June 14, 2024

Complete 2021 Academy Awards Winners List & Highlights

The 93rd annual Academy Awards was held Sunday night at the Los Angeles’ historic Union Station, with only nominees, their guests and presenters in attendance. The stripped down event was hostless again, with Regina King offering a few opening statements before she began presenting awards. One of the other changes made to the ceremony wards was pre-recording all Original Song nominees and moving them to a 90-minute official pre-show, Oscars: Into the Spotlight on ABC. While the performances were noticeably missing from the awards broadcast, it did give the winners more time to give their speeches, resulting in no one being played off.

Over all, it was a pretty subdued event. There weren’t many notable moments to speak of. Nomadland director Chloé Zhao made history as the second woman and the first woman of color to win Best Director, and ‘Minari’ star Yuh-Jung Youn made history as the first Korean actor to win an Oscar.

A well-conceived but poorly-executed game of attendees guessing if a song was Oscar nominated, Oscar winning or neither with Questlove was saved by Glenn Close’s ‘Da Butt’ dance to the song of the same name from Spike Lee’s School Daze.  The In Memoriam video went by at such a breakneck speed that it was almost impossible to actually read the names and professions of those remembered.  Nearly all were given two seconds, with only Sean Connery and Chadwick Boseman being lingered on for a few seconds each.

Here is the full list of winners, as well as some video highlights. More videos can be found on ABC’s YouTube page. 


Best picture

“The Father”

“Judas and the Black Messiah”



“Nomadland” -WINNER

“Promising Young Woman”

“Sound of Metal”

“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best actor

Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”

Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”-WINNER

Gary Oldman, “Mank”

Steven Yeun, “Minari”


Best actress

Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”

Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”

Frances McDormand, “Nomadland” – WINNER

Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”


Best supporting actor

Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah” – WINNER

Leslie Odom Jr., “One Night in Miami”

Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal”

Lakeith Stanfield, “Judas and the Black Messiah”


Best supporting actress

Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”

Olivia Colman, “The Father”

Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”

Yuh-jung Youn, “Minari”- WINNER


Best director

Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”

Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”

David Fincher, “Mank”

Thomas Vinterberg, “Another Round”

 Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”


Original screenplay

“Judas and the Black Messiah,” Shaka King and Will Berson

“Minari,” Lee Isaac Chung

“Promising Young Woman,” Emerald Fennell –WINNER

“Sound of Metal,” Darius Marder and Abraham Marder

“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Aaron Sorkin


Adapted screenplay

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman and Lee Kern

“The Father,” Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller- WINNER

“Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao

“One Night in Miami,” Kemp Powers

“The White Tiger,” Ramin Bahran


Animated feature


“Over the Moon”

“A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”

“Soul” – WINNER



Original song

“Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”

“Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah” – WINNER

“Io Sì (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”

“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami”

“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7”


Original score

“Da 5 Bloods,” Terence Blanchard

“Mank,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

“Minari,” Emile Mosseri

“News of the World,” James Newton Howard

“Soul,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste – WINNER



“Judas and the Black Messiah”

“Mank”- WINNER

“News of the World”


“The Trial of the Chicago 7”


Costume design

Alexandra Byrne, “Emma”

Ann Roth, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”- WINNER

Trish Summerville, “Mank”

Bina Daigeler, “Mulan”

Massimo Cantini Parrini, “Pinocchio”


Film editing

“The Father,” Yorgos Lamprinos

“Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao

“Promising Young Woman,” Frédéric Thoraval

“Sound of Metal,” Mikkel E. G. Nielsen – WINNER

“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Alan Baumgarten


Makeup and hairstyling


“Hillbilly Elegy”

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” – WINNER




Production design

“The Father”

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

“Mank” – WINNER

“News of the World”






“News of the World”


“Sound of Metal”- WINNER


Visual effects

“Love and Monsters”

“The Midnight Sky”


“The One and Only Ivan”



Documentary feature


“Crip Camp”

“The Mole Agent”

“My Octopus Teacher” – WINNER



Documentary short subject

“Colette”- WINNER

“A Concerto Is a Conversation”

“Do Not Split”

“Hunger Ward”

“A Love Song for Latasha”


Animated short film


“Genius Loci”

“If Anything Happens I Love You” – WINNER




Live action short film

“Feeling Through”

“The Letter Room”

“The Present”

“Two Distant Strangers” – WINNER

“White Eye”


International film

“Quo Vadis, Aida?,” Bosnia and Herzegovina

“Another Round,” Denmark- WINNER

“Better Days,” Hong Kong

“Collective,” Romania

“The Man Who Sold His Skin,” Tunisia











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