Sir Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Kaluuya, Emerald Fennell, and Chloé Zhao's 'Nomadland' Win at Oscars
Sir Anthony Hopkins was named Best Actor at the Academy Awards Sunday night (April 25), as Nomadland won a trio of trophies including Best Picture.
At 83, Hopkins became the oldest actor – male or female – to win an Oscar when his performance as an elderly man battling dementia in The Father triumphed over a tough field including Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Gary Oldman (Mank), Steven Yeun (Minari), and the late Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom).
Hopkins did not attend the ceremony in person in L.A., or virtually from the Oscars' London hub, but posted a gracious message on Instagram Monday morning from his home in the Welsh countryside. "I am grateful to the Academy and thank you," said the actor, who won his previous Oscar for The Silence of the Lambs in 1992. "I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman who was taken from us far too early, and again, thank you all very much. I really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honored."
Daniel Kaluuya won the Best Supporting Actor prize for his performance as Black Panther Party activist Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah. Kaluuya, who was previously nominated in 2018 for his performance in Get Out, also made history by becoming the first Black British actor to win an Oscar.
Actress, writer, and director Emerald Fennell – Killing Eve's season two showrunner – won the Best Original Screenplay prize for her movie directorial debut Promising Young Woman, a pitch-black comedy thriller about a woman seeking revenge for the death of her best friend.
Fennell was also nominated in the Best Director category, but lost out to Nomadland's Chloé Zhao, who became the first woman of color and only the second woman to win this prize at the Academy Awards. The movie's star Frances McDormand was named Best Actress for her performance as a woman who leaves her economically ravaged hometown after her husband dies to travel around the U.S. in a van.
McDormand, who previously won Best Actress for Fargo in 1996 and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in 2018, duly became one of only seven people to have won three acting Oscars. She and Zhao also took home a second award on the night as the producers of the Best Picture winner, Nomadland.
Meanwhile, Youn Yuh-jung became the first Korean actress to win an Academy Award for her performance as a cantankerous but kind grandmother in Minari. The BBC has a full list of winners from the Oscars 2021, which took place at both Union Station and the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
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