“Nomadland” Takes Home Three Oscars at 2021 Academy Awards

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)

Ever since the beginning of this year’s awards season, Nomadland cemented its status as one of the front-runners and it was expected to walk away with several trophies come Oscar night. Its triumph at the Academy Awards was as brilliant as expected, and it eventually collected a total of three awards.

Nomadland was crowned as the biggest winner of the night when it walked away with the best picture Oscar, but this wasn’t its only big victory. Chloé Zhao became the first woman of color and only the second female filmmaker to win the best director award, while Frances McDormand collected her third best actress Oscar.

Zhao and McDormand weren’t the only ones making history at this year’s Oscars. Anthony Hopkins picked up the best actor trophy for his performance in The Father, becoming the oldest winner in this category. Youn Yuh-jung (Minari) made history as the first Korean woman to win the Oscar for the best-supporting actress, while Daniel Kaluuya won the best-supporting actor award for his portrayal of Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Sound of Metal, Soul, and Mank were also amongst the major winners, with two trophies each, mostly in technical categories. Emerald Fennell also had a reason to celebrate after picking up the Oscar for the best original screenplay for Promising Young Woman, while Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round was crowned as the best international feature film.

The 93rd Academy Awards aired from Union Station and Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles 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