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    Oscar Winners 2021

    A Turbulent Year for Cinema

    This year’s Academy Awards was different. The producers of the broadcast were challenged with filming at several locations to follow social distancing rules. The awards ceremony normally takes place at the shiny Dolby Theater in Hollywood. This year, however, Hollywood’s big night rolled out the red carpet at LA’s Union Station. Tables and seating arrangements were set up at the train station into safely-distant pods that sat just a few people. And while the event looked much different, the night was still a toast to filmmaking. Some Oscar winners were not in attendance. Some were wired into the broadcast from different states and even different countries.

    With all of the challenges, however, there weren’t any major mishaps from a technical standpoint. One thing that was noticeably different, though, was the surprise in the order of awards. I was used to the winner for Best Picture getting announced last. This time around it was announced before Best Actress and Best Actor.

    Notable highlights

    Some Oscar winners we saw coming. Nomadland snagged some big ones, as expected. With that said, there were some surprises. The award for Best Cinematography hardly ever goes out to films shot in black & white. Schindler’s List (1997) and Roma (2018) are the only two black & white films to win Best Cinematography in the last 30 years. This year, Nomadland DP Joshua James Richards was the front-runner to win. The David Fincher film, Mank, which was shot on black & white, won the award. The Oscar went to DP Erik Messerschmidt. 

    Also, the late Chadwick Bosman was the front-runner for Best Actor with his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. And, as previously stated, the final award of the evening instead went to Anthony Hopkins for The Father. All of the awards were well-deserved. However, it seemed as though the structure of the ceremony was set up to deliver the last award to Boseman, who passed away last year after a battle with cancer.

    2021 Oscar Winners

    Best Picture

    The Father

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    Mank

    Minari

    Nomadland

    Promising Young Woman

    Sound of Metal

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

     

    Best Actor

    Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

    Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    Anthony Hopkins, The Father

    Gary Oldman, Mank

    Steven Yeun, Minari

     

    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

    Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

     

    Best Director

    Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

    Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

    David Fincher, Mank

    Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round

    Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

     

    Best Supporting Actress

    Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

    Olivia Colman, The Father

    Amanda Seyfried, Mank

    Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

     

    Best Supporting Actor

    Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

    Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

    Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami

    Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

    Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

     

    Best International Feature

    Another Round

    Better Days

    Collective 

    The Man Who Sold His Skin

    Quo Vadis, Aida?

     

    Best Animated Feature

    Onward

    Over the Moon

    Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon 

    Soul

    Wolfwalkers

     

    Best Documentary Feature

    Collective

    Crip Camp

    The Mole Agent

    My Octopus Teacher

    Time

     

    Best Original Score

    Da 5 Bloods

    Mank

    Minari

    News of the World

    Soul

     

    Best Original Song

    “Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah

    “Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7

    “Husavik,” Eurovision Song Contest

    “Io Si (Seen),” The Life Ahead

    “Speak Now,” One Night in Miami

     

    Best Original Screenplay

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    Minari

    Promising Young Woman

    Sound of Metal

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

     

    Best Adapted Screenplay

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    The Father

    Nomadland

    One Night in Miami

    The White Tiger

     

    Best Cinematography

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    Mank

    News of the World

    Nomadland

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

     

    Best Makeup and Hairstyling

    Emma

    Hillbilly Elegy

    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    Mank

    Pinocchio

     

    Best Costume Design

    Emma

    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    Mank

    Mulan

    Pinocchio

     

    Best Film Editing

    The Father

    Nomadland

    Promising Young Woman

    Sound of Metal

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

     

    Best Sound

    Greyhound

    Mank

    News of the World

    Soul

    Sound of Metal

     

    Best Live-Action Short

    Feeling Through

    The Letter Room

    The Present

    Two Distant Strangers

    White Eye

    Best Animated Short

    Burrow

    Genius Loci

    If Anything Happens I Love You

    Opera

    Yes-People

     

    Best Documentary Short

    Colette

    A Concerto is a Conversation

    Do Not Split

    Hunger Ward

    A Love Song for Latasha

     

    Best Visual Effects

    Love and Monsters

    The Midnight Sky

    Mulan

    The One and Only Ivan

    Tenet

    Best Production Design

    The Father 

    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    Mank

    News of the World

    Tenet

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