Oscars 2021: The Live Winners List
Tonight’s Academy Awards come at a time of existential change in the movie business, not the least of which is a ground-breaking list of nominees that seems to reflect a response from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to criticisms of its historic lack of diversity in the top categories.
This year might mark the first time people of color have swept the acting categories: Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) and Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari) are the leading contenders. Should that happen, it would signal the reforms promised in response to the #OscarsSoWhite protests may have actually taken root. It also could be only the second time in 93 years that a woman takes home the award for Best Director award, with Nomadland’s Chloé Zhao widely seen as the favorite. Kathryn Bigelow was the first to win the award for The Hurt Locker in 2010.
We’ll be updating the results in real-time. The ABC telecast begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
Judas and the Black Messiah, Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King; Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas
Minari, Written by Lee Isaac Chung
Promising Young Woman, Written by Emerald Fennell
Sound of Metal, Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder; Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance
The Trial of the Chicago 7, Written by Aaron Sorkin
93rd Academy Awards ceremony gets underway tonight, acknowledging excellence in film. The event, typically held in February, was postponed to give filmmakers time to finish their films because of production delays caused by the pandemic. The small-budget film Nomadland, about a woman’s struggle to survive the Great Recession, is heavily favored to win best picture. Though Oscar has been known to surprise — as when Parasite eclipsed the World War I epic 1917 last year.