Who and what makes up the top list of Oscar Winners 2021
Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the 93rd Academy Awards review. It will take you just a few minutes to find out the names of the biggest triumphs and disappointments, winners and losers. Let us see if your assumptions and hopes have come true or fallen apart. To begin with, I must admit that this year’s Academy Awards results can be both predictable and surprising due to the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of the best picture nominees. The following wins are the result of a long-lasting struggle by women, racial and sexual minorities for greater influence in society and visibility on big screens.
The A-list of Oscar Winners 2021 is topped by the drama directed by Chloe Zhao “Nomadland”, which won the prizes for the best motion picture, director, and actress. The movie is based on the popular science book by journalist Jessica Bruder. The film stars Frances McDormand as a woman living as a nomad across America after the recent layoffs at a plant she used to work at. However, this is not the only frustration as before long her husband dies. The main character loses everything that matters in her life, and so she decides to set off on a journey in her van. The vehicle turns into a house and like-minded nomads constantly in search of seasonal work and without a roof over their heads become a new family. The movie is worth watching indeed as it also has won the Audience Award. This is a unique case in the history of cinematography that one film deserved several prestigious awards.
Best director nominees:
Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”
Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”
David Fincher, “Mank”
Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”
Thomas Vinterberg, “Another Round”
Best actress nominees:
Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”
Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”
Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”
Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”
Pixar’s jazz-inspired “Soul” was rewarded as the best-animated feature. The protagonist of the story is a middle-school band teacher in New York who has lost his zest for life. Even though his life has not quite gone the way he expected, the musician has a true passion for jazz. After a successful gig at the club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body, and so he finds himself trapped somewhere in a limbo world. To find his way back home, Joe Gardener must enlist help from the lost souls. While traveling and helping others to find their spark of life, he soon realizes what it takes to live it up. The movie sweeps you up on waves of glorious rhythms, brilliant visuals, and unforgettable characters. On the whole, the movie makes you laugh and cry while contemplating, and so we heal and reveal our souls. This is undoubtedly one of the must-watch animated movies no matter how old you are.
Best animated feature nominees:
“Over the Moon”
“A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”
The titles for “Best International Feature” and “Best Editing” were gained by Denmark thanks to “Druk” aka “Another Round”, which is a slightly flippant tragicomedy of booze and midlife defiance, based on a pseudoscientific theory. It states that to unlock one’s zest for life one must be a few drinks ahead of the rest of the world. The film tells the story of four best friends trying to cope with a midlife crisis by consistent alcohol consumption in moderation, or at least they opt to think so. In the beginning, the main characters feel at ease, they enjoy their idle life and being buzzed but as soon as they increase their dose, life seems to be falling apart, leading to irreversible consequences, and even death. At first, the movie looks like an ironic parody of what life is like in Denmark, but soon it turns into a real drama.
Best international feature nominees:
“Another Round”, Denmark
“Quo Vadis, Aida?”, Bosnia and Herzegovina
“The Man Who Sold His Skin”, Tunisia
“Better Days”, China
“My Octopus teacher” deserved to be regarded as the best documentary feature, which follows a South African filmmaker named Craig Foster as he decided to essentially ditch his own family to have a midlife crisis on the Cape Peninsula with an octopus and. The story tells about Foster deciding to freedive in a cold seaweed forest on the outskirts of South Africa in 2010. He begins filming his experiences, and, over time, a young octopus attracts his attention. By visiting his lair every day and tracking his movements every month, he gains the trust of the mollusk. In the film, Foster describes how his relationship with the octopus influenced his life, relationship with his son, and his personal development not only as a diver but also as a scientist of marine life. You will laugh and cry your eyes out as an emotionally bruised diver learns about life and loyalty from an eight-tentacled sea creature.
Best documentary feature nominees:
“The Mole Agent”
“My Octopus Teacher”
Florian Zeller’s drama “The Father” was nominated for an Oscar in 2021 in six categories, including Best Actor. Anthony Hopkins’ heartbreaking performance garnered the win even though he was not present at the ceremony or via video. The Academy accepted the award on his behalf. Zeller’s debut directorial work takes an unconventional approach to the topic of aging. The main character, played by Anthony Hopkins, gradually loses his memory, and so his daughter tries to find a nurse for him, but he rejects everyone and denies everything. The film resembles a sci-fi movie or thriller about the subjectivity of memory, solipsism, and the loss of oneself. An exclusive feature of the Father is that dementia is shown not through the eyes of relatives or other outsiders, but the patient himself.
Best actor nominees:
Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”
Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”
Gary Oldman, “Mank”
Steven Yeun, “Minari”
Youn Yuh-Jung made history with her Oscar win, marking the first time a Korean actress has won the Best Supporting Actress category for her role as the grandmother in the Korean-American family drama “Minari”. The film focuses on the story of a South Korean family moving with two children from California to the rural hinterland in the southern United States in the early 1980s. This is the first Oscar nomination for the 73-year-old actress. What is more, she was previously awarded the British Academy Awards (BAFTA) and the United States Actors Guild for her role in “Minari”. The film itself was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.
Best supporting actress nominees:
Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”
Olivia Colman, “The Father”
Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”
Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari”
British actor Daniel Kaluuya became the Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor thanks to his nuanced portrayal of the late Black Panther activist Fred Hampton in the drama, “Judas and the Black Messiah,” beating out his co-star, Lakeith Stanfield, who was also nominated in the category. Kaluuya also won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA for the same role. The film itself is an American biographical drama about the betrayal of Fred Hampton, played by Daniel Kaluuya, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in late-1960s Chicago, at the hands of William O’Neal, played by Lakeith Stanfield, an FBI informant.
Best supporting actor nominees:
Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
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”
Vote for the best picture nominee in your humble opinion:
“Judas and the Black Messiah”
“Promising Young Woman”
“Sound of Metal” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7”