Oscars 2021: everything you need to know about this 93rd ceremony stamped with the seal of the pandemic

The Oscars night will be more than ever on April 25 the reflection of the film industry in 2020: transformed by the pandemic, forced to imagine new formats and explore new horizons … and probably dominated by the big favorite Nomadland.

The precious statuettes will be handed over … to a station

It is in the Union Station train station, in downtown Los Angeles, which allows greater social distancing, that most of this 93rd edition will take place, the traditional Dolby Theater being content to play a secondary role with Honorary Oscars and musical performances.

European stars who will not be able to reach Los Angeles will be welcomed to dedicated sites in London and Paris, with satellite broadcast.

“Nomadland” is the big favorite of bookmakers

A film has a good chance of winning, according to experts’ predictions. “I don’t imagine that Nomadland does not hit the jackpot. And I don’t imagine that Chloe Zhao doesn’t win the award for best director“, declares to AFP Marc Malkin, journalist with the specialized magazine Variety.”But this year has been so strange. we never know“, he tempers.

A one-of-a-kind hybrid of road movie, western, social drama and documentary that follows elderly Americans living on the roads after losing everything during the “subprime” crisis, Nomadland was celebrated by Hollywood. And Chloe Zhao’s film has dominated head and shoulders over the award season which is coming to an end – until it triumphed, on April 22, at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, awarded in the United States to independent low-budget films. .

Sacred best film, “Nomadland“also won the awards for Best Director, Best Editing and Best Cinematography, in addition to the dozens of awards he has accumulated over the past few months.

It’s folded“For the 39-year-old director, born in China, says Pete Hammond, columnist for the specialist site Deadline.”They will vote for her even if they haven’t seen the movie“.”At the moment, she enjoys great respect and she is highly regarded in the world of directors.“, confirms a voter of the Academy who asks to remain anonymous.

“Chicago Seven” could surprise

If a movie has a chance to blow victory to Nomadland, it’s Chicago Seven who created the surprise by obtaining the first prize from the American Union of Actors. It would also mark the recognition by traditional studios of the importance of Netflix, after a year when video on demand took over from theaters closed due to Covid-19.

It’s not impossible but I don’t feel like it will“, says Pete Hammond, who also cites the feminist thriller as outsiders Promising Young Woman and Minari, drama featuring South Korean migrants in America in the 1980s.

Difficult to bet on the “Best actress” category

Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, who leads the almost all-amateur cast of modern day trippers from Nomadland, is once again in the running. But this year, this category of the best actress is “very volatile” and “can go all over the place“, believes Hammond, who notes that the five candidates, including Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Blues) and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman), won major awards earlier in the season.

Viola Davis’ on-screen partner Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer last summer before the film’s release in which he plays a trumpeter haunted by racist atrocities, is expected to triumph in his category. “I would probably put my money on Chadwick but there might be a surprise“, told AFP the member of the Academy.

Anthony Hopkins could make a French film triumph

Anthony Hopkins is in ambush“, notes the member of the Academy, referring to the remarkable performance of the British actor in The Father, film by French director Florian Zeller, who collected 6 nominations.

Another Frenchman in the race and it is now almost a tradition, as each year French animation is recognized and distinguished at the Oscars: Genius Loci from Adrien Merigeaud. A stunning philosophical walk with multiple animation techniques, which has toured animation festivals around the world, winning 11 awards, with the Oscar nomination crowning this flawless journey.

The selection is marked by great diversity

Daniel Kaluuya is him favorite for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor thanks to his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah, while South Korean Youn Yuh-jung is enjoying increasing popularity on the female side after the recent funny and biting speeches she gave when receiving awards for Minari according to Marc Malkin.

A historic first is therefore possible this year, with the victory of non-white artists in the four categories rewarding actors, not to mention the Asian director of Nomadland. It is the Netflix platform which should on paper win the largest number of Oscars on Sunday April 25.

The ceremony promises glamorous outfits and red carpet despite the pandemic

Pandemic obliges, the ceremony was revised downwards and the red carpet reduced to its simplest form, most of the Hollywood magnates not having even won an invitation card.

But the co-producer of the evening, director Steven Soderbergh, has promised that these upheavals will be an opportunity to deliver a show that will not look like “nothing that has been done before“The ceremony should be filmed like a movie film rather than a TV show, he said.

Organizers have insisted the stars, including Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, be in gala attire and they should be allowed to remove their masks when they are on screen. “Kudos to the Academy for at least trying to do some semblance of a live show, without resorting to Zoom“says Pete Hammond.

Best film

– The Father
– Judas and the Black Messiah
– Mank
– Minari
– Nomadland
– Promising Young Woman
– Sound of Metal
– The Chicago Seven

Best actor

– Ahmed Rice (Sound of metal)
– Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Blues)
– Anthony Hopkins (The Father)
– Gary Oldman (Mank)
– Steven Yeun (Minari)

Best actress

– Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Blues)
– Andra Day (The US VS Billie Holiday)
– Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman)
– Frances McDormand (Nomadland)
– Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)

Best Supporting Actor

– Sacha Baron Cohen (Chicago Seven)
– Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)
– Leslie Odom Jr (One night in Miami)
– Paul Raci (Sound of metal)
– Lakeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah)

Best Supporting Actress

– Maria Bakalova (Borat 2)
– Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy)
– Olivia Coleman (The Father)
– Amanda Seyfried (Mank)
-Yoon Yeo-jeong (Minari)

Best director

– Thomas Vinterberg (Drunk)
– David Fincher (Mank)
– Lee Isaac Chung (Minari)
– Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)
-Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)

Best animated film

– Forward
– Journey to the moon
– Shaun the sheep: the farm strikes back
– Soul
– The Wolf People

Best animated short

– Burrow
– Genius Loci
– If anything happens I love you
– Opera
– Yes-people

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Oscars 2021: everything you need to know about this 93rd ceremony stamped with the seal of the pandemic