Everything to know about the 93rd Academy Awards 2021

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The 93rd Academy Awards 2021, introduced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the most celebrated and best cinematic experiences of 2020 and 2021.

The ceremony was held on April 25, 2021, in Los Angeles; it was delayed for two months because of the active effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the film industry.

Because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and its related contemplations, the prestigious ceremony was not held at Dolby Theater and rather arranged at a small-scale lobby, Union Station.

Film fraternity members who could not fly to Los Angeles attended the ceremony from remote locations.

Since the 78th Academy Awards that took place in 2006, this was the first time that no movie was recognized more than three times.

This was also the first time since 1972, 44th Academy Awards that the ceremony was not wrapped up after recognizing the Best Picture – instead, it ended just after announcing Best Actor and Actress.

As per Nielsen TV ratings, the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony was the least-watched Academy Awards broadcast with 10.4 million viewers in the United States.


In June 2020, the Academy reported that it was delaying the ceremony till April 2021, from its initially proposed date of February 2021 because of the COVID-19 outbreak – this also increased the eligibility time for movies to February 2021.

The Academy has already modified the criteria for movies that had to release on streaming platforms because of the worldwide crisis.

The Broadcasting Network

The most awaited awards ceremony of 2021 was broadcasted on ABC at 8 pm ET on April 25, 2021.

The 93th Academy Awards ceremony was the third Oscars to be presented without any host. The strategy has been successful till now and only the future will tell for how long this will continue.

If you had missed the ceremony, you can watch it on ABC via satellite, cable, antenna, or ABC app.

If your cable package does not include ABC, what are you even spending money for? Try switching to Optimum TV offering ABC network on all of its cable plans.

Announcement of Nominations

Nick Jonas along with Priyanka Chopra Jonas announced the nominees for the Academy Awards 2021 in a worldwide live stream on March 15, 2021.

Categories of Awards and Winners

Category Winner Other Nominations
Best Actor Anthony Hopkins‘The Father’ Chadwick Boseman‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Riz Ahmed‘Sound of Metal’

Steven Yeun – ‘Minari’

Gary Oldman‘Mank’

Best Actress Frances McDormand‘Nomadland’ Carey Mulligan‘Promising Young Woman’

Andra Day‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’

Vanessa Kirby‘Pieces of a Woman’

Viola Davis‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Best Picture Nomadland The Father


Judas and the Black Messiah


Sound of Metal

Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Original Song Fight for You‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Io Si ‘The Life Ahead’

Husavike‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’

Hear My Voice‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’

Speak Now‘One Night in Miami’

Best Original Score Soul Mank

Da 5 Bloods

News of the World


Best Film Editing Sound of Metal Nomadland

The Father

Sound of Metal

Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Cinematography Mank Nomadland

News of the World

Judas and the Black Messiah

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Production Design Mank Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

The Father


News of the World

Best Actress (Supporting Role) Yuh Jung Young‘Minari’ Glenn Close – ‘Hillbilly Elegy’

Maria Bakalova‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’
Amanda Seyfried‘Mank’

Olivia Colman‘The Father’

Best Actor (Supporting Role) Daniel Kaluya‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ LaKeith Stanfield‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

Paul Raci‘Sound of Metal’

Leslie Odom Jr.‘One Night in Miami’

Sacha Cohen – ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’

Governors Awards

Due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, the Academy had to cancel its annual Governors Awards ceremony and incorporated it into the 93rd Academy Awards.

There were no winners of the Academy Honorary Award this year.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

This prestigious award was bestowed upon two recipients:

Motion Picture & Television Fund because of the financial and emotional relief efforts that the members of the film industry offered

Tyler Perry because of his philanthropy and charity in the recent years


Some movies were awarded multiple times while some were nominated multiple times. Here’s a list:

Recipients of Multiple Awards
Movie No of Awards
Nomadland 3
Judas and the Black Messiah 2
The Father 2
Mank 2
Sound of Metal 2
Soul 2
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 2


Recipients of Multiple Nominations
Movie No of Nominations
Mank 10
Judas and the Black Messiah 6
The Father 6
Minari 6
Nomadland 6
The Trial of the Chicago 7 6
Sound of Metal 6
Promising Young Woman 5
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 5
News of the World 4
Soul 3
One Night in Miami 3
Another Round 2
Collective 2
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm 2
Emma 2
Mulan 2
Hillbilly Elegy 2
Tenet 2
Pinocchio 2



Many prominent movie industry members presented the awards including Laura Dem, Regina King, Riz Ahmed, Marlee Marlin, Reese Witherspoon, Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Zendaya, Viola Davis, Halle Berry, Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, to name a few.

The last word

The ceremony, although, was not received as much traction, was still an incredible effort pulled by the producers amid a worldwide crisis and we applaud them for this.