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

Yuh-jung Youn attends the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, Calif. Chris Pizzello-Pool/Getty Images

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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
Mank
Minari
** 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

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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

Directing

Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
David Fincher, Mank
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
** WINNER: Chloe Zhao, Nomadland
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah
** WINNER: Mank
News of the World
Nomadland
The Trial of the Chicago Seven

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
** WINNER: The Father
(Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller)
Nomadland
One Night in Miami
The White Tiger

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Writing (Original Screenplay)

Judas and the Black Messiah
Minari
** WINNER: Promising Young Woman
(Emerald Fennell)
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago Seven

Film Editing

The Father
Nomadland
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
Collective
The Man Who Sold His Skin
Quo Vadis, Aida?

Animated Feature Film

Onward
Over the Moon
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
** WINNER: Soul
Wolfwalkers

Animated Short Film

Burrow
Genius Loci
** WINNER: If Anything Happens I Love You
Opera
Yes People

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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
Mank
Minari
News of the World
** WINNER: Soul

Sound

Greyhound
** WINNER: Sound of Metal
Mank
News of the World
Soul

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Documentary Feature

Collective
Crip Camp
The Mole Agent
** WINNER: My Octopus Teacher
Time

Documentary Short Subject

** WINNER: Colette
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
A Love Song For Latasha

Makeup and Hairstyling

Emma
Hillbilly Elegy
** WINNER: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Pinocchio

Costume Design

Emma
** WINNER: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Mulan
Pinocchio

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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
Tenet

Visual Effects

Love and Monsters
The Midnight Sky
Mulan
The One and Only Ivan
** WINNER: Tenet

With files from The Associated Press

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