Oscars 2021 Winners: Best Picture, Best Director & More

The Oscars were more or less predictable, until the twist we got at the end.

Films featured are Nomadland, Minari and The Father
Films featured are Nomadland, Minari and The Father

The 2021 Oscars are now over, and while most of the night and award winners were predictable and expected, we ended on a twist nobody saw coming.

First off, let’s talk about the history making moments that happened tonight. Chloé Zhao won the Best Director award for Nomadland, becoming the first woman of color to win the award, and the second woman ever to win in this category (Kathryn Bigelow was the first with her film The Hurt Locker). Nomadland also won Best Picture, so it was a great night for Zhao. Yuh-Jung Youn became the first Korean actress to win an acting Oscar, for her supporting role in Minari.

Daniel Kaluuya won the Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal of Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah, while Frances McDormand won her third Best Actress Oscar for Nomadland. In a shocking twist, Anthony Hopkins took home the Oscar for Best Actor, for his role in The Father. Chadwick Boseman was favoured to win the Oscar posthumously for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, so this took everyone by surprise, especially since it was the last award of the night, which is strange since that honour is usually reserved for Best Picture.

Soul won for Best Animated Feature and Score, Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round took home the Oscar for Best International feature, while Best Documentary went to My Octopus Teacher. Emerald Fennell won for Best Original Screenplay for Promising Young Woman, and The Father’s Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller took home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Sound of Metal killed it in the technical categories, winning Oscars for Editing and Sound. Despite Mank being one of the most nominated movies, it only won in two categories – one of them is DP Erik Messerschmidt taking home the Oscar for Cinematography. The reception to Tenet might have been divided, but that didn’t stop it from winning the Oscar for Visual Effects.

Here’s the complete list of Oscars 2021 winners:

Best Picture

Best Actor
Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Best Actress
Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Best Director
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best Supporting Actress
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best International Feature
Another Round

Best Animated Feature

Best Documentary Feature
My Octopus Teacher

Best Original Score

Best Original Song
“Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Original Screenplay
Promising Young Woman

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Father

Best Cinematography

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Costume Design
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Film Editing
Sound of Metal

Best Sound
Sound of Metal

Best Live-Action Short
Two Distant Strangers

Best Animated Short
If Anything Happens I Love You

Best Documentary Short

Best Visual Effects

Best Production Design

And that’s the Oscars in a nutshell.

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