Academy Awards 2021 live updates and winners list!

By Alexandra Heilbron on April 25, 2021 | 3 Comments

The 93rd Academy Awards are here! We’ll be updating over the course of the evening as the winners are announced and a full list will be available as soon as the ceremony comes to an end.

Make sure to download our Oscars 2021 score sheet to keep track of all of the winners!

The ceremony kicked off with Regina King walking into a small auditorium with a select audience of presenters and nominees. She pointed out that no one was wearing a mask, explaining that they were able to do it the same way it’s done on a film set, by following the same strict COVID-19 protocols and by wearing masks when the cameras were not rolling.

The first winners announced were for Original Screenplay  (Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman) and Adapted Screenplay (Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller for The Father).

Laura Dern came out next to present the award for International Feature Film, saying one of the first films her mother, Diane Ladd, had taken her to had been a foreign language film that went on to win the Oscar.

Another Round director Thomas Vinterberg accepted the award, telling the audience that the movie was made for his daughter, Ida, who was killed by a driver who was busy looking at his phone when he crashed into the car she was in.

Next up, Dern introduced the actors nominated for the Actor in a Supporting Role category. The Oscar went to Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah. He spoke about Fred Hampton, the real life person he played in the film, who did so much good in his 21 years of life before being killed by the police.

The awards for Costumes, Makeup and Hair were announced by Don Cheadle. Next, Bryan Cranston presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the larger (and empty) Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. He spoke of the Spanish Flu pandemic in the early 1900s, and how the Motion Picture and Television Fund was founded shortly afterwards in 1921 by Mary Pickford, to help actors and crew members who were in need. MPTF CEO Bob Bietcher accepted the award on behalf of the 70 members of the MPTF. It’s worth noting that Jean Hersholt served as MPTF’s president for 18 years, from 1938 until his death in 1956.

Bong Joon Ho, the director of last year’s Best Picture winner, Parasite, announced the winner of the Director award — Chloé Zhao for Nomadland.

Riz Ahmed announced the winners for Sound and Live Action Short, while Reese Witherspoon announced the winners for Animated Short Film and Animated Feature Film. She told the audience that the first animated picture she’d seen as a child was The Secret of Nimh, which was memorable for her because it featured a strong female character.

Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject winners were announced by Marlee Matlin. Netflix’s heart-wrenching film My Octopus Teacher won Best Documentary Feature and the directors thanked among others, The SeaChange Agency, which is a non-profit organization that works to help sharks and sea turtles, as well as other threatened marine species.

Nominated for two awards, Tenet won Best Visual Effects.

Brad Pitt announced the winner of the Actress in a Supporting Role category — Yuh-Jung Youn, who played a firecracker of a grandmother in Minari. In her acceptance speech, she first told Brad Pitt what an honor it was to finally meet him and jokingly asked him where he was while they were shooting the film. Minari, about Korean immigrants, was shot in America. She also joked that she was luckier than the other nominees that evening [because she won], then asked if maybe her win was a show of American hospitality? Finally, she told her two sons, who were watching at home, that this was the result of Mommy working very hard. She was helped off the stage by Pitt, although in a socially distanced way as he laughed and joked with her.

Mank, nominated for 10 awards tonight, just won its first and second Oscar for Best Production Design and Best Cinematography. Make that three, it just won for Original Score.

Harrison Ford shared notes that followed an early screening of Blade Runner, a movie he starred in, to show how difficult a film editor’s job can be. The winner of the Film Editing Oscar was Sound of Metal, the second win for the film tonight. It’s nominated in a total of six categories.

Viola Davis spoke of all the charity work Tyler Perry quietly does, including paying for the funerals of Black men killed by police, sponsoring 65 children from a day camp to go to Disney World, and much more. She presented him with the second Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award of the night. In his acceptance speech, Perry spoke of being homeless himself at one time, and years later, meeting a homeless woman who asked him for a pair of shoes and how he immediately took her to get a pair. He revealed that his mother taught him to refuse hate. To refuse to hate someone else because they are a different race, religion or color. To refuse to hate them because they are a police officer. He received a standing ovation for his inspiring and touching speech.

Although we’re usually treated to live performances of the Oscar-nominated songs, this year the songs were presented through videos. As announced by Zendaya, the youngest presenter this evening, the winner was “Fight for You,” from Judas and the Black Messiah.

Comedian Lil Rel Howrey played a music trivia game with the audience in attendance, playing various songs and asking if they were nominated for an Oscar, or won an Oscar. He wound up asking nominee Glenn Close to dance “Da Butt,” which was featured in Spike Lee’s School Daze. She complied, which had everyone laughing along with her.

Angela Bassett presented the “In Memoriam” video, and spoke of the enormity of the loss of over three million people around the world to COVID-19, but also spoke of those who lost their lives to racism and inequality.

Usually the last award of the night, the Best Picture Oscar was announced shortly after 11 p.m. The prestigious award went to Nomadland. Director Chloé Zhao and star Frances McDormand accepted, with McDormand repeating the wolf cry from the film.

Oscar-winner Renée Zellweger made an appearance to announce the winner of the Best Actress award — Frances McDormand for Nomadland. Last year’s Best Actor winner Joaquin Phoenix announced the recipient of the award this year — Anthony Hopkins for The Father.

And that concludes this year’s Oscars! ~Alexandra Heilbron

Complete list of 2021 Oscar nominees/winners

Best Picture
WINNER: Nomadland
The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Actor
WINNER: Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steven Yeun, Minari

Best Actress
WINNER: Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
LaKeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
WINNER: Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Best Director
WINNER: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
David Fincher, Mank
Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round

Best Animated Feature
Over the Moon
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Best Cinematography
Judas and the Black Messiah
News of the World
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Adapted Screenplay
WINNER: The Father
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
One Night in Miami
The White Tiger

Best Original Screenplay
WINNER: Promising Young Woman
Judas and the Black Messiah
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Visual Effects
Love and Monsters
The Midnight Sky
The One and Only Ivan

Best Original Score
Da 5 Bloods
News of the World

Best Original Song
Winner: “Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah
“Husavik (My Hometown),” Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
“Io Se (Seen),” The Life Ahead
“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami
“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Costume Design
WINNER: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Documentary Feature
WINNER: My Octopus Teacher
Crip Camp
The Mole Agent

Best Documentary Short Subject
WINNER: Colette
A Concerto is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
A Love Song For Latasha

Best Animated Short Film
WINNER: If Anything Happens I Love You
Genius Loci

Best Live-Action Short Film
WINNER: Two Distant Strangers
Feeling Through
The Letter Room
The Present
White Eye

Best Sound
WINNER: Sound of Metal
News of the World

Best Production Design
The Father
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
News of the World

Best Film Editing
WINNER: Sound of Metal
The Father
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best International Feature
WINNER: Another Round
Better Days
The Man Who Sold His Skin
Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Hair and Makeup
WINNER: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Hillbilly Elegy

Comments & Discussion

  1. Danielle • April 25, 2021 @ 11:36 PM

    Chadwick Boseman was robbed!!!!

  2. Jason • April 26, 2021 @ 9:38 AM

    Could Frances McDormand have looked any less pleased or grateful? She actually looked annoyed, it was like she brought her character from Nomadland to the stage to accept. Which makes me think she just played herself. No great acting job there. Someone else should have won. It’s time to stop giving out more than one award to one person if there are nother nominees who have never won.

  3. Snepts • April 26, 2021 @ 7:52 PM

    Wonder Woman 2 should have won it all.

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