2021 Academy Awards - all the winners

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Awards on 26 Apr 2021
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Oh yes, you know it... South Africa's famous tentacled star My Octopus Teacher won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in the early hours of this morning (26 April). 

The awards aired live on M-Net Movies 1 and were so socially distanced they were held in two places: Union Station - the main railway station in Los Angeles - and the Dolby Theatre auditorium.

They repeat on M-Net tonight at 22h30.

These are the winners, followed by the acceptance speech for My Octopus Teacher by directors Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed:

Best documentary feature

Collective - Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana
Crip Camp - Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder
The Mole Agent - Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibáñez
My Octopus Teacher - Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster
Time - Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino and Kellen Quinn

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Viola Davis in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Andra Day in The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand in Nomadland
Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins in The Father
Gary Oldman in Mank
Steven Yeun in Minari
Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Maria Bakalova in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Glenn Close in Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman in The Father
Amanda Seyfried in Mank
Youn Yuh-Jung in Minari

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Sacha Baron Cohen in The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah
Leslie Odom, Jr. in One Night in Miami...
Paul Raci in Sound of Metal
Lakeith Stanfield in Judas and the Black Messiah
Best animated feature film of the year

Onward Dan - Scanlon and Kori Rae
Over the Moon - Glen Keane, Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon - Richard Phelan, Will Becher and Paul Kewley
Soul - Pete Docter and Dana Murray
Wolfwalkers - Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young and Stéphan Roelants
Achievement in cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah - Sean Bobbitt
Mank - Erik Messerschmidt
News of the World - Dariusz Wolski
Nomadland - Joshua James Richards
The Trial of the Chicago 7 - Phedon Papamichael
Achievement in costume design

Emma - Alexandra Byrne
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - Ann Roth
Mank Trish - Summerville
Mulan - Bina Daigeler
Pinocchio - Massimo Cantini Parrini
Achievement in directing

Another Round - Thomas Vinterberg
Mank - David Fincher
Minari - Lee Isaac Chung
Nomadland - Chloé Zhao
Promising Young Woman - Emerald Fennell
Best documentary short subject

Colette - Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard
A Concerto Is a Conversation - Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers
Do Not Split - Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook
Hunger Ward - Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman
A Love Song for Latasha - Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan
Achievement in film editing

The Father - Yorgos Lamprinos
Nomadland - Chloé Zhao
Promising Young Woman - Frédéric Thoraval
Sound of Metal - Mikkel E. G. Nielsen
The Trial of the Chicago 7 - Alan Baumgarten
Best international feature film of the year

Another Round - Denmark
Better Days - Hong Kong
Collective - Romania
The Man Who Sold His Skin - Tunisia
Quo Vadis, Aida? - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

Emma - Marese Langan, Laura Allen and Claudia Stolze
Hillbilly Elegy - Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle and Patricia Dehaney
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson
Mank - Gigi Williams, Kimberley Spiteri and Colleen LaBaff
Pinocchio - Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli and Francesco Pegoretti
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Da 5 Bloods - Terence Blanchard
Mank - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Minari - Emile Mosseri
News of the World - James Newton Howard
Soul - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Fight For You from Judas and the Black Messiah
Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

Hear My Voice from The Trial of the Chicago 7
Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite

Husavik from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson

Io Sì (Seen) from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini

Speak Now from One Night in Miami...
Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth
Best motion picture of the year

The Father - David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi and Philippe Carcassonne, Producers
Judas and the Black Messiah Shaka King, Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler, Producers

Mank - Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth and Douglas Urbanski, Producers

Minari - Christina Oh, Producer

Nomadland - Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, Producers
Promising Young Woman Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell and Josey McNamara, Producers

Sound of Metal - Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche, Producers

The Trial of the Chicago 7 - Marc Platt and Stuart Besser, Producers
Achievement in production design

The Father - Production Design: Peter Francis; Set Decoration: Cathy Featherstone

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - Production Design: Mark Ricker; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton

Mank - Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

News of the World - Production Design: David Crank; Set Decoration: Elizabeth Keenan

Tenet - Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas
Best animated short film

Burrow - Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat
Genius - Loci Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise
If Anything Happens I Love You - Will McCormack and Michael Govier
Opera - Erick Oh
Yes-People - Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson
Best live action short film

Feeling Through - Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski
The Letter Room - Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan
The Present - Farah Nabulsi
Two Distant Strangers - Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe
White Eye - Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman
Best sound

Greyhound - Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders and David Wyman

Mank - Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance and Drew Kunin

News of the World - Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller and John Pritchett

Soul - Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott and David Parker

Sound of Metal - Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh
Achievement in visual effects

Love and Monsters - Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt and Brian Cox

The Midnight Sky - Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon and David Watkins

Mulan - Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury and Steve Ingram

The One and Only - Ivan Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones and Santiago Colomo Martinez

Tenet - Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher
Adapted screenplay

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern; Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad

The Father - Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

Nomadland - Written for the screen by Chloé Zhao

One Night in Miami... - Screenplay by Kemp Powers

The White Tigers - Written for the screen by Ramin Bahrani
Original screenplay

Judas and the Black Messiah - Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King; Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas

Minari - Written by Lee Isaac Chung

Promising Young Woman - Written by Emerald Fennell

Sound of Metal - Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder; Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance

The Trial of the Chicago 7 - Written by Aaron Sorkin

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Tyler Perry and the Motion Picture & Television Fund

Films with multiple wins
Nomadland 3
Judas and the Black Messiah 3
The Father 3
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom 2
Mank 2
Soul 2
Sound of Metal 2


Pippa: Thank you to the Academy... um... and thank you to all of our incredible nominees who spent so many years, and I presume a lot of tears, making beautiful and important films and bringing them into the world. 

I'd like to thank Craig Foster and his family, especially Tom and Swati (Ed: Craig's son and wife), who opened their hearts and supported us every step of the way and fed us and allowed their home to become a production company for three years.

I want to thank our production partners, at Off the Fence especially, Ellen Windemuth and Sam Barton-Humphreys, who believed in this film before it was anything.

We want to thank Netflix for enabling us to share our story with the world and our incredible Octopus team whose arms stretch across the planet from South Africa to Amsterdam to the UK to the US.

Roger and Warren for beautiful cinematography, Dan and Jinx for incredible patience in editing, Kevin and Barry and Kyle and all the people at The Refinery.

And the incredible Sea Change Project, who's been in the background supporting us the whole way along and caring so much for the great African sea forest, which is where the octopus lived, and our friends and family who put up with years and years of tunnel vision.

I know there are many South Africans who are awake in the middle of the night to watch this ceremony and in many ways this really is a tiny personal story played out in a sea forest at the very tip of Africa, but on a more universal level, I hope that it provided a glimpse of a different kind of relationship between human beings and the natural world. 

James: It's a great and totally overwhelming honour to be here so thank you so much to the Academy and all the incredible films that were in our category. It's really humbling and amazing.

I'd also like to thank my family, Rosie and Isabel, and my mum and my two sisters Jenny and Janice. I don't think I'd be here today without their sort of level of love and support so thank you very much. 

And I think a final extra thank you for Craig who worked such an enormous team making this film in the end. It sort of began and ended with him and it's his story and he kinda showed us that you know, if a man can kind of form a friendship with an octopus, it does sort of make you wonder what else is possible, so thank you Craig and cheers everyone.

Shows in this post: The Academy Awards

Channels in this post: M-Net

1 Comment

27 Apr 2021 11:13

Anyone else think that James looks totally in love with Pippa? It's all I could think about while watching their speech. 

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