Diversity in Oscars 2021



The 93rd Academy Awards was different from its predecessors in a few key ways, the foremost of which was that it pushed through despite the threat of the Covid19 pandemic.

Hosted by Oscar awardee and actress Regina King at the Los Angeles Union Station, this year’s winners were notably more diverse than the year before, in both color and gender.

“Nomadland”, directed by Chloe Zhao and starring Frances McDormand, won Best Picture. This film featured McDormand as a woman who lost her job and becomes one among the swelling number of Americans living out of their cars in search of work.

Zhao and McDormand won Best Director and Best Lead Actress award, respectively. The “Nomadland” actress beat out nominees Viola Davis (for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) and Carey Mulligan (for “Promising Young Woman”).

The Best Actor award went to Anthony Hopkins for “The Father”, which tackled the story of an aging man grappling with his advancing memory loss. He starred alongside nominee for Best Supporting Actress Olivia Colman, most recently known for playing Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s series, “The Crown.”

Hopkins beat out the late Chadwick Boseman who starred in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” a film that won Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

It was Yuh-Jung Youn who won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in “Minari”, which follows the story of a South Korean immigrant family who moved to rural Arkansas in the ‘80s in pursuit of the American dream.

Disney/Pixar’s win went to “Soul”, which also won Best Animated Feature and Best Original Music.

Bagging Best Animated Short Film was Netflix’s “If Anything Happens I Love You”, which was about two parents struggling with the loss of their child due to a school shooting.

This year’s Academy Awards were also not left untouched by recent US social events, such as the verdict for Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, who was convicted by a jury of second degree and third degree murder and manslaughter of George Floyd.

King said in her opening speech: “I have to be honest, if things had gone differently this past week in Minneapolis, I might have traded in my heels for marching boots.”

The death of Floyd, whose neck Chauvin’s knee was pressed on for over nine minutes, sparked protests in the past months against police brutality and racism.

Photo: The Guardian/WMAC

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