The 2021 Oscars are currently underway. The awards are organized by the Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Also known as the Oscars, the awards ceremony takes place from two locations in Los Angeles: Union Station and Dolby Theater. The Dolby Theater has hosted the Oscars since 2001. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the Academy has decided not to organize a virtual event.
Mank is leading the ceremony this year with 10 nominations. The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Nomadland, Sound of Metal and The Trial of the Chicago 7 follow him with six nominations each. The ceremony will be produced by Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh.
Despite how 2020 was driven by a global pandemic, the jury still has too many options from which to choose the winners. In the Best Film category, The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, The Trial of the Chicago 7 are the nominees.
Several nominees are on the verge of making history with their potential earnings. Riz Ahmed, if he wins for his performance in Sound of Metal, will become the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor. Anthony Hopkins, if he wins the same award, will be the oldest Oscar winner for Best Actor. If Nomadland’s Chloé Zhao wins the Oscar for Best Director, she will only be the second female director to do so. In addition, she will be the first woman of color to receive this honor.
Besides the main ceremony, there will also be a pre-show and a post-show. Unlike the Golden Globes and the Emmy Awards, if a candidate does not wish to attend due to fear of Covid-19, they will not be able to attend the ceremony through Zoom.
Are you ready for the 2021 Oscars?