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OSCARS 2021

Another Round wins the Oscar for Best International Film

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- Led by Nomadland, the awards list also features The Father, shining with the Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor statuettes

Another Round wins the Oscar for Best International Film
Thomas Vinterberg holds his Oscar for Best International Film for Another Round (© AMPAS)

This year’s awards season has finally come to an end with the ceremony of the 93rd Academy Awards, two months later than originally planned due to pandemic restrictions and the deceleration of film releases. Produced by director Steven Soderbergh, among others, the gala taking place in Los Angeles (which was something of a polemic due to its format and because, for the first time in recent years, it did not end with the Best Picture announcement) managed to celebrate the crop of this difficult year.

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Rather unsurprisingly, Chloé Zhao’s Golden Lion winner Nomadland triumphed, taking home the awards for Best Picture, Best Director (marking only the second time in history that this award has gone to a female filmmaker) and Best Actress for Frances McDormand.

Another expected moment was Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round [+see also:
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receiving the Oscar for Best International Feature Film. This rounds off a brilliant run for the Danish-Swedish-Dutch co-production, one that included both Denmark’s Robert awards (news) and European Film Awards (read news) sweeps, a César win (news) and a BAFTA win (news), in the lead-up to the LUX Award, for which the film is nominated (news). Also nominated in the Best Director category, Vinterberg was again responsible for one of the most touching moments of the ceremony, dedicating the win to his daughter Ida, who passed away in a car accident during the film’s shoot. The director expressed, "We wanted to make a film that celebrates life. Four days into shooting, the impossible happened. We ended up making this movie for Ida, as a monument. This is a miracle, and you are part of this miracle."

The other big European winner of the night, Florian Zeller’s The Father [+see also:
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, celebrated wins for Best Adapted Screenplay (for Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton) and Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins, who therefore become the oldest Best Actor winner, at 83 years old. The first two accepted the award from Paris and London, respectively. In the words of Zeller, "I wrote the script for Anthony Hopkins, to me he’s the greatest living actor, it was a dream to work with him." The actor himself was absent from the ceremony.

Two other UK-USA co-productions, Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet [+see also:
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, received one Oscar each, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Visual Effects, respectively. The night brought into the limelight another Danish-born winner, Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, who bagged the Oscar for Best Editing for his work in US title Sound of Metal.

Unfortunately, the double nomination of Alexander Nanau’s documentary Collective [+see also:
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didn’t translate into any win. The other European nominees lost to their competitors, such as Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s Wolfwalkers [+see also:
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and Jasmila Žbanić’s Quo Vadis, [+see also:
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Aida?
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The latter did not come back from Los Angeles empty-handed however, as it received the Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film earlier this week.

The winners:

Best Picture
Nomadland – Chloé Zhao

Best Director
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Best Actress
Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Best Actor
Anthony Hopkins – The Father [+see also:
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(UK/France)

Best Supporting Actress
Youn Yuh-jung – Minari

Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Adapted Screenplay
Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton – The Father

Best Original Screenplay
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman (USA/UK)

Best Animated Feature
Soul – Pete Docter, Kemp Powers

Best International Feature Film
Another Round [+see also:
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– Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands)

Best Documentary
My Octopus Teacher – Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed (South Africa)

Best Cinematography
Erik Messerschmidt – Mank

Best Costume Design
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Film Editing
Sound of Metal

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Original Score
Soul

Best Original Song
“Fight For You” – Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Production Design
Mank

Best Sound
Sound of Metal

Best Visual Effects
Tenet [+see also:
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(UK/USA)

Best Documentary (Short Subject)
Colette - Anthony Giacchino

Best Short Film (Animated)
If Anything Happens I Love You - Michael Govier, Will McCormack

Best Short Film (Live Action)
Two Distant Strangers - Travon Free, Martin Desmond Roe

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