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Oscars 2021 winners: ‘Nomadland’ wins best picture in unique awards ceremony

The Oscars ceremony certainly looked different this year, and not just because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Academy Awards were handed out in a new venue: the open, airy Union Station, located in downtown Los Angeles. As with last year’s ceremony, there was no defined host, but instead a lineup of celebrities presenting and announcing awards.

The red carpet was back Sunday, minus the throngs of onlookers and with socially distanced interviews. Only a handful of media outlets were allowed on site, behind a velvet rope and some distance from the nominees.

Casual wear, the academy warned nominees early on, was a no-no. During the Oscar pre-show, nominees gathered at an outdoor set at Union Station that resembled an open-air lounge.

Chloé Zhao took home the Best Director Oscar for Nomadland, only the second woman to ever win the award, and the first woman of colour. She is the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated and to win.

Her film won the biggest award of the night: best picture of the year.

Daniel Kaluuya won his first Oscar for playing one of the two title roles in Judas and the Black Messiah.

“I’d like to thank my mom,” Kaluuya said, as his mother teared up while watching. “You gave me everything. You gave me your factory settings. So I could stand at my fullest height.”

Yuh-Jung Youn, 73, took home the best supporting actress award for her turn in Minari — she’s the first Korean woman to win in any acting category. Her acceptance speech was one of the more animated moments of the night.

She seemed starstruck by Brad Pitt, who presented the award.

“Mr. Brad Pitt, finally, nice to meet you!” she said.

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She said many throughout the world have badly botched the pronunciation of her name, but said “tonight you are all forgiven.”

In another heartfelt moment, accepting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, filmmaker Tyler Perry urged the global Oscars audience to “refuse hate” and work harder to uplift those on the margins.

“I refuse to hate someone because they’re Mexican or because they are black or white. Or LGBTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they’re a police officer or because they’re Asian. I would hope we would refuse to hate. And I want to take this humanitarian award and dedicate it to anyone who wants to stand in the middle. Because that’s where healing, where conversation, where change happens. It happens in the middle. Anyone who wants to meet me in the middle to refuse hate and blanket judgment, this one is for you, too,” he said in his acceptance speech.

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Frances McDormand took home the best actress Oscar for Nomadland, and Anthony Hopkins won the best actor Oscar for The Father.

Award show viewership has cratered during the pandemic, and this year’s Oscar nominees — while widely streamed and more diverse than ever — lacked the kind of buzz generated in a normal year. Only time will tell how the global audience felt about the ceremony.

Find a complete list of the winners below.

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah



** WINNER: Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago Seven

Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

** WINNER: Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Gary Oldman, Mank

Steven Yeun, Minari

Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

** WINNER: Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago Seven

** WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami

Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman, The Father

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

** WINNER: Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari


Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round

David Fincher, Mank

Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

** WINNER: Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman


Judas and the Black Messiah

** WINNER: Mank

News of the World


The Trial of the Chicago Seven

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

** WINNER: The Father
(Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller)


One Night in Miami

The White Tiger

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Judas and the Black Messiah


** WINNER: Promising Young Woman
(Emerald Fennell)

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago Seven

Film Editing

The Father


Promising Young Woman

** WINNER: Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago Seven

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International Feature Film

** WINNER: Another Round

Better Days


The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Animated Feature Film


Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

** WINNER: Soul


Animated Short Film


Genius Loci

** WINNER: If Anything Happens I Love You


Yes People

Music (Original Song)

** WINNER: “Fight For You,” Judas and the Black Messiah

“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago Seven

“Husavik,” Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

“Io Si,” The Life Ahead

“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami

Music (Original Score)

Da Five Bloods



News of the World

** WINNER: Soul



** WINNER: Sound of Metal


News of the World


Documentary Feature


Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

** WINNER: My Octopus Teacher


Documentary Short Subject

** WINNER: Colette

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song For Latasha

Makeup and Hairstyling


Hillbilly Elegy

** WINNER: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom



Costume Design


** WINNER: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom




Live Action Short Film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

** WINNER: Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

** WINNER: Mank

News of the World


Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky


The One and Only Ivan

** WINNER: Tenet

With files from The Associated Press

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