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.”
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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.
19m ago / 1:19 AM UTC
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.
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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.
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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.
lol daniels mom will deal with him when he gets home
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.
19m ago / 1:18 AM UTC
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.
“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.
25m ago / 1:13 AM UTC
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.”
Congrats to Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson! The two just became the first Black women to win the Oscar® for Best Makeup & Hairstyling for their work on MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, alongside Sergio Lopez-Rivera. pic.twitter.com/RTelg2gm2n
‘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.
42m ago / 12:55 AM UTC
Follow along by marking off the winners
We’re keeping a running list of all the winners of the night.