The arts world may have been closed for the last year or so, but the capital is still home to some of the best creatives in the world, and the Oscar 2021 winners proved just that.
Londoners stole the show at Sunday night’s ceremony (April 25) with four bagging themselves trophies at the most anticipated film awards in the world.
You are likely to recognise at least some of the London-based winners, but who exactly are they?
Let us take a look and celebrate this year’s winners.
1. Daniel Kaluuya
Camden’s Daniel Kaluuya was crowned best supporting actor this year.
He achieved the incredible award for his role as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah.
Not that this was a surprise to anyone: he has already swept up titles throughout the award season, winning an award for the same title at the Golden Globes, the British Academy Film Awards and several other ceremonies.
Kaluuya, who grew up on a council estate in Kentish Town, is the first black British winner of the Oscar’s supporting actor award.
Accepting his award on stage, he said how he admired Fred Hampton – the man he played who was shot and killed by police in Chicago in 1969.
The 32-year-old said: “When they played divide and conquer, we say unite and ascend.
“There’s so much work to do guys and that’s on everyone in this room.
“This ain’t no single man job. We’ve got work to do.
“I’m going to get back to work Tuesday morning, because tonight I’m going out.”
In an emotional but hilarious addition, Kaluuya also thanked his family, and said everyone should “celebrate life”.
“Mum and dad, they had sex. It’s amazing! I’m here!” he added.
Read more about how Daniel Kaluuya made it to the top.
2. Emerald Fennell
Call the Midwife fans will be thrilled to hear that the Patsy Mount has only gone and got herself an Oscar.
Emerald Fennell from Hammersmith achieved the award for writing ‘Promising Young Woman’ – a rape-revenge satire that won her best original screenplay.
Promising Young Woman is Fennell’s feature debut, and stars Carey Mulligan as a woman attempting to take revenge for the rape of her best friend in college.
Those who don’t watch Call the Midwife may recognise the 35-year-old from The Crown, in which she played Camilla Parker Bowles.
She also worked as head writer on the second series of Killing Eve.
Accepting the award on stage, the star apologised to Oscars producer Oscars Steven Soderbergh because she had not written a speech.
Or at least she hadn’t written one since she was 10-years-old, and she didn’t think that would be too relevant now.
3. Andrew Lockley
The name Andrew Lockley may not immediately ring a bell among film fans.
But films such as Harry Potter, The Dark Knight, Inception and Interstellar definitely will.
This 49-year-old from London is a visual effects supervisor who has worked on all of the above films, and he and his team have won awards for best visual effects on a number of occasions.
And this year, he only went and got himself an Oscar.
So, which futuristic, sci-fi action-thriller could this possibly for?
It was of course the much-talked-about Tenet.
Andrew accepted the film’s first win of the night along with fellow members of Tenet’s visual effects team.
It also bagged an award for best production design.
4. Atticus Ross
And last, but by certainly no means least, is another one of London’s finest in film.
Or should we say music, in this case.
Along with two other composers, Atticus Ross from Ladbroke Grove took home the trophy for best original score at the Oscars.
This was to celebrate their work on the music for the animated Pixar film Soul.
Along with Trent Reznor, Ross has previously won the Academy and Grammy awards for his work on The Social Network score (A.K.A. that Facebook film) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
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