Diversity at the Oscars

Chloe Zhao, 39, is the only other woman to receive the Oscar for Best Director in 93 Years, after Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2009. Most of the actors in her film are nomads playing their own roles. .

Frances McDormand, who excels in social roles and dramatic comedies, won the Oscar for best actress in this film, at the crossroads of various cinematographic styles, which traces the lives of people living on the fringes of society, most often in motor homes. The 64-year-old actress picked up the third Oscar of her career, thanks to her role as a surviving widow in an old camper van.

At the top of his game, the Briton Anthony Hopkins, 83, won the statuette for best actor for his role as an old man with dementia in The Father, the feature film by French director Florian Zeller which received the Oscar for best screenplay. adapted. A role tailor-made for the alert actor who collects the interpretations of characters with strong character potential.

Director Chloé Zhao and actress Frances McDormand on the set of Nomadland.

Dane Thomas Vinterberg, director of Drunk, won the award for best foreign film for his satirical comedy on alcoholism; and the Oscar for best animated film went to Soul, a fantasy film produced by Walt Disney’s Pixar Studios. It’s the story of a college music teacher who seeks to reunite his soul and body after their accidental separation just before a break as a jazz musician.

One of the main actors to represent diversity is Briton Daniel Kaluuya, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Black Panthers frontman Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah. Daniel Kaluuya has already won a Golden Globe and a Bafta in the UK for this role.

Daniel Kaluuya won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah (AP / Chris Pizzello)

Daniel Kaluuya won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah (AP / Chris Pizzello)

South Korean actress Yuh-jung Youn won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Lee Isaac Chung’s drama Minari, whose plot follows a 1980s immigrant family trying to integrate into the rural United States. Minari had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2020, winning the Drama Grand Prize from both the jury and the audience.

The Oscar for Best Original Screenplay went to Emerald Fennell for the feminist black comedy Promising Young Woman. Her film stars Carey Mulligan as a woman seeking revenge for the death of her best friend, a rape victim.

Actress Carey Mulligan (L) and British director Emerald Fennell, winner of the award for best original screenplay for "Promising Young Woman" at the Oscars 2021..

Actress Carey Mulligan (L) and British director Emerald Fennell, winner of the Best Original Screenplay award for “Promising Young Woman” at the 2021 Oscars..

Promising Young Woman had won five nominations at this 93rd Academy Award, four nominations for the 78th Golden Globe Awards and six for the 74th British Academy Film Awards, where it also won the award for Best Original Screenplay.

Thanks to these awards, the whimsical heroine film “Young Promising Woman” should propel the young British director Emerald Fennell towards a future just as promising as her peers Pedro Almodovar or Federico Fellini.

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Diversity at the Oscars

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