On Sunday, 25th April the 2021 Oscars ceremony witnessed countless moments of red carpet photos, couple dresses, and designer looks. The 93’rd Academy awards honored the best films of 2020 and early 2021 were held virtually and in-person at Union Station and the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, U. S. due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are some handpicked moments.
Making history at the 2021 Oscars, the 39-year-old became the first woman of color and only the second woman to win the Best Director award for her acclaimed film Nomadland. It cast the Best Actress winner Frances McDormand, who also bagged victories in the same category at the Golden Globes and the Baftas. After her first two films Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015) and The Rider (2017), Nomadland is her third film.
Tyler Perry who accepted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in Oscars 2021 made an impact with his speech that urged the audience to "refuse hate".
"In this time, with all of the internet and social media and algorithms that want us to think a certain way. The 24-hour news cycle. It's my hope that we teach our kids, refuse hate. Don't hate anybody," Tyler said, with emotion in his voice.
"I refuse to hate someone because they're Mexican or because they are black or white. Or LGBTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they're a police officer or because they're Asian," said the mogul, who famously opened up his home to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry upon their move to the US.
"I would hope we would refuse hate. And I want to take this humanitarian award and dedicate it to anyone who wants to stand in the middle. Because that's where healing, where conversation, where change happens. It happens in the middle. Anyone who wants to meet me in the middle to refuse hate and blanket judgment, this one is for you, too.”
This year at the Oscars, producer Soderbergh, unlike every year. told the winners to stretch out. “We’ve encouraged them to tell a story, and to say something personal,” he told Reuters this month. This approach did work well and one of the best speeches belonged to Daniel Kaluuya who accepted the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.
He mentioned how Chairman Fred and the rest of the Black Panthers “showed me how to love myself” and urged everyone in the room to continue their struggles And then, in a random turn of events he blurted out, “My mum and dad, they had sex!” while the camera turned to show his mother’s shocked reaction, making it an iconic moment of the night.
Yuh-Jung Youn on winning the Best Supporting Actress at Oscars 2021, became the first Korean actor to win an Oscar, and she made this a moment to remember.
“Mr. Brad Pitt, finally, nice to meet you,” she crowed to her presenter. “Where were you while we were filming in Tulsa?” (Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment produced Minari.) She also paid homage to Glenn Close (“How can I win [over] Glenn Close!“) and made Amanda Seyfried swoon by telling her and the other nominated actresses, “We cannot compete [with] each other.” But right after she admitted with a chuckle saying, “I’m luckier than you.”
Mia Neal And Jamika Wilson
Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, who won their Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling became the first Black women to win the category on Sunday night for their work on Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. They won alongside Sergio Lopez-Rivera. Neal in their acceptance speech emphasized the importance of seeing minority women on stage.
'I can picture Black trans women standing up here. And Asian sisters. And our Latina sisters. And indigenous women. And I know that one day it won't be unusual or groundbreaking. It will just be normal,' she said.
Opening the Oscar 2021 ceremony, Regina King referenced former police officer Derek Chauvin's trial after he was convicted of all charges in the murder of George Floyd giving no scope for escapism.
“If things had gone differently this past week in Minneapolis, I might have traded in my heels for marching boots,” she said, referring to the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. “I know many of you want to reach for your remote when you feel Hollywood is preaching to you, but as the mother of a Black son who fears for his safety, no fame or fortune changes that.”
Diane Warren Wears A Slogan Faced Mask
The singer and songwriter at the red carpet of Oscar 2021 paired her Valentino white suit with a face mask portraying the message 'You Are Seen', which refers to her song 'Io sì (Seen)', created for the 2020 film The Life Ahead.
Strangest: The ending
Many online were confused when Rita Moreno stepped up to announce Best Picture at the oscars when the awards for Best Actor and Actress hadn’t been given yet. Some believed that the award for the best actor has been pushed to the end as a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman who according to many prognosticators would be given a posthumous honor forMa Rainey’s Black Bottom. However, the show ended with the award being presented to Anthony Hopkins for The Father, and he was not present at the event. Thus, the end left everyone bewildered and surprised.
Here is a list of all the winners of the night:
Best original screenplay
Promising Young Woman
Best adapted screenplay
Best international feature film
Best actor in a supporting role
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Best makeup and hairstyling
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best costume design
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER
Jean Hersholt humanitarian award
MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund)
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland – WINNER
Sound of Metal
Best live-action short film
Two Distant Strangers
Best animated short film
If Anything Happens I Love You
Best animated feature film
Best documentary short
My Octopus Teacher
Best visual effects
Best actress in a supporting role
Youn Yuh-Jung, Minari
Best production design
Best film editing
Sound of Metal
Jean Hersholt humanitarian award
Best original score
Best original song
Fight For You, Judas and the Black Messiah
Best actress in a leading role
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Best actor in a leading role
Anthony Hopkins, The Father