At the end of the weirdest Oscar race ever, it’s finally time to hand out the serious hardware.
Taking place primarily at L.A.’s historic Union Station (as well as from the ceremony’s usual home of the Dolby Theatre), the pandemic-delayed 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday night bring to a close a truly crazy year Hollywood would like to forget but also honor a new bunch of fresh Oscar winners with the biggest prizes in the movie industry.
Check out below all the live updates from the Oscar night pre-show and the winners from the Academy Awards ceremony (8 PT/5 PT).
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‘Mank’ cleans up in some technical achievements
It didn’t make a lot of noise during awards season, but at least David Fincher’s “Citizen Kane” origin story is getting its accolades as a technical achievement: “Mank” wins the Oscars for production design as well as cinematography.
‘Minari’ grandma Yuh-Jung Youn wins best supporting actress
“Mr. Brad Pitt, finally nice to meet you! Where were you when we were filming?” Youn quips to her trophy presenter, who was a “Minari” executive producer. The personable South Korean actress cracks about the different pronunciations of her name (“Tonight you are all forgiven”) and shouts out her fellow nominees. “Tonight I’m luckier than you. And also maybe it’s American hospitality for the Korean actor?”
‘Tenet’ nabs visual effects honor
Bad news: Christopher Nolan’s brain-twisting action thriller didn’t make a lot of money at the box office thanks to the pandemic. Good news: It got an Oscar for all its whiz-bang sequences.
‘My Octopus Teacher’ named best documentary
After the Holocaust film “Colette” wins for best documentary short, the documentary feature goes to the Netflix movie about a filmmaker who strikes up a friendship with an octopus in a South Africa sea forest.
Best animated feature goes to Pixar’s ‘Soul’
“If Anything Happens I Love You” took home best animated short while “Soul” grabbed the big prize. It marks the 11th time a Disney/Pixar project has won the category. Director Pete Docter ended his acceptance speech with a quote inspired by jazz musicians: “Whatever we have, wherever we are, turn it into something beautiful.”
‘Two Distant Strangers’ takes best live-action short
“Strangers” is about a Black man who gets stuck in a time loop reliving a deadly incident with a cop, and after speaking about police violence, writer/co-director Travon Free quoted from James Baldwin in his acceptance speech: “I just ask that you please not be indifferent to our pain.”
‘Sound of Metal’ wins the Oscar for best sound (of course)
Come on now, shame on you if you didn’t have this in your Oscar pool. This was a gimme for the amazing and innovative character study about the deaf community.
Chloé Zhao makes history as first woman of color to win best director
As expected, Zhao takes the top filmmaking Oscar for “Nomadland” and recalls a sentence that meant a lot to her growing up in China playing word games with her dad: “People at birth are inherently good.” Zhao, the second woman to ever win best director (after Kathryn Bigelow for 2009’s “The Hurt Locker”), asked the crowd to hold on to the goodness in each other. “Even though it might sometimes seem like the opposite is true, I have always found goodness in the people I’ve met everywhere in the world.”
‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ earns hair/makeup, costume design Oscars
The world of “Ma Rainey” looked so good, and two of the main technical awards go to the Netflix musical drama starring Viola Davis as a fiery blues singer. Hairstylists Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson are the first Black nominees (and now winners) in the category, and Neal celebrated “breaking this glass ceiling” for people of color when accepting her Oscar. Also making some history: “Ma Rainey” costumer Ann Roth becomes the oldest competitive female Oscar winner at age 89.
Daniel Kaluuya wins first Oscar, named best supporting actor
The “Judas and the Black Messiah” actor ran the table through award season all the way to Oscar glory for playing Black Panther Party Illinois chairman Fred Hampton. He shared the award with his castmates and filmmakers, and also honored Hampton: “Bro, what a man. How blessed we are to have lived in a lifetime where he existed. Thank you for your light. … Thank you so much for showing me myself.” He also found some time to embarrass family members: “My mum, my dad, they had sex, that’s amazing.”
Best international film goes to ‘Another Round’
If you’ve seen the scenes of Mads Mikkelsen dancing around with a beer, it’s from this great, uplifting Danish movie that’s now an Oscar winner. “This is something I’ve always imagined since I was 5,” director Thomas Vinterberg says in his acceptance speech. “Now here I am. It’s real.” He also thanks his star: “Mads, you gave us your finest.” Vinterberg tears up talking about the death of his daughter before filming the movie, in which she was supposed to have a role: “We ended up making this movie for her, her monument.”
‘The Father’ snags adapted screenplay honors for Florian Zeller
“It’s such a great joy and such a great honor,” says French director and co-writer Florian Zeller, who adapted the drama about a man with dementia from his own play with Christopher Hampton. Zeller also thanked his star, Anthony Hopkins: “I wrote the script for him. To me he’s the greatest living actor.”
Emerald Fennell wins best original screenplay for ‘Promising Young Woman’
The British filmmaker gets the first award of the night. “I didn’t think this would ever happen,” Fennell says, hoisting her award: “He’s so heavy and so cold.” She shouts out Zack Morris from “Saved by the Bell” when trying not to cry, as well as her cast and crew. “They just made me look good.”
Regina King kicks things off to begin the Oscars
The “One Night in Miami” director starts the show a little political – “If things had gone differently this last week (with the Derek Chauvin trial), I might have traded in heels for marching boots,” she says – but then gets into how the movies helped us over the last pandemic year. She runs down all the masks and protocols they’re doing to present the Oscars like a movie and hints that the night will be a celebration of a “creative family of storytellers.”
H.E.R. performs funky ‘Fight for You,’ celebrates Fred Hampton
The Grammy-winning musician starts out on the drums and then grabs a mic to sing her nominated tune from “Judas and the Black Messiah.” She’s backed by a large band and masked dancers raising their fists a la Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton, the Black Panther Party leader whose words are also celebrated during the performance.
Leslie Odom Jr. is the Oscars’ musical ringer with ‘Speak Now’
The Tony-winning performer was cast in Sam Cooke in “One Night in Miami” – and played Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” – so you know he’s got some pipes. And the double Oscar nominee (for song and supporting actor) kills it again on the pre-show singing “Speak Now” from “Miami.” Hoping he’s back here sooner than later to entertain a live Academy crowd.
Celeste says ‘Hear My Voice’ to the masses
Next up on the parade of original song nominees was the tune from Aaron Sorkin’s best picture contender “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” British singer-songwriter Celeste sings, songwriting partner Daniel Pemberton plays piano, and the throwback soul tune rocks.
Diane Warren back in the Oscar mix with ‘Io Si’
Laura Pausini gets a little orchestra – plus legendary songwriter Diane Warren on piano – for her performance of original song nominee “Io Si” (from “The Life Ahead”). Maybe this is Warren’s lucky night: She’s been nominated for 12 Oscars (going back to “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from 1987’s “Mannequin”) but is still seeking her first win.
‘Husavik’ is the Icelandic song to give you all the feels
“Eurovision Song Contest: The Legend of Fire Saga” wasn’t good for much but it did give us original song nominee “Húsavík.” Swedish singer Molly Sandén recorded her pre-show performance in actual Húsavík, Iceland, and if you didn’t love her backup children’s choir in sweaters, you might not have a soul.
Guys are stepping up this year on the red carpet
Usually the women are the most glam on the carpet, but the 2021 dude contingent has it going on, from Leslie Odom Jr.’s gold tux to Colman Domingo’s pink suit to the adorable Alan Kim, who is rocking some cool socks. Check out all the best looks in our red carpet gallery.
A Viola Davis win would make Oscar history
Davis, who plays the title blues singer of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” would be the first Black woman with two wins in the acting categories if she’s victorious in best actress. (She previously won in 2017 for “Fences.”) There’s no clear frontrunner in her race, though, as multiple Oscar winner Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”), Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) and Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holliday”) have all picked up honors this awards season.
Will Oscar honor the late Chadwick Boseman?
Most signs point to “yes”: After his acclaimed performance in Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Boseman is the favorite for best actor – and would be only the third posthumous acting honoree in Oscar history – though “The Father” thespian Anthony Hopkins looms as a spoiler.
‘Nomadland’ is favored for best picture
Maybe Oscar pundits and voters are just missing the travel but Chloe Zhao’s road-trip “Nomadland” appears to be in the pole position for best picture. However, it faces competition from Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” the Korean family story “Minari” and revenge thriller “Promising Young Woman” with Carey Mulligan.
Here’s the skinny on how to watch the Oscars
Sunday’s Academy Awards air on ABC and also are viewable on the ABC app. Or you can stream the event on The Roku Channel, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV. But if you yearn for even more Oscar content, the Academy’s Facebook page will offer live interviews with Oscar winners fresh off the stage, while the Academy’s Instagram feed will feature exclusive photo sessions and pics from the Oscars red carpet.
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