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Presenters and winners speak in Korean, Chinese

While presenting the nominees for best director, 2020 winner and “Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho spoke entirely in Korean with a translator at his side. 

“Chloé Zhao gave us the experience of shedding the skin of who we think we are and walking in another person’s shoes,” Bong said in Korean while introducing Zhao, the first woman of color to win Best Director. 

In her acceptance speech, Zhao spoke about growing up in China and memorizing classic poems and texts with her father and reciting them together. She quoted in Chinese of one of her favorite lines, translating it into English for the audience. “‘People at birth are inherently good,’” she said. 

Presenters are also appear to be working to pronounce names correctly this year, including the name of best picture nominee “Minari.”

Best short film winner begs viewers: ‘Don’t be indifferent to our pain’

During his acceptance speech for best short film, Travon Free reminded people that an average of three people are killed by police every day “which amounts to a 1,000 people a year.”

“Those people happen to disproportionately be Black people,” he said. “James Baldwin once said, ‘The most despicable thing a person can be is indifferent to other people’s pain.’ So, I just ask that you please, not to be indifferent, please don’t be indifferent to our pain.”

Free won for his work in the short film “Two Distant Strangers” alongside Martin Desmond Roe.

The sounds of ‘Sound of Metal’ win

It probably seems obvious that a movie called “Sound of Metal” would win the Oscar for best sound. But the award for the film, starring Riz Ahmed as a heavy-metal drummer and recovering addict who begins losing his hearing, is richly deserved.

“Sound of Metal” plunges viewers headlong into the disorienting, sometimes downright infuriating experience of losing your hearing. In many respects, that’s a credit to the movie’s layered and beautifully designed soundscape.

Hollywood to America: Please, please, please go to a movie theater

It is often said that the Oscars is an elaborate commercial for the movie industry itself. You could say the show so far — the pre-show that aired on ABC and the first 40 minutes of the ceremony itself — has doubled as a commercial for beleaguered movie theater chains.

We’ve heard several people tonight exhort viewers at home to return to brick-and-mortar cinemas, nearly all of which were shuttered during the most dire months of the pandemic. The gist: You can only truly experience the grandeur and majesty of Hollywood inside the walls of your local AMC.

But how many people will leave the comforts of their homes (and their couches) for a night out at the movies? The future of the exhibition industry just may depend on the answer.

Twitter is meme-ing Daniel Kaluuya’s acceptance speech

Toward the end of Daniel Kaluuya’s poignant best supporting actor acceptance speech for “Judas and the Black Messiah,” he made a comment about his parents having sex, which made his mother and sister, who were both in the crowd, cringe. 

“My mom, my dad — they had sex. It’s amazing I’m here,” Kaluuya said. 

The camera cut to Kaluuya’s sister, who had her head in her hands, and his mother, Damalie Namusoke, who appeared to mouth, “What is he on about?”

The strange comment became meme fodder immediately, with tweets saying Kaluuya’s speech was a roller coaster for Namusoke and that she’d, er, deal with Kaluuya when they got home. 

How the best picture front-runner defies Hollywood ageism

“Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao’s portrait of the itinerant life, explores themes that are typically ignored by mainstream narrative movies. How often does Hollywood survey the scars of the Great Recession, the fragility of the gig economy or the gaps in the social safety net?

But it is almost as unusual to see an American movie centered on an ordinary older woman, according to film historians and gender equity advocates — in this case, a fiercely independent wanderer named Fern, played by Oscar-winning actor Frances McDormand, 63. 

“It is extremely rare to see a woman in her 60s in the lead role, especially one who is allowed to look her age on screen,” Turner Classic Movies host Alicia Malone told me in February.

You can read my full article here.

Chloé Zhao makes Oscars history

“Nomadland” auteur Chloé Zhao just made history as the first woman of color to win the best director prize at the Oscars. It’s a huge moment.

Zhao is only the second woman to receive the award, joining “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow.

In an earnest and heartfelt acceptance speech, Zhao said she believed that all people are born with goodness in their hearts — and dedicated her trophy to the people who “hold on to” that goodness.

“Parasite” mastermind Bong Joon Ho, who won the award last year, introduced the category.

Chloe Zhao poses for a portrait during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 22, 2018.Taylor Jewell / Invision/AP file

Black women land historic Oscars win for makeup and hairstyling

Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson have become the first Black women to win an Academy Award for best makeup and hairstyling. Both women worked on the Oscar-nominated film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” alongside Sergio Lopez-Rivera.

“I also stand here as Jamika and I break this glass ceiling with so much excitement for the future,” Neal said in her acceptance speech. “I can picture Black trans women standing up here. And Asian sisters. And our Latina sisters. And indigenous women. And I know that one day it won’t be unusual or groundbreaking. It will just be normal.”

‘Another Round’ director honors deceased daughter in emotional acceptance speech

Amid his euphoria over winning the Oscar he had dreamed about since childhood, “Another Round” director Thomas Vinterberg became emotional remembering the person he most wished was there to celebrate with him. 

Vinterberg’s daughter, Ida, 19, died in a car accident on May 4, 2019 — four days into filming the Danish drama about four friends experimenting with alcohol.

Vinterberg had the small, socially distanced crowd at Union Station pealing with laughter during the first half of his acceptance speech for best international feature film. Then he turned serious. 

“We wanted to make a film that celebrates life, and then four days after shooting, the impossible happened. An accident on a highway took my daughter away. Someone looking into a cellphone. We miss her, and I love her.”

Ida Vinterberg had been scheduled to act in the movie. Her father called the finished film, starring “Hannibal’s” Mads Mikkelsen, a “monument” to his daughter.

“So, Ida, this a miracle that just happened, and you are a part of this miracle,” Vinterberg said.

Thomas Vinterberg accepts the award for Best International Feature Film during the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles.ABC


Follow along by marking off the winners

We’re keeping a running list of all the winners of the night.

Follow along and see all the nominees here.

Also on display tonight: media marketing synergy!

Viewers tonight got a sneak peek at the 2021 movie adaption of “West Side Story” and a peek into Disney’s marketing strategy.

“West Side Story” is being released by 20th Century Studios, which is owned by the Walt Disney Co., which, of course, owns ABC.

Now, ABC isn’t alone in this strategy, but keep an eye out for a lot more corporate synergy coming our way. 

We already saw an ad for a special Disney-themed episode of “American Idol.” 

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