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April 26, 2021 / 11:23 AM IST

Oscars 2021 Highlights: Winning director Chloe Zhao makes history, becomes first Asian woman to lift trophy

Oscars 2021 Highlights: Filmmaker Chloe Zhao scripted history at the 93rd Academy Awards by becoming the first woman of colour and only the second woman in the Oscars' history to win best director trophy.

Oscars 2021 Highlights: The wait is over for the 93rd Academy Awards and Hollywood's biggest night of the year. The 2021 Oscars took place earlier today. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Oscars were organised two months later than usual this year. With COVID-19 norms in place, there was a limit on the number of attendees. Unlike previous years, there wasn't a traditional audience, although there was
an attempt to host a red carpet show and nominees attending the event in person. Heading into the ceremony, there were a few clear front-runners in major categories like best picture and best director, but the race was still considered wide open in others, like best actress. The ceremony aired with a look and feel like no others - devoid of the usual comedy and musical performances but chock full of lengthy oratory from the winners. Performances of the five Oscar-nominated best original songs were relegated to pre-recorded presentations broadcast during a two-hour pre-show ahead of the main event on the Disney-owned ABC network. One of the greatest changes from traditional Oscar presentations was a marked expansion in the length of speeches given by the winners, who normally are "played" off by the orchestra if their thank-yous run past 45 seconds.
  • April 26, 2021 / 11:22 AM IST

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  • April 26, 2021 / 11:17 AM IST

    Oscars 2021 LIVE Updates | Chloe Zhao, winner, best director for ‘Nomadland’: “I have always found goodness in the people I met, everywhere I went in the world. So this is for anyone who had the faith and the courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves, and to hold on to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that.”

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  • April 26, 2021 / 11:09 AM IST

    Oscars 2021 LIVE Updates | Recap: 'My Octopus Teacher' wins the Oscar for best documentary

    My Octopus Teacher, the tale of an eight-limbed creature and her human companion, won the Oscar for the best documentary. The documentary was ten years in the making. It started as a personal video project by South African filmmaker Craig Foster to rekindle his connection with nature by observing an inquisitive female mollusc near Cape Town.

  • April 26, 2021 / 10:55 AM IST

    Oscars 2021 LIVE Updates | Emerald Fennell Writing (Original Screenplay) winner for 'Promising Young Woman': I think I always hoped to make something that people would want to go and see, even if it’s about something difficult and troubling – you could talk about it afterward. Something felt glossy and feminine but about dark subject matter.

  • April 26, 2021 / 10:43 AM IST

    Oscars 2021 LIVE Updates | Frances McDormand a double Oscar winner for 'Nomadland'

    Frances McDormand has two more Oscars. She may hang on to them a little more tightly. She won best actress Sunday night for her performance in Nomadland, which also nabbed best picture. As a producer on the movie, she collected a trophy as well. McDormand kissed her director-husband, Joel Coen, and rose from their table inside Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to make her way to the stage for one of the shortest speeches of the night. (AP)

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  • April 26, 2021 / 10:22 AM IST

    Oscars 2021 LIVE Updates | Chloe Zhao's Oscars get muted reaction, even censorship in China

    Chloe Zhao's history-making Oscars sweep, winning best director and best picture, is being met with a muted response in her country of birth, and even instances of censorship. Zhao's Nomadland is the second film directed by a woman to win a best picture Oscar. She is the first woman of color and second woman ever to win the Oscars for best director. Yet, in China, where Zhao was born, her history-making success has not been trumpeted or celebrated. State media in China had yet to celebrate her win by late Monday morning, with CCTV and Xinhua, the two main state media not posting her win. (AP)

  • April 26, 2021 / 09:40 AM IST

    Oscars 2021 LIVE Updates | Anthony Hopkins has become the oldest actor ever to win an Academy Award.

    Read more | Anthony Hopkins wins Oscars for best actor award for his role in 'The Father'

  • April 26, 2021 / 09:32 AM IST

    Oscars 2021 LIVE Updates | Derek Chauvin verdict weighs heavily on Oscars broadcast

    Following one of the most consequential court cases in recent US history, Hollywood wasted no time in reflecting on the state of race relations and police use of force in Sunday's Academy Awards show. The theme was revisited several more times, injecting politics into a broadcast seen around the world.

    "I have to be honest, if things had gone differently this past week in Minneapolis, I might have traded in my heels for marching boots," Regina King, the presenter who opened the show, said at the start of the broadcast.

    She was referring to the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty by a jury of all three charges in the death of George Floyd: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

    The case has rocked the United States ever since cellphone video of the incident on May 25, 2020, went viral. The video showed Chauvin, a white veteran of the police force, pushing his knee into the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in handcuffs, for more than nine minutes. (Reuters)

  • April 26, 2021 / 09:16 AM IST

    Oscars 2021 LIVE Updates | Chloe Zhao: It’s pretty fabulous to be a woman in 2021!

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  • April 26, 2021 / 09:08 AM IST

    Oscars 2021 LIVE Updates | Travon Free, who won Oscars for 'Two Distant Strangers' in Short Film (Live Action) category, says it was all a dream

  • April 26, 2021 / 09:01 AM IST

    Oscars 2021 LIVE Updates | Anthony Hopkins was announced as 'Oscar 2021 Best Actor' at the 93rd Academy Awards. The award was given to him for his role in the movie 'The Father'. It's the second Oscar for Hopkins and comes nearly 30 years after his first in 1992, for playing Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. He's been nominated four times since without a win. Hopkins was not on hand to accept the award.

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