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Oscar Awards 2021 winners and ceremony as it happened: Nomadland wins Best Picture

Update:
Nomadland was the big winner of the night, with Frances McDormand taking Best Actress. Anthony Hopkins was named Best Actor for his role in The Father.

Oscars live: 93rd Academy Awards

Oscars 2021

At the 93rd Academy Awards no one film swept the board but the clear winner on the night was Nomadland which won Best Movie as well as Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best Director (Chloe Zhao). Zhao becomes the first woman of colour to win Best Director.

In one of the biggest surprises, Best Actor went to Anthony Hopkins for his role in The Father (with the film also landing Best Adapted Screenplay), rather than Chadwick Boseman who was expected to win a posthumous award for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom did pick up awards, for Make Up and Styling and Best Costume Design.

One of the favourite winners on the night, particularly with her acceptance speech, was Yuh-Jung Youn, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role as the granny in Minari.

Oscar Winners 2021

Best Original Screenplay - Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Best Adapted Screenplay - Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller, The Father
Best International Feature Film - Another Round (Denmark)
Best Supporting Actor - Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Best Make Up and Styling - Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Best Costume Design - Ann Roth, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - Tyler Perry and the Motion Picture and Television Fund
Best Director: Chloe Zhao, Nomadland
Best Sound - Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michellee Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh, Sound of Metal
Best Short Film (Live Action) -Two Distant Strangers, Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe
Best Animated Short - If Anything Happens I Love You, Will McCormack and Michael Govier
Best Animated Feature Film - Soul, Pete Docter and Dana Murray
Best Documentary (Short Subject) - Colette, Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard
Best Documentary (Feature) - My Octopus Teacher, Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster
Best Visual Effects - Tenet, Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
Best Production Design - Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale, Mank
Best Cinematography - Erik Messerschmidt, Mank
Best Film Editing - Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, Sound of Metal
Best Score Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste, Soul
Best Song - Fight For You, Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas, Judas and the Black Messiah
Best Picture - Nomadland, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao
Best Actress - Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Best Actor - Anthony Hopkins, The Father

 

Probably (definitely) the moment of the night...

Oscar hauls:

Nomadland: 3
The Father: 2
Mank: 2
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: 2
Judas and the Black Messiah: 2
Soul: 2
Sound of Metal: 2
Minari: 1

Well, that's a huge surprise! Almost everyone thought it was going to be a posthumous award for Chadwick Boseman, but no. Anthony Hopkins for his portrayal of a father losing his mind to dementia wins Best Actor.

Anthony Hopkins in the Father!

The Academy accepts the Award on his behalf. 

Best actor....

Short and pithy speech from Frances McDormand, says she likes work.

Best Actress: Frances McDormand!

Nomadland's night, then!

Best Actress is up next...

 

Chloe Zhao talking on behalf of all the producers!

And the Oscar goes to Nomadland!

Here we go...

Nominees for Best Picture

And we're getting proper clips:

The Father
David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi and Philippe Carcassonne, Producers

Judas and the Black Messiah
Shaka King, Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler, Producers

Mank
Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth and Douglas Urbanski, Producers

Minari
Christina Oh, Producer

Nomadland
Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, Producers

Promising Young Woman
Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell and Josey McNamara, Producers

Sound of Metal
Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche, Producers

The Trial of the Chicago 7
Marc Platt and Stuart Besser, Producers 

Best Picture up first! 

Big prize time!

 

In Memoriam section. Always painful, and this year just feels  even more so.

Feels like they went through that rather fast. 

Oh, we've had a "bullshit" outburst from Andra Day. At the possibility Purple Rain probably wasn't nominated: "I mean it's an awesome song, so it probably wasn't nominated and that's some bullshit"

"Don't know what that's going to cost you ABC". 

Purple Rain won in 1985 for Best Score, but not Best Song.

Glenn Close has now said "Da Butt" not being nominated is an "F-in tragedy". This game is not going the way the execs planned it. Though she's up dancing to it now, which was also unexpected, but is a bit of a result.

That game was not good though. I wonder which how Soderbergh saw that fitting into his cinematic vision of the evening. 

Questlove is going to play us a clip and we have to say if it's from a film that was nominated for an Oscar, an Oscar winner or none of the above. 

Purple Rain by Prince is up first!

We're now playing Questlove's Oscar music game...

Fight for you takes the Oscar!

From Judas and the Black Messiah; Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

Weird how we've had no clips of some stuff and now we're getting nice long bits of music. No complaints, they're all good songs. 

Fight For You
from Judas and the Black Messiah; Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

Hear My Voice
from The Trial of the Chicago 7; Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite

Husavik
from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga; Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson

Io Sì (Seen)
from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se); Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini

Speak Now
from One Night in Miami...; Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashwort

Best Song next, and that'll be the music done...

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste are up for Best Score. Jon Batiste doing the speech, saying thank you for "those 12 notes". 

Says the whole thing was a "miracle". 

Best score nominees:

Da 5 Bloods
Terence Blanchard

Mank
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Minari
Emile Mosseri

News of the World
James Newton Howard

Soul
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste 

And it's Soul's second win of the night
 

Best score up next...

If you get the chance, hunt down Tyler Perry's acceptance speech. It's good. "I refuse to hate"

He dedicates the award to people who stand in the middle - people who refuse hate, refuse blanket judgement. 

Viola Davis, who is up for Best Actress later, is giving the Humanitarian Award to Tyler Perry. 

He's fed people during the pandemic, ensured people got vaccines. Perry says he doesn't limit what his foundation does, because there is so much need. 

Mikkel says thank you to Denmark for funding their film school.

He also has a big shout out to the deaf community. 

"It's been like following a rainbow for me, and today we found the gold"

Another Oscar for Sound of Metal!

Film Editing - the way to arrive at the best version of what a movie wants to be...

Nominees:

The Father
Yorgos Lamprinos

Nomadland
Chloé Zhao

Promising Young Woman
Frédéric Thoraval

Sound of Metal
Mikkel E. G. Nielsen

The Trial of the Chicago 7
Alan Baumgarten 
 

Reads out criticism of a film. "That movie was called Blade Runner", applause!

Ford gets some notes out, he's rather slow and bumbling - he may indeed be acting.

Harrison Ford is here. Hollywood royalty...

This has not been the cinematic spectacle we'd been led to believe we were getting. Soderbergh was hired to "re-envision" the Oscars. He said it would have a "refined cinematic edge" and would "feel like a film". This could not feel less like a film. 

There's only six Oscars left. 

Hollywood likes to reward investigation of itself, and there's two awards for Mank. 

Erik Messerschmidt wins for Mank. He says he'd like to cut the Oscar into five pieces.

Cinematography - another of the technical categories, that Halle Berry says "you still don't understand quite what it is"

Mank again! Two quick wins there...

Best Production Design goes to Mank! Poduction Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale 

Jan Pascale up to speak...

Halle Berry presenting Production Design!

Mr Brad Pitt, finally!

Zero wins from eight for Glenn Close, as everyone predicted. 

She forgives everyone for getting her name wrong. Gets a good laugh. She says she can't believe she's here and says she's going to pull herself together. 

Warm thanks for Lee Isaac Chung director, who "made it possible"

"I don't believe in competition, how can I win over Glenn Close?! I think I was just a bit luckier. And maybe it's American hospitality for the Korean Actor."

Says thank you to her boys for making  her go out and work. She's quite a laugh.

Oscar goes as absolutely expected to the amiable granny: Yuh-Jung Youn in Minari. 

Brad Pitt is presenting Best Supporting Actress, he's got warm, kind, twinkly words for them all...

Brad is here! 

Best Visual Effects goes to Tenet! 

Best visual effects

Nominees:

Love and Monsters
Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt and Brian Cox

The Midnight Sky
Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon and David Watkins

Mulan
Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury and Steve Ingram

The One and Only Ivan
Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones and Santiago Colomo Martinez

Tenet
Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher 
 

Suits him.

Brad Pitt is up soon to present an award.

Pippa Ehrlich doing the acceptance speech. She's very emotional. Thanks Netflix for enabling them to make it. "And to our incredible octopus team whose arms stretch across the planet"

She says she hopes the win will in some small way help to change the relationship between humans and animals.  "If a man can form a friendship with an octopus, what else is possible"

My Octopus Teacher takes the Oscar!

Best Documentary 

Collective
Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana

Crip Camp
Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder

The Mole Agent
Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibáñez

My Octopus Teacher
Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster

Time
Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino and Kellen Quinn 

We're getting to watch fairly decent clips of these, a great platform to promote them.

Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard are up to collect the award. 

The winner is: Colette!
Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard. That was not expected.

Best Short Documentary: Nominees

Colette
Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard

A Concerto Is a Conversation
Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers

Do Not Split
Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook

Hunger Ward
Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman

A Love Song for Latasha
Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan 
 

Another Oscar in the bag...

Right, we're about halfway through and so far no major surprises. Biggest award so far: Best Director going, as expected to Chloe Zhao for Nomadland. She is the first woman of colour to win Best Director. 

Pete Docter: "This film started as a love letter to jazz, but we had no idea how much jazz would teach us about life. We don't get to control what happens, but we can turn what happens into something of beauty."

Questlove gets his shout out, he waves from over on the decks. 

They asked Disney if they could explore the purpose of life... and "Disney said ok!"

And the winner is... Soul! No big surprise there. 

Best Animated Feature film

Onward
Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae
Over the Moon
Glen Keane, Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Richard Phelan, Will Becher and Paul Kewley
Soul
Pete Docter and Dana Murray
Wolfwalkers
Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young and Stéphan Roelant

And the Oscar goes to If Anything Happens I Love You - Will McCormack and Michael Govier, which deals with two grieving parents coping with the death of their daughter in a school shooting. The thank you speeches include a call to do better on gun violence. 

Best Animated Short... presented by Reese Witherspoon

Burrow
Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat

Genius Loci
Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise

If Anything Happens I Love You
Will McCormack and Michael Govier

Opera
Erick Oh

Yes-People
Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson 
 

The idea we were sold that this was going to be more like a movie than an awards ceremony... so far it's just been an awards ceremony, and a somewhat stilted one at that. Apart from the very start it doesn't feel at all like it's even tried to pretend to be a movie. 

The Oscar goes to Two Different Strangers. Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe.

"Today the police will kill three people, tomorrow the police will kill three people... because on average the police kill 1,000 people in the US. And they will be majority black. Please don't be indifferent"

Powerful from Travon Free. Martin Desmond Roe then goes to a standard thank you speech, for everyone who involved and supported them. 

Best Film (Live Action) - nominees

Feeling Through
Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski
The Letter Room
Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan
The Present
Farah Nabulsi and Ossama Bawardi
Two Distant Strangers
Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe
White Eye
Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman 

Over to Nicolas Becker in France. He apologises for his English and says he'd like to read to avoid any problems. Thanks most of the people involved in the film. 

Sound of Metal wins it! Hugely popular triumph.

Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michellee Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

Achievement in Sound next

Greyhound
Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders and David Wyman
Mank
Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance and Drew Kunin
News of the World
Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller and John Pritchett
Soul
Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott and David Parker
Sound of Metal
Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michellee Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh 

And the Oscar goes to... Chloe Zhao for Nomadland! 

No surprise and quite possibly not the last of the night for her.

This is a historic win. 

"Oh man, thank you to the Academy, thank you to my brilliant nominees and thank you to my Nomadland company, what a brilliant amazing journey."

Best Director nominations: 

Chloe Zhao - "Nomadland"

David Fincher - "Mank"

Emerald Fennell - "Promising Young Woman"

Lee Isaac Chung - "Minari"

Thomas Vinterberg - "Another Round"

We nip round the globe to Seoul where Best Director Award is being presented by Bong Joon-ho.

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is next on the list, and we're off to the Dolby Theatre, which will host the Oscars again next year. There we find Bryan Cranston who tells us the award goes to the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

This is the first time this award has gone to an organisation. 

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom picks up its second Oscar, for Costume Design!

Costume Design now:

Emma
Alexandra Byrne

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Ann Roth

Mank
Trish Summerville

Mulan
Bina Daigeler

Pinocchio
Massimo Cantini Parrini 

The Oscar goes to... Ma Rainey's Black Bottom!!

Mia Neal gives a powerful thank you speech, with a focus on the possibility of Black people being able to break through the glass ceiling. 

 

Best Make Up and Styling. Once again we're going with little back stories to the nominees. 

Emma
Marese Langan, Laura Allen and Claudia Stolze

Hillbilly Elegy
Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle and Patricia Dehaney

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson

Mank
Gigi Williams, Kimberley Spiteri and Colleen LaBaff

Pinocchio
Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli and Francesco Pegoretti

These speeches are all going miles over the 45 second time limit. Wonder if the organisers are already beginning to panic. 

Kaluuya says he's going out tonight, he's really happy to be alive, (makes reference to the fact he's delighted his mum and dad had sex meaning he's here... his mum does NOT look amused back in Britain). 

Kaluuya talking about the impact of Fred Hampton, Panthers and the importance of unity. 

 

Kaluuya: "Man! Thank you God, can't be here without your guidance and your protection." 

He says thanks to his mum, his family, his team, all the incredible support he's had. 

Best Supporting Actor Oscar goes to... Daniel Kaluuya!

Best Supporting Actor next...

Nomineees are:

Sacha Baron Cohen
The Trial of the Chicago 7


Daniel Kaluuya
Judas and the Black Messiah


Leslie Odom, Jr.
One Night in Miami...


Paul Raci
Sound of Metal


Lakeith Stanfield
Judas and the Black Messiah 

Vintberg now addressing the loss of his daughter, who was killed in a car crash by someone reading their mobile phone just after they'd started filming. He's struggling to carry on but gets through. "We ended up making this movie for you, this is a miracle. Maybe you've been pulling some strings somewhere. This one is for you."

Director Thomas Vintberg: "Thanks to the Academy for voting on this film. It's beyond anything I could have imagined... except I've been imagining it forever. Since I was 5, writing speeches. Thanks to my wife Helene, for being the angel of the project and guiding me through a very difficult period."

The Oscar for International Feature Film goes to... Another Round! As expected...

International Feature Film next up:

"Another Round" (Denmark)

"Better Days" (Hong Kong)

"Collective" (Romania)

"The Man Who Sold His Skin" (Tunisia)

"Quo Vadis, Aida?" (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Laura Dern is up! She of the feather dress. Oh yes.

Florian Zeller, beaming in from France: "Such a great joy and a great honour". Says thanks to everyone involved in the film. 

And of course to Anthony Hopkins. "I wrote the play for him". Zeller says he "thinks Hopkins is the greatest living actor" and he was desperate to work with him. "Thank you for saying yes to the script and having given everything to the film."

Thanks his wife Marianne too. She pops up from stage right and gives him a kiss. Aw!

And the winner is Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller for the Father.

Best adapted screenplay: 


Nominees
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern; Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad

The Father
Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

Nomadland
Written for the screen by Chloé Zhao

One Night in Miami...
Screenplay by Kemp Powers

The White Tiger
Written for the screen by Ramin Bahrani

Best adapted screenplay next!

Original Screenplay goes to Emerald Fennell! 

"Oh my god, he's so heavy and so cold!"

She says she was told to write a speech and she hasn't. "I'm trying very hard not to cry. The film was made by the most amazing people in the world. I have so many people to thank, and I feel bad for being here along."

Thanks lead actress Carey Mulligan, family, producers, son (for arriving after shooting had finished!).

King starting by talking about first jobs and how the nominees for Original Screenplay fell in love with movies.

King explaining how they are doing the show without masks. Testing and lots of protocol and: "When we're rolling, masks off. When we're not rolling, masks on"

King says "our love of movies helped to get us through" what was a very difficult year. "I am proud and excited to be here"

"We're mourning the loss of so many and if things had gone different in Minneapolis I might have traded in my heels for marching boots", in reference to the Chauvin trial. 

The Oscars is underway, and as promised it's as if it were the start to a film, with credits rollling over the top as the camera follows the stunning Regina King  onto the stage as she carries a statuette. 

"LIVE TV HERE WE GO! Welcome to the 93rd Oscars!", she starts...

They're having a lot of fun (while Twitter is having a fair amount of fun with Dern's dress, or at least the lower half...)

Not long to go now... in fact just a couple of minutes before SHOW TIME!

So if you need a fresh cup of tea get sprinting to the kitchen now... GO!

That's the feather skirt we mentioned earlier from Laura Dern.

Chloé Zhao is nominated in four categories. Are you excited about tonight? "I think the Academy did an incredible job. It feels so amazing"

Reese Witherspoon asked if she's enjoying the party. "We're just so excited to be out of the house!"

She's alongside Laura Dern, who is presenting later on, having won Best Supporting Actress last year for Marriage Story. She's also what appears to be half an ostrich round her legs, which is... different.

Aaron Sorkin, writer of The Trial of the Chicago 7. He really loves his cast: "I felt like every morning I was given the keys to a Formula 1 car and I just had to make sure I didn't crash it into a wall, and if I didn't these guys would win the race."

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova is here! She's nominated for best supporting actress for her part in 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan'

Paris

Nicolas Becker arrives for a screening of the Oscars in Paris, France. It does look somewhat less glamorous there than in LA.

Becker is nominated for Best Sound on Sound of Metal.

When we said there's a lot of gold on the red carpet we had NOT anticipated gold crocs. Go Questlove.

Yep, we're liking this number from LaKeith Stanfield, even if the collar is full on Harry Hill. 

There's a fair amount of gold on the red carpet...

Leslie Odom Jr. performing his song Speak Now from One Night In Miami. He's also up for supporting actor for his role as Sam Cooke in the film. 

Io Sì (Seen) singer Laura Pausini, the song is from The Life Ahead.

Riz Ahmed is SO multi-talented.

Glenn Close talking about the importance of grandmothers, for her portrayal of Mamaw in Hillbilly Elegy: "Her dignity, her ferocity and her love of family, represents an incredible group of women"

Close is zero from seven nominations and everyone is, alas, expecting that to be zero from eight by the end of the night. 

Actress Carey Mulligan, nominated for Best Actress for Promising Young Woman, chatting alongside writer and director Emerald Fennell. Both point out that asking British people to be nice about each other IN FRONT of each other is NOT something that comes naturally. They both quickly overcome their reticence though and both gush "she's the best".

Questlove is the musical director tonight, he says it was prepared in advance with his band the Roots, and he's DJing it live tonight. He's also wearing solid chunky specs that are gently steaming up with his, also solidly chunky, mask. 

This! Yes!

Fennell's last outing, as a divorcée waiting for the milkman. 

This look from Emerald Fennell is: "Susan your pottery teacher who has a business opportunity for you which is absolutely not a pyramid scheme”

As described by Fennell, director of Promising Young Woman, herself. 

The BIG Oscar question: What did Alan Kim get for his birthday? The Minari start tells E!'s reporter that he bagged a fitbit, an iPad and a bike. What on earth is a 9-year-old doing with a fitbit?! 

Alan also isn't excited by seeing anyone in particular tonight. 

2021 Oscars Awards: hosts, presenters and performances

Oscars 2021

2021 Oscars Awards: hosts, presenters and performances

Check out the long, long list of people who will be presenting tonight, given we don't have an actual one or two hosts. 

Leslie Odom Jr, with a particuarly Oscar-esque suit. He's up for a Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his part in One Night in Miami. Favourite? Daniel Kaluuya for his portrayal of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, in Judas and the Black Messiah.

Here's dude Alan S. Kim dancing as he heads in to the Oscars.

We've said it once, we'll say it again. He's a dude. 

With the Red Carpet in full swing now, remember the dress code: "We’re aiming for a fusion of Inspirational and Aspirational. In actual words: Formal is totally cool if you want to go there, but casual is really not.”

We haven't spotted any tracksuit bottoms yet, so looks like the warning has worked and nobody has gone for the completely casual stay-at-home covid pandemic look. In fact, while the fashionistas have been extremely focused on debating how this very different year might change people's approach to fashion, so far the general vibe appears pretty similar to most years. 

We are DIGGING that suit... (it's from Versace, btw)

Stuart Besser

Trial of the Chicago 7 (nominated for Best Picture) producer Stuart Besser is in the house. 

Steven Yeun on the red carpet alongside his partner, he's nominated for Best Actor, in Minari. "It's been two years of this ride, and my wife has been alongside me all the way through." 

What was it like when the film premiered at Sundance? "I felt a sense of connection. A beautiful communal experience. Connecting in ways we've wanted to for a long while." 

Oh Ricky... 

Alan S. Kim is such a dude

Eighth time's the charm?

Glenn Close is up for Best Supporting Actress - her eighth Oscar nomination, but she's never won. If she doesn't win she'll tie with Peter O'Toole for the most nominations with no wins.

Her nomination is for Mamaw in Hillbilly Elegy, but not many are expecting her to win. The out and out favourite is Youn Yuh-Jung for her role as the grandmother in Minari.

How much money do actors and directors get for winning an Oscar?

Oscars 2021

How much money do actors and directors get for winning an Oscar?

The Oscar Effect

Winning an Oscar can have a big impact on future earnings for actors and directors, but that's not true across the board - the impact appears to be significantly less pronounced for actresses and for Black actors and actresses. 

Yep, we know how @Tiff_Net feels. We'll let you know what other Oscar games are going on as the evening progresses.

Raci just chatted to ABC, signing all his answers. "My parents raised me with a deaf heart," he says, hoping there will be more jobs for deaf and blind actors in the future. He is so cool. 

We are, Reese!

Witherspoon won Best Actress in 2006, for Walk the Line, portraying June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic.

Best visual effects nomination for #LoveAndMonsters

The development of the film actually began in 2012, with the idea being pinged around before things got serious in 2018, with filming taking place in 2019. That seven year wait will have made the FX a lot easier to do - the advances  even in that time have been impressive.

Lil Rel Howery

Arriving at Union Station...

Actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery looking sharp as he arrives at Union Station. Grape velour - I couldn't get away with it, but he can. 

There are a fair few people milling around at Union Station, but there's no feeling of urgency about the situation yet, with still over three hours to go to the ceremony. 

Oscar statuette

Academy Award of Merit - the official name of the Oscar statuette

Tonight's first award will be the 3,141st statuette presented. The statuette stands 13 and a half inches tall and weighs 8 and a half pounds. First recipient? Emil Jannings as Best Actor his performances in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh in 1929. 

Fun fact: no model was by LA artist George Stanley in the design process.
 

Union Station

Union Station

Here's Union Station, getting ready for tonight's show. The Oscars have left the Dolby Theatre this year and headed to downtown Los Angeles to an 82-year-old art deco station, where the old ticket-counter room will house the main stage. 

The station is an iconic landmark in tinseltown, featuring in Union Station, The Way We Were, To Live and Die in LA, Blade Runner and The Dark Knight Rises. 

Note in the running order, see post below, that there is an alteration to this year's event: Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing are now one category. Why? Because the winner of best mixing and best editing was quite often the same film. 

Oscar running order

Which award comes where? Good question. We don't know yet, to keep us all in suspense. But we can make an educated guess from previous running orders. Here's last year's: 

Actor in a supporting role
Animated feature film
Animated short film
Original screenplay
Adapted screenplay
Live action short film
Production design
Costume design
Documentary feature
Documentary short subject
Actress in a supporting role
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Cinematography
Film editing
Visual effects
Makeup and hairstyling
International feature film
Original score
Original song
Directing
Actor in a leading role
Actress in a leading role
Best motion picture

 

Parasite

Before we get underway tonight, why not check out who picked up the Oscars last year, in the very different ceremony held back in February 2020, where Parasite picked up Best Movie. 

2021 Oscars Awards: times, TV and how to watch in online stream

OSCARS 2021

2021 Oscars Awards: times, TV and how to watch in online stream

The Oscars get underway at  8.30pm ET / 5.30pm PT, but we'll be live from, er, right now, while ABC's coverage kicks off at  8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT. Lots more details about the coverage.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Oscars! All the nominations and announcements from the 93rd Academy Awards, coming live from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, as well as a number of other venues around the world, including some stars' living rooms, as the Oscars adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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