The most-anticipated award show of 2021 – the Academy Awards – took place on April 25 to honor the best films. Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor for his work in The Father over the late Chadwick Boseman, who died last year of cancer.
Chloe Zhao made history at the 93rd Academy Awards as the first woman of colour to win the Oscar for Best Director for Nomadland, which also won Best Picture. Frances McDormand, star of Nomadland, won her third Best Actress Oscar. Joining Chloe Zhao in the history-making category was Youn Yuh-jung, Best Supporting Actress for Minari. Daniel Kaluuya completed his awards grand slam this year with the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Judas And The Black Messiah. Best Original Screenplay went to Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman and Best Adapted Screenplay was won by The Father. Another Round, from Denmark, was awarded Best International Feature Film.
The Oscars this year were historic at several levels – for one, it boasts the most diverse list of nominees in the history of the Academy Awards; for another, in addition to the traditional venue of Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, much of the ceremony is taking place at Union Station.