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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Oscars Results 2021

 Hello, everyone!

As many of you may know, Sunday was the 93rd Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. For some wild reason it is tradition on this blog for me to talk about the results, so that’s what we’re going to do today! I started this because when I first wanted to know about the Oscars I could never find who the winners were and I wanted others to have it easier, but now it’s easy to find the answers anywhere. Because of that I’ll try to make this short and snappy and not take up too much of your time. All the same I might as well type it up because I spent 3 hours the other day watching this.

Sometimes I get all crazy excited about the Oscars and other times I think “meh”. (This may be because they, for whatever insane reason, didn’t give the greatest movie of all time enough praise in 1946, but I digress). You know in the movie Ratatouille (2007) where they are told to make a recipe involving “sweet bread, cuddlefish tentacles, dried white fungus, anchovy liquorish sauce, etc.” and everyone (Colette) is like “I don’t know this recipe”? That’s how I’ve felt about the movies lately. I’m not downing them in any way! I am now very interested in a lot of these. I’m sure that they deserve the credit given to them, it just feels like there is a certain feel a movie has to have to even be considered and those aren’t the kinds of movies that I watch. I’m probably just spoiled from last year where I knew a lot about all of the nominees and had even watched one of them that was a big contender so I was eager to see what would happen! This had never happened before and it probably won’t for another few years so I should get used to it. 

Interested in the past years that I have talked about? Here are the results from 2017, 2018, 2019, & 2020.

Disclaimer: Even though I am putting these here, it does not mean that I support or want to watch these movies. I am just here to tell you who won.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
The nominees:
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm...
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Winner: Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari (as Soon-ja)

Best Costume Design:
The nominees:
Emma. (Alexandra Byrne)
Mank (Trish Summerville)
Mulan (Bina Daigeler)
Pinocchio (Massimo Cantini Parrini)
Winner: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Ann Roth)

Best Sound:
The nominees:
Greyhound (Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders, & David Wyman)
Mank (Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance, & Drew Kunin)
News of the World (Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller, & John Pritchett)
Soul (Ren Klyce, Coya Elliot, & David Parker)
Winner: Sound of Metal (Nicolas Becher, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés, & Philip Bladh)

Best Original Score:
The nominees:
Da 5 Bloods (Terence Blanchard)
Mank (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)
Minari (Emile Mosseri)
News of the World (James Newton Howard
Winner: Soul (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, & Jon Batiste)

Best Animated Short Film:
The nominees:
Burrow (Madeline Sharafian & Michael Capbarat)
Genius Loci (Adrien Mérigeau & Amaury Ovise)
Opera (Erick Oh)
Yes-People (Gísli Darri Halldórsson & Arnar Gunnarsson)
Winner: If Anything Happens I Love You (Will McCormack & Micheal Govier)

Best Live-Action Short Film:
The nominees:
Feeling Through (Doug Roland & Susan Ruzenski)
The Letter Room (Elvira Lina & Sofia Sandervan)
The Present (Farah Nabulsi & Ossama Bawardi)
White Eye (Tomer Shushan & Shira Hochman)
Winner: Two Distant Strangers (Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
The nominees:
Sacha Baron Cohen, Trial of the Chicago 7
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami...
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah
Winner: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah (as Fred Hampton)

Best Documentary Feature:
The nominees:
Collective (Alexander Nanau & Bianca Oana)
Crip Camp (Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht, & Sara Bolder)
The Mole Agent (Maite Alberdi & Marcela Santibáñez)
Time (Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino, & Kellen Quinn)
Winner: My Octopus Teacher (Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed, & Craig Foster)

Best Documentary Short Subject:
The nominees:
A Concerto is a Conversation (Ben Proudfoot & Kris Bowers)
Do Not Split (Anders Hammer & Charlotte Cook)
Hanger Ward (Skye Fitzgerald & Michael Scheuerman)
A Love Son for Latasha (Sophia Nahali Allison & Janice Duncan)
Winner: Colette (Anthony Giacchino & Alice Doyard)

Best International Feature Film:
The nominees:
Better Days (Hong Kong)
Collective (Romania)
The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia)
Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Winner: Another Round (Denmark)

Best Production Design: (Production Design [PD] and Set Decoration [SD])
The nominees:
The Father (PD: Peter Francis. SD: Cathy Featherstone)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (PD: Mark Ricker. SD: Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton)
News of the World (PD: David Crank. SD: Elizabeth Keenan)
Tenet (PD: Nathan Crowley. SD: Kathy Lucas )
Winner: Mank (PD: Donald Graham Burt. SD: Jan Pascale)

Best Film Editing:
The nominees:
The Father (Yorgos Lamprinos)
Nomadland (Chloé Zhao)
Promising Young Woman (Frédéric Thoraval)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Alan Baumgarten)
Winner: Sound of Metal (Mikkel E. G. Nielsen)

Best Cinematography:
The nominees:
Judas and the Black Messiah (Sean Bobbitt)
News of the World (Dariusz Wolski)
Nomadland (Joshua James Richards)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Phedon Papamichael)
Winner: Mank (Erik Messerschmidt)

Best Visual Effects:
The nominees:
Love and Monsters (Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camailleri, Matt Everitt, & Brian Cox)
The Midnight Sky (Matthew Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, Max Solomon, & David Watkins)
Mulan (Sean Andrew Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury, & Steve Ingram)
The One and Only Ivan (Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones, & Santiago Colomo Martinez)
Winner: Tenet (Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley, & Scott R. Fisher)

Makeup and Hairstyling:
The nominees:
Emma. (Marese Langan, Laura Allen, & Claudia Stolze)
Hillbilly Elegy (Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew W. Mungle, & Patricia Dehaney)
Mank (Gigi Williams, Kimberley Spiteri, & Colleen LaBaff)
Pinocchio (Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli, & Francesco Pegoretti)
Winner: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, & Jamika Wilson)

Best Animated Feature Film:
The nominees:
Onward (Dan Scalan & Kori Rae)
Over the Moon (Glen Keane, Gennie Rim, & Peilin Chou)
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmagedon (Richard Phelan, Will Becher, & Paul Kewley)
Wolfwalkers (Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young, & Stéphan Roelants)
Winner: Soul (Pete Doctor & Dana Murray)

Best Original Song:
The nominees:
“Hear My Voice” (by Daniel Pemberton & Celeste Wite from The Trial of the Chicago 7)
“Husavik” (by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus, & Rickard Göransson from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga)
“Io Sì (Seen)”(by Diane Warren & Laura Pausini from The Life Ahead [La Vita Davanti a Se])
“Speak Now” (by Leslie Odom, Jr. & Sam Ashworth from One Night In Miami...)
Winner: “Fight For You” (by H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, & Tiara Thomas from Judas and the Black Messiah)

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The nominees:
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm..., written by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Don Mazer, Jena Friedman & Lee Kern, based on the story by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, & Nina Pedrada.
Nomadland, written by Chloé Zhao based on the book by Jessica Bruder
One Night in Miami..., written by Kemp Powers based on his play
The White Tiger, written by Ramin Bahrani based on the novel by Aravind Adiga
Winner: The Father, written by Christopher Hampton & Floian Zeller, based on the play by Florian Zeller

Best Original Screenplay:
The nominees:
Judas and the Black Messiah, written by Will Berson, Shaka King, Kenny Lucas, & Keith Lucas
Minari, written by Lee Isaac Chung
Sound of Metal, written by Darius Marder, Abraham Marder, & Derek Cianfrance
The Trial of the Chicago 7, written by Aaron Sorkin
Winner: Promising Young Woman, written by Emerald Fennell

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
The nominees:
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steven Yeun, Minari
Winner: Anthony Hopkins, The Father (as Anthony)

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
The nominees:
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanesa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Winner: Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Best Director:
The nominees:
Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
David Fincher, Mank
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Winner: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

(Comment: This was only the second time in history where a woman won!)

Best Picture:
The nominees:
The Father (David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi, & Phillppe Carcassonne)
Judas and the Black Messiah (Shaka King, Charles D. King, & Ryan Coogler)
Mank (Céan Chaffin, Eric Roth, & Douglas Urbanski)
Minari (Christina Oh)
Promising Young Woman (Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell, & Josey McNamara)
Sound of Metal (Bert Hamelinck & Sacha Ben Harroche)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Marc Platt & Stuart Besser)
Winner: Nomadland (Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, & Chloé Zhao)

Oscar win tally:
Nomadland: 3
The Father: 2
Judas and the Black Messiah: 2
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: 2
Mank: 2
Soul: 2 (The only movie of all of these that I've seen!)
Sound of Metal: 2
Another Round: 1
Colette: 1
If Anything Happens I Love You: 1
Minari: 1
My Octopus Teacher: 1
Promising Young Woman: 1
Tenet: 1
Two Distant Strangers: 1

There you have it! Another year, another round of movies! Has anyone seen any of these? Any that you want to see? Thanks for reading!



  1. I feel like there weren't as many films nominated this year that I knew because basically no films came out last year, which is sad. Hopefully the next Oscars will be better. The only ones I saw that won are Soul and Tenet.

  2. I think I only actually saw Emma and Love and Monsters (Loved both)
    A couple I've curious about is Promising Young Woman and Onward.
    This was interesting though, I'm always curious what awards some movies win

  3. Wish Emma would've won one. The costumes were so good!


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