The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony will go down in history as the one that celebrated inclusivity as never before.From an all-Black producing team being nominated for Best Picture, to Asian origin actors taking home the trophy, to hearing and speech impaired presenter Marlee Matlin — the Oscars this year made space for life in all its diversity!
Chloe Zhao expectedly won the Best Director honour and her film Nomadland won the Best Picture award. Actor Anthony Hopkins, who portrayed an ageing man battling dementia in The Father, won the Best Actor award. The octogenarian was not present at the ceremony or on video, and his award was accepted by the Academy on his behalf. Others nominated in the category were the late Chadwick Boseman, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Steven Yeun and Gary Oldman. Nomadland actress Frances McDormand won the Best Actress award. She was competing against Viola Davis, Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby and Carey Mulligan.
Oscars 2021 were held from two locations in Los Angeles — Union Station and Dolby Theatre. Dolby Theatre has been a venue for Oscars since 2001. However, this year, the live audience capacity was limited to 170 people and the guests were rotating in and out of the ceremony Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom made history by taking the award for Best Hair and Make-up. The winners, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, became the first Black women to win in the category. The film also took home the Best Costume Design award for Ann Roth.
Pixar’s Soul, top-lined by Jamie Foxx, won Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Score honour. South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung won the Best Supporting Actress for the film Minari. She was called on stage by Hollywood star Brad Pitt. Last year’s Best Supporting Actress Laura Dern presented the nominees for the Best Supporting Actor, which went to Daniel Kaluuya for Judas And The Black Messiah. — IANS
Acting to me is a paid hobby: Anthony Hopkins
Actor Anthony Hopkins said being a part of showbiz is like having a paid hobby.”I’m not a method actor. I can’t sit in the corner thinking I’m a plant or anything like that. I get a cup of tea or a cup of coffee and say, ‘Good morning’. Some people want to make a big deal of it. I can’t. I’ve got a life of my own and acting to me is a hobby, a paid hobby, but I enjoy it,” Hopkins said in an interview. He added that he has always tried to tell young actors about how distorted fame and stardom are. “Most of this is nonsense; most of this is a lie. Accept life as it is. Just be grateful to be alive,” he said earlier. IANS
An epic reply!
Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung had a witty retort during a media conversation after winning her first Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for Minari, on being asked how Brad Pitt smells like.”I didn’t smell him. I am not a dog,” she quipped. Yuh-jung said Pitt announcing her name was something she found too good to be true.