The COVID-19 pandemic has not prevented the Oscar award ceremony from being held. The 93rd awards ceremony was held directly without being held virtually. The 93rd Oscar event this time made history. After years of criticism for a lack of diversity, this prestigious award includes several representative figures in its nominations. Here’s the list.

  • Coming together in one of the first non-virtual awards shows since the start of the pandemic, many of the industry’s best and brightest were invigorated and excited to be coming together once more.
  • There was no host this year, but that didn’t keep the show from stalling, as the long-awaited (and two-months-delayed) ceremony went all out to honor the multitude of films, filmmakers and stars who were nominated at this year’s big show.
  • Regina King Kicks Off the Show With Effortless Style : In a fantastic tracking shot, King picks up an Oscar trophy and walks through Union Station and up to her place at center stage to start the show by presenting the award for Best Original Screenplay after sharing some powerful sentiments.
  • Daniel Kaluuya Hilariously Pays Tribute to Parents’ Sex Life : The 32-year-old actor took home the Best Supporting Actor statuette for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah on Sunday night — and amid the many powerful comments made in his acceptance speech, he also made a memorable reference to his mom’s sex life.
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Stylists Make History : The stylists for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom became Oscar groundbreakers this year with their monumental win. Makeup artist Sergio Lopez-Rivera, hair department head Mia Neal, and Viola Davis’ personal hairstylist, Jamika Wilson, took home the statuette for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, with the latter pairing becoming the first-ever Black stylists to win in the category. 
  • Chloe Zhao Keeps the History-Making Streak Going : When Nomadland creator Chloe Zhao took home the Oscar for Best Director, the acclaimed filmmaker made history as the first woman of color — and second woman ever — to take home the Oscars’ top directing honor. 
  • Steven Yeun Shares Adorable Childhood Memory : The Minari star — who himself was nominated for an Oscar this year — presented the award for Best Visual Effects, and he introduced the award by sharing an incredibly sweet memory of his mother that also served as an example of how “great visual effects can completely change a film’s experience.”
  • Glenn Close Steals the Show : Ahead of the final categories presented for the night, Lil Rel Howery hosted a game with some celebs in attendance, where he’d have them listen to a song and guess if it won an Oscar, was just nominated, or wasn’t nominated at all.
  • Frances McDormand Howls in Tribute After Nomadland‘s Big Win : After Nomadland took home the prize for Best Picture, Zhao and Frances McDormand took to the stage with the Nomadland team, including the real-life nomads cast in the film. 
  •  Senior actress Youn Yuh-jung became South Korea’s first Oscar winner. His age, which is not young anymore, does not make him despair of taking part in the world of acting. She spent decades playing non-conformist characters. She has served as a violent heir to an old prostitute, challenging social norms in both career and life.
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