Oscars 2021 as it happened: live updates from the 93rd Academy Awards as Nomadland wins best picture, Chloé Zhao wins best director
- Beijing-born Chloé Zhao wins the Oscar for best director for Nomadland, which also scoops best picture
- Youn Yuh-jung wins best supporting actress for Minari, while Anthony Hopkins wins best actor for The Father
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A year after the Korean megahit Parasite surprised the entertainment world by taking home the best picture Oscar, the postponed showpiece event of Hollywood’s awards season is set to bring us more intrigue this time around.
This 2021 edition is the first in the awards’ history to allow movies released via streaming to compete for the top prizes – in other words, this is a year where major blockbusters make way for smaller releases. All eyes are also on the rising stature of Asian filmmakers in the US, with Chinese-born director Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland a hot favourite in all the major categories it’s been nominated in, and Minari – the Korean-American family drama notoriously snubbed by the Golden Globes – potentially helping the veteran Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung to a best supporting actress honour.
Hong Kong audiences, despite being blindsided by regular broadcaster TVB’s decision not to air the ceremony after more than 50 years, also have a stake in the outcome. Emerging Hong Kong filmmaker Derek Tsang Kwok-cheung is a surprise nominee in the best international feature film category for his China-set movie Better Days, while Do Not Split, Norwegian director Anders Hammer’s 35-minute film about the 2019 Hong Kong protests, is one of the contenders for best documentary short subject.