Oscars 2021: Nomadland, Anthony Hopkins and Daniel Kaluuya share glory

BBC (AN) | Published: 2:17 PM Apr 26 2021
Entertainment Oscars 2021: Nomadland, Anthony Hopkins and Daniel Kaluuya share glory

Film drama Nomadland has scooped three Oscars including best picture, while British stars Sir Anthony Hopkins and Daniel Kaluuya have won acting awards.

Nomadland's Chloe Zhao made history as the first woman of colour and second woman to win best director.

Sir Anthony, 83, is the oldest winner of best actor, while Kaluuya is the first black British actor to win an Oscar - in the supporting category.

"I did not expect to get this," said Sir Anthony, who missed the ceremony.

British actress-turned-writer/director Emerald Fennell won a screenplay award.

The star, who plays Camilla Parker Bowles in The Crown, won best original screenplay for Promising Young Woman, which she also directed.

Frances McDormand won best actress for her role in Nomadland, while veteran South Korean actress Yuh-Jung Youn won best supporting actress for Minari.

The trophies were handed out in one of the grand halls at Los Angeles's stylish Union Station to allow for a Covid-safe ceremony, while many UK-based nominees were at a venue in London - although Sir Anthony was at neither.

Sir Anthony won best actor for his masterful performance as a man suffering with dementia in The Father, 29 years after he won his first Oscar for The Silence of the Lambs.

His victory was the biggest surprise of the night. The award had been tipped to go to the late Chadwick Boseman, who died aged 43 last August, for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

Sir Anthony was neither in LA nor at the British Film Institute in London, the ceremony's UK venue, so instead posted a message on Instagram on Monday morning.

"At 83 years of age I did not expect to get this award, I really didn't," he said in a video filmed in his "homeland" of Wales. "I'm very grateful to the Academy, and thank you."

Sir Anthony went on to pay tribute to Boseman, whom he said had been "taken from us far too early", and said he felt "very privileged and honoured".

The Father also won best-adapted screenplay for Sir Christopher Hampton and director Florian Zeller, who called Sir Anthony "the greatest living actor".

The slow-burning drama about a woman living in her van in the American West after the financial crash won the top prize for best film, plus best director and best actress.

McDormand, who now has three best actress Oscars, is one of the only professional performers in the film. Most of the rest of the cast is made up of real people playing fictionalised versions of themselves.

In her acceptance speech, Zhao thanked the real-life nomads "for teaching us the power of resilience and hope".

Before Zhao, the only woman to have won the directing prize in the Oscars' 92-year history was Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2010.

McDormand spoke of her hopes for the revival of big-screen cinema, asking viewers: "One day very, very soon, take everyone you know into a theatre, shoulder to shoulder in that dark space and watch every film that's represented here tonight."

She then said: "We give this one to our Wolf," and howled like a wolf - a tribute to the film's sound mixer Michael Wolf Snyder, who took his own life at the age of 35 last month.

Meanwhile, black-and-white film Mank, which led the nominations with 10, picked up two awards, as did Sound of Metal, Judas and the Black Messiah, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Soul.

BBC (AN) | Published: 2:17 PM Apr 26 2021

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