The Oscars 2021 held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and Los Angeles’ railway hub, Union Station on April 25, 2021 is the last awards ceremony of the season. The first complete in-person awards show is making fans excited to witness who will win the biggest awards of the night. David Fincher’s Mank saw the biggest lead in the nominations as the film has 10 nods, while Nomadland, Minari, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and The Sound of Metal each have six nominations.
Some of the anticipated names in the nominations include Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Chloé Zhao, Emerald Fennell, Carey Mulligan, Olivia Colman, Anthony Hopkins and Gary Oldman.
Here are the live updates along with the best and the worst moments of the Academy Awards night:
8:55 am Best Actor goes to Anthony Hopkins for The Father
While fans were not happy about Chadwick Boseman being snubbed at Oscars tonight, others celebrated, Anthony Hopkins’ win for the Best Actor category for his performance in The Father.
Hopkins, who previously won this award for his iconic role in The Silence of the Lambs, was not present to accept the award. Instead, Joaquin Phoenix, who presented the category, accepted it on the veteran actor’s behalf.
On the year they don’t end with Best Picture, the #Oscars close with Anthony Hopkins beating Chadwick Boseman out for Best Actor and he wasn’t even there to deliver a speech.
— brando (@brandotango) April 26, 2021
8:48 am Best Actress goes to Frances McDormand for Nomadland
Renee Zellweger who won last year for Judy presented the best actress award to Frances McDormand for Nomadland. Frances earlier had won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Fargo.
#Oscars | Frances McDormand wins the Academy Award for the best actress in a leading role for the film ‘Nomadaland’
(File photo) pic.twitter.com/E1CHG4e67Q
— ANI (@ANI) April 26, 2021
8:40 am Best Picture goes to Chloé Zhao for Nomadland
The major win marks Chloé Zhao’s second Oscar win for the night. The director has already won several best picture and director awards for the film throughout the season, ending it with a bang.
8:25 am The Academy pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman, Irrfan Khan and others
The Academy paid tribute to the fallen stars of the film industry from around the world including, actors, composers, editors, producers, hair and makeup artists, publicists and more. Take a look at the In Memoriam video,
8:19 am Glenn Close is winning the Oscar for audience reaction
The veteran actress showed her dance moves while in the audience and viewers are loving it.
— Joey Nolfi (@joeynolfi) April 26, 2021
— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) April 26, 2021
8:12 am Best Original Song goes to ‘Fight For You’
‘Fight for You’ by H.E.R. from Judas And The Black Messiah won the best original song. This marked her first Oscar win taking one step closer to a rare EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) status. H.E.R has already won four Grammy awards in addition to her Oscar.
8:09 am Best Original Score goes to Soul
After winning the Best Animated Feature, Pixar’s Soul also won the trophy for Best Original Score bagged by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste. Jon becomes the second African-American composer to win in the history of Academy Awards. Take a look at his speech,
Jon Batiste: “God gave us 12 notes. It’s the same 12 notes Duke Ellington had, Bach had. It the same 12. Nina Simone. And all the nominees.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 26, 2021
8:00 am Oscars Humanitarian Award goes to Tyler Perry
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was presented to Tyler Perry for his achievements and contribution to the film industry.
During his acceptance speech, Perry asked people to refuse hate in every way, shape or form. He said, “I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or Black or white or LBGTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian.”
7:50 am Best Film Editing goes To Sound Of Metal
Sound of Metal‘s Mikkel EG Nielsen wins Best Film Editing among nominees like The Father, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Promising Young Woman, and Nomadland. The win marked Sound of Metal‘s second win for the night followed by Best Sound
7:43 am Best Production Design & Best Cinematography goes to Mank
Erik Messerschmidt bagged the win for Best Cinematography, while Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascaledouble-dagger won Oscars for Set Decoration for Mank. David Fincher’s film is the second film leading with two wins for the night after Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
7:30 am Best Visual Effects goes to Tenet
— Anita Bennett (@tvanita) April 26, 2021
7:27 am Best Supporting Actress goes to Youn Yuh-Jung
Youn Yuh-jung bags the Best Supporting Actress win for her performance as an ageing family matriarch in Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari. Youn becomes the first Asian actress to win an Oscar since 1957.
Youn known as a veteran of the film and television industries in South Korea is the first Korean actress to win an Oscar. She began her acceptance speech by interacting with the presenter, Brad Pitt, as she said, “Mr. Brad Pitt, finally, it’s nice to see meet you. Where were you when we were filming?”
She added, “I’d like to thank my two boys, who make me go out and work… this is the result because Mommy works so hard.”
— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) April 26, 2021
7:15 am Best Documentary Feature goes To My Octopus Teacher
7:09 am Best Documentary Short goes to Colette
6:58 am Best Animated Feature Film goes to Soul
Soul directed by Pete Docter and co-directed by Kemp Powers, is Pixar’s first movie with an African-American protagonist, voiced by Jamie Foxx. This is not the first time, Pixar earlier had also won in the category for films like Toy Story 4, Coco and more.
6:51 am Best Animated Short Film goes to If Anything Happens I Love You
If Anything Happens I Love You has been the talk of the town since its release on Netflix. The tear-jerking short directed by Will McCormack and Michael Govier is definitely a must-watch.
— Netflix Queue (@netflixqueue) April 26, 2021
6:49 am Best Live Action Short Film goes to Two Distant Strangers
Travon Free took to the stage alongside Martin Desmond Roe for his work in the short film Two Distant Strangers. During his acceptance speech, he reminded people that an average of three people are killed by police every day “which amounts to a 1,000 people a year.” Take a look at his speech,
“James Baldwin once said, ‘The most despicable thing a person can be is indifferent to other people’s pain’…Please, don’t be indifferent to our pain.” #Oscars winner, Best Live Action Short Film, @Travon. pic.twitter.com/zecIilqGE9
— William Yu 유규호 (@its_willyu) April 26, 2021
6:43 am Best Sound goes to Sound of Metal
Sound of Metal starring Riz Ahmed follows a heavy-metal drummer and recovering addict who begins losing his hearing. The film’s beautifully designed soundscape credited to Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Philip Bladh, Carlos Cortés and Michelle Couttolenc is a rightful win.
6:34 am Best Director goes To Chloé Zhao for Nomadland
Chloé Zhao made history as the first woman of colour to win the best director prize at the Oscars. She also marked the win as the second female director to win in the category after Kathryn Bigelow.
The category had also made history last year, as Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho bagged the honours.
— MTV (@MTV) April 26, 2021
6:18 am Best Costume Design goes To Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom wins its second Oscar for the night as Ann Roth bags the trophy for Best Costume Design. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is also expected to win categories like leading actor and actress for Chadwick Bosman and Viola Davis.
6:12 am Best Makeup and Hairstyling goes to Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Among the nominees like Emma, Hillbilly Elegy, Pinocchio and Mank, Viola Davis-starrer Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom bagged the award for Makeup and Hairstyling. Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson took the stage to accept the film’s first award for the night.
Congrats to Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson! The two just became the first Black women to win the Oscar® for Best Makeup & Hairstyling for their work on MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, alongside Sergio Lopez-Rivera. pic.twitter.com/RTelg2gm2n
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) April 26, 2021
6:04 am Best Supporting Actor goes to Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya won the best supporting actor trophy for his performance as Fred Hampton in Shaka King’s directorial Judas and the Black Messiah.
In his acceptance speech, Kaluuya said he shared his honour with co-star and fellow nominee LaKeith Stanfield, who portrayed FBI informant William O’Neal. He also paid a special tribute to Hampton who was killed in 1969 and said, “What a man. What a man. How blessed we are we lived in a lifetime where he existed.”
6:02 am Best International Feature Film goes to Another Round
Another Round is a Danish release directed by Thomas Vinterberg. The film starring Mads Mikkelsen in the lead role bagged the Best International Feature Film. Director Thomas Vinterberg became emotional during his acceptance speech while remembering his deceased daughter Ida, 19, who died in a car accident on May 4, 2019. He said, “We wanted to make a film that celebrates life, and then four days after shooting, the impossible happened. An accident on a highway took my daughter away. Someone looking into a cellphone. We miss her, and I love her.”
“So, Ida, this a miracle that just happened, and you are a part of this miracle,” Vinterberg added.
5:54 am Best Adaptive Screenplay goes to The Father
Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller accepted the second award for the night. The duo won the Best Adapted Screenplay for their film The Father. It follows a man who refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) April 26, 2021
5:41 am Best Original Screenplay goes to Emerald Fennell
Emerald Fennell, who wrote the #MeToo-era revenge thriller Promising Young Woman, nabbed the first award of the night for The Best Original Screenplay.
— GIPHY Pop (@GiphyPop) April 26, 2021
5:39 am Regina King kicked off the awards ceremony with opening credits in Union Station in Los Angeles. According to reports, the event is set to be a maskless ceremony. King faced a crowd of nominees seated in tiered booths and cocktail-style tables, with no masks on. However, Zendaya and Frances McDormand could be seen donning their masks.
King also gave a special node to the Derek Chauvin verdict, saying, “I have to be honest, if things had gone differently this past week in Minneapolis, I might have traded my heels for marching boots.”
The 93rd Academy Awards was produced by Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher, and Steven Soderbergh. The producers had taken special care while hosting the awards in person amid the pandemic. All attendees were expected to submit a travel plan and go through several COVID-19 tests before they joined others on location.
The red carpet saw big faces like Bong Joon-Ho, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, Halle Berry, Harrison Ford, Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, Zendaya and others.