Oscars 2021: Chloe Zhao and Nomadland lead winners with historic moment as Netflix sweeps up

Oscars 2021: Chloe Zhao and Nomadland lead winners with historic moment as Netflix sweeps up
Oscars 2021: Chloe Zhao and Nomadland lead winners with historic moment as Netflix sweeps up
Chloe Zhao scooped up the best director award, becoming the second woman in history to do so (Picture: Getty Images)

The 2021 Oscars has declared its winners, with Chloe Zhao making history as she was named best director for her work on Nomadland.

The ceremony was far from standard, with a completely pared-down audience and strict coronavirus restrictions in place.

However, not even a global pandemic could stop film’s biggest night of the year, with some awards going down exactly as expected – and others being a bit of a shock.

As well as Chloe’s best director award, Nomadland won best picture, with star Frances McDormand scooping up best actress.

Many were surprised to see best actor go to Sir Anthony Hopkins for his role in The Father, rather than the late Chadwick Boseman for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Daniel Kaluuya definitely did Britain proud, as he scooped up best supporting actor for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah – and provided the most meme-worthy moment as well as seemingly incurring the wrath of his mother with a cheeky comment in his speech.

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Nomadland won for best picture (Picture: Getty Images)
Minari star Yuh-Jung Youn at the 2021 Oscars
Yuh-Jung Youn secured a well-deserved win for Minari (Picture: AP)

All in a day’s work!

Minari star Yuh-Jung Youn picked up best supporting actress and was all of us as she got flustered over seeing Brad Pitt, while Disney’s Soul won best animated film.

As would be expected in a year when cinemas have forced to shut their doors, Netflix swept up, with Mank securing best cinematography and best production design.

Yuh-Jung Youn (L), Daniel Kaluuya, and Frances McDormand at the 2021 Oscars
Yuh-Jung Youn (L), Daniel Kaluuya, and Frances McDormand bonded backstage after their wins (Picture: Getty Images)
Emerald Fennell at the 2021 Oscars
Emerald Fennell won best original screenplay for Promising Young Woman (Picture: AP)

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and documentary My Octopus Teacher were also among the streaming giant’s successes.

Elsewhere, the unconventional ceremony, which co-producer Steven Soderbergh aimed to make as movie-like as possible, divided fans.

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While Regina King got everyone on board with her epic opening shot, and her powerful speech, things very much devolved into chaos near the end, with a slightly glorified version of Name That Tune being played live.

Some fans were also left puzzled that the In Memoriam segment was ‘speedy’ and ‘upbeat’.

The whole ceremony was definitely an experience – while some loved the movie feel, others have their fingers crossed that standard ceremonies will return from next year onwards.

Either way, here’s hoping the winners can still celebrate in style!

Oscars 2021 winners

Best picture: Nomadland

Best actor: Sir Anthony Hopkins (The Father)

Best supporting actor: Daniel Kaluuya (Judas And The Black Messiah)

Best actress: Frances McDormand (Nomadland)

Best supporting actress: Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari)

Best director: Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)

Best animated feature film: Soul

Best cinematography: Erik Messerschmidt (Mank)

Best film editing: Mikkel EG Nielsen (Sound Of Metal)

Best costume design: Ann Roth (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

Best original score: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste (Soul)

Best original song: Fight For You (Judas And The Black Messiah)

Adapted screenplay: The Father – Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

Original screenplay: Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell

Best production design: Mank

Best make-up and hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best sound: Sound Of Metal

Best live-action short film: Two Distant Strangers

Best visual effects: Tenet

Best documentary feature: My Octopus Teacher

Best international feature: Another Round (Denmark)

Best animated short: If Anything Happens I Love You

Best documentary short: Colette

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Author: Louise Griffin