This is how the 93rd Oscars ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper. So it was, as the Academy Awards reached its climax—having delivered the Best Picture winner to Nomadland two categories earlier—by giving its Best Actor prize to Anthony Hopkins… who wasn’t in the room to pick it up.
Perhaps show producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins were expecting the award to go in a different direction, but in the end Hopkins became the oldest Best Actor winner of all time for his turn in The Father, while Frances McDormand picked up her third Oscar for Lead Actress in Nomadland.
Elsewhere, Daniel Kaluuya won Best Supporting Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah, and Yuh-jung Youn took Best Supporting Actress for Minari. The prize for Best Director went to Nomadland‘s Chloe Zhao, much earlier into the evening than we’ve come to expect.
It was an Oscar show marked by a drive to put the emphasis back on the winners and nominees, eschewing comedy moments and even the original song performances (which were moved to a preshow) in favor of long speeches and tidbits about how each nominee got their start in film. In the intimate jazz club setting that the producers concocted at Union Station, with only the nominees and their plus ones present, this was an unprecedented Oscars for an unprecedented time. And Deadline’s Joe Utichi, Mike Fleming and Pete Hammond were there at every step of the way to keep track. Check out the archived liveblog below to see how it all went down.
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