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The 2021 Oscars

A delayed movie night with themes, first-timers, fallen legends, snubs, and remote locations.

Given the COVID-19 circumstances, the Academy Awards was set at both the Dolby Theater and Union Station in the month of April, instead of February. And because of this time shift, some of the nominees and winners came out in 2021 instead of 2020. It focuses on racial and virus themes, and it even made Chloe Zhao the first Asian woman to win the Oscar for Best Director for “Nomadland.” And why not? She deserved it, because it was an instant classic. Although, it’s better to announce the Best Picture winner at the end, instead of the Best Actor and Actress categories.

Best Picture: “Nomadland”

Best Director: Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland”

Best Actor: Anthony Hopkins in “The Father”

Best Actress: Frances McDormand in “Nomadland”

Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya in “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Best Supporting Actress: Youn Yuh-jung in “Minari”

Best Animated Feature: “Soul”

Best International Feature Film: “Another Round”

Best Documentary Film: “My Octopus Teacher”

Best Documentary Short Subject: “Colette”

Best Live-Action Short Subject: “Two Distant Strangers”

Best Animated Short Subject: “If Anything Happens I Love You”

Best Original Screenplay: Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman”

Best Adapted Screenplay: Christopher Hampton and Florian Zellar for “The Father”

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

Best Original Score: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste for “Soul”

Best Sound: “Sound of Metal”

Best Production Design: “Mank”

Best Cinematography: “Mank”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Best Costume Design: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Best Film Editing: “Sound of Metal”

Best Visual Effects: “Tenet”

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Tyler Perry and Motion Picture & Television Fund

On a closing thought, Carey Mulligan and the late Chadwick Boseman are among the people to get snubbed of the Oscars, and it’s upsetting for those who wanted them to win, but Hopkins and McDormand both exceeded our wildest expectations. For all the reasons, hopefully next year’s Oscars and Golden Globes will both be more coordinated.

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