3 Oscars for Nomadland, crowned Best Film, Best Direction and Best Actress

The 93rd Academy Awards were held that night in Los Angeles, celebrating the best movies of 2020 after a year of pandemic. Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” is the big winner of the evening, with 3 major Oscars.


“We are gathered for a celebration”. After an entry in sequence from the red carpet to a redesigned amphitheater and a committed speech (see the video below), Regina King opened a necessarily special 93rd Oscar ceremony, COVID obliges, designed by Steven Soderbergh as a film celebrating films.

A new form dusting off the codes of exercise, with a less spectacular and more embodied, more united, more human, more intimate approach.

“We are like on a plateau” has also announced the actress and director of One Night In Miami, explaining that the nominees present made up the cast & crew of the day, tested, respecting social distancing and without masking the time of this very special shoot, but finding their masks once the cameras are off.

This shooting, very controlled, was done without “magnetos” – or almost – and above all without a stopwatch for the winners and the presenters, allowing everyone to speak in a committed or personal way, at height of women and men of cinema.

Such as Thomas Vinterberg very moved by evoking his missing daughter or the directors of the short film Two Distant Strangers evoking police violence.

Some sequences were even interesting experiments, far from the very produced standards to which the Hollywood high mass had accustomed its viewers.

We think of a live blind-test (and a dance by Glenn Glose!), Of Bong Joon-ho telling from his native Korea how the different named filmmakers summed up their profession as directors, or to the various animators (Laura Dern, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Riz Ahmed, Reese Witherspoon, Steven Yeun, Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Zendaya, Angela Bassett, Rita Moreno, Renée Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix) presenting the categories and named them with their own passionate words.

Beyond the form, this 2021 edition has proven to be historic in its prize list. Big favorite of the evening, Nomadland allowed Chloé Zhao to become the second woman (and the very first of Asian origin) to win the Oscar for Best Director, eleven years after Kathryn Bigelow.

Her humanistic evocation of the fate of modern American nomads also won the statuette for Best Film and Best Actress for Frances McDormand. Three Oscars for Nomadland, therefore, and three Oscars for the actress, who becomes the second actress in history to glean three trophies in a leading role, behind the four awards of Katharine Hepburn.

A milestone evening also for Netflix, which dominated the nominations with no less than 37 citations. The platform, whose harvest at the Oscars had so far been rather timid (an Oscar in 2018, three in 2019 and two in 2020), leaves this year with seven statuettes that have distinguished Mank (Decors and Photography), Whatever happens , I love you (Animated short), Two Distant Strangers (Short film), La Sagesse de la pieuvre (Documentary) and Le Blues de Ma Rainey (Make-up and Costumes).

Yet big favorite, the late Chadwick Boseman, who died in August 2020, did not receive the expected posthumous Oscar, however, the Academy preferring the performance of Anthony Hopkins in the Best Actor category.

With two Oscars for Soul, Pixar studios continue to dominate the animation world, claiming the eleventh trophy for Best Animated Film in their history, as well as for Best Music. Two Oscars also came to salute Judas and the Black Messiah (Best Supporting Actor and Best Song) and Sound of Metal (Best Editing and Best Sound).

The evening was finally unforgettable for Youn Yuh-jung, who became the very first Korean actress named and crowned by the Academy for Minari. One year after the triumph of Parasite, Hollywood celebrates again the cinema of the Asian peninsula … and allows the facetious 73-year-old actress to meet in person a certain Brad Pitt, her executive producer.

On the French side, three laureates were distinguished by the Academy last night: Florian Zeller, Oscar for Best Adaptation (shared with his co-screenwriter Christopher Hampton) for The Father; Nicolas Becker, Oscar for Best Sound for Sound of Metal ; and Alice Doyard, happy producer of the short documentary Colette directed by Anthony Giacchino.


Best film

Best actress

  • Frances mcdormandNomadland

Best actor

  • Anthony hopkinsThe Father

Best Supporting Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Best achievement

  • Chloe ZhaoNomadland

Best Adapted Scenario

Best Original Screenplay

Best photography

Best Editing

Best scenery

Best costumes

Best Makeup and Hairstyles

Best Original Music

Best song

  • Judas and the Black Messiah“Fight for You”

Best sound

Better visual effects

Best animated film

Best Documentary

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Documentary Short

Best animated short

  • Whatever happens i love you

Best short film

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3 Oscars for Nomadland, crowned Best Film, Best Direction and Best Actress

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