Nomadland Director Chloe Zhao Made History At The 93rd Academy Awards

93rd Academy Awards were special in many ways. First, they were delayed by two months due to the pandemic but the academy turned it into an opportunity to extend the eligibility period of feature films.

Hollywood’s biggest night of the year….

It was the biggest night but with fewer attendees due to pandemic-induced restrictions but everything from red carpet welcome of the nominees and awardees receiving their awards in person. Also, millions watch the live telecast of Oscars awards on their television sets.

The most surprising moment of the 93rd Oscars….

The late Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer last year, was widely anticipated as the Best Actor for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, but the jury changed their mind and announced the prestigious award to Anthony Hopkins for his work in The Father.

Highlights of the Oscars 2021:

• Oscars 2021 was a no-host ceremony for the third year

• 93rd Academy Awards has the most diverse list of nominees in its history

• The ceremony took place at two places – traditional Dolby Theatre and Union Station

• Best Sound award is given for both Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing

• Netflix bagged seven Academy Awards – the most for any distributor

Chloe Zhao made history at the 93rd Academy Awards….

Nominated for Best Director for Nomadland, Chloe Zhao is the first woman of color to win the prestigious award in the history of the academy. Also, she’s the second woman to win the award after Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker.

Nomadland also made history by bagging three Oscars….

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Rules ForThe 93rd Academy Awards Changed Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

The 93rd Oscars will be announced on February 28, 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic. Also, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made some relaxations for contestants. But the changes implemented are temporary.

Highlights of the story

• The condition of at least a seven-day run in Los Angeles theaters for movies has been done away with. This year, movies that skip big theatrical release will be allowed to contest for Hollywood’s biggest prize.

• Films previously planned for theatrical release but made available on commercial streaming platforms will qualify for the 93rd Oscars for this year only.

• The changed will no longer apply to the academy awards once the theaters open. In normal times, the standard rule of theater qualification will be applied.

• The academy will make allowances for scrapped film festivals. Some entries in specific categories in the contest are made on the basis of different film festivals.

The academy in the eye of storm

Some rules for entries in to the contest have to be changed but the academy will switch to the standard rules once the condition becomes stable. It is still committed to enjoying the “magic of movies” at theaters.

Georgia has authorized movie theaters to resume service but most theaters are reluctant to opening until the onset of summer. Texas is also planning to open its movie theaters but much depends on the mood of theater owners.

The Golden Globe has also relaxed rules to allow more movies to compete even without release due to coronavirus pandemic.


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