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2021 Academy Award Winners

Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:16 PM

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The Oscars award ceremony was held Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and was televised live on ABC starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

The nominations for the 93rd annual Academy Awards were announced Monday, March 15, 2021 by actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas and singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas. Broadcasting live from London, they announced the nominees in 23 categories.

I thought the way they handled the ceremony this year was very good. Hopefully, they will integrate some of the things they did this year in future ceremonies. I liked that they emphasized the legacy of movies in the lives of those involved in the industry, as well as society in general. The number of host-led comedy routines was kept to a minimum, and Glenn Close proved her knowledge of music in the movies, and even demonstrated her dance moves.

The "In Memoriam" segment went by way too quickly, with some names fading so quickly that you couldn't even read it before it was gone. The Academy website has a special In Memoriam section that helps fill out what should have been a better dedication to those from the movie industry we lost in the past year.

As always, the ceremony ended quite abruptly. This seems odd for a ceremony celebrating industry achievements, when they run out the door as if they overstayed their welcome and couldn't figure out how to make a graceful exit. It could be something as simple as a final statement by someone thanking everyone for coming or Frances McDormand's appeal to everyone to see Nomadland on the biggest screen possible, and to take everyone out to a movie theater to watch all the nominated movies.

Some of these movies are playing in theaters, while many have already made it to home video. Being nominated usually causes some of them to make a return appearance in theaters, and winning usually causes a return engagement for at least the top-line award winners. Head over to the Academy Award® Winners and Nominees page to see where and when they're playing!

Academy Award Winners - By Category

Best motion picture of the year

Nomadland Movie PosterNomadland (Searchlight)
A Highwayman/Hear/Say Productions/Cor Cordium Production
Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, Producers

Best animated feature film of the year

Soul Movie PosterSoul (Walt Disney)
Pete Docter and Dana Murray

Adapted screenplay

  • The Father (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

Original screenplay

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Anthony Hopkins in The Father (Sony Pictures Classics)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Frances McDormand in Nomadland (Searchlight)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Yuh-Jung Youn in Minari (A24)

Achievement in cinematography

  • Mank (Netflix) -- Erik Messerschmidt

Achievement in costume design

Achievement in directing

Best documentary feature

  • My Octopus Teacher (Netflix)
    A Netflix Original Documentary in association with Off the Fence and The Sea Change Project Production
    Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster

Achievement in film editing

Best international feature film of the year

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • Soul (Walt Disney) -- Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Achievement in production design

  • Mank (Netflix)
    Production Design: Donald Graham Burt
    Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

Achievement in sound

  • Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios)
    Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

Achievement in visual effects

  • Tenet (Warner Bros.)
    Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher

Best animated short film

  • If Anything Happens I Love You (Netflix)
    A Gilbert Films and Oh Good Production
    Will McCormack and Michael Govier

Best live action short film

  • Two Distant Strangers
    A Dirty Robber Production
    Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe

Best documentary short subject

  • Colette
    A Respawn Entertainment/Oculus Studios/Time Travel Unlimited Production
    Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard


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