The 93rd Academy Awards – Winners and Losers

The morning after the annual Oscars ceremony always feels bittersweet; after months of relentless campaigning by the film studios and scores of actors on the stump for their awards-bait feature films, we in the pop culture media are left to pick over the spoils and sift through the fog of war to adequately sum up the prior evening’s proceedings.

 Last night’s telecast of the 93rd Academy Awards was promised by its producers to be a bespoke awards ceremony like no other. I’m pretty sure they intended that sentiment to be a fun positive, yet the grip of COVID-19 on the movie industry in general and the whole world specifically, makes it nigh impossible to enjoy the vaunted award’s ceremony without real-world strife and tumult barging in. Not helping matters is that, for the third year straight, the ceremony was sans a host to keep the proceedings cohesive and interject an air of frivolity which (some might argue, including this yellow journalist) is needed now more than ever. Instead what we inevitably got was a slew of moments that mostly hit with a resounding thud and left many looking around for either an EXIT or a bromide.

 As many prognosticated, Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland had a brilliant night, taking home the coveted win for Best Picture, Best Actress and Director. As for upsets, look no further than odds-on sentimental favorite Chadwick Boseman for his superlative work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom who lost out to acting legend Anthony Hopkins for his shattering work in The Father. It wasn’t an upset on par with Saving Private Ryan losing Best Picture to Shakespeare in Love (an upset that is still guaranteed to make my Spielberg-lovin’ blood boil…GRRR!), but it still raised some eyebrows and ruffled some feathers in the best tradition of other infamous Oscar Upsets.

 Vents is proud to present the winners from last night’s Oscar ceremony along with their distinguished competition.

Best Picture

Nomadland (WINNER)
The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Anthony Hopkins, The Father (WINNER)
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steven Yeun, Minari

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Frances McDormand, Nomadland (WINNER)
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari (WINNER)
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah (WINNER)
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
LaKeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Director

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland (WINNER)
Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
David Fincher, Mank
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Father (Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller) (WINNER)
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Peter Baynham, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jena Friedman, Anthony Hines, Lee Kern, Dan Mazer, Erica Rivinoja & Dan Swimer)
Nomadland (Chloé Zhao)
One Night in Miami (Kemp Powers)
The White Tiger (Ramin Bahrani)

Best Original Screenplay

Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell) (WINNER)
Judas and the Black Messiah (Will Berson, Shaka King, Keith Lucas & Kenny Lucas)
Minari (Lee Isaac Chung)
Sound of Metal (Derek Cianfrance, Abraham Marder & Darius Marder)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Aaron Sorkin)

Best Costume Design

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (WINNER)

Best Original Score

Da 5 Bloods
News of the World

Best Animated Short Film

If Anything Happens I Love You (WINNER)
Genius Loci

Best Live-Action Short Film

Two Distant Strangers (WINNER)
Feeling Through
The Letter Room
The Present
White Eye

Best Documentary Feature

My Octopus Teacher (WINNER)
Crip Camp
The Mole Agent

Best Documentary Short Subject

Colette (WINNER)
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
A Love Song for Latasha

Best International Feature Film

Denmark, Another Round (WINNER)
Hong Kong, Better Days
Romania, Collective
Tunisia, The Man Who Sold His Skin
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Sound

Sound of Metal (WINNER)
News of the World

Best Production Design

The Father
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
News of the World

Best Film Editing

Sound of Metal (WINNER)
The Father
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah
News of the World
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Visual Effects

Tenet (WINNER)
Love and Monsters
The Midnight Sky
The One and Only Ivan

Best Animated Feature Film

Over the Moon
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (WINNER)
Hillbilly Elegy

Best Original Song

“Fight for You,” from Judas and the Black Messiah (WINNER)
“Husavik,” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
“Io Sì (Seen),” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
“Speak Now,” from One Night in Miami
“Hear My Voice,” from The Trial of the Chicago 7

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