The awards season ends with the 2021 Oscars, better known as the 2021 Oscars. The ceremony, which was delayed for two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was conducted from two locations in Los Angeles: the Dolby Theater and Union Station.
Despite a global pandemic engulfing the world, there was really no shortage of films in 2020, and plenty of theatrical movies found their way onto streaming services. Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, with Frances McDormand, became the biggest winner of the evening, taking home three trophies. It won in three of the most important categories, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress.
Like every year, this year’s Oscar winners weren’t to everyone’s liking. And a few others surprised many.
Here are some surprises and snubs.
The Chicago 7 Trial (All Six Categories): Snub
Aaron Sorkin’s audience drama against the backdrop of anti-Vietnam War protests unfortunately failed to win a single trophy despite six nominations. We believe he deserved the trophies for Best Editing and Best Original Screenplay, won by Sound of Metal and Promising Young Woman respectively.
Anthony Hopkins (Best Actor): Surprise
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We probably would have preferred Riz Ahmed for his bravery performance in Sound of Metal, but we certainly didn’t mind Sir Anthony Hopkins winning this and also making history by becoming the oldest person to get an Oscar at the age. 83 years old.
Chadwick Boseman and Riz Ahmed (Best Actor): Snub
Again, we have no qualms about Anthony Hopkins winning the Best Actor award, but Ahmed gave the performance of a lifetime in Sound of Metal. And Boseman was awesome in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and the posthumous award would have been the perfect ending to the late actor’s career and legacy.
Mank (Best Cinematography): Surprise
Mank was certainly a beautifully shot movie, but it wasn’t the pre-show favorite. It was Nomadland, and rightly so, because Zhao’s film was incredibly filmed. Mank, however, was bowled over and won the award for best cinematography.
One night in Miami (all three categories): Snub
Despite 3 nominations, One Night in Miami came home empty-handed as The Trial of the Chicago 7. It was certainly a directorial debut provided by Regina King, filled with solid performances and should have at least one Oscar.
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