It all comes down to it – Hollywood’s biggest night out for the weirdest year of cinema. The 93rd Annual Academy Awards will be held tonight, and resourcingstrategies will update the winners list live as soon as they are announced.
Today’s hostless ceremony with an “ensemble” of presenters is the latest in Oscar history as the 2020 pandemic set its own agenda. The awards are presented in 23 categories by Union Station in Los Angeles, the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and the US at various European hubs for nominees who cannot travel to Tinseltown.
Netflix’s Mank kicks off the evening with 10 dominant Oscar nominations, and six of its rivals for Best Picture follow with half a dozen each: Sony Classics ‘The Father, Warner Bros’ Judas and The Black Messiah, A24’s Minari, Searchlight’s Nomadland, Amazon Studios ‘Sound of Metal and Netflix’ The Trial of the Chicago Seven. The eighth nominee for best picture, Focus Features’ promising young woman, has five nominations tied to Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom from Netflix.
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The nominations reflected a year when cinemas were largely closed by Covid and movies were generally viewed at home via streaming services. But they also reflect a trend that could well continue: an emphasis on diversity, and there’s next to no chance that filmmakers, actors, writers, and other people of color will be overlooked.
On that front, there are multiple Academy Awards nominations this year, including two women battling it out to be the best director of Promising Young Woman’s Chloé Zhao, Emerald Fennell Nomadland, the latter being the first black woman to win this trophy. Zhao and Minari’s Steven Yeun is the first Asian-American nominee for Best Actor. and Riz Ahmed is the first Muslim to be nominated in the Leading Actors race.
The ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. (PT) live on ABC. So fill in these Oscar pools and follow resourcingstrategies’s live blog to find out who is taking home the gold in 2021.
Here are the winners announced so far:
Writing (adapted script)
Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller
Writing (original script)
Promising young woman
Written by Emerald Fennell
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