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Nomadland wins big at Academy Awards

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Nomadland wins big at Academy Awards

Nomadland won the big award of the night at this year’s Academy Awards, taking home the Best Picture Oscar, while the film’s director Chloe Zhao and star Frances McDormand also ended the evening victorious.

Regina King introduced the ceremony, which due to Covid restrictions took place in a train station, with winners being beamed in by video from all over the world. And the prizes were handed out to different films all across the board.

Anthony Hopkins won the Best Actor award (The Father), Best Supporting Actor was Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah), and Best Supporting Actress Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari). 

Oscars 2021 winners
Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor for his role in The Father. (Picture: Sony Pictures Classics)

The writing awards went to Promising Young Woman and The Father, while elsewhere there were multiple doubles, including Mank (cinematography, production design), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (costume, make-up and hair), and Sound of Metal (editing, sound).

Pixar hit Soul was named Best Animated Film, Another Round won Best International Film, and My Octopus Teacher took home the Best Documentary award.

Full list of winners:


Best Picture



Best Director

Chloe Zhao – Nomadland 

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 Original Screenplay

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Best Adapted Screenplay

Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller – The Father

Best Cinematography


Best Editing

Sound of Metal

Best Production Design


Best Costume Design

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Make-Up & Hair

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Score


Best Song

Fight For You from Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Sound

Sound of Metal

Best Visual Effects


Best Animated Feature


Best Documentary

My Octopus Teacher

Best International Film

Another Round

Best Live-Action Short

Two Distant Strangers

Best Animated Short

If Anything Happens I Love You

Best Documentary Short


Humanitarian Award

Tyler Perry
Banner image courtesy of Searchlight Pictures.