Nomadland wins three of the big prizes at this year’s Oscars
At a somewhat more low-key ceremony than we’re used to seeing for the Academy Awards, the 2021 Oscars held few surprises in the end, but certainly wasn’t without its historic moments.
Producing a list of winners that often closely mirrored those announced at the BAFTAS earlier this month, the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony saw Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland scoop up three of the big prizes, including the coveted award for Best Picture.
Nomadland also secured a Best Director award for Zhao, making her the first woman of colour to win the award and only the second woman in Oscars history to do so, while Frances McDormand also secured the prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role, becoming only the second living actor to have won three awards for a lead acting role, alongside Daniel Day Lewis.
Anthony Hopkins was awarded the prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his outstanding performance in The Father, directed by Florian Zeller, a deserved win that represented one of the evening’s minor surprises if only because the award had been widely tipped to be handed posthumously to the late Chadwick Boseman, nominated for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Daniel Kaluuya was also among the winners this year, following up his BAFTA win by taking home the award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah, while Korean actress Youn-Yuh-jung also replicated her success at this year’s BAFTAs by winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in Minari.
It was a similar story in the screenwriting categories too, with Emerald Fennell winning Best Original Screenplay for Promising Young Woman and the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay going to Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller for The Father.
Elsewhere there were also wins for animated musical Soul, which took home the prizes for Best Animated Feature and Beat Original Score, the latter created by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste. Reznor and Ross actually received two nominations this year, having also been nominated for their work on David Fincher’s biographical drama Mank, which secured a Best Cinematograpy award for Erik Messerschmidt.
Other winners included Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster, whose film My Octopus Teacher was awarded Best Documentary Feature, while Sound of Metal earned a pair of awards for its technical team with wins for Best Film Editing and Best Sound.
There were also awards for Tenet’s special effects team, who were handed the Best Visual Effects award, and costume designer Ann Roth, who was handed the prize for Best Costume Design for her work on Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
A full list of this year’s nominees and winners can be found on the Academy’s website.