The 93rd Academy Awards marked incredible moments in history even before the first award was rolled out. Right from the Oscars nominations, the Academy Awards made history this year. Read on to discover the highlights of the Oscars Awards 2021.
The Oscars 2021 was marked with iconic historical moments beginning right from the Oscars nominations. 2021 was undoubtedly the year of firsts for the Academy Awards. For instance, an all-Black production team was nominated for the best picture award, two Asian actors were nominated for the best actor award and two women were nominated for the best director award – all for the first time in the history of Oscars awards. Let’s take a look at some of the iconic moments and highlights of the 93rd Academy Awards.
1. Chloé Zhao bags the Best Director award
Chloé Zhao becomes the first woman of colour and the second woman ever to win the Best Director award for her movie Nomadland. The first woman to ever receive this award was Kathryn Bigelow.
2. Anthony Hopkins takes home the Best Actor award
Anthony Hopkins, aged 83 years, becomes the oldest ever actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie The Father. This is his second Oscar win in this category. His win left many surprised as everybody expected the late Chadwick Boseman to win this award.
3. A host of firsts for the 93rd Academy Awards
The 93rd Academy Awards was held with no host and no audience. Also for the very first time in history, there was no official winner for the Academy Honorary Award. The ceremony took place across several locations wherein the nominees were allowed to remain maskeless only while on camera.
4. Nomadland maintained a winning streak throughout the show
Nomadland won three Oscars this year, bagging the award for some of the biggest titles – Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress (won by Frances McDormand).
5. Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson also made history on this prestigious night
The hair and makeup artists of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, became the first ever black women to take home the Oscars in this category.
6. Late actors Irrfan Khan and Chadwick Boseman were remembered
The Oscars paid tribute to the memories of late actors Irrfan Khan and Chadwick Boseman in the ‘In Memoriam’ section of the ceremony. Late costume designer Bhanu Athaiya was also honoured.
7. It was The Night for Netflix
The popular streaming platform Netflix bagged seven Oscar awards out of its 36 nominations. This was majorly due to the fact that the Award’s eligibility criteria included films released on streaming services due to the ongoing pandemic.
The 93rd Academy Awards was truly a historical night in the world of global cinema. It was the night for not only people descending from Asian backgrounds but also for women of colour who rewrote history on this prestigious occasion.
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