The 93rd Academy Awards honoured movies released in a year of a global pandemic, with a socially distanced ceremony held at Union Station in Los Angeles. From Chloé Zhao’s picturesque journey through the American west in Nomadland to Emerald Fennell’s controversial rape-revenge thriller Promising Young Woman, here are this year’s Oscar winners:
Three wins: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress
This picturesque examination of nomadic life in the American West is currently the favourite, following a successful global premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Director Chloé Zhao (The Rider) adapts the non-fiction book by Jessica Bruder, and uses fictional traveller Fern to move through that remote world.
Frances McDormand has won the Oscar for best actress, and Nomadland triumphed in three of the top categories, including best picture and best director. Zhao became the second-ever woman to win the Best Director Oscar (and the first-ever woman of colour to win, too). Joshua James Richards was robbed of the Best Cinematography Oscar, with his vast, beautiful and rural visuals.
Two wins: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design
David Fincher’s Mank has won two Oscars at the 93rd Academy Awards — for Production Design and Cinematography, celebrating the film’s black-and-white photography and the recreation of 1930s and 40s Hollywood and iconic locations like Hearst Castle, aka San Simeon.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Daniel Kaluuya has won the best-supporting actor Oscar for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah.
Directed by Shaka King, Judas and the Black Messiah portrays the betrayal of Black Panthers chair Fred Hampton by FBI informant William O’Neal (played by getting Out co-star Lakeith Stanfield, who was also nominated for this award) in late-1960s Chicago.
According to Variety, the film was incredibly difficult to make. Many studios, including the risk-takers at Netflix and A24, passed up the opportunity because of the budget and subject matter.
Two wins: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor
Three decades after Anthony Hopkins’ chilling portrayal of serial killer Hannibal Lecter earned a lead-actor Oscar, the role of a man fighting dementia brought him his second trophy.
Despite his pedigree, Hopkins was a surprise winner in the top acting category.
The late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman was widely expected to win the honour, which in a very rare move by the film academy was the last to be handed out this year instead of the usual ceremony-capping best picture.
Hopkins’ win was also anticlimactic on a show where he wasn’t present to accept the trophy. Presenter Joaquin Phoenix’s reading of his name was the last dramatic moment of a most unusual ceremony.
Sound of Metal
Two wins: Best Editing, Best Sound
Darius Marder’s debut feature film explores the experience Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a punk-metal drummer and former drug user, who loses his hearing almost overnight and is forced to come to terms with his new life.
Riz Ahmed made history as the first Muslim to be nominated for Best Actor but was unsuccessful. The film won for Best Sound and Best Editing.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Two wins: Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Makeup artist Sergio Lopez-Rivera, hair department head Mia Neal, and Viola Davis’ hairstylist, Jamika Wilson, took home the statue for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, with the latter pairing becoming the first-ever Black stylists to win in the category.
Winner-Best Supporting Actress
Yuh-Jung Youn won the Oscar for best-supporting actress for her performance in “Minari” and made history by becoming the first Korean actor to win an Academy Award.
Although much of the film is spoken in Korean “Minari” is about a family from South Korea who moved to Arkansas to start a new life. It ends up being more challenging than expected, so their grandmother, played by Youn, comes to live with them. It’s also produced by the American company Plan B Entertainment, which was co-founded by Brad Pitt.
The film, as well as Youn, have received critical acclaim throughout awards season, with Youn winning a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA before her Oscar win.
Promising Young Woman
Winner-Best Original Screenplay
Emerald Fennell won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Promising Young Woman is Fennell’s feature debut and stars Carey Mulligan as a woman attempting to take revenge for the rape of her best friend in college. Fennell was previously best known as an actor, playing Camilla Parker Bowles in the Netflix series The Crown, and working as head writer on the second series of Killing Eve.
Fennell was considered a strong favourite for the award, having already won the Bafta and Writers Guild award for best original screenplay. However, she had to overcome a line-up including Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7) and Lee Isaac Chung (Minari).
The Oscars winners/nominations in full:
- WINNER: Nomadland
- The Father
- Judas and the Black Messiah
- Promising Young Woman
- Sound of Metal
- The Trial of the Chicago 7
- WINNER: Chloé Zhao for Nomadland
- Lee Isaac Chung for Minari
- Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman
- David Fincher for Mank
- Thomas Vinterberg for Another Round
Best Original Screenplay
- WINNER: Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman
- Will Berson, Shaka King, Keith Lucas and Kenneth Lucas for Judas and the Black Messiah
- Lee Isaac Chung for MinarI
- Abraham Marder, Darius Marder and Derek Cianfrance for Sound of Metal
- Aaron Sorkin for The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Adapted Screenplay
- WINNER: Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller for The Father
- Ramin Bahrani for The White Tiger
- Peter Baynham, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jena Friedman, Anthony Hines, Lee Kern, Dan Mazer, Nina Pedrad, Erica Rivinoja and Dan Swimer for Borat Subsequent Movie film
- Kemp Powers for One Night in Miami…
- Chloé Zhao for Nomadland
Best Actress in a Leading Role
- WINNER: Frances McDormand for Nomadland
- Viola Davis for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
- Andra Day for The United States vs Billie Holiday
- Vanessa Kirby for Pieces of a Woman
- Carey Mulligan for Promising Young Woman
Best Actor in a Leading Role
- WINNER: Anthony Hopkins for The Father
- Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal
- Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
- Gary Oldman for Mank
- Steven Yeun for Minari
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
- WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah
- Sacha Baron Cohen for The Trial of the Chicago 7
- Leslie Odom Jr for One Night in Miami…
- Paul Raci for Sound of Metal
- Lakeith Stanfield for Judas and the Black Messiah
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
- WINNER: Yuh-Jung Youn for Minari
- Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Movie film
- Glenn Close for Hillbilly Elegy
- Olivia Colman for The Father
- Amanda Seyfried for Mank
Best Original Score
- WINNER: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste for Soul
- Terence Blanchard for Da 5 Bloods
- James Newton Howard for News of the World
- Emile Mosseri for Minari
- Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Mank
Best Original Song
- WINNER: Fight for You in Judas and the Black Messiah
- Hear My Voice in The Trial of the Chicago 7
- Husavik in Eurovision Song Contest
- Io Si (Seen) in The Life Ahead
- Speak Now in One Night in Miami…
Best International Feature Film
- WINNER: Another Round (Denmark)
- Better Days (Hong Kong)
- Collective (Romania)
- The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia)
- Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Best Animated Feature Film
- WINNER: Soul
- Over the Moon
- A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Best Documentary Feature
- WINNER: My Octopus Teacher
- Crip Camp
- The Mole Agent
- WINNER: Erik Messerschmidt for Mank
- Sean Bobbitt for Judas and the Black Messiah
- Phedon Papamichael for The Trial of the Chicago 7
- Joshua James Richards for Nomadland
- Dariusz Wolski for News of the World
Best Film Editing
- WINNER: Mikkel EG Nielsen for Sound of Metal
- Alan Baumgarten for The Trial of the Chicago 7
- Yorgos Lamprinos for The Father
- Frédéric Thoraval for Promising Young Woman
- Chloé Zhao for Nomadland
- WINNER: Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Michelle Couttolenc and Carlos Cortés for Sound of Metal
- Beau Borders, Michael Minkler, Warren Shaw and David Wyman in Greyhound
- Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce and David Parker for Soul
- Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance and Drew Kunin for Mank
- William Miller, John Pritchett, Mike Prestwood Smith and Oliver Tarney for News of the World
Best Visual Effects
- WINNER: Mike Chambers, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley and Scott R Fisher for Tenet
- Genevieve Camilleri, Brian Cox, Matt Everitt and Matt Sloan for Love and Monsters
- Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones and Santiago Colomo Martinez for The One and Only Ivan
- Sean Faden, Steve Ingram, Anders Langlands and Seth Maury for Mulan
- Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, Max Solomon and Dave Watkins for The Midnight Sky
Best Production Design
- WINNER: Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale for Mank
- Cathy Featherstone and Peter Francis for The Father
- Karen O’Hara, Mark Ricker and Diana Stoughton for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
- David Crank and Elizabeth Keenan for News of the World
- Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas for Tenet
Best Costume Design
- WINNER: Ann Roth for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
- Alexandra Byrne for Emma
- Bina Daigeler for Mulan
- Massimo Cantini Parrini for Pinocchio
- Trish Summerville for Mank
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
- WINNER: Matiki Anoff, Mia Neal and Larry M Cherry for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
- Dalia Colli, Anna Kieber, Sebastian Lochmann and Stephen Murphy for Pinocchio
- Patricia Dehaney, Eryn Krueger Mekash and Matthew Mungle for Hillbilly Elegy
- Marese Langan for Emma
- Kimberley Spiteri and Gigi Williams for Mank
The Motion Picture and Television Fund
Best Animated Short Film
- WINNER: If Anything Happens I Love You
- Genius Loci
Best Live Action Short Film
- WINNER: Two Distant Strangers
- Feeling Through
- The Letter Room
- The Present
- White Eye
Documentary Short Subject
- WINNER: Colette
- A Concerto Is a Conversation
- Do Not Split
- Hunger Ward
- A Love Song for Latasha
The 93rd Oscars have also paid tribute to filmmakers and actors who have died over the past 14 months, since the last Academy Awards.
It was a year of profound loss in so many ways. At the Academy, we remember these accomplished filmmakers and artists,” said the Academy as it remembered the artists we have lost the world over in the past year. Indian artists Irrfan Khan, and Bhanu Athaiya were remembered, alongside Chadwick Boseman and other Hollywood stalwarts.