Chloé Zhao’s take on grief and the ruined American dream, nabbed the top awards at the the 93rd annual Academy Awards. Nomadland took home Academy Awards for best picture, director and actress at Sunday’s ceremony.
Unexpectedly, the 83-year old Anthony Hopkins, became the oldest winner ever when he took home the prize for best actor for his role in “The Father,” notably edging out the late Chadwick Boseman for his performance as a talented jazz musician in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. This result came as a shock as many expected the Black Panther actor to repeat his Golden Globes posthumous win.
Frances McDormand was awarded best actress for Nomadland, the movie also winning best picture and he best director award for Chloé Zhao.
Chloé Zhao, who directed "Nomadland," became the first woman of color, the first Chinese woman and the second woman ever to win the Academy Award for directing. #Oscars https://t.co/0UomXdf54Q pic.twitter.com/W9EwVz93UW
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One of the most diversed Oscars to date, this year’s affair saw 9 of the 20 acting nominations going to people of color.
The Oscars have been criticised many times over the years for their “lack of diversity”, however this year’s list of nominees contained some notable firsts including an all-black producing team which was nominated for best picture and the first time two Asian actors were nominated for best actors as well as the first time two women were in the running for the best director prize, in which one of them took it home.
This year’s affair felt that the spirit of inclusion, was finally embraced.
Daniel Kaluuya nabbed the best supporting actor award for his portrayal of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.
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Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya, ladies and gentlemen.
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The first Award for best supporting actress going to a Korean, Yuh-Jung Youn won the award for her role in Minari. She is only the second Asian woman to ever win an acting Oscar.
Zhao, a Chinese, is only the second woman after Kathryn Bigelow, and the first woman of color, to be crowned best director.
Netflix proved to be the biggest winner of the night in their own right as they took home a collective seven trophies out of 36 nominations, outdoing all other studios, however failed to win the big ones; best picture, best actor, best actress awards.
According to Variety.com, Netflix managed to get awards for David Fincher’s “Mank,” the most-nominated film this year with 10 nods, for cinematography (for Erik Messerschmidt) and production design (for Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale). “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” adapted from the play by August Wilson, also picked up two Oscars: for makeup and hairstyling (with Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson the first Black women to win in the category alongside Sergio Lopez-Rivera) and costume design (Ann Roth). Chadwick Boseman was widely considered the favorite to win a posthumous best actor Oscar for his turn in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” but Anthony Hopkins landed the award for “The Father.” Viola Davis was in the running for best actress, which went to Frances McDormand for “Nomadland.”
Netflix, also managed to win the Oscars for a documentary feature, “My Octopus Teacher”, live-action short for “Two Distant Strangers” and animated short film “If Anything Happens I Love You”.