- Patricia Sulbaran
- BBC News Mundo correspondent in Los Angeles
This Sunday’s Oscar awards ceremony was one of firsts.
Not only for those in charge of putting together a gala in person in the middle of the pandemic, but for a series of nominees who made history by winning the golden statuette.
The most prominent was Chinese director Chloé Zhao, who became the first Asian woman and only the second woman in the history of the award to be recognized for her directing work.
He received that and the award for best film, considered the most important of the night, for Nomadland, a portrait of nomadic life in America through Fern, a character played by Frances McDormand, who also won for his performance.
We will tell you about other first times that marked the gala and will go down in the history of some awards that have already been organized for 93 years.
The celebrated Zhao
At the age of 39, Chloé Zhao accumulated a career in independent cinema and feature films Nomadland launched her to stardom.
The film accumulated important awards at various film festivals in 2020, including that of Venice, one of the most recognized.
From there he would become the great favorite during the awards season, where he again triumphed in deliveries such as the Golden Globes and the Bafta.
Zhoe dedicated her Oscar as director to “anyone who has had the faith and courage to hold on to goodness in themselves and others, no matter how difficult that is to do.”
With this triumph, which comes 11 years after Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to be recognized as a director with The Hurt Locker, Zhao has been distinguished as one of the most talented filmmakers in recent years.
This year the director Emerald Fennell She was also nominated in that category, in which only seven women have been nominated in its history, including Lina Wertmüller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Greta Gerwig.
The crowd’s favorite
Yuh-Jung Youn She triumphed over eight-time nominee Glenn Close and three other actresses, becoming the first South Korean to win an Oscar in an acting category.
The 73-year-old actress played the endearing grandmother Soonja in the drama Threatening, which portrays the experience of a South Korean family settling on a farm in Arkansas in order to grow crops.
Her appearance on stage to receive her Best Supporting Actress statuette from Brad Pitt was one of the most special and humorous moments of the ceremony.
“Mr. Brad Pitt, nice to meet you,” she said between nervous and mischievous.
Later, from the press room, he explained: “I saw him on stage and then he said my name and I can assure you that he practiced a lot because he didn’t mispronounce it. The moment I went up, I lost track of what he was going to say. … “
In his speech during the ceremony, he thanked his two sons, “who made him go out to work. This is the result, because his mother worked so hard,” he added.
The Yuh-Jung Youn’s triumph was one of the favorites ofl public who were commenting on the gala on social networks.
The second for Hopkins
Although he was not present at the gala, the last award of the night went to the Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins for his acclaimed role in The Father (“The father”).
At 83, Hopkins became the oldest actor to win an Oscar on Sunday.
Surprisingly, it is only the second statuette that he gets. The previous one was in 1991 for his famous role in “The Silence of the Innocents.”
Awards experts inferred that the award would go to the late actor Chadwick Boseman, as had happened in previous ceremonies.
In The Father, Hopkins plays Anthony, an 80-year-old man facing progressive memory loss.
The screenwriter of the feature film was also recognized for his work adapting a play to the cinema.
“Someday it will be normal”
Mia Neal y Jamika Wilson went down in history this Sunday as the first black women to win an Oscar in the hairstyle and makeup category for their work on Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (“The Mother of the Blues”).
In a powerful speech, Neal recalled his grandfather, who was the victim of discrimination in America, adding: “Together with Jamika, we broke this glass ceiling with great enthusiasm for the future.”
“Because I can imagine black trans women standing here, and Asian sisters and Latina sisters and indigenous women and I know that one day it will not be unusual or extraordinary; it will just be normal.”
Neal and Wilson were recognized for their hairstyles in the film, while Sergio López-Rivera for their makeup work.
It was the first time that black women received nominations in that category.
Ann Roth, the legendary designer
American costume designer Ann Roth, who was not present at the ceremony, won the Oscar in the costume category and thus became the oldest female winner in the history of the award.
Introducing his work, actor Don Cheadle said that while reading the film scripts, Roth “wondered about the characters like, ‘When she goes to bed, where are the clothes? Do they fall on the floor? The icing? ‘ From there, Ann builds the costumes that define the character. “
Roth had joined the select group of three Oscar-nominated creators at age 89.
The other two applicants previously had been screenwriter James Ivory (Call Me By Your Name) and the director Agnès Varda. They were both 89 when they were recognized by the Academy, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Roth began his career in 1957 with a Broadway theater production and has already accumulated more than a hundred credits in different productions.
In 1997, he won an Oscar for his creations for “The English Patient.”
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.