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Academy Awards add normalcy amid pandemic-era changes to industry


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Nia Cocroft

This year’s Oscars offered viewers some sense of normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

However, the show also came with a fair amount of modifications.

The delayed ceremony took place at Los Angeles’ Union Station rather than Dolby Theatre, and the attendance was visibly lower than in years passed, with attendees seated at socially distant tables rather than in a large audience. 

Here are some of the notable moments from the 2021 Oscars:

The film “Nomadland” was one of the big winners of the night. It was awarded Best Picture, and the film’s director, Chloé Zhao, made history as the first woman of color to be awarded Best Director. Frances McDormand also won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the film.

Awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress was Yuh-jung Youn, who won for her performance in “Minari,” making her the first Korean actor to win an Oscar, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

83-year-old Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor for his role in “The Father,” and the Oscar for Best Supporting actor went to Daniel Kaluuya for his role in “Judas and the Black Messiah.”  

The hair and makeup team for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was awarded with Best Makeup and Hairstyling, making Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson the first Black nominees and winners in the category, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Pixar’s “Soul” won the award for Best Animated Feature along with Best Original Score. Among some of the other winners at the Oscars was “Sound of Metal,” winning Best Sound and Film Editing. 

As per tradition, the 2021 Oscars ceremony came to a close with an “In Memoriam” segment, which included the names of late actors, directors, and many other industry professionals. 

“Nomadland,” directed by Chloe Zhao, won Best Picture, Photo courtesy of