Road drama ‘Nomadland’ won the Oscar for Best Picture as well as best director for Chloe Zhao at the 93rd Academy Awards.
The film also won Frances McDormand her third Best Actress Oscar after ‘Fargo’ and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’.
Beijing-born filmmaker Chloe Zhao was named best director making her the first Asian woman and only the second woman ever to take home the trophy. Kathryn Bigelow was the first in 2010.
Based on Jessica Bruder’s book of the same name, ‘Nomadland’ stars McDormand as Fern, a woman who, after the economic collapse of her company town in rural Nevada, packs her van and sets off on the road to explore a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.
Veteran actor Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor Oscar for his performance as a man suffering from dementia in the relationship drama ‘The Father’.
Daniel Kaluuya won Best Supporting Actor for ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’.
South Korea continued its glory run at the Oscars a year after ‘Parasite’ with veteran star Yuh-Jung Youn winning Best Supporting Actress trophy for her role as a feisty grandmother in Lee Isaac Chung’s film ‘Minari’. The 73-year-old Youn, one of the most loved and respected stars in South Korea, became the first Asian actress to win an Oscar after Miyoshi Umeki’s win for ‘Sayonara’ in 1957.
Hairstylists Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson became the first Black women to win in makeup and hairstyling for ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’.
Ann Roth, 89, became one of the oldest Oscar winners ever, to win costume design Oscar for the film.
‘Another Round’, from Denmark, was named the Best International Feature Film.
The pandemic forced the Academy to delay its date and shift the ceremony to April even as the entertainment industry the world over grappled with shutdowns of theatres and productions.
The winners were chosen in a secret ballot by the 9,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy was founded in 1927 and is the world’s preeminent movie-related organisation.
Full list of winners:
Best Picture: Nomadland
Best Director: Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)
Best Actor: Anthony Hopkins (The Father)
Best Actress: Frances McDormand (Nomadland)
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)
Best Supporting Actress: Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari)
Original Screenplay: Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)
Adapted Screenplay: Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller (The Father)
Animated Feature Film: Soul
Production Design: Mank
Costume Design: Ann Roth (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)
Cinematography: Erik Messerschmidt (Mank)
Film Editing: Mikkel E.G.Nielsen (Sound of Metal)
Makeup and Hairstyling: Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)
Sound: Sound of Metal
Visual Effects: Tenet
Music (Original Score): Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste (Soul)
Music (Original Song): ‘Fight for You’ (Judas and the Black Messiah)
Documentary (Feature): My Octopus Teacher
International Feature Film: Another Round (Denmark)
Short Film (Animated): If Anything Happens I Love You
Short Film (Live Action): Two Distant Strangers
Documentary (Short): Colette