Oscars 2021 Reflection 

Emily Backlund, Writer

The 93rd Oscars came Sunday, April 25, with a new look and new winners. This year, the audience was much smaller, since only nominees attended. The show itself took place in a different room than usual with a smaller stage with everyone sitting at small groups of tables for  social distancing. The award show itself was at its lowest it has ever been with only 10.4 million viewers watching from home, while last year alone there were 23.6 million viewers. With the small number of movies that have come out this year, many people have found the nominees and winners upsetting and unfair.  

Some big moments from the night include Chloé Zhao becoming the second woman and first woman of color to win Best Director. Her film, Nomadland, was nominated for six awards and won three of them, including Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actress in a Leading Role. Youn Yuh-jung won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first Korean to win the award. Finally, the show ended with Anthony Hopkins’ Best Actor in a Leading Role win for The Father, which remains controversial in the film world.  


Big Winners of the Night

Best Picture:


Best Director:

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

Anthony Hopkins, The Father 

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

Frances McDormand, Nomadland 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Youn Yuh-jung, Minari 

Best original song:

“Fight for You” by H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, and Tiara Thomas, Judas and the Black Messiah 

Best Film Editing:

Sound of Metal 

Best Original Screenplay:

Promising Young Woman