Oscars 2021: behind the triumph of "Nomadland", a ceremony under the sign of diversity

Oscars 2021: behind the triumph of "Nomadland", a ceremony under the sign of diversity

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The  Oscars 2021: behind the triumph of "Nomadland", a ceremony under the sign of diversity Chinese director Chloé Zhao's feature film won the award for best film, best director and best actress ...

Chinese director Chloé Zhao's feature film won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress (Frances McDormand).

The triumph of Nomadland was expected, after a series of victories during the Hollywood awards season, and it did take place, without a blow, Sunday, April 25, during the 93 rd Oscar ceremony. The meeting was held for the most part in Los Angeles, with a few satellite dropouts around the world for some named, while the Covid-19 pandemic, has been shaking up the world of cinema for a year, has forced producers to adapt their device.Read alsoOscars 2021: relive the coronation of Chloé Zhao, "Nomadland", Frances McDormand and Florian Zeller

Nomadland was crowned best film, Chloé Zhao was awarded the statuette for best director - awarded to a woman for the second time, only, in history - and its lead performer, Frances McDormand , is best actress, for the third time. of his career (after Fargo , in 1997, and 3 Billboards, Les Panneaux de la vengeance , in 2018). She joins in the club of the three-crowned Meryl Streep, Ingrid Bergman and Katharine Hepburn.

The promise of diversity and co-education has been kept

In a strange ceremony, organized (too?) On the line by director Steven Soderbergh, in Los Angeles' main train station, Union Station, and populated by films that very few people have had the opportunity to see in theaters - the obligation to exit to Los Angeles to compete had been exceptionally waived due to the pandemic - Frances McDormand urged viewers to leave their couch as soon as possible: “Watch our film on the biggest screen possible. And one day, real, real soon, take everybody, you know, to a movie theater, side by side in this dark place, and watch all the movies that's pictured here tonight. "

In the end, in the competition between streaming platforms and the big screen, Netflix, which had accumulated 36 nominations, a record, can be happy with seven statuettes, another record for a video on demand site. The Californian giant won technical Oscars (make-up / hairstyle and costumes for Le Blues by Ma Rainey and sets and photography for Mank ), the documentary prize ( La Sagesse de la pieuvre ) and finally that of the best short films (animation and traditional). It is ahead of all the traditional studios - but it must be said that the latter have often opted for a delay in the releases of their films while waiting for better times.Read also:"Nomadland" by Chloé Zhao wins the Golden Lion in Venice

After years of controversy over the Oscar academy's lack of openness to women and minorities, the promise of diversity and co-education has been kept, with women finally rewarded (Chloé Zhao, therefore, but also the Briton Emerald Fennell for the original screenplay for Promising Young Woman ) and a parade of Black Hollywood stars on stage to present the awards (Regina King, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Zendaya…).

Despite disappointments in the flagship categories, the many films devoted to the history of the African-American community have not been ignored, notably Judas and the Black Messiah (best supporting actor for Daniel Kaluuya, best song), on the life and assassination of Chicago Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton. Actor-director-producer Tyler Perry has also received an honorary award for his humanitarian work.

A few days after the verdict in the trial of the murder of George Floyd, an African American, by a white policeman in Minneapolis, and after a year of protests against racism in the United States, the awards were the occasion to return to these events which are tearing America apart - despite the producers' recommendations to soften the pedal to political speeches, which have become ubiquitous in recent years at the risk of scaring viewers away.

The evening was good for the French

Actress and director Regina King, who has been given the difficult task of opening the ceremony, summed up the paradox: “If things had turned out differently last week in Minneapolis, I might have traded my heels. tops against shoes to protest. I know a lot of you around the house are looking for your remote [to switch channels] when you feel like Hollywood is lecturing you. But as a mother of a black son, I know the fear that so many people live with and that fame and money don't change. But tonight we are here to celebrate. "

"Please, do not be indifferent to our pain" , urged for his part the comedian Travon Free, who came to receive the prize for the best short film for Two Distant Strangers, the story of a black cartoonist locked in a time loop that sees his day invariably end with his murder by a police officer.Article reserved for our subscribers Read also"Judas and the Black Messiah": a mole among the Black Panthers

Another winner of the evening, The Father , the adaptation of the play by Florian Zeller, for which the French novelist won the prize for best adapted screenplay and for which the main actor, Anthony Hopkins, was awarded.

The ceremony, almost without relief and without humor - with the exception of an improvised "twerk" by actress Glenn Close - ended in a fishtail - with the prize for best actor rather than best film, as is usual, and what is more is attributed to an absent Anthony Hopkins, where we expected an emotional sequence around Chadwick Boseman, who died in 2020, and present in the category.

The emotion, unexpected, had in fact come long before, during the poignant speech of the director Thomas Vinterberg (best foreign film for Drunk ) evoking his missing daughter in a car accident at the beginning of his shooting: “We ended up doing this. film for her, like her monument. So, Ida, a miracle has just happened. And you are part of this miracle. Maybe you pulled some strings somewhere. I do not know. But this one is for you. "

The complete list:

Movie: Nomadland

Director: Chloé Zhao ( Nomadland )

Actress: Frances McDormand ( Nomadland )

Actor: Anthony Hopkins ( The Father )

Supporting female role: Youn Yuh-jung ( Minari )

Supporting Male Role: Daniel Kaluuya ( Judas and the Black Messiah )

Original screenplay: Emerald Fennell ( Promising Young Woman )

Screenplay (adaptation): Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller ( The Father )

Original music: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste ( Soul )

Original song: Fight for You ( Judas and the Black Messiah  ; music by HER and Dernst Emile II; lyrics by HER and Tiara Thomas)

Foreign language film: Drunk (Thomas Vinterberg)

Animated film: Soul

Documentary: The Wisdom of the Octopus

Make-up and hairstyle: Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson ( Le Blues de Ma Rainey )

Costumes: Ann Roth ( Le Blues de Ma Rainey )

Sets: Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale ( Mank )

Photography: Erik Messerschmidt ( Mank )

Editing: Mikkel EG Nielsen ( Sound of Metal )

Sound: Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh ( Sound of Metal )

Special Effects: Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher ( Tenet )

Short film: Two Distant Strangers (Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe)

Animated short film: If Anything Happens I Love You (Will McCormack and Michael Govier)

Short documentary: Colette (Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard)

Laurent Borredon

Oscars 2021: How did the 93rd ceremony foolish its tribute to Chadwick Boseman?The late Chadwick Boseman was the frontrunner in the Oscar race for Best Actor.

TRIBUTE The late Chadwick Boseman was the frontrunner in the Oscar race for best actor

Many believed that the 93rd Academy Awards , orchestrated by Steven Soderbergh, would end with the Oscar for Best Actor given to Chadwick Boseman posthumously. Indeed, while the Oscars traditionally ends with the Oscar for best film, the order of the awards was exceptionally upset to present the statuettes for best actress and best actor at the end of the ceremony.

Winner of the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, the late Chadwick Boseman, who died on August 28, 2020 of colon cancer at the age of 43, was the favorite in the race for the best actor for his performance in The Blues by Ma Rainey .

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