At the 93rd Academy Awards, Chloe Zhao made history by becoming the first woman of color to win the Best Director Award, while Frances McDormand won her third Best Actress award.
Besides the Oscar for best film, Nomadland Made history when director Chloe Zhao became the first sacred woman of color for best director, and the first woman to win the award since Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty in 2009. The star of the film, Frances McDormand, also won her third trophy for best actress (she had previously won for Fargo and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).
In the other major categories, Anthony Hopkins created a surprise by winning his second trophy for best actor for his role in The Father (his last victory dates back to 1992 for Thesilenceofthelambs). Daniel Kaluuya won the award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Black Panthers frontman Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah, while Yuh-Jung Youn won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a grandmother in Minari.
Emerald Fennell won the award for Best Original Screenplay for Promising Young Woman, becoming the first woman to win in this category since Diablo Cody won the same award for Juno 13 years ago. The Father, meanwhile, won the award for best adapted screenplay, with Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller sharing the award.
In the musical categories of the Oscars, HER won for the first time the award for best original song for “Fight for You”, its title taken from Judas and the Black Messiah. And Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste shared the Oscar for Best Original Music for Drunk (this is Reznor and Ross’ second Oscar win, and Batiste’s first).
Among the other award-winning films this year, Drunk, which earned Disney and Pixar a new Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and My Octopus Teacher, which won the Oscar for best documentary. In the technical categories, the story was written by Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, who became the first black women to win the award for best makeup and best hairstyle for My Rainey’s Black Bottom. And Ann Roth, at 89, became the oldest woman to win an Oscar when she received the award for best costume design, also for My Rainey’s Black Bottom.
This year, the Sound Editing and Sound Mixing categories were combined by the Oscars into a new category called Best Sound, which was won by Sound of Metal (Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Philip Bladh, Carlos Cortés and Michelle Couttolenc). Sound of Metal also won the award for best editing (Mikkel EG Nielsen), Tenet that of the best visual effects (Scott R. Fisher, Andrew Jackson, David Lee and Andrew Lockley) and Mank Best Production Design (Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale) and Best Photography (Erik Messerschmidt).
The best short film went to Two Distant Strangers, with rapper Joey Bada $$, who uses a time loop to examine interactions between black people and the police. The best animated short was awarded to If Anything Happens I Love You, about two grieving parents, and the best short documentary in Colette, on the former French resistance fighter Colette Marin-Catherine. Filmmaker Tyler Perry has also received the Jean Hersholt Award, as has the Motion Picture and Television Fund, which supports a nursing home and retirement village for seniors who have worked in the film industry.
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