Oscars 2021 Winners: Anthony Hopkins, Frances McDormand, Chloe Zhao, Daniel Kaluuya, Youn Yuh-jung

The Academy Awards, or Oscars took place in Los Angeles’ Union Station on Sunday after a year of virtual ceremonies.

The 93rd annual ceremony was stripped back to its bare essentials as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chinese-born filmmaker Chloe Zhao became the first Asian woman and only the second woman ever to win Best Director at the Academy Awards for the story of financially stretched van dwellers in the United States in movie Nomadland.

The 39-year-old also took home the award for Best Picture for the film, which stars actress Frances McDormand and a number of real-life nomads who travel the US looking for work. McDormand won Best Actress for the role, her third Oscar.

British actor Daniel Kaluuya, who first came to international attention in the 2017 black comedy horror Get Out, won Best Supporting Actor for his role as the late Black Panther activist Fred Hampton in the drama, Judas and the Black Messiah.

Kaluuya, 32, emerged as frontrunner for the Academy Award after also winning at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and British BAFTA ceremonies.

Meanwhile, Youn Yuh-jung was named Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as a cantankerous grandmother in immigrant tale Minari.

Youn, 73, was the first South Korean actor or actress to win an Oscar.

The Best Actor category proved a surprise win for 83-year-old Anthony Hopkins for his portrayal of a man with dementia in The Father, making him the oldest man ever to win the award. Many expected that the honour would go to the late Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, his final film.

Below is the full list of the winners in the main categories:

Best Actor: 
Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Best Actress: 
Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Best Director: 
Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

Best Supporting Actor: 
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress: 
Youn Yuh-jung – Minari

Best Original Screenplay: 
Promising Young Woman

Best Adapted Screenplay: 
The Father

Best Animated Feature Film: 

Best Documentary Film: 
My Octopus Teacher

Best Short Documentary: 

Best International Feature Film: 
Another Round (Denmark)

Best Original Song: 
Fight for You – Judas and the Black Messiah