The 93rd Oscars ceremony handed out the awards after a year engulfed by the pandemic. The Hollywood Academy recognized the film Nomadland with three Oscars. This won the award for leading actress, direction and film. In addition, the director, Chloé Zhao, became the second woman to win an Oscar. On the other hand, actress Frances McSormand won her third statuette as a performer.
Variety of winners at the Oscars
Aside from Zhao, South Korean actress Yuh-Jung also managed to make history. She won an Oscars for best-supporting actress. Therefore, she became the first South Korean person to win the award in this category.
On the other hand, Anthony Hopkins was chosen as the best leading actor at the Oscars. Thanks to his role in “The Father” where he gives life to a man with dementia. However, the 83-year-old Welsh actor was not present during the ceremony. But actor Joaquin Phoenix picked up the statuette on his behalf. In addition, Hopkins became the oldest actor to win an Oscars in the acting category.
However, the accolade for Hopkins surprised everyone. Most people expected the Oscars to go to Chadwick Boseman for The Mother of the Blues. Apart from this surprise, the decision to leave this category for last was criticized by many people. The idea of ending this ceremony with an award for a deceased actor or someone absent, left a lot to say.
During the Oscars, Emerald Fennell also won an award thanks to Hermosa Venganza. In addition, Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller won the Oscar for best-adapted screenplay. Chile could not help but celebrate the victory of “Agent Topo”. This was nominated for the best long-length documentary. The award went to “My teacher the octopus.”
A completely different gala
The 93rd Oscars gala was held from three different locations. This was even the closest ceremony we used to be used to. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the way these events were carried out changed. For this reason, the organizers had to adapt them to a new modality.
At this ceremony, there were no appearances through Zoom. Unlike the Golden Globes or the Actors Guild Awards. However, those who did not participate in person did so via satellite. In addition, it was a completely diverse Oscars, with nominations for nine actors of different ethnic origins.
On this occasion, he joined a compliance advisor to control and prevent coronavirus infections. Also, you could not miss the usual production equipment that allows the event to be broadcast in hundreds of countries around the world.
As usual, the winners come to receive their prize and at the same time to give a short speech. Among the most talked-about speeches was that of Yuh-Jung who said he was looking forward to meeting Brad Pitt in person. Also, Daniel Kaluuya’s comment made his mother blush a bit. The actor exclaimed, “My mom and dad had sex … It’s amazing! Here I am!”
The winners of the Oscars
Best Picture – Nomadland
During the Oscars, Hollywood advocated for diversity in the film industry. One of the main engines of entertainment, explains why this topic is still relevant. The plot begins when movie theaters became a vague memory. Without a doubt, 2020 was a year where due to the coronavirus, movie theaters were kept empty. Even this season could cause a total bankruptcy in the global economy.
It is very likely that this is what led the members of the Academy to choose a film about the crisis as the winner. Nomadland won three Oscars and will be remembered forever as part of the atypical awards of the pandemic. Frances McDormand, star of the film, says: “See our movie on the biggest screen possible. And, when possible, take as many people as possible into a dark room to share the experience”.
Oscars – Best Director: Chloé Zhao
Chloé Zhao became the second woman to win a directing award at the Oscars. She mentioned: “This is for anyone with faith and who clings to the goodness that is inside them.” The first female director to win an Oscars was Kathryn Bigelow thanks to Hostile Land. However, Zhao is the first Asian and non-Caucasian to triumph in this category.
In addition, 32% of the nominees during the night of the Oscars were women. This increase, even though it is small, is very noticeable compared to other years. The 93rd edition recorded a record of female winners, 15 won 17 prizes in total. Also, this was the first time that two directors aspired to take home the award. The other candidate was Emerald Fennell. She managed to win the first Oscar of the night. All this thanks to her original script for A promising young woman.
Best Leading Actress
Frances McDormand won her second Oscars after winning the first four years ago. In addition, he has three awards after six nominations. She even stays with performers like Meryl Streep or Katherine Hepburn.
Best Leading Actor
Anthony Hopkins won the best actor Oscar for The Father. This was his sixth nomination for the Oscars. He had even already won the award for his performance in The Silence of the Lambs. Last year he was also featured in the cast category for The Two Popes.
Best Supporting Actress – Yuh-Jung Youn
The excellent South Korean actress won the award for her role in MInari. This film is admired around the world and has not generated divisions on its quality. Yuh-Jung had already achieved the Bafta and a SAG Award. For this reason, it fulfilled the predictions that placed it as the favorite in this category.
Supporting Actor – Daniel Kaluuya “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Original Screenplay – Emerald Fennell “Promising Young Woman”
Adapted Screenplay – Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller “The Father”
International Film – Another Round
Animated Film – Soul “Dana Murray and Pete Docter”
Best Documentary Feature Film – My Octopus Teacher – Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster
Cinematography – Erik Messerschmidt “Mank”
Production Design – Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale “Mank”
Soundtrack – Soul – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste
Original Song – Fight for you, “Judas and the Black Messiah” – H.E.R., Dernst Emile II and Tiara Thomas
Best Editing – Mikkel E.G. Nielsen – “The Sound of Metal”
Make-up and hairstyling – Sergio López Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson – “The mother of the blues”
Best Costume – Ann Roth – “The Mother of the Blues”
Best Sound – Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Blath – “The Sound of Metal”
Action Short – Two Distant Strangers – Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe
Animated Short – If Anything Happens I Love You – Will McCormack and Michael Govier
Documentary Short – Colette – Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard
Visual Effects – Tenet – Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley, and Scott Fisher
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