“Nomadland” Wins Big at a Scaled-Down Oscars Ceremony

Producers Peter Spears (from left), Frances McDormand, Chloe Zhao, Mollye Asher and Dan Janvey, winners of the award for best picture for
Producers Peter Spears (from left), Frances McDormand, Chloe Zhao, Mollye Asher and Dan Janvey, winners of the award for best picture for "Nomadland" at the Oscars 93rd Annual Academy Awards. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Pool/Shutterstock (11868957kj)

After winning major awards left and right during this year’s awards season, Nomadland cemented its domination at the most anticipated ceremony of all—the Academy Awards. The poignant drama about life on the open road walked away with three Oscars—including best picture.

In addition to beating the likes of Mank, Minari, and The Trial of the Chicago 7 to win the biggest award of the night, Nomadland came out victorious in two more categories. Frances McDormand became one of seven people in history to win her third acting Oscar while Chloé Zhao became the second female filmmaker to walk away with the best director trophy.

Another historic moment came when Anthony Hopkins managed to beat the late Chadwick Boseman in the best actor category and become the oldest person to win this award. The supporting acting categories were much easier to predict and the awards went to the expected winners—Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) and Youn Yuh-jung (Minari).

The list of major winners at the ceremony included Emerald Fennell (best original screenplay for Promising Young Woman), Thomas Vinterberg (best international film for Another Round), and Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller (best adapted screenplay for The Father). Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Sound of Metal, and Mank were amongst the movies with two awards, mostly in technical categories.

The 93rd Academy Awards were held on April 25th at Union Station and Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.


Best Picture

Best Actor
Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Best Actress
Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress
Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari

Best Director

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Father – Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

Best Original Screenplay
Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell

Best International Feature Film
Another Round (Denmark)

Best Editing
Sound of Metal – Mikkel E. G. Nielsen

Best Cinematography
Mank – Erik Messerschmidt

Best Original Song
“Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

Best Original Score
Soul – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

Best Sound
Sound of Metal
Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

Best Production Design
Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

Best Costume Design
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom  – Ann Roth

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson

Best Visual Effects
Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher

Best Documentary Feature
My Octopus Teacher

Best Documentary Short Subject

Best Animated Feature Film
Soul – Pete Docter and Dana Murray

Best Animated Short Film
If Anything Happens I Love You

Best Live Action Short Film
Two Distant Strangers