Oscars 2021 Recap: Most Memorable Moments, Speeches, and Oscars Breaking Wins


The 93rd Academy Awards has become one of Hollywood’s most memorable nights of the year, with historic wins, breathing taking performances, and powerful speeches. Listed below is a recap of Hollywood’s exciting night.

Chole Zhao Won Best Director

Director Chole Zhao won best director Nomadland. This barrier-breaking win has made Zhao the first woman of color to win the award. Zhao is also only the second woman ever to win Best Director in Oscar history.

At the ceremony, Nomadland took home three awards; Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Director. The film was the only three-time winner of the evening.

Hopkins Upset over Boseman.

Anthony Hopkins wins Best Actor in a shocking upset over the late Chadwick Boseman. Boseman, who has dominated the awards this season, was the projected winner of the category. Hopkin’s win made him the eldest person to ever receive an Oscar. He is 83.

First Black Women to Win Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, alongside Sergio Lopez-Rivera, won Best Makeup & Hairstyling for their work on Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

After taking the stage, Neal used her speech to highlight other women of color in the industry.

“As Jamika and I break this glass ceiling,” Neal says. “I can picture Black trans women standing up here, and Asian sisters. And our Latina sisters, and indigenous women. And I know that one day it won’t be unusual or groundbreaking–it will just be normal.”

The complete list of the evening’s winners are listed below:

Best Actor
Anthony Hopkins

The Father

Best Actress
Frances McDormand

Best Picture
France McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher and Chole Zhao Producers

Music (Original Song)
“Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
Music by H.E.R.

Music (Original Score)
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste

Film Editing
Sound of Metal
Mikkel E.G. Nielsen

Erik Messerschmidt

Production Design
Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jam Pascale.

Actress in a Supporting Role
Yuh-Jung Youn


Visual Effects
Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fish

Documentary Feature
My Octopus Teacher
Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster.

Documentary Short Subject
Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard

Animated Feature Film
Pete Docter and Dana Murray

Animated Short Film
If Anything Happens I Love You
Will McCormack and Michael Govier

Live Action Short Film
Two Distant Strangers
Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe

Sound of Metal
Nicholas Becker, Jaimes Baksht, Michelle Couttolen, Carlos Cortes, and Phillip Bladh.

Chloe Zhao

Costume Design
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Ann Roth

Makeup and Hairstyling
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson.

Actor in a Supporting Role
Daniel Kaluuya

Judas and the Black Messiah

International Feature Film

Another Round

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
The Father
Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller.

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Promising Young Woman
Written by Emerald Fennell