Boring? Reverent? Here’s Who Won at This Year’s Decidedly Different Oscars

A lot of people had a lot of opinions about this year’s ceremony, but it was certainly one for the books

The Twittersphere was of two minds about this year’s more subdued, late-pandemic Oscars ceremony. A couple of notable writers’ tweets summed up the dueling sentiments.

Here’s New Yorker writer and author turned drunken pandemic comedian Susan Orlean:

New York Times contributor and author Taffy Brodesser-Akner:

On the one hand, yes, a joke-a-minute schlockfest would’ve seemed tone deaf and out of touch after a year of incalculable pain and loss that’s included a pandemic and a spate of senseless shootings, many of them at the hands of police officers. On the other hand, a ceremony some people praised for being a more “intimate” celebration of film and the people who make it was still being broadcast to millions of humble fans people who tuned in to be entertained on a Sunday night. After two-plus hours of nominee bios (no movie clips), speeches, and little else, you could practically feel the tension crack like thawing ice when Lil Rel Howery worked the crowd with a little Q&A sesh that revealed Glenn Close’s unexpected familiarity with D.C. go-go.

Some people were bored, some people weren’t—but most everyone seemed mystified by the decision to inexplicably mix up the order in which the awards were presented. Instead of wrapping up with Best Picture as God and the Motion Picture Academy intended, the show closed with Best Actor (not even Best Actress), which went to Anthony Hopkins, who wasn’t even there to accept his trophy. Did they think Chadwick Boseman was a lock for a posthumous win, something that might’ve felt like a big finish, only to have Hopkins pull the rug out? After a deeply anticlimactic finish, Questlove was left with the unenviable task of sending everyone on their way. Hey, at least the red carpet didn’t disappoint.

In case you missed the show, here’s who walked away winners at a decidedly different show:

Best Actor
Anthony Hopkins
The Father

Best Actress
Frances McDormand

Best Picture
Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, Producers

Music (Original Song)
“Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

Music (Original Score)
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

Film Editing
Sound of Metal
Mikkel E. G. Nielsen

Erik Messerschmidt

Production Design
Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

Actress in a Supporting Role
Yuh-Jung Youn

Visual Effects
Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher

Documentary Feature
My Octopus Teacher
Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster

Documentary Short Subject
Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard

Animated Feature Film
Pete Docter and Dana Murray

Animated Short Film
If Anything Happens I Love You
Will McCormack and Michael Govier

Live Action Short Film
Two Distant Strangers
Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe

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

Chloé Zhao

Costume Design
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Ann Roth

Makeup and Hairstyling
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson

Actor in a Supporting Role
Daniel Kaluuya
Judas and the Black Messiah

International Feature Film
Another Round

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