Chloé Zhao, Youn Yuh-jung, Emerald Fennell and extra are all taking place in Academy Awards historical past.
The 2021 Oscars certain seemed completely different than the normal ceremony we’re used. However regardless of the smaller ceremony, it was nonetheless an opportunity for the celebs in attendance to return to purple carpet glam, and for winners to present transferring, hilarious speeches that can positively final in our reminiscence. It was additionally a history-making evening, with many long-standing (and, in some circumstances, painfully outdated) Academy Awards data being damaged. Right here, we break all of it down.
Chloé Zhao’s Greatest Director victory
Chloé Zhao had already made historical past when the 2021 Oscar nominations have been introduced, however now she has additional cemented her legendary place. Along with her Greatest Director win for drama Nomadland (which additionally gained Greatest Image), the Chinese language filmmaker turns into the primary Asian lady — and first lady of color — to win within the class. Zhao can also be solely the second lady in Academy historical past to earn the popularity (the primary was Kathryn Bigelow, who gained in 2010 for The Damage Locker).
Within the class this yr, Zhao was additionally nominated alongside Promising Younger Girl‘s Emerald Fennell, making the duo the primary two ladies to be nominated within the class on the identical time (and solely the sixth and seventh ladies to earn the nods ever). This was additionally the primary time two Asian filmmakers have been acknowledged within the class without delay; Minari’s Lee Isaac Chung was additionally nominated for Greatest Director.
Emerald Fennell’s screenwriting honour
Talking of Emerald Fennell (who, when you didn’t know, additionally performed Camilla Parker-Bowles in seasons three and 4 of The Crown), the British multi-hyphenate walked away with a statuette of her personal. Her win for Greatest Authentic Screenplay, recognizing her Promising Younger Girl script, makes her the first lady to win a screenplay Oscar (sure, between each the unique and tailored classes) since Diablo Cody gained for Juno in 2008.
A triumph for Ma Rainey’s Black Backside
Right here’s a long-overdue first: Ma Rainey’s Black Backside creatives are the primary Black ladies to ever win an Oscar within the hair and make-up class. (Fellow stylist Sergio Lopez-Rivera additionally gained alongside them.) “I stand right here, as Jamika and I break this glass ceiling, with a lot pleasure for the longer term,” Neal mentioned in her speech. “As a result of I can image Black trans ladies standing up right here, and Asian sisters, and our Latina sisters, and Indigenous ladies. And I do know that someday it gained’t be uncommon or groundbreaking, it should simply be regular.”
Age is however a quantity
Anthony Hopkins’ Greatest Actor prize for his work in The Father was…sudden, to say the least. However along with his win, the 83-year-old, who wasn’t in attendance on the 2021 Oscars ceremony, turned the oldest actor to win an Academy Award. He had some good firm, too: 89-year-old Ma Rainey’s Black Backside costume designer Ann Roth (additionally not in attendance) turned the oldest ladies to ever win an Oscar when she topped the class.
Frances McDormand continues Nomadland’s 2021 Oscars run
We’re no strangers to seeing Frances McDormand on stage accepting awards for her superb appearing, and final evening was no completely different. The Nomadland star — who additionally gained as a producer on the movie — walked away with the Greatest Actress statue for her efficiency within the acclaimed drama, making it her third win within the class. (She beforehand gained for Fargo and Three Billboards Exterior Ebbing, Missouri.) The one different actress to have extra wins within the class is Katharine Hepburn, who gained 4.
And, in case you’re pondering, “Wait, doesn’t Meryl Streep additionally have three appearing Oscars?” you’re proper. However solely two of them are for Greatest Actress — her third is within the Greatest Supporting Actress class.
Minari’s Youn Yuh-jung turns into a fan favorite
If you happen to haven’t been following Youn Yuh-jung awards season journey, you’ve been lacking out. The acclaimed star turned the primary Korean actor to ever win an appearing prize on the 2021 Oscars along with her Greatest Supporting Actress victory for Minari, and he or she gave a show-stealing speech to high it off. She began by chatting with Brad Pitt, who introduced the award (he additionally was a producer on Minari), corrected folks for mispronouncing her title all through the season, acknowledged her fellow nominees and co-stars, and gave a shoutout to her household that had the viewers cracking up.