Chloé Zhao, director of Nomadland, made history as the first woman of color to win Best Director at the Academy Awards, and we’re bringing other top seven highlights from the recently concluded Oscars 2021.
From the onset, the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony fondly called the Oscars promised to be an unusual one. It was the first to be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic and also considered films spanning nearly two years — 2020 and early 2021 as opposed to the traditional one-year consideration period. Additionally, the ceremony took place in two Los Angeles locations simultaneously; the Union Station and the Dolby Theatre on 25 April 2021.
Anthony Hopkins becomes oldest Best Actor winner
Anthony Hopkins features in Sidomex Oscars 2021 highlights
Born in 1937 and turning 84 in December 2021, Hopkins won his second Oscars for Best Actor for his role in the 2020 drama film “The Father”, based on director Florian Zeller’s 2012 play “Le Père”.
He beat Chadwick Boseman who was nominated posthumously, Riz Ahmed, Steve Yeun, and 2018 winner Gary Oldman to the award.
Anthony Hopkins’ first Best Actor win came in 1991 for his portrayal of an imprisoned Dr Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs”.
Chloé Zhao historic win
The Oscars 2021 Best Director award went to Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland”, a film that she wrote, edited, produced, and directed. As already noted, the win made her the first woman of color to do so. Additionally, it was the second time that a woman would win the award after Kathryn Bigelow did so for her 2010 war thriller film “The Hurt Locker”.
Also vying for the award were Thomas Vinterberg, David Fincher, Lee Isaac Chung, and Emerald Fennell.
Zhao’s introduction to the Oscars also came with her film winning Best Picture, an honor she shared with co-producers Frances McDormand and Peter Spears. With two wins, her night at the Oscars could have been better had the film also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing, for which the Chinese film director was also nominated. With two wins and four nominations, it was an especially good night for Zhao.
Mank gets the most nominations
With 10 nominations at the Oscars 2021, “Mank” was expected to cart away the most awards. However, it got only two wins falling short of “Nomadland” 3/6 outing at the award ceremony.
“Mank” had its hand in so many jars including Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling among others. Its cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt ended up winning the Best Cinematography award while Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale won Best Production Design for their contributions to the film.
Daniel Kaluuya’s Oscars acceptance speech
It will not be the Oscars if a spinoff drama did not accompany the handing out of the award statuettes. The night’s highlight came after Daniel Kaluuya gave his speech a shocking and seemingly incoherent conclusion
“We’re breathing, we’re walking, it’s incredible. My mum, my dad, they had sex, it’s amazing, you know what I mean? And I’m here! I’m so happy to be alive!” the actor said.
It appears that he had not practiced the speech with his family before he delivered it to the whole film world because his mother’s reaction was:
— Nicole Perez (@nicole_perez1) April 26, 2021
Stylists from “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” set represent
Sergio López-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson were recognized for their amazing styling work on the stars who played the different characters in the 2020 film, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. Neal and Wilson both became the first Black women to win the Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Lopez-Rivera is well known for his work in the “How to Get Away with Murder” TV series as well.
Sergio López-Rivera, Mia Neal, and Jamika Wilson
In addition to winning the styling award, the film’s costume designer Ann Roth also went home with the Best Costume Design award.
Other notable firsts from Oscars 2021 highlights
Yuh-Jung Youn, who played Soon-ja in the drama film “Minari”, became the first Korean and only the second Asian woman to win Best Supporting Actress. Meanwhile, Steven Yeun, from “Minari” too, was the first Asian American to be nominated for Best Actor and Riz Ahmed of “Sound of Metal” is the first Muslim to be nominated for Best Actor as well.
Diana Rigg, Jerry Stiller, DMX, Sean Connery and Chadwick Boseman, Cicely Tyson remembered
American actress Angela Bassett presented the Oscars 2021 “In Memoriam” segment in honor of film stars who passed away in 2020. In place of a live performance, the organizers played a montage with a version of Stevie Wonder’s “As” in the background.
Sean Connery features in In Memoriam highlights at the Oscars 2021
Here is a complete list of all the celebrities that got memorial honors:
- Cicely Tyson – actress
- Ian Holm – actor
- Max von Sydow – actor
- Cloris Leachman – actress
- Yaphet Kotto – actor
- Joel Schumacher – director
- Bertrand Tavernier – director
- Jean-Claude Carrière – writer, director
- Olivia de Havilland – actress
- Irrfan Khan – actor
- Michael Apted – director, producer
- Paula Kelly – actress
- Christopher Plummer – actor
- Allen Daviau – cinematographer
- George Segal – actor
- Wilford Brimley – actor
- Thomas Jefferson Byrd – actor
- Marge Champion – actress, dancer, choreographer
- Ron Cobb – production designer, concept artist
- Shirley Knight – actress
- José Luis Diaz – sound editor
- Kelly Preston – actress
- Rhonda Fleming – actress
- Kelly Asbury – director, writer, animator
- Fred Willard – actor
- Hal Holbrook – actor
- Kurt Luedtke – writer
- Linda Manz – actress
- Michael Chapman – cinematographer, director
- Martin Cohen – producer
- Kim Ki-duk – director, writer
- Helen McCrory – actress
- Ennio Morricone – composer
- Thomas Pollock – executive
- Carl Reiner – actor, writer, director, producer
- Larry McMurtry – writer
- Lynn Shelton – director
- Earl Cameron – actor
- Alan Parker – director, writer
- Mike Fenton – casting director
- Edward S. Feldman – producer
- Lynn Stalmaster – casting director
- Nanci Ryder – publicist
- Sumner Redstone – executive
- Remy Julienne – stunt performer
- Stuart Cornfeld – producer
- Ronald L. Schwary – producer
- Jonathan Oppenheim – film editor
- Al Kasha – composer
- Charles Gordon – producer
- Brian Dennehy – actor
- Charles Gregory Ross – hairstylist
- Alberto Grimaldi – producer
- Johnny Mandel – composer
- Brenda Banks – animator
- George Gibbs – special effects
- Haim Shtrum – studio musician
- Lennie Niehaus – composer
- Leslie Pope – set decorator
- Joan Micklin Silver – director, writer
- Roberta Hodes – script supervisor, writer
- Ken Muggleston – set decorator
- Diana Rigg – actress
- Leon Gast – documentarian
- Anthony Powell – costume designer
- Chuck Bail – stunt performer
- Bhanu Athaiya – costume designer
- Colleen Callaghan – hairstylist
- Peter Lamont – production designer
- David Giler – writer, producer
- Norman Newberry – art director
- Zhang Zhao – executive, producer
- Conchata Ferrell – actress
- Alan Robert Murray – sound editor
- Andrew Jack – dialect coach
- Jonas Gwangwa – composer
- Marvin Westmore – makeup artist
- Pembroke Herring – film editor
- Linda Gurasich – hairstylist
- Michel Piccoli – actor
- William Bernstein – executive
- Cis Corman – casting director, producer
- Michael Wolf Snyder – production sound mixer
- Ja’Net DuBois – actress
- Les Fresholtz – re-recording mixer
- Jerry Stiller – actor
- DMX – songwriter, actor, producer
- Giuseppe Rotunno – cinematographer
- Else Blangsted – music editor
- Ronald Harwood – writer
- Masato Hara – producer
- Robert C. Jones – film editor, writer
- Walter Bernstein – writer, producer
- Sean Connery – actor
- Chadwick Boseman – actor
The Oscars 2021 ceremony was produced as a film, complete with an ensemble cast that includes 15 presenters. Its acting awards were announced last, an unusual occurrence which led to the award night ending abruptly after Hopkins was announced as the winner, and his award picked up on his behalf as he was not in attendance.
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