After having lived a few Goya Awards, some Golden Globes and a Grammy marked by the Covid pandemic and in which the video call connections of the stars had become something of the most common, the Oscars 2021 have made us forget for a few hours the health crisis. The Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made us dream by giving us back all the glamor of the red carpet and the emotion of a face-to-face gala in which so many nominees Like the winners They have given us a moment to remember. A unique night in which we miss some of the fans of the big movie night, but in which we live unique and exciting moments that will go down to posterity.
Without a single presenter and with two main stages, the legendary Dolby Theater and the historic Union Station, the Gala had a reduced capacity – Only the nominees and their companions have attended, in addition to those in charge of delivering a statuette, such as Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Angela Basset or Zendaya, among others – the Oscars 2021 they have fulfilled all the pools and there have hardly been any surprises in the winners of the main categories.
A 93rd edition of the Oscars that lasted 40 minutes longer than planned and in which Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ has become the night’s big winner by winning the Awards for Best Film, Best Direction and Best Leading Actress for Frances McDormand. A milestone for the Chinese director, who has become the second woman in the history of the Oscars to win the award for Best Director – the first was Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 for ‘On Hostile Land’ – and the first Asian woman to achieve it.
“I have always found goodness in the people I have met all over the world.So this award is for anyone who has had the faith and courage to hold on to the goodness that is within them, and that of others, no matter how difficult it may be, “Zhao said upon receiving the award for best director.
Frances McDormand has done with her sublime interpretation of a ‘nomad’ with her third Oscar after having achieved it with ‘Fargo’ and with ‘Three advertisements on the outskirts’. The actress, who has always liked to go unnoticed and whose name is written in gold letters in the Olympus of cinema with this trio of statuettes, was emotionally grateful for her award: “I have no voice, my voice is in my sword and my sword is our job. And I like to work. Thank you for knowing and thank you for this, “he confessed.
Anthony Hopkins, absent from the gala – and who also did not connect by video call – won the statuette for Best Leading Actor for his role in ‘The father’ at 83, becoming the longest-lived interpreter to get it and prevailing over the late Chadwick Boseman, who started as a great favorite.
The Oscar for best supporting actress went to veteran Korean actress Yuh-Jung Youn for her role as a grandmother in ‘Minari. Historia de mi familia ‘, which received the statuette from a Brad Pitt – producer of the film – to whom he did not hesitate to send a compliment amid the laughter of those attending the Gala, asking him why he had not gone through the filming to know it. The best supporting actor award went to Daniel Kaluuya, for his portrayal of the leader of the Black Panthers in ‘Judas and the black messiah’ in a category that seemed ‘sung’.
There were also no surprises with the Oscar for the best international film, which went to the Danish ‘Another round (Druk)’ Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, who, very moved and unable to contain his tears, dedicated the award to his daughter, who died during the filming of the film.
‘Soul’, the Pixar film released directly on Disney + directed by Pete Docter and Dana Murray, won two Oscars, the one for the best animated film and the one for the best soundtrack for the score by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jonathan Batiste.
The Spanish flavor in the gala put it so only Sergio Lopez-Rivera, who won the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling with Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson for their work in ‘The mother of the blues’. Another of the Spanish nominees, Santiago Colomo Martinez, who was a candidate in the category of best visual effects for his work in ‘The Magnificent Ivan’, did not have the same luck, an award that finally went to ‘Tenet’.
One night in which we saw laughter, tears and a lot of sense of humor, like the one Glen Close showed when he scored an improvised ‘doggy’ with ‘Da butt’ by Spike Lee, showing off his good ‘losing’, since he has been a candidate for the Oscar 8 times and has not won any. Undoubtedly, one of the anecdotes of the Gala, which will not go down in history but has managed to restore ‘normality’ for a few hours in which we have only talked about CINEMA. With capital letters.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.