The 2021 Academy Awards

Oscars 2021: Award Season Reaches Its Climax with Historic Wins

The 2021 award season reached its peak last night with the highly- anticipated Academy Awards— also known as the Oscars. Like other prominent awards like the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards and Grammy Awards, the Osars took a different form this year, due to the pandemic.

The show took place at two venues simultaneously- the Dolby Theatre and the Union Station. Unlike other award shows, however, the winners were not required to attend or give their acceptance speeches via the video conferencing app.

Despite the new structure, the event gave us some historical wins and memorable moments. In case you missed the show, here’s a recap:

All Hail The Record Breakers!

Chloe Zhao

Chloe Zhao’s critically-acclaimed film ‘Nomadland’ won Best Picture at the Academy Awards as she won Best Director, making her the first Asian woman to win in this category and the second woman in history to do so. She is also the first woman of colour to ever be nominated in this category.

Anthony Hopkins

While Anthony Hopkins wasn’t at the event, he won Best Actor for his phenomenal performance in ‘The Father’. At 83, he became the oldest actor to win an Oscar in the history of the award show.

Young Yuh-Jung

Her performance in ‘Minari’—which has become a fan-favourite earned Young Yuh-Jung a golden statue for Actress in A Supporting Role, making her the first Korean person to win an Oscar for acting. Impressive!

Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson

For their outstanding work in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson won the Oscar for Makeup and Hairstyling, becoming the first black women in history to win the category. We stan these record-breaking queens!

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Here’s a list of some of the night’s winners:

Best Picture

Nomadland (Winner)
The Trial of The Chicago 7
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal

Actress in A Leading Role

Viola Davis- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Carey Mulligan- Promising Young Woman
Andra Day- The United States vs. Billie Holliday
Frances McDormand- Nomadland (Winner)
Vanessa Kirby- Pieces of A Woman

Actor in A Leading Role

Chadwick Boseman- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins- The Father (Winner)
Steven Yeun- Minari
Gary Oldman- Mank
Riz Ahmed- Sound of Metal

Actress in A Supporting Role

Olivia Colman- The Father
Glenn Close- Hillbilly Elegy
Yuh-Jung Youn- Minari (Winner)
Maria Bakalova- Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Amanda Seyfried- Mank

Actor in A Supporting Role

Daniel Kaluuya- Judas and The Black Messiah- Judas and The Black Messiah (Winner)
Lakeith Stanfield- Judas and The Black Messiah
Paul Raci- Sound of Metal
Sacha Baron Cohen- The Trial of The Chicago 7
Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night in Miami…

Animated Feature Film

Soul (Winner)
A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Over The Moon


Nomadland -Chloe Zhao (Winner)
Mank- David Fincher
Minari- Isaac Lee CHung
Promising Young Woman- Emerald Fennell
Thomas Vinterberg- Another Round

International Feature Film

Another Round- Denmark (Winner)
Better Days- Hong Kong
Collective- Romania
The Man Who Sold His Skin- Tunisia
Quo Vadis, Aida?- Bosnia and Herzegovina

Music (Original Score)

Fight for You (Winner)
from Judas and the Black Messiah; Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

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Hear My Voice
from The Trial of the Chicago 7; Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite

from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga; Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson

Io Si (Seen)
from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se); Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini
Speak Now
from One Night in Miami…; Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth

For the full list of nominees, visit The Oscars website!

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