Who won at the 2021 Oscars?
The 2021 Oscars — which had no host — were broadcasted from two separate locations, including the Dolby Theatre and Union Station in Los Angeles. The show was aired live.
Here’s a breakdown of the winners:
- Best Picture — “Nomadland”
- Best Director — Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”
- Actress in a Leading Role — Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”
- Actor in a Leading Role — Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”
- Actress in a Supporting Role — Yuh-jung Youn, “Minari”
- Actor in a Supporting Role — Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”
- Original Song — “Fight For You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”
- Animated Feature Film — “Soul”
- Makeup and Hairstyling — “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
- Visual Effects — “Tenet”
- Cinematography — “Mank”
- Film Editing — “Sound of Metal”
- Production Design — “Mank”
- Sound — “Sound of Metal”
- International Feature Film — Denmark, “Another Round”
- Documentary Short Subject — “Colette”
- Documentary Feature — “My Octopus Teacher”
- Live Action Short Film — “Two Distant Strangers”
- Animated Short Film — “If Anything Happens I Love You”
- Original Screenplay — Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”
- Adapted Screenplay — Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller, “The Father”
- Original Score — “Soul”
- Costume Design — “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Anthony Hopkins wins best actor. But what was the controversial ending?
The 2021 Academy Awards ended on a controversial note, at least according to social media. The final award was the best lead actor honor, which went to Anthony Hopkins. Social media freaked out, though, saying that the award was all set up to be given to Chadwick Boseman, who was posthumously nominated for his role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
The Oscars typically end the show on the best picture award. But this year the ceremony finished with the best actor award, which made people believe the show was setting up for an emotional ending by giving the win to Boseman. Instead, the award went to Hopkins, who — unlike other award winners — didn’t appear at the award show.
They build the entire show around a Chadwick Boseman ending and then Anthony Hopkins won and didn't show up— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) April 26, 2021
Hopkins beating Boseman, and then not even bothering to be there to make a speech so the show just ends, is one of the strangest finishes to an Oscars I've ever seen. And I was in the room when the La La Land fiasco happened.— Steven Zeitchik (@zeitchikWaPo) April 26, 2021
Wow, that ending was a huge bummer! Makes me nostalgic for when they mixed up the envelopes.— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) April 26, 2021
I can't even enjoy Anthony Hopkins' win. I'm absolutely heartbroken and devastated.— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) April 26, 2021
that ending was somehow the exact opposite of the moonlight ending— Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) April 26, 2021
I liked the ending of Sopranos but I’ve never seen it tried on an awards show.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) April 26, 2021
I'm sorry but I'll never get over Chadwick losing— it was rachatha all along (@RachelLeishman) April 26, 2021
This is heartbreaking for Boseman and his family, and sad that Hopkins didn’t get to revel in one of his best performances, but holy hell this is just awful for Nomadland, a film that deserved to have this moment, a film that deserves center stage and a piece of history #Oscars— Michael Frank (@peachfuzzcritic) April 26, 2021
Of course, the Oscars are used to controversial endings. Back in 2017, the award show had a botched ending where “Moonlight” won after the film “La La Land” was originally announced as the winner, according to The Associated Press. In fact, the award winner was flipped while the “La La Land” cast was accepting the award. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway reportedly took the wrong envelope at the time and read the wrong film as the winner.