“Nomadland” Dominates the 2021 Academy Awards with Three Wins

Producers Peter Spears (from left), Frances McDormand, Chloe Zhao, Mollye Asher and Dan Janvey, winners of the award for best picture for
Producers Peter Spears (from left), Frances McDormand, Chloe Zhao, Mollye Asher and Dan Janvey, winners of the award for best picture for "Nomadland" at the Oscars 93rd Annual Academy Awards. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Pool/Shutterstock (11868957kj)

Nomadland has been on a winning streak since the begging of this year’s awards season, and its domination continued at the Academy Awards. Chloé Zhao’s critically acclaimed drama won a total of three awards, including the Oscar for the best picture.

Nomadland managed to beat the likes of Minari and The Trial of the Chicago 7 to win the best picture Oscar, but this wasn’t its only big victory of the night. Frances McDormand won her third best actress Oscar for her performance in this movie, while Chloé Zhao made history as the second woman to collect the trophy for the best director.

Anthony Hopkins made history with The Father, as the oldest person to be rewarded with the best actor Oscar. Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) and Youn Yuh-jung (Minari) collected the trophies for their supporting performances.

The Father and Judas and the Black Messiah were amongst the movies, with a total of two awards won, together with Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Sound of Metal, Soul, and Mank. The list of major winners also included Promising Young Woman (best original screenplay) and Another Round (best international feature film).

The scaled-down 93rd Academy Awards ceremony took place at Los Angeles’ Union Station and Dolby Theatre on April 25th.


Best Picture

Best Actor
Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Best Actress
Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress
Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari

Best Director

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Father – Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

Best Original Screenplay
Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell

Best International Feature Film
Another Round (Denmark)

Best Editing
Sound of Metal – Mikkel E. G. Nielsen

Best Cinematography
Mank – Erik Messerschmidt

Best Original Song
“Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

Best Original Score
Soul – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

Best Sound
Sound of Metal
Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

Best Production Design
Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

Best Costume Design
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom  – Ann Roth

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

Best Visual Effects
Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher

Best Documentary Feature
My Octopus Teacher

Best Documentary Short Subject

Best Animated Feature Film
Soul – Pete Docter and Dana Murray

Best Animated Short Film
If Anything Happens I Love You

Best Live Action Short Film
Two Distant Strangers