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93rd Academy Awards
DateApril 25, 2021
SiteUnion Station and Dolby Theatre
Los Angeles, California, US
Preshow hostsAriana DeBose
Lil Rel Howery
Produced byJesse Collins
Stacey Sher
Steven Soderbergh
Directed byGlenn Weiss
Best Picture Nomadland
Most awardsNomadland (3)
Most nominationsMank (10)
TV in the United States
Duration3 hours, 19 minutes

The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2020 and early 2021. It took place in Los Angeles,[n 1] at both Union Station and the Dolby Theatre, on April 25, 2021, two months later than originally planned, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema. The nominations were announced on March 15, 2021.[1]

Nomadland won three awards, the most of the night, including Best Picture. Other winners included The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Mank, Soul, and Sound of Metal with two awards apiece. This ceremony marked the first time since the 78th Academy Awards in 2006 that no film won more than three awards.


The Academy announced in June 2020 that it was postponing the ceremony from its originally scheduled date of February 28, 2021, to April 25 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema, thereby extending the eligibility period for feature films through to February 28, 2021. The eligibility criteria had already been modified to account for films originally intended to have a theatrical release, but which were ultimately released directly to streaming services. It marks the fourth time that the Academy Awards have been postponed, and the first time since the 6th Academy Awards that films released in two different calendar years will be eligible for award consideration in the same ceremony.[2]

Winners and nominees

The nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards were announced live on March 15, 2021, in a global livestream on the official website by Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas.[3][4]

At 83 years old, Anthony Hopkins became the oldest Best Actor winner.[5] Frances McDormand became the seventh person to win a third acting Oscar for her Best Actress win.[6]

Chloé Zhao, Best Picture co-winner and Best Director winner
Anthony Hopkins, Best Actor winner
Frances McDormand, Best Picture co-winner and Best Actress winner
Daniel Kaluuya, Best Supporting Actor winner
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Youn Yuh-jung, Best Supporting Actress winner
Emerald Fennell, Best Original Screenplay winner
Christopher Hampton, Best Adapted Screenplay co-winner
Florian Zeller, Best Adapted Screenplay co-winner
H.E.R., Best Original Song co-winner
Tiara Thomas, Best Original Song co-winner
Pete Docter, Best Animated Feature co-winner
Dana Murray, Best Animated Feature co-winner


Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (‡).[7]

Governors Awards

The Academy cancelled its annual Governors Awards ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has planned to incorporate the winners into the Oscar ceremony.[8] This is the first year of the Governors Awards in which there have not been any official winners of the Academy Honorary Award.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

There were two recipients of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award:[9]

Films with multiple nominations and awards

Films that received multiple nominations
Nominations Film
10 Mank
6 The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7
5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Promising Young Woman
4 News of the World
3 One Night in Miami...
2 Another Round
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Hillbilly Elegy
Films that received multiple awards
Wins Film
3 Nomadland
2 The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Sound of Metal

Presenters and performers


Name Role
Regina King Presented the awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay
Laura Dern Presented the awards for Best International Feature Film and Best Supporting Actor
Don Cheadle Presented the awards for Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Costume Design
Bryan Cranston Presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to the Motion Picture & Television Fund
Bong Joon-ho
Sharon Choi
Presented the award for Best Director
Riz Ahmed Presented the awards for Best Sound and Best Live Action Short Film
Reese Witherspoon Presented the awards for Best Animated Short Film and Best Animated Feature Film
Marlee Matlin
Jack Jason
Presented the awards for Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Documentary Feature
Steven Yeun Presented the award for Best Visual Effects
Brad Pitt Presented the award for Best Supporting Actress
Halle Berry Presented the awards for Best Production Design and Best Cinematography
Harrison Ford Presented the award for Best Film Editing
Viola Davis Presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Tyler Perry
Zendaya Presented the awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song
Angela Bassett Presented the In Memoriam tribute
Rita Moreno Presented the award for Best Picture
Renée Zellweger Presented the award for Best Actress
Joaquin Phoenix Presented the award for Best Actor


Performances of the nominees for Best Original Song were shown during the ceremony's pre-show, Oscars: Into the Spotlight. Four of the performances were filmed from the rooftop terrace of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, while "Husavik" was performed on-location in its namesake of Húsavík, Iceland.[10]

Name(s) Role Performed
Questlove Musical director
Molly Sandén Performer "Husavik" from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Laura Pausini Performer "Io sì (Seen)" from The Life Ahead
Celeste Performer "Hear My Voice" from The Trial of the Chicago 7
Leslie Odom Jr. Performer "Speak Now" from One Night in Miami...
H.E.R. Performer "Fight for You" from Judas and the Black Messiah

Film trailers

On April 22, 2021, it was announced that 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures will debut trailers for their upcoming films during the ceremony, with a talent from each film introducing their respective trailers. In an interview with Adweek, Jerry Daniello (SVP, entertainment brand solutions and Disney Ad Sales) explained that this move would "reinforce this year’s theme that the Oscars will feel more like a movie rather than an awards show."[11][12]

Name Role
Ariana DeBose Introduced the trailer for West Side Story[11]
Lin-Manuel Miranda Introducing the trailer for In the Heights[11]
Questlove Introducing the trailer for Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)[11]

Ceremony information

The original ticket lobby of Los Angeles Union Station, where the ceremony will be held.

During its board of governors meeting on April 28, 2020, the Academy voted to consolidate the Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing category into a single Best Sound category (reducing the total number of categories to 23). The Sound branch had raised concerns that the two categories had too much overlap in scope.[13] The rules for Best Original Score now require that a film's score include a minimum of 60% original music, and franchise films and sequels must have a minimum of 80% new music.[13] For the first time, preliminary voting for Best International Feature Film will also be open to all voting members of the Academy.[13]

As part of the Academy's environmental initiatives, the distribution of physical and hardcopy items such as screener copies, screenplays, and music CDs will be discontinued after the 93rd Academy Awards. Screeners will be served solely through the members-only "Academy Screening Room" streaming service going forward.[13]

On December 8, 2020, Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher, and Steven Soderbergh were named the producers of the ceremony.[14] Glenn Weiss is slated to direct the ceremony.[15] Due to COVID-19-related considerations, the main ceremony will take place at Los Angeles Union Station rather than its usual home of the Dolby Theatre.[16][17] Performances of the nominees for Best Original Song will air during the red carpet pre-show rather than during the ceremony itself, with most of them to be performed from the rooftop terrace of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.[10]

Soderbergh stated that his goal for the ceremony was for it to be produced and directed as if it were a film itself. Production designer David Rockwell explained that the production sought inspiration from the earliest Academy Awards ceremonies, and that they had considered historic Oscars venues such as the Biltmore and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel before deciding on Union Station. The original ticket lobby of the station will be used as the main location of the ceremony, while its adjacent patios will be used for pre- and post-show activity. Rockwell described the planned set design as constructing "a room within a room".[18][17]

For the third consecutive ceremony, there will be no singular host.[19] To reinforce the producers' goal of producing the ceremony as a film, the Academy announced an "ensemble cast" of 15 presenters on April 12 that will be involved in the ceremony in some way, including Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, and Zendaya. They include all four of the acting winners from the 92nd ceremony, upholding the long-standing tradition that the acting awards at the Academy Awards be presented by the previous year's winner.[20][21]

The musical director of the ceremony was Questlove, in addition to being the show's in-house DJ. The music for the ceremony was largely remixed from compositions created by his band The Roots, with no in-house orchestra present.[22]

After the ceremony, a special aired called Oscars: After Dark, hosted by Colman Domingo and Andrew Rannells.[23]

Best Actor announcement ending

In a break with tradition, the lead acting categories were presented last after the awarding of Best Picture.[24] This led some viewers to believe that the ceremony's producers were assuming that Chadwick Boseman would receive a posthumous win for Best Actor and thus end the ceremony on a dramatic note. But it ended up being anti-climatic when Anthony Hopkins was announced as the winner, and he was not in attendance.[25]

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

See also: Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema

Eligibility and scheduling

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the American film industry – including interruptions to film production and the nationwide closures of cinemas due to restrictions on commerce and public gatherings – had a major impact on the lead-up to the 93rd ceremony. In particular, the Academy Awards require films to have received a theatrical release in the previous calendar year, in at least one cinema in Los Angeles County for at least seven days with three screenings per-day, in order to be eligible. The Golden Globe Awards had changed its criteria for its 2021 edition to allow films originally scheduled to have a "bona fide theatrical release" in Los Angeles between March 15 and April 30 to be eligible if released direct-to-streaming.[26] In regard to the Oscars, the Academy stated that it was "in the process of evaluating all aspects of this uncertain landscape and what changes may need to be made".[26]

The AMPAS delayed its board of governors meeting to April 28,[27][28] where it voted to temporarily allow films first released via password-protected (covering subscription streaming services) or transactional video on demand services to be eligible for nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards, if they were originally scheduled to have a theatrical release, and are uploaded to AMPAS's online screening service within 60 days of their public release. The previous requirement for a seven-day theatrical release would be reinstated once cinemas have sufficiently resumed operations. To allow ease of compliance with the criteria, eligible screenings will also be allowed to occur in other major cities besides LA, specifically Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area.[13][29][30]

There were talks of postponing or even canceling the 93rd ceremony.[31] On June 15, 2020, the Academy announced that the ceremony would be delayed by two months from February 28, 2021, to April 25, 2021, and the eligibility periods for feature films would likewise be extended through February 28, 2021.[32] In a joint statement, AMPAS president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson explained that "for over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times. They certainly have this year. Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone's control."[32] The Academy's Governors Awards and Scientific and Technical Awards have been postponed indefinitely.[32] Following the postponement announcement, the British Academy Film Awards also moved from February to April,[32] and the Golden Globe Awards took the Oscars' previous date by moving to February 28.[33]

On October 7, 2020, the Academy issued a clarification of its eligibility criteria, stating that a week of nightly screenings at a drive-in theater within the aforementioned cities would also render films eligible for consideration in the 93rd ceremony.[34]


On December 1, 2020, a representative of the Academy told Variety that an in-person ceremony "will happen", as opposed to a fully remote or hybrid format. A hybrid format was used by the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, where the host and award presenters were present on-site, but all nominees appeared from remote locations.[35] On March 15, the Academy announced that the ceremony would take place at Los Angeles Union Station in addition to the Dolby Theatre, although exact details over how the ceremony will be split between these venues were not yet announced. All other in-person festivities associated with the Academy Awards have been canceled.[16]

On March 19, 2021, the show's organizers announced that nominees would not be able to attend via video conference. In a letter sent out to all the nominees, the producers have said that they went to "great lengths to provide a safe and enjoyable evening for all of you in person" believing that a "virtual thing will diminish those efforts".[36] However, on March 30, it was announced that additional venues for the ceremony would be established in London and Paris to reduce travel amongst nominees.[37] On April 18, The New York Times reported that a total of 20 remote venues had been confirmed for the ceremony.[38] These included the BFI Southbank in London and the Dolby Cinema in Seoul, the latter of which being where the Academy Award for Best Director was presented by Bong Joon-ho.

In mid-April, the Academy revealed details on safety protocols; audience capacity will be limited to 170 people, with attendees rotated in and out through the show. Attendees will be required to take a temperature check upon entry to the venue and take at least three COVID-19 tests in the days leading up to the ceremony. While guests will be asked to wear face masks when not on-camera, Union Station will be treated as a television production location, and attendees will not be required to wear masks while on-camera. In a press conference, co-producer Steven Soderbergh stated that masks would also play a "very important role" in the ceremony's "narrative".[39][40]

Reports of homeless people being forced out of Union Station to accommodate the ceremony caused Los Angeles City Council member Kevin De León to state that "NO unhoused residents are being forced to relocate ... we were able to offer housing options to unhoused residents in the vicinity of Union Station".[41]

In Memoriam

The annual "In Memoriam" segment was presented by Angela Bassett. There was no performance for the segment, instead a montage with a version of Stevie Wonder's As was played. [42] [43]

See also


  1. ^ Some nominees based in other areas appeared at satellite venues.


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