This is the principle of maximum watering that prevailed last night at the 93rd Academy Awards. Indeed, practically all the films nominated in the queen category of Best Picture left with at least one trophy, with the exception of The Chicago Seven by Aaron Sorkin. And these are not less than seven films which have been at least doubly rewarded. The big winner of the evening remains Nomadland by Chloé Zhao, who won the three major awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress for Frances McDormand. On the French side, director Florian Zeller won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his first feature film The Father.
After a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, the American Film Academy wanted to preserve at least part of the magic of the great annual mass of the Hollywood community. The setting was certainly different, more intimate at Union Station than at the Dolby Theater, but most of the ceremony was almost safe. The producers of the show, broadcast in France on Canal +, have thus skipped the speeches of thanks from the sofa by way of zoom, favoring the more official atmosphere of a small room in which the audience was renewed as the categories were announced.
The only error in judgment was then to place the Best Actor award at the very end of the evening, no doubt to pay a last tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who died last August. Except that the voters of the Academy finally preferred the veteran of British cinema Anthony Hopkins, absent from the ceremony.
At 83, Hopkins becomes the oldest actor to win an Oscar, surpassing Henry Fonda in the Best Actor category in The Lake House 76 years old in 1982, as well as Christopher Plummer who was 82 years old when he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Beginners in 2012. Staying away from the Academy Awards, he is the first actor not to receive his award in person since 1987, when both Best Actor Paul Newman for The color of money and Best Supporting Actor Michael Caine for Hannah and her sisters had stalled. Meanwhile, only the posthumous Oscar awarded to Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight The Dark Knight in 2009 had not been received personally.
The very big favorite in her category, Chloé Zhao is only the second victorious director at the Oscars, eleven years after Kathryn Bigelow. Nomadland also becomes the second film directed by a woman to win the Supreme Academy Award after Minesweepers. Of Chinese origin, Zhao is the third winner from Asia in the Best Director category, following Taiwanese Ang Lee (The Secret of Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi) and South Korean Bong Joon-ho (Parasite). On the side of the actress in a supporting role, the South Korean Youn Yuh-jung is only the second Oscar-winning Asian actress, more than half a century after the Japanese Miyoshi Umeki in 1958 in Sayonara.
Finally, in one evening, Frances McDormand doubled the number of her Oscars. The first actress to also win the Oscar as producer for Best Picture, she is slowly approaching Katharine Hepburn’s record, four times Oscar winner for Best Actress. For now, McDormand is pretty much on par with movie legends Ingrid Bergman and Meryl Streep, despite the latter winning one of their three Oscars for Best Supporting Actress, respectively. in The crime of the Orient Express and in Kramer versus Kramer.
Best film : Nomadland, produced by Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, soon in theaters in France
Best Director: Chloe Zhao for Nomadland, soon in cinemas in France
Best Actress: Frances McDormand in Nomadland, soon in cinemas in France
Best actor : Anthony Hopkins in The Father, soon in cinemas in France
Best Supporting Actress: Youn Yuh-jung in Minari, soon in cinemas in France
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah, without cinema release date in France
Best Original Screenplay: Promising Young Woman by Emerald Fennell, soon in cinemas in France
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Father by Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, soon in cinemas in France
Best International Film: Drunk (Denmark) by Thomas Vinterberg
Best Documentary: The Wisdom of the Octopus by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, no cinema release date in France (Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster)
Best Animated Film: Drunk by Pete Docter, without cinema release date in France (Pete Docter and Dana Murray)
Best Picture: Mank, no cinema release date in France – Erik Messerschmidt
Best editing: Sound of Metal, soon in cinemas in France – Mikkel EG Nielsen
Best Music: Drunk, without cinema release date in France – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste
Best song : “Fight for you” by Judas and the Black Messiah, without cinema release date in France – HER, Dernst Emile II and Tiara Thomas
Best sets: Mank, without cinema release date in France – Donald Graham Burt / Jan Pascale
Best costumes: Ma Rainey’s Blues, no cinema release date in France – Ann Roth
Best makeup and hairstyle: Ma Rainey’s Blues, without cinema release date in France – Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson
Best Sound: Sound of Metal, soon in cinemas in France – Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh
Best special effects: Tenet –Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher
Best short film: Two Distant Strangers – Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe
Best documentary short: Colette – Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard
Best Animated Short Film: If Anything Happens I Love You – Will McCormack and Michael Govier
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Oscars 2021: the winners – Film Review