The Event: The 93rd academy awards finally happened after being delayed for two months because of the impact of COVID 19. This was the first time that the event was held virtually and in-person. The ceremony took place at two venues in Los Angeles, the Union Station and the Dolby Theatre.
Major winners: In films, Nomadland won the most awards of the night with three, including the prestigious best picture. Films to receive two awards were The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Mank, Soul, and Riz Ahmed’s The Sound of Metal. It is the first time since 2006 that no film won more than 3 awards.
Chloe Zhao won the best director award for Nomadland, while Anthony Hopkins for The Father and Frances McDormand for Nomadland won the awards for best actor and best actress in a leading role, respectively. Daniel Kaluuya won the best supporting actor award for Judas and the Black Messiah.
Notable Achievements: Perhaps one of the most notable achievements of the night was Anthony Hopkins becoming the oldest to win the best actor award, at 83 years old. Frances McDormand became the 7th person to win a third Oscar for acting. Youn Yuh-jung made history with her win as best supporting actress for her role in Minari, becoming the first Korean actress to do so. Chloe Zhao also achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the first woman of color to win the best director, and only the second woman in history to do so.
Memoriam and COVID-19: The event was centered around the impact of COVID-19 to the world and to the film industry. Many remembered the great sacrifice it had taken to pull off the event and memoriam was also presented to some of the notorious members of the industry that we lost over the past year.