitement at finally seeing Brad Pitt during her speech. Minari was produced by Plan B Entertainment, a production company Pitt owns.
  • During his acceptance speech for winning the Best Supporting Actor award, Daniel Kaluuya thanked multiple people - including his parents for having sex and thus ensuring his existence. His family's reaction was priceless. 
  • While the ‘Best Picture’ award is normally saved for last at these events, the Oscars got it out of the way early. Instead, they presented the ‘Best Actor’ award to end the show, ultimately going to Anthony Hopkins for his performance in The Father. Hopkins is now the oldest acting winner in the show’s history. 
  • Seeing as Hopkins was absent at the event however, presenter Joaquin Phoenix accepted the award on his behalf and the show just… ended. Quite abruptly, too. The current theory is that the Academy expected Chadwick Boseman to win the award posthumously for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which would have been a more emotional end to the event - but that gambit failed. 
  • Oscar nominees were given an NFT tribute to Chadwick Boseman in their gift bags, and only half of its profits went to charity. Obviously, this isn’t sitting well with people on social media. 

A bizarre show all around, which falls right in line with such a bizarre year. Here is the full list of nominations and winners:

 

Best Picture

  • The Father 

  • Judas and the Black Messiah 

  • Mank 

  • Minari 

  • Nomadland – Winner!

  • Promising Young Woman 

  • Sound of Metal 

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Director

  • Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round 

  • David Fincher, Mank 

  • Lee Isaac Chung, Minari 

  • ChloĆ© Zhao, Nomadland – Winner!

  • Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

 

Best Actress

  • Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom 

  • Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday 

  • Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman 

  • Frances McDormand, Nomadland – Winner!

  • Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

 

Best Actor

  • Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal 

  • Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom 

  • Anthony Hopkins, The Father – Winner!

  • Gary Oldman, Mank 

  • Steven Yeun, Minari

 

Best Supporting Actress

  • Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm 

  • Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy 

  • Olivia Colman, The Father 

  • Amanda Seyfried, Mank 

  • Youn Yuh-Jung, Minari – Winner!

 

Best Supporting Actor

  • Sacha Baron Cohen, Trial of the Chicago 7 

  • Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah – Winner!

  • Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami 

  • Paul Raci, Sound of Metal 

  • Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

 

Best Cinematography

  • Judas and the Black Messiah 

  • Mank – Winner!

  • News of the World 

  • Nomadland 

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Film Editing

  • The Father 

  • Nomadland 

  • Promising Young Woman 

  • Sound of Metal – Winner!

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Original Song

  • Fight for You, Judas and the Black Messiah – Winner!

  • Hear My Voice, The Trial of the Chicago 7 

  • Husavik, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga 

  • Io Si, The Life Ahead 

  • Speak Now, One Night in Miami

 

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Onward 

  • Over the Moon 

  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon 

  • Soul – Winner!

  • Wolfwalkers

 

International Feature Film

  • Another Round – Winner 

  • Better Days 

  • Collective 

  • The Man Who Sold His Skin 

  • Quo Vadis, Aida?

 

Adapted Screenplay

  • Borat 2 

  • The Father – Winner!

  • Nomadland 

  • One Night in Miami... 

  • The White Tiger

 

Best Original Screenplay

  • Judas and the Black Messiah 

  • Minari 

  • Promising Young Woman – Winner!

  • Sound of Metal 

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Documentary Feature

  • Collective 

  • Crip Camp 

  • The Mole Agent 

  • My Octopus Teacher – Winner!

  • Time

 

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Emma 

  • Hillbilly Elegy 

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom – Winner!

  • Mank 

  • Pinocchio

 

Best Achievement in Sound

  • Greyhound 

  • Mank 

  • News of the World 

  • Soul 

  • Sound of Metal – Winner!

 

Best Visual Effects

  • Love and Monsters 

  • The Midnight Sky 

  • Mulan 

  • The One and Only Ivan 

  • Tenet – Winner!

 

Production Design

  • The Father 

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom 

  • Mank – Winner!

  • News of the World 

  • Tenet

 

Original Score

  • Da 5 Bloods 

  • Mank 

  • Minari 

  • News of the World 

  • Soul – Winner!

 

Costume design

  • Emma 

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom – Winner!

  • Mank 

  • Mulan 

  • Pinocchio

 

Best Documentary Short

  • Colette – Winner!

  • A Concerto is a Conversation 

  • Do Not Split 

  • A Love Song for Natasha 

  • Hunger Ward

 

Animated Short Film

  • Burrow 

  • Genius Loci 

  • If Anything Happens I Love You – Winner!

  • Opera 

  • Yes-People

 

Best Live-Action Short Film

  • Feeling Through 

  • The Letter Room 

  • The Present 

  • Two Distant Strangers – Winner!

  • White Eye

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