At the end of the weirdest Oscar race ever, it’s finally time to hand out the serious hardware.
Taking place primarily at L.A.’s historic Union Station (as well as from the ceremony’s usual home of the Dolby Theatre), the pandemic-delayed 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday night bring to a close a truly crazy year Hollywood would like to forget but also honor a new bunch of fresh Oscar winners with the biggest prizes in the movie industry.
Check out below all the live updates from the Oscar night pre-show and the winners from the Academy Awards ceremony (8 PT/5 PT).
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‘Two Distant Strangers’ takes best live-action short
“Strangers” is about a Black man who gets stuck in a time loop reliving a deadly incident with a cop, and after speaking about police violence, writer/co-director Travon Free quoted from James Baldwin in his acceptance speech: “I just ask that you please not be indifferent to our pain.”
‘Sound of Metal’ wins the Oscar for best sound (of course)
Come on now, shame on you if you didn’t have this in your Oscar pool. This was a gimme for the amazing and innovative character study about the deaf community.
Chloé Zhao makes history as first woman of color to win best director
As expected, Zhao takes the top filmmaking Oscar for “Nomadland” and recalls a sentence that meant a lot to her growing up in China playing word games with her dad: “People at birth are inherently good.” Zhao asked the crowd to hold on to the goodness in each other. “Even though it might sometimes seem like the opposite is true, I have always found goodness in the people I’ve met everywhere in the world.”
‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ earns hair/makeup, costume design Oscars
The world of “Ma Rainey” looked so good, and two of the main technical awards go to the Netflix musical drama starring Viola Davis as a fiery blues singer. Hairstylists Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson are the first Black nominees (and now winners) in the category, and Neal celebrated “breaking this glass ceiling” for people of color when accepting her Oscar.
Daniel Kaluuya wins first Oscar, named best supporting actor
The “Judas and the Black Messiah” actor ran the table through award season all the way to Oscar glory for playing Black Panther Party Illinois chairman Fred Hampton. He shared the award with his castmates and filmmakers, and also honored Hampton: “Bro, what a man. How blessed we are to have lived in a lifetime where he existed. Thank you for your light. … Thank you so much for showing me myself.” He also found some time to embarrass family members: “My mum, my dad, they had sex, that’s amazing.”
Best international film goes to ‘Another Round’
If you’ve seen the scenes of Mads Mikkelsen dancing around with a beer, it’s from this great, uplifting Danish movie that’s now an Oscar winner. “This is something I’ve always imagined since I was 5,” director Thomas Vinterberg says in his acceptance speech. “Now here I am. It’s real.” He also thanks his star: “Mads, you gave us your finest.” Vinterberg tears up talking about the death of his daughter before filming the movie, in which she was supposed to have a role: “We ended up making this movie for her, her monument.”
‘The Father’ snags adapted screenplay honors for Florian Zeller
“It’s such a great joy and such a great honor,” says French director and co-writer Florian Zeller, who adapted the drama about a man with dementia from his own play with Christopher Hampton. Zeller also thanked his star, Anthony Hopkins: “I wrote the script for him. To me he’s the greatest living actor.”
“Promising Young Woman” filmmaker Emerald Fennell accepts for best original screenplay.
Emerald Fennell wins best original screenplay for ‘Promising Young Woman’
The British filmmaker gets the first award of the night. “I didn’t think this would ever happen,” Fennell says, hoisting her award: “He’s so heavy and so cold.” She shouts out Zack Morris from “Saved by the Bell” when trying not to cry, as well as her cast and crew. “They just made me look good.”
Regina King kicks things off to begin the Oscars
The “One Night in Miami” director starts the show a little political – “If things had gone differently this last week (with the Derek Chauvin trial), I might have traded in heels for marching boots,” she says – but then gets into how the movies helped us over the last pandemic year. She runs down all the masks and protocols they’re doing to present the Oscars like a movie and hints that the night will be a celebration of a “creative family of storytellers.”
H.E.R. performs funky ‘Fight for You,’ celebrates Fred Hampton
The Grammy-winning musician starts out on the drums and then grabs a mic to sing her nominated tune from “Judas and the Black Messiah.” She’s backed by a large band and masked dancers raising their fists a la Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton, the Black Panther Party leader whose words are also celebrated during the performance.
Leslie Odom Jr. is the Oscars’ musical ringer with ‘Speak Now’
The Tony-winning performer was cast in Sam Cooke in “One Night in Miami” – and played Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” – so you know he’s got some pipes. And the double Oscar nominee (for song and supporting actor) kills it again on the pre-show singing “Speak Now” from “Miami.” Hoping he’s back here sooner than later to entertain a live Academy crowd.
Celeste says ‘Hear My Voice’ to the masses
Next up on the parade of original song nominees was the tune from Aaron Sorkin’s best picture contender “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” British singer-songwriter Celeste sings, songwriting partner Daniel Pemberton plays piano, and the throwback soul tune rocks.
Diane Warren back in the Oscar mix with ‘Io Si’
Laura Pausini gets a little orchestra – plus legendary songwriter Diane Warren on piano – for her performance of original song nominee “Io Si” (from “The Life Ahead”). Maybe this is Warren’s lucky night: She’s been nominated for 12 Oscars (going back to “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from 1987’s “Mannequin”) but is still seeking her first win.