For many aspiring actors and actresses, directors, costume designers, casting agents and sound composers alike, winning an Oscar could be seen as a crowning achievement. For working in the bright and glitzy lights of Hollywood, the United States of America especially, the Oscars represent a pinnacle in one’s career. The actor Leonardo Di Caprio infamously didn’t win an Oscar over ten times during his ongoing and lengthy career, that was until 2016, when he finally picked up an award for Best Actor for his part in the film The Revenant..

The Oscars in 2021 however were a little more unusual than most. The Academy Awards caused controversy earlier this year when they told nominees there would be no zooming in to the ceremony. Organisers felt that previous awards ceremonies that had made the decision to go online due to the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic crises, had suffered as a result. 

In a statement to nominees that was leaked to the press, it describes how the organisers wanted the night to take place in person with an aspirational vibe. This manifested on the night with all the glitz and glamour of the traditional awards ceremony, with stars attending and walking the red carpet also without facemasks (thanks to pre-event covid-19 precautions taking place. 

Big winners on the night included the flick “Nomadland”, which won multiple awards for best picture, best director, and best actress thanks to Frances McDormand. Other surprises included Yuh-jung Youn becoming the first Asian woman to win an Academy Awards. She won her oscar for supporting actress thanks to her role in the film “Minari”

Elsewhere, Anthony Hopkins won best actor in his film “The Father”, a Hollywood adaption of the stage play “Le Père”. Tyler Perry won the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The award was in recognition of Perry’s charity work. He said of the win: “anyone who wants to meet me in the middle to refuse hate… to help lift someone’s feet off the ground, this one is for you, too.”

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