In a year where the epidemic closed theaters and turned movie-goers into couch potatoes, 16 out of 23 went to statuette projects that at the very least simultaneously premiered on streaming services, with “Nomadland”, Which Hulu acquired, representing the first. Best Picture winner through that relatively new medium.
Francis McDormand also went on to win the Oscar for the film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. Meanwhile, Anthony Hopkins was named Best Actor for his role as a demented man in “The Father”, an emotional moment that ensued, eclipsing Chadwick Boseman as the only third actor to be cast as “Ma Rainey’s Black Awarded posthumously for “Bottom”. “
At the age of 83, Hopkins became the oldest winner ever. His last Oscar came nearly 30 years ago, for “The Silence of the Lambs”.
Unlike some previous festivals that have seen one film dominate, this year’s awards spread money among several films. “Nomadland” led with three awards, while five other films added a pair.
Among the many surprising choices of producers, Best Picture was actually presented before two top acting awards, with precedent of years.
In total, Netflix received seven trophies, marking the culmination of the courtship of the leading streamer of Oscar voters, within the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, despite resistance and misgivings from the organization that presided over the awards.
Advancing international tastes, the evening began with the Screenplay Awards, which became a pair of Europeans: “Promising Young Woman” Emerald Fennell – for a story that dealt with sexual assault – and “The Fathers” Florian Zeller, both also directed those films. (Later accepted remotely, but most of the nominees were in Los Angeles.)
Daniel Kaluuya earned his first Oscar for “Judas and the Black Messiah”, which was released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max by Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton, as well as the one he saw for “Fight for You” Earned the best songs. (Both Warner Bros. and the streaming service are like CNN, a unit of WarnerMedia.)
One of the “soul,” films, was redirected into streaming – in this case, Disney + – to be named the best animated film, the third Pixar film from director Pete Doktor (with Kemp Powers as co-director) Was marked, awarded as follows. “” And “Inside Out.” This is one of the studio’s films featuring predominantly African-American actors, with Jamie Foxx voicing the central character, and adding an Oscar for Best Musical Score .
The makeup / hairstyling team of Netflix’s “Ma Rainey Black Black” also became the first black winner in that category, earning the Netflix film an Oscar as well as an Oscar for costume design.
In other technical categories, “Citizen Kane,” Hollywood History Lessons About Producing Citizen Kane, “took honors for production design and cinematography,” Sound of Metal “claimed sound and editing, and Christopher Nolan’s Science – Fi thriller “Tennat” earned the best visual effects.
Other political issues, such as gun violence, played a part in the ceremony, but one of the most vulgar pleas to the winner of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy’s Humanitarian Award, Tyler Perry, urged viewers to join him ” Denial of hate “when it came to other people.
The pre-show included a video urging people to return to theaters, as film industry heads use the hash tag #TheBigScreenIsBack over the summer.
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly won the number of Oscars Netflix. It is seven.