At the top of the longest Oscar race in historical past and 14 months of turmoil for Hollywood, the Academy Awards on Sunday night time adopted a unique script in its 93rd 12 months.
Producers of the present, together with director Steven Soderbergh, had mentioned they had been taking pictures for a ceremony that appeared extra like a film than a TV present. The night kicked off in a cinematic model with an extended monitoring shot of Regina King striding into Union Station in Los Angeles. Credits listed the nominees and presenters who could be “starring” within the night time’s present.
received greatest director for “Nomadland,” an exploration of the American West with a meditative tone and a roiling efficiency by best-actress nominee Frances McDormand. She is simply the second lady (after
) to win an Academy Award for directing. The Beijing-born Ms. Zhao can be the primary Asian lady to win. In her acceptance speech she quoted a Chinese poem she realized as a baby and urged folks to “hold out for the goodness” in themselves and others.
After a streak of different award wins, “Judas and the Black Messiah” star Daniel Kaluuya received greatest supporting actor for his portrayal of slain Black Panther chief Fred Hampton. His competitors included his co-star within the movie, LaKeith Stanfield, who performed the FBI informant who helped set Hampton up.
Earlier within the ceremony “Promising Young Woman” author and director Emerald Fennell received for greatest unique screenplay. Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton for greatest tailored screenplay for “The Father,” and greatest worldwide function went to the Danish movie “Another Round.”
After months of awards reveals held through Zoom, Hollywood marked a return to in-person glitz for the Oscars. The pink carpet procession and interviews (performed at a protected distance) unfolded at a dressed up Union Station in Los Angeles, turning a working transit hub into a celebrity staging ground.
The setting was simply certainly one of many adjustments deliberate for the Oscar telecast following the trade’s tumultuous pandemic 12 months. Nominees for greatest unique music had been introduced within the pre-show as an alternative of the principle ceremony. Most of the performances—greatest supporting actor nominee Leslie Odom Jr. singing solo, 12-time nominee Diane Warren at a pink grand piano—had been pre-recorded on the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, permitting the academy to indicate off its long-in-the-works constructing challenge.
From Iceland got here a rendition of “Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest,” that includes singer Molly Sandén and a choir of kids in Nordic sweaters, the fruits of a unusual however aggressive marketing campaign by
to land an Oscar for the Will Ferrell comedy.
Last 12 months the Oscars ceremony performed to its smallest TV viewers ever. Producers have mentioned that boosting viewership wasn’t their precedence. (Disappointing scores appear inevitable after record lows for other televised awards shows.) Instead, their mission was to make a case for cinema itself after the big-screen expertise just about disappeared for a lot of final 12 months, and new motion pictures bought joined the overflow of content material to TV.
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