The 93rd Academy Awards honoured movies released in a year of a global pandemic, with a socially distanced ceremony held at Union Station in Los Angeles. From Chloé Zhao’s picturesque journey through the American west in Nomadland to Emerald Fennell’s controversial rape-revenge thriller Promising Young Woman, here are this year’s Oscar winners:
Three wins: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress
This picturesque examination of nomadic life in the American West is currently the favourite, following a successful global premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Director Chloé Zhao (The Rider) adapts the non-fiction book by Jessica Bruder, and uses fictional traveller Fern to move through that remote world.
Frances McDormand has won the Oscar for best actress, and Nomadland triumphed in three of the top categories, including best picture and best director. Zhao became the second-ever woman to win the Best Director Oscar (and the first-ever woman of colour to win, too). Joshua James Richards was robbed of the Best Cinematography Oscar, with his vast, beautiful and rural visuals.
Two wins: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design
David Fincher’s Mank has won two Oscars at the 93rd Academy Awards — for Production Design and Cinematography, celebrating the film’s black-and-white photography and the recreation of 1930s and 40s Hollywood and iconic locations like Hearst Castle, aka San Simeon.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Daniel Kaluuya has won the best-supporting actor Oscar for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah.
Directed by Shaka King, Judas and the Black Messiah portrays the betrayal of Black Panthers chair Fred Hampton by FBI informant William O’Neal (played by getting Out co-star Lakeith Stanfield, who was also nominated for this award) in late-1960s Chicago.
According to Variety, the film was incredibly difficult to make. Many studios, including the risk-takers at Netflix and A24, passed up the opportunity because of the budget and subject matter.
Two wins: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor
Three decades after Anthony Hopkins’ chilling portrayal of serial killer Hannibal Lecter earned a lead-actor Oscar, the role of a man fighting dementia brought him his second trophy.
Despite his pedigree, Hopkins was a surprise winner in the top acting category.
The late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman was widely expected to win the honour, which in a very rare move by the film academy was the last to be handed out this year instead of the usual ceremony-capping best picture.
Hopkins’ win was also anticlimactic on a show where he wasn’t present to accept the trophy. Presenter Joaquin Phoenix’s reading of his name was the last dramatic moment of a most unusual ceremony.
Sound of Metal
Two wins: Best Editing, Best Sound
Darius Marder’s debut feature film explores the experience Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a punk-metal drummer and former drug user, who loses his hearing almost overnight and is forced to come to terms with his new life.
Riz Ahmed made history as the first Muslim to be nominated for Best Actor but was unsuccessful. The film won for Best Sound and Best Editing.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Two wins: Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Makeup artist Sergio Lopez-Rivera, hair department head Mia Neal, and Viola Davis’ hairstylist, Jamika Wilson, took home the statue for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, with the latter pairing becoming the first-ever Black stylists to win in the category.
Winner-Best Supporting Actress
Yuh-Jung Youn won the Oscar for best-supporting actress for her performance in “Minari” and made history by becoming the first Korean actor to win an Academy Award.
Although much of the film is spoken in Korean “Minari” is about a family from South Korea who moved to Arkansas to start a new life. It ends up being more challenging than expected, so their grandmother, played by Youn, comes to live with them. It’s also produced by the American company Plan B Entertainment, which was co-founded by Brad Pitt.
The film, as well as Youn, have received critical acclaim throughout awards season, with Youn winning a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA before her Oscar win.
Promising Young Woman
Winner-Best Original Screenplay
Emerald Fennell won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Promising Young Woman is Fennell’s feature debut and stars Carey Mulligan as a woman attempting to take revenge for the rape of her best friend in college. Fennell was previously best known as an actor, playing Camilla Parker Bowles in the Netflix series The Crown, and working as head writer on the second series of Killing Eve.
Fennell was considered a strong favourite for the award, having already won the Bafta and Writers Guild award for best original screenplay. However, she had to overcome a line-up including Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7) and Lee Isaac Chung (Minari).
The Oscars winners/nominations in full:
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7
WINNER: Chloé Zhao for Nomadland
Lee Isaac Chung for Minari
Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman
David Fincher for Mank
Thomas Vinterberg for Another Round
Best Original Screenplay
WINNER: Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman
Will Berson, Shaka King, Keith Lucas and Kenneth Lucas for Judas and the Black Messiah
Lee Isaac Chung for MinarI
Abraham Marder, Darius Marder and Derek Cianfrance for Sound of Metal
Aaron Sorkin for The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Adapted Screenplay
WINNER: Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller for The Father
Ramin Bahrani for The White Tiger
Peter Baynham, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jena Friedman, Anthony Hines, Lee Kern, Dan Mazer, Nina Pedrad, Erica Rivinoja and Dan Swimer for Borat Subsequent Movie film
Kemp Powers for One Night in Miami…
Chloé Zhao for Nomadland
Best Actress in a Leading Role
WINNER: Frances McDormand for Nomadland
Viola Davis for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day for The United States vs Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby for Pieces of a Woman
Carey Mulligan for Promising Young Woman
Best Actor in a Leading Role
WINNER: Anthony Hopkins for The Father
Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Gary Oldman for Mank
Steven Yeun for Minari
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah
Sacha Baron Cohen for The Trial of the Chicago 7
Leslie Odom Jr for One Night in Miami…
Paul Raci for Sound of Metal
Lakeith Stanfield for Judas and the Black Messiah
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
WINNER: Yuh-Jung Youn for Minari
Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Movie film
Glenn Close for Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman for The Father
Amanda Seyfried for Mank
Best Original Score
WINNER: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste for Soul
Terence Blanchard for Da 5 Bloods
James Newton Howard for News of the World
Emile Mosseri for Minari
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Mank
Best Original Song
WINNER: Fight for You in Judas and the Black Messiah
Hear My Voice in The Trial of the Chicago 7
Husavik in Eurovision Song Contest
Io Si (Seen) in The Life Ahead
Speak Now in One Night in Miami…
Best International Feature Film
WINNER: Another Round (Denmark)
Better Days (Hong Kong)
The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia)
Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Best Animated Feature Film
Over the Moon
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Best Documentary Feature
WINNER: My Octopus Teacher
The Mole Agent
WINNER: Erik Messerschmidt for Mank
Sean Bobbitt for Judas and the Black Messiah
Phedon Papamichael for The Trial of the Chicago 7
Joshua James Richards for Nomadland
Dariusz Wolski for News of the World
Best Film Editing
WINNER: Mikkel EG Nielsen for Sound of Metal
Alan Baumgarten for The Trial of the Chicago 7
Yorgos Lamprinos for The Father
Frédéric Thoraval for Promising Young Woman
Chloé Zhao for Nomadland
WINNER: Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Michelle Couttolenc and Carlos Cortés for Sound of Metal
Beau Borders, Michael Minkler, Warren Shaw and David Wyman in Greyhound
Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce and David Parker for Soul
Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance and Drew Kunin for Mank
William Miller, John Pritchett, Mike Prestwood Smith and Oliver Tarney for News of the World
Best Visual Effects
WINNER: Mike Chambers, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley and Scott R Fisher for Tenet
Genevieve Camilleri, Brian Cox, Matt Everitt and Matt Sloan for Love and Monsters
Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones and Santiago Colomo Martinez for The One and Only Ivan
Sean Faden, Steve Ingram, Anders Langlands and Seth Maury for Mulan
Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, Max Solomon and Dave Watkins for The Midnight Sky
Best Production Design
WINNER: Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale for Mank
Cathy Featherstone and Peter Francis for The Father
Karen O’Hara, Mark Ricker and Diana Stoughton for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
David Crank and Elizabeth Keenan for News of the World
Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas for Tenet
Best Costume Design
WINNER: Ann Roth for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Alexandra Byrne for Emma
Bina Daigeler for Mulan
Massimo Cantini Parrini for Pinocchio
Trish Summerville for Mank
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
WINNER: Matiki Anoff, Mia Neal and Larry M Cherry for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Dalia Colli, Anna Kieber, Sebastian Lochmann and Stephen Murphy for Pinocchio
Patricia Dehaney, Eryn Krueger Mekash and Matthew Mungle for Hillbilly Elegy
Marese Langan for Emma
Kimberley Spiteri and Gigi Williams for Mank
The Motion Picture and Television Fund
Best Animated Short Film
WINNER: If Anything Happens I Love You
Best Live Action Short Film
WINNER: Two Distant Strangers
The Letter Room
Documentary Short Subject
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
A Love Song for Latasha
The 93rd Oscars have also paid tribute to filmmakers and actors who have died over the past 14 months, since the last Academy Awards.
It was a year of profound loss in so many ways. At the Academy, we remember these accomplished filmmakers and artists,” said the Academy as it remembered the artists we have lost the world over in the past year. Indian artists Irrfan Khan, and Bhanu Athaiya were remembered, alongside Chadwick Boseman and other Hollywood stalwart.
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