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Bringing The Movies Home: Everything That Went Down At The 2021 Oscars

Among other things, the show was presented like an actual movie

The 2021 Oscars promised to be a special and unique awards show and it sure felt like it.

Hollywood’s biggest night and the 2021 awards season just concluded with the 2021 Oscars. In a year where all the award shows had to adapt to the pandemic, this year’s Oscars had a big challenge ahead of it since it is considered the climax of awards season and was being held later than usual. Prior to the show, the producers described how this year’s Oscars was going to be different on many fronts, and the end result showed it. From a new location to surprise winners, here is what went down at the 93rd Academy Awards.

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A movie awards show shot like a movie

The producers were aiming to film and present the 2021 Oscars like a movie. The show started with Regina King walking into Union Station, the new home for the Oscars this year, while stylish credits appeared as she walked. The fact that the presenters were introduced as if they were actors acting in a movie added to the movie feeling. For the entire show, there were black bars at the top and bottom of the screen to make it look like you were watching a movie. There was also a fish-eye camera at the roof of the room for a unique perspective.

Keeping with the movie theme, the Oscars also tried to focus on the nominee’s love for movies. For some of the awards, the presenters would talk about how the nominees got into the film-making industry or what movies inspired them. Some of the personalities who presented outside LA, like Bong Joon Ho, did it inside a movie cinema to further add to the film theme.

The show also switched up the order of which the awards were given. In years past, the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards were given first, but they were switched out for Best Original and Adapted Screenplay. Best Director was also one of the first awards to be given when it usually would be one of the last. Best Picture was also switched from being the last award given after Best Lead Actor and Actress to the other way around.

Historic wins, surprises, and snubs

The 2021 Oscars also had its fair share of historic wins as well as some surprise winners. Chloé Zhao became the second woman, the first woman of color, and the first Asian woman to win Best Director. Her movie, Nomadland, was also the big winner of the night with three Oscars, the most of any movie of the night. Nomadland won Best Picture while Frances McDormand won her 4th (yes 4th) Oscar, with her win as Best Actress. H.E.R also won Best Original Song which makes her just one of a handful of Filipinos who won an Oscar.

Despite being nominated for six Oscars, The Trial of the Chicago 7 won nothing and was the only movie nominated for Best Picture in the 2021 Oscars that won no awards. The award that it had the strongest chance of getting, Best Original Screenplay, went to Promising Young Woman.

Best Documentary Feature went to Netflix’s My Octopus Teacher, which was considered an upset since most experts predicted that Collective had the win in the bag. Yuh-Jung Youn prevailed over a tight race with Maria Bakalova to win Best Supporting Actress, which in turn made her the first Asian woman to win that award in decades. And in a final shocker of the night, Anthony Hopkins won Best Lead Actor. Prior to the show, experts predicted that it was a close race between Chadwick Boseman and Anthony Hopkins with Boseman having a slight upper hand. But it was Anthony Hopkins who prevailed in the end.

Special awards and a fun game

It wasn’t all just the regular awards though as some special awards were given out and they even had time to play a game. The Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTVF) and Tyler Perry were the recipients of the Humanitarian Award, the former receiving it in the Dolby Theatre and being the first organization in the Academy’s history to receive the award.

There was also a game near the end of the show where someone would approach the Oscar nominees and ask them if the song played was an Oscar-winning song, Oscar nominee, or none of the above which proved to be a fun distraction especially when Glenn Close showed off her rap skills and dance moves.

Aside from these though, there weren’t any other surprises or special productions for the 2021 Oscars.

Bring home the movies

Overall, the 2021 Oscars proved to be an interesting event. The movie format made the show look unique but by the latter half of the show, the producers weren’t adding much to reinforce the movie feeling aside from the two black bars on the screen. The new setting in Union Station gave off a more intimate vibe and away from the grand affair in past years. It was nice to get to know more about the nominees while some of the wins truly left us off-guard. A lot more could have definitely done to the narrative to make the 2021 Oscars feel more like a movie because, at times, it just felt like a normal awards show. Congratulations to the winners though and we highly recommend that you check out the movies that won today.

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Everything You Need To Know About The 2021 Oscars

The finale to the 2021 awards season is aiming to be the most unique one yet

Just like with most award shows held during the pandemic, this year’s Oscars is going to be anything but normal.

Like with most live events, award shows were drastically impacted by the pandemic, with some being held virtually while others have been canceled entirely. The past few big awards shows tried a mix of in-person gatherings with Zoom appearances of the nominees. This is what the 2020 Emmy Awards and the 2021 Golden Globes did to relative success.

The 2021 Grammys, meanwhile, had as many nominees as possible appear in person for the show on a rooftop setting with most performances being done live while some were pre-recorded.

With the Oscars coming very soon, we are now reaching the end of the 2021 awards season. As the finale to the awards season, the 2021 Oscars promises to be special, unique, and distinct from the past awards shows. Here is everything you need to know.

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It will be held in multiple venues

For decades, the Oscars have been held at the Dolby Theatre. This year will be different as multiple venues will be the official site of the Oscars. Most of the nominees will be at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles where most of the awards will be given. Only those who are up for a certain category will be allowed in the showroom while the rest wait in two nearby courtyards. According to the show’s producers, this change in venue is meant for a more “intimate” event. There will still be some action held at the Dolby Theatre though. For nominees who can’t fly to LA, the Oscars have set up 10-12 Oscar hubs around the world like in London and Paris for nominees to join via satellite link.

The show is going to be filmed and presented as a movie

Unlike in the past, this year’s Oscars is to be filmed differently and be presented and shot like a movie. According to the show’s producers, Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher, Jesse Collins, “It plans to look cinematic… you’ll feel like you’re watching a movie and essentially operate as a movie, with presenters playing versions of themselves, working scripts crafted based on pre-show interviews and emphasizing the communal nature of the film industry by equally celebrating big names and below-the-line contributors.” The further the narrative, the presenters will be called cast members. Other features that will be used to enhance the story include wide lensed angles, a musical score, and creative over-the-shoulder camera angles of the attendees’ reactions.

There will be no host this year

Just like in the 2019 and 2020 Oscars, this year’s Oscars will have no host. Instead, “guides” will be used to shepherd the viewer through each chapter of the 3-hour event, or movie as the producers call it, using pre-recorded interviews with the people in front and behind the camera.

Attendees won’t be required to wear masks during the show

This year’s Academy Awards is being treated like a movie, so people on camera and up for an award will not be wearing a mask. They will however wear a mask during commercial breaks and when not on camera. This is a departure from past award shows like the Golden Globes and Grammys when every attendee was required to wear a mask and only take it off when presenting or giving an acceptance speech.

There will be safety measures in place

With that being said, proper safety measures will still be enforced. Attendees will be required to test at least three times for COVID-19 before arriving at the venue. There will also be mandatory temperature checks at the entrance. The showroom will be limited to 170 people at max. Audience members will also be rotated in and out of the venue so only those who need to be in the room will be there.

There will be pre and post Oscars specials

The 2021 Oscars isn’t a one-and-done event as there will be specials aired before and after the show. Pre-show, there will be a special called Oscars: Into The Spotlight where every Oscar-nominated song will be performed in full on the rooftop of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. This is a departure from the past when the Oscar-nominated songs were performed during the show. Post-show, there will be a special called Oscars: After Dark, which will recap the must-see moments and show the winners having their Oscars engraved.

There may be some surprises in store

When Steven Soderbergh was asked about the role masks will play in the Oscars, he cryptically said masks will play “a very important role in the story, if that’s cryptic, it’s meant to be, that topic is very central to the narrative.” It has been rumored that there will be a tribute to first responders in the show, so it’s possible that there may be some surprises.

Oscar history could be made

When the nominees were announced for the 2021 Oscars, history was already made. 9 of the 20 acting nominees were people of color, which is the most it has ever been. Emerald Fennel and Chloé Zhao’s nominations for Best Director made it the first time that more than one woman was nominated in the category in the same year. Further Oscars history could be made during the show as all four acting awards could go to people of color. Chloé Zhao could be the second woman and first woman of color to win Best Director.

The 93rd Academy Awards will air on Monday, April 26, 8 am, PH time.

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