Non-Typical Oscars 2021 And Their Very Expected Winners
The delayed Oscars 2021 finally happened but brought practically no surprises. They almost turned into a copycat of BAFTA, as the principal winners hold their firm positions throughout the award season. Moreover, it also proved the recent rule that the biggest number of nominations doesn't guarantee the largest chunk of success: out of 10 Oscar nominations Mank has won only two for Production Design and Cinematography.
This year belongs to Nomadland and its director Chloé Zhao as well as the leading actress Frances McDormand as this trio celebrated the peak of glory with the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress in a Leading Role. Zhao became the first coloured woman to receive the Oscar as the Best Director and only the second female in this category after Kathryn Bigelow who won the Oscar in 2010 for The Hurt Locker. Meanwhile Frances McDormand received her third Oscar as the Best Actress (after her Three BIllboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and Fargo (1996)) and simultaneously her fourth as a producer of Nomadland.
Probably the only surprise has caught everybody in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role where majority expected to hear the name of Chadwick Boseman being honoured with the award posthumously for his excellent work in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. The organizers of the ceremony were forecasting this, too, as for the first time in the history of the awards the announcement of the Best Actor was postponed till the very end where the Best Picture has prevailed throughout the decades. However, the judges voted in favour of Anthony Hopkins who played the role of an old man severely plunging into dementia in The Father. The same film won in the Adapted Screenplay category.
Daniel Kaluuya was the best in the category of Supporting Actor for his role of the betrayed leader of Black Panthers in Judas and the Black Messiah. A Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung became the first Korean to win an Oscar for her brilliant supporting role in Minari.
Promising Young Woman picked up the award for the Original Screenplay, and Another Round directed by Thomas Vinterberg brought the Oscar for the Best International Feature to Denmark. Soul was definitely the leader in the Best Animated Film category meanwhile Netflix's My Octopus Teacher was named the best Documentary Feature.
See the full list of nominees and winners here.