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Written by Becca Johnson

At 1:00am yesterday morning, the 93rd Academy Awards took place in Los Angeles. The awards honoured movies released between January 2020 and February 2021, after what can only be described as a strange year for the movie industry.

As expected, Chloe Zhao's Nomadland performed extremely well, winning the most prestigious Best Picture award as well as Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Director. The Father also took home awards in the Best Actor category for Anthony Hopkins, and Best Adapted Screenplay for director Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton. David Fincher's Hollywood biopic Mank was clearly the favourite when it came down to aesthetics, taking home the award for Best Cinematography as well as Best Production Design. Other notable wins include Best Screenplay for Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman, and Best Editing and Best Sound for drumming movie Sound of Metal. Fans were thrilled to see British actor Daniel Kaluuya take home a long overdue Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.

Though most were impressed by the talent shown by Anthony Hopkins in his role in The Father, many believe the award should've gone to the late Chadwick Boseman. The Academy have come under scrutiny for inviting Boseman's widow Simone Leward Boseman, whereas Hopkins himself wasn't even present in person or via Zoom to take home the award. It is traditional for the Best Picture award to be announced last, whereas this year, the Best Actor announcement closed off the show. Many thought this would be leading to a win for Boseman and a fitting tribute, however viewers were shocked to learn that this was not the case. Whatever the reason for placing this award last, it is a shame that Boseman will be unable to win an Academy Award, yet Hopkins is extremely deserving for his portrayal of a man suffering from dementia.

Best Picture

“The Father” “Judas and the Black Messiah” “Mank” “Minari” “Nomadland” "Promising Young Woman” “Sound of Metal” “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best Director

Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”) David Fincher (“Mank”) Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”) Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”) Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”)

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”) Gary Oldman (“Mank”) Steven Yeun (“Minari”)

Best Actress

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”)

Best Supporting Actor

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”)

Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”) Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”) Olivia Colman (“The Father”) Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”) Youn Yuh-jung (“Minari”)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Sacha Baron Cohen and Co-Writers (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”) Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton (“The Father”) Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”) Kemp Powers (“One Night in Miami”) Ramin Bahrani (“The White Tiger”)

Best Original Screenplay

Will Berson, Shaka King, Keith Lucas, and Kenny Lucas (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”) Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) Derek Cianfrance, Abraham Marder, Darius Marder (“Sound of Metal”) Aaron Sorkin (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)

Best Animated Feature

“Onward” “Over the Moon” “Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” “Soul” “Wolfwalkers”

Best International Feature Film

“Another Round” “Better Days” “Collective” “The Man Who Sold His Skin” “Quo Vadis, Aida?”

Best Documentary

“Collective” “Crip Camp” “The Mole Agent” “My Octopus Teacher” “Time”

Best Cinematography

Sean Bobbitt (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) Erik Messerschmidt (“Mank”) Dariusz Wolski (“News of the World”) Joshua James Richards (“Nomadland”) Phedon Papamichael (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)

Best Costume Design

“Emma” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” “Mank” “Mulan” “Pinocchio”

Best Film Editing

“The Father” “Nomadland”

“Promising Young Woman” “Sound of Metal” “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Emma” “Hillbilly Elegy” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” “Mank” “Pinocchio”

Best Original Score

“Da 5 Bloods” “Mank” “Minari” “News of the World” “Soul”

Best Original Song

“Fight For You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah” “Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7” “Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” “lo Sì (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)” “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami”

Best Production Design

“The Father” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” “Mank” “News of the World” “Tenet”

Best Sound

“Greyhound” “Mank” “News of the World” “Soul” “Sound of Metal”

Best Visual Effects

“Love and Monsters” “The Midnight Sky” “Mulan” “The One and Only Ivan” “Tenet”

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

“Colette” “A Concerto Is a Conversation” “Do Not Split” “Hunger Ward” “A Love Song for Latasha”

Best Short Film (Animated)

“Burrow” “Genius Loci” “If Anything Happens I Love You” “Opera” “Yes-People”

Best Short Film (Live Action)

“Feeling Through” “The Letter Room” “The Present” “Two Distant Strangers” “White Eye”

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