/ 27 April 2021

A year of breakthroughs at the Oscars – except for Glenn Close

There were tears, there was howling (yes, you read that right) and a rather abrupt ending. But the standout winners: Nomadland scored the trifecta claiming Best Picture, Best Director (with Chloé Zhao becoming the 2nd woman to win that gong in Oscars history), and Best Actress (which Frances McDormand took out for the 3rd time). On the Best Actor side, Anthony Hopkins was a surprise winner for his turn in The Father. Though he wasn’t present to accept the trophy, he honoured the late Chadwick Boseman (who was expected to win the award) in a belated acceptance speech. Winner of cringiest speech: Daniel Kaluuya, who won Best Supporting Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah, and sadly this time he wasn’t on mute. Congrats also go to Yuh-Jung Youn, who dragged herself away from Brad Pitt for long enough to make history as the first Korean actor to win an Oscar – she claimed Best Supporting Actress for Minari. The night’s biggest loser was Glenn Close – she levelled the record of 8 nominations with no trophy. But the important thing is there are real-life red carpet looks to gawk at

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