2021 Oscars recap

Brandon Montemayor , Lifestyle writer

Awards season officially came to an end Sunday after the conclusion of the 93rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the coveted ceremony gives praise to the year’s best films and those involved in their creation. 

As with most events in recent times, this year’s Oscars looked very different. The hostless event traded the ballrooms and galas for L.A.’s Union Station while adding an air of normalcy to the event, with maskless presenters and audience members all gathered indoors. The pre-COVID-19 look was spoken about early on by nominee Regina King, who said those in the audience had undergone rigorous testing and vaccination processes in order to safely gather. 

Anthony Hopkins won the award for Best Actor for his performance in “The Father,” making him now the oldest actor to win an academy award at the age of 83. 

The night’s big winner was the film “Nomadland,” which took home the awards for Best Picture, Best Actress via Frances McDormand and Best Director via Chloé Zhao. The latter became the first woman of color, and second woman ever, to win Best Director. 

The tone was set for unprecedented diversity throughout the ceremony. Nearly half of those nominated in acting categories were people of color, and the ceremony nominated more women this year, throughout all categories, than in any other year. 

All this not to mention the huge shift in the content that was represented in the awards, as several of the nominated films centered around socially conscious subject matter. “Minari” won the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role via Yuh-jung Youn, Daniel Kaluuya took home the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in “Judas and the Black Messiah” and Best Achievement in Sound and Film Editing went to “Sound of Metal.” All of these stories tackle topics from racism and systemic abuse to social activism and marginalization. 

Other notable awards went to Disney Pixar’s “Soul” for Best Animated Feature Film, “My Octopus Teacher” for Best Documentary Feature and Denmark’s “Another Round” for Best International Feature Film. For a full list of all the nights nominees and winners, click here.

The 93rd Annual Academy Awards are also available to watch or rewatch via On-Demand services, the ABC App and HULU.