Oscars When, how and where you can watch
In an awards season like no other, with no red carpet events and awards handed out via Zoom calls, attention turns to the pandemic-delayed Oscars ceremony, which will finally take place on April 25.
Speculation about what will happen on the Oscar night has often been predicted from the outcome of the Golden Globes – particularly when it comes to the best-picture award- but as the COVID-delayed 2021 edition drew to a close, viewers remain as confused as ever given the absence of movie premieres and the Monday morning commentary that often follows the weekend release of a high-profile production.
Here’s what Sunday night’s awards might have told us about this year’s Oscar race.
The best-picture race is still wide open. Chloe Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ was the winner in the best picture, drama category. But ‘Minari’ was not deemed eligible, and three other strong contenders – ‘Da 5 Bloods’, ‘One Night in Miami’ and ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ – were not even nominated. (All three, however, did get recognised by the Screen Actors Guild.)
Last year’s ceremony saw Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ sweep the board, becoming the first non-English language film to take the prize for Best Picture. Renee Zellweger won Best Actress for playing Judy Garland in ‘Judy’, while Joaquin Phoenix was named Best Actor for Joker.
Shortlists for nine Oscar categories were unveiled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas) in February, an intermediary stage in the awarding process.
These categories include Best International Film, Best Documentary and Best Song.
Nomination voting in these categories will take place between March 5 and 10. This will be followed by the annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon on April 15, when the final shortlist is set to be announced.
The predictions of notable Oscar prognosticators going into Sunday’s ceremony reflected the fluidity of this year’s best-picture category as the New York Times, Vanity Fair and the Hollywood Reporter had all picked ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ to win whereas Vogue, the Los Angeles Times and Variety had gone with ‘Nomadland’, so ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ remains a contender and may follow suit at the 2021 Oscars.
The Oscar nominations will be streamed live on the Oscars‘ YouTube channel on Monday, March 15 at 14:30 CET/08:30 EST.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 93rd Academy Awards has been rescheduled from February 28 to April 25, 2021.
The date change will mean a temporary change to the Oscars‘ eligibility criteria, with the December 31 deadline extended to February 28. Films released up until that date will now qualify for recognition by the awarding body.