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Nomadland wins the 2021 Best Picture Oscar award

The Academy Award for the best movie went to Chloe Zhao's Nomadland. Zhao had earlier picked up the prize for Best Director, becoming just the second woman to do so.

The Academy Award for the best movie went to Chloe Zhao's Nomadland. Zhao had earlier picked up the prize for Best Director, just the second woman to do so.

The 2021 Academy Award for Best picture has been won by Nomadland, Chloe Zhao’s fictional drama following the experiences of a widow who travels around the United States in a van after losing her livelihood in the Great Reccession.

Earlier on Sunday evening Zhao had won the Oscar for Best Director, becoming just the second woman and the first Chinese woman to win the Academy Award for directing. Nomadland has also been awarded the top prize by the Producers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, the Golden Globes and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Film critic Peter Bradshaw described it as a “gentle, compassionate, questioning film about the American soul,” praising Frances McDormand’s “quiet, self-effacing performance” as one of the best of her career.

Who was nominated for the 2021 Oscars Best Picture?

"Nomadland" - An old woman embarks on a journey through the American West after losing it all in the Great Recession.

"The Trial of the Chicago 7" - The astonishing true story of seven people put on trial for their role in the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

"Mank" – An imaging of 1930s Hollywood from the perspective of alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he attempts to finish the screenplay of his iconic Citizen Kane.

"Promising Young Woman" – After suffering a tragic event, a vengeful young woman seeks out revenge against those who cross her path.

"Minari" - A Korean family moves to Arkansas to start a farm in the 1980s.

"The Father" - A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

"Sound of Metal" - A drummer begins to lose his sense of hearing and he attempts to reconcile the twist of fate that has thrown his life into turmoil.

"Judas and the Black Messiah" – Searing historical drama on the life of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, who was betrayed by FBI informant William O'Neal.

Who won the Best Picture award in 2020?

The stand-out film from last year’s award night was Parasite which picked up four Oscars in total and made history in the process. The South Korean thriller was named Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English language film to win that accolade.

Bong Joon-ho also won the awards for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay to complete a legendary Oscars hat-trick. After receiving the awards, Bong told reporters: "I feel like I'll wake up to find it's all a dream. It all feels very surreal.”


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