“NOMADLAND” WINS BEST PICTURE AT OSCARS, McDORMAND WINS BEST ACTRESS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – On a night that made Oscars history, movie “Nomadland” was literally a howling success. Chloe Zhao’s movie took home three of the night’s top honors, best picture, best director and best actress for Frances McDormand. Zhao, the China-born director, becomes the first woman of color to win best director – and only the second overall to do so. When McDormand accepted the award on behalf of the film, she let out a wolf howl. She also implored movie fans to make sure they see the Oscar-winner – and other movies nominated – “on the largest screen possible.” Because of the pandemic, few of the nominated movies had national theatrical exposure.
CHLOE ZHAO MAKES HISTORY WITH OSCAR WIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chloe Zhao says no matter where she’s gone in the world, she has “always found goodness” in people. And she says she’s dedicating her Oscar for best director to “anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves and to hold on the good in others” no matter how hard that may be. In addition to the Oscar for directing, “Nomadland” won for best picture.
ANTHONY HOPKINS WINS FOR BEST ACTOR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Everyone was expecting the Oscar for best actor to go to a man who wouldn’t be there to accept the award in person. It did – but it wasn’t the man most were expecting it to be. In the night’s biggest surprise, Anthony Hopkins won the best actor award for the dementia-fueled drama, “The Father.” It was widely expected the award would go to Chadwick Boseman for his critically acclaimed final performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” The surprise win by Hopkins gave the night an anti-climactic air, as Hopkins wasn’t present to collect his award.
DANIEL KALUUYA WINS BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It was one of the first – and strangest – acceptance speeches of the night. Daniel Kaluuya won best supporting actor for “Judas and the Black Messiah.” In his remarks, he moved his mother to tears, then caused her to wonder what in the world he was talking about. He thanked her for giving him the “factory settings” to succeed in life. Later, he called for people to celebrate life saying, “My mum met my dad, they had sex. It’s amazing. I’m here.” As the cameras caught his family’s reaction, his sister put her hands on her head and looked down while his mother looked at her and appeared to ask her, “what’s he talking about?
OSCARS FOCUS ON POLICE BRUTALITY, RACIAL INEQUITIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It wasn’t just the first Oscars held since the pandemic took hold – it was also the first since the world began a reckoning on racism after the death of George Floyd. Opening the show, Regina King spoke of suffering and injustice – and noted a jury had convicted ex-police officer Derek Chauvin in Floyd’s death. King said if the jury had said otherwise, she might have swapped her “heels for marching boots.” King acknowledged people don’t want to hear celebrities talk about such issues. But she said as the mother of a black son, she fears for him – “and no amount of fame or fortune changes that.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The red carpet was back for last night’s Oscars – but it wasn’t like the usual spectacle of Hollywood’s biggest night. It was held at Union Station in Los Angeles, instead of the Dolby Theater – where fans would pack bleachers to watch the stars arrive. Inside, as trains came and went, nominees were seated with a plus-one, instead of being flanked by publicists. Some attendees were seen in remote locations, such as the Dolby and in London.
GLENN CLOSE DOES “DA BUTT”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Glenn Close has attended awards shows before. But this time, she showed a side she usually doesn’t: her backside. It happened during a segment held between awards. Questlove, the night’s DJ, would play a song and a celebrity was asked about its Oscars history. When it was Close’s turn, the tune was “Da Butt” by E.U., a Washington D.C. go-go band. Close got all the details right. And when game host Lil Rel Howery asked Close if she knew the dance, she jumped out of her seat and wagged her booty. That moved Howery to call this “the Blackest Oscars of all time.”
OSCARS – LIST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Final winners at the 93rd Academy Awards:
Best picture: ” Nomadland “
Best actress: Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”
Best actor: Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”
Original screenplay: ” Promising Young Woman,” Emerald Fennell
Adapted screenplay: Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, ” The Father “
International film: ” Another Round,” Denmark
Best supporting actor: Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Best supporting actress: Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari.”
Best director: Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”
Sound: ” Sound of Metal “
Makeup and hairstyling: ” Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom “
Costume design: Ann Roth, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Live action short film: “Two Distant Strangers”
Animated short film: “If Anything Happens I Love You”
Animated feature: ” Soul “
Documentary short subject: “Colette”
Documentary feature: “My Octopus Teacher”
Visual effects: “Tenet”
Production design: ” Mank “
Film editing: “Sound of Metal”
Original score: “Soul,? Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste
Original song: “Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas)
NEW YORK (AP) – The weekend at movie theaters featured something not seen for a while: a genuine box-office battle. The reboot of “Mortal Kombat” vied with the anime film “Demon Slayer: Mugen Train” for the top spot. “Mortal Kombat” won the battle, earning an estimated $22.5 million, while “Demon Slayer grossed $19.5 million. It’s the best weekend for movie theaters during the pandemic.