HOLLYWOOD’S biggest night of movie awards is finally here as stars prepare for a glitzy night.
The 93rd Academy Awards take place TONIGHT (Sunday, April 25, 2021) in a dazzling in person ceremony in Los Angeles – and here’s how you can watch them.
The ceremony will be televised live on ABC at 8pm Eastern standard time & 5pm Pacific standard time.
Viewers overseas can tune into the 93rd Academy Awards show on the Sky Cinema Oscars channel.
Their coverage starts at 12.30am on Monday 26 April.
Nominees for Best actor in a leading role include Steven Yeun (Minari), Anthony Hopkins (The Father), Gary Oldman (Mank) & the late Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom).
Riz Ahmed is also in the running for Best leading actor for his role in Sound of Metal, making him the first ever Muslim nominated for lead actor.
Female leads in the running for Best actress include Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Andra Day (The United States V. Billie Holiday), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a woman), Frances McDormand (Nomadland) & Carey Mulligan (Promising young woman).
Actors & actresses in the running for the best supporting role include Daniel Kaluuya, Sacha Baron Cohen, Glenn close, Amanda Seyfried, Lakeith Stanfield & Maria Bakalova.
The awards ceremony is taking place in two locations- Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and the Oscars’ usual home of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Follow all the latest news and updates from the Oscars 2021 in our live blog…’
Best Live-Action Short Film
Though many movie-goers focus on feature-length films, short movies can be just as impactful, especially with this year’s nominees.
Feeling Through, The Letter Room, The Present, Two Distant Strangers and White Eye all snagged an Academy Awards nod.
Only one could come out on top, with Two Distant Strangers being deemed the winner.
Filmmakers Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe accepted the award, as Travon took the mic to offer an emotional speech.
Before thanking his family, friends and team, Travon shined the spotlight on the country’s ongoing outrage over police brutality.
“Tonight, the police will kill three people. And tomorrow, the police will kill three people. Please, please don’t just stand by. Please speak up,” he said.
This year’s film had an immense emotional impact on audiences during a challenging year.
For best film direction, nominees included Lee Isaac Chung for Minari, Emerald Fennell who helmed Promising Young Woman, David Fincher’s Mank and Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round.
However, it was Chloé Zhao’s standout, Nomadland – starring Frances McDormand – which took home the honor.
This year’s award ceremony marked the first nomination and win for the Chinese director.
Her historic wins marks only the SECOND time a woman has won the award for Best Directing.
Best Costume Design
Just like their glam squads, costumes are an integral part of getting actors ready to play the part.
For Best Costume Design, this years films that were recognized were: Emma, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Mank, Mulan and Pinocchio.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom took home another award as Ann Roth was crowned the winner.
The 89-year-old was not present to make a speech, but is no stranger to the awards show.
Ann makes history as the OLDEST woman to ever win an Oscar.
She was previously nominated four times and won once in 1997 for The English Patient.
Best Hair And Makeup
Actor Don Cheadle came out to present the award that makes him – and every other person on camera – look the part.
This year’s nominees include Emma, Hillbilly Elegy, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Mank and Pinocchio.
Scoring yet another win tonight, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was given the trophy.
Superstar trio Sergio-Lopez Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson accepted the award.
Mia spoke about the historical significance of their big win as “powerful Black women.:
With excitement, she said: “I am so excited as we break this glass ceiling for all of the others to follow.
“I know in the future we will have our Black Trans brothers and sisters, Asian sisters and so many more up here.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
This year’s category for Best Supporting Actor was stacked with some of the world’s greatest talent.
Double nominee tonight Sacha Baron Cohen earned a nod for The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Other contenders included Leslie Odom Jr. for One Night in Miami… and Paul Raci in Sound of Metal.
While Daniel Kaluuya was favored to win for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah.
Get Out and Black Panther star Daniel took home the trophy and gave an emotional yet hilarious speech.
As he thanked God, his team and his family, he oddly mentioned that he is grateful that his “mom and dad had sex” – resulting in him “being alive” right now.
The audience appeared confused – as there was an awkward silence before the actor resumed his winners speech.
While his mom and sister appeared mortified, burying their hands in their face.
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
Films from all over the world have touched members of the Academy.
While many deserved to be included, this year’s award could only honor a select few.
Another Round, Better Days, Collective, The Man Who Sold His Skin and Quo Vadis, Aida? were among the few nominees.
However, only one could come out on top and Another Round took home the trophy.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
In the second category of the evening, this year’s move moving writing pieces scored nods.
Nominees included Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, The Father, Nomadland, One Night in Miami… and The White Tiger.
While many fans were hoping Borat might get some love, The Father came out on top.
Director and writer Florian Zeller accepted the award for his film starring Anthony Hopkins.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The very first category of the evening was presented by Regina King for Best Original Screenplay.
This year’s nominees included Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal and The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Promising Young Woman’s writer and director Emerald Fennell scored the trophy for the Carey Mulligan-starring thriller flick.
HAVE A NICE TRIP?
Academy Award winner Regina King made a dramatic entrance as she walked throughout Union Station – where some of the show is filmed along with taping at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
As she made the long stride to the stage, she tripped in her high heels when walked up the steps.
“Ha, live TV,” she laughed after the brief blunder.
The first presenter of the evening looked stunning in a floor-length embellished grey gown.
Actress-turned-Instagram-star Reese Witherspoon gave fans another glimpse of her getting ready for the Oscars on her social media page.
The Little Fires Everywhere producer looked stunning in a red pleated dress that draped around her neck – complete with a little black Chanel belt.
She stood next to her close pal and frequent co-star, Laura Dern, as they headed to the venue.
Laura looked amazing in a black long-sleeved top that had a white feathered skirt flaring from the bottom.
Reese captioned the shot: “Congratulations to all of tonight’s #Oscars nominees!
“I’m so honored to be a part of this evening, celebrating the magic of movies and their ability to make us feel more connected to the world around us. What is your favorite movie of the year?”
Film icon Viola Davis, 55, teamed up with the company she’s a spokesperson for, Loreal, to get glam for the 93rd annual Academy Awards.
Before she slipped into her stunning white Alexander McQueen gown, the actress shared a quick glimpse of her makeup look.
Red lipstick, volume mascara, foundation, concealer, skin serum and other beauty products sat on a table hours before the show.
“Getting ready for the Oscars,” she wrote alongside lipstick and a yellow heart.
Viola is up for Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
She was previously nominated for The Help in 2011, Doubt in 2008 and scored her first Oscars win in 2016 for her role in Fences.
KEEP CALM AND CAREY ON
Two-time Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan, 35, is favored to win her first golden statue for her heartbreaking lead actress role in Promising Young Woman.
She was previously nominated in the same category for An Education in 2010.
Carey’s makeup artist, Georgie Eisdell, shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the acclaimed British actress getting ready for tonight.
“Final touch ups on this exquisite beauty,” she captioned the shot.
The Chanel ambassador wore the brand as her choice of cosmetics for the 2021 Oscars.
GLAM & GORGEOUS
The Legally Blonde actress got glam hours before showtime inside of a hotel room near the Los Angeles venue.
Reese proved it takes a village – as she had one person on hair, another on makeup and one more on nails.
She has yet to reveal her final look for the evening as she was still wearing her robe in the Instagram Story.
“Oscars prep,” she wrote alongside a clip which played Diana Ross’ hit I’m Coming Out.
All three of the star’s glam squad members kept safe in face masks.
ANDRA’S BIG DAY
The singer-turned-actress got ready for her first-ever Oscars night with her sponsored partner, luxury skincare company La Mer.
Andra, 36, looked stunning in the makeup free clip as her glam squad got her ready for the awards show.
“We hereeeee! A blessing. We’ve been working non-stop but thanks to LaMer, my skin is glowing.
“Catch you guys on the red carpet,” she captioned the video.
The Rise Up singer is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for playing music legend Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday.
READY FOR HER CLOSEUP
Movie legend Glenn Close is kicking this years Oscars season off with her EIGHTH nomination.
The 74-year-old got glam in a Los Angeles hotel room as she cheersed to the camera with a glass of some liquid courage.
As the actress sat in a chair with pins in her hair, she held up a glass while displaying a cheeky smile.
Before she slipped into her luxurious look for the evening, she got ready wearing a simple black robe.
Glenn is looking for her FIRST ever Academy Awards win this year for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Hillbilly Elegy.
Actress Isla Fisher shared a gorgeous waterside shot alongside her Oscar-nominated husband, Sacha Baron Cohen, before the big awards.
The couple – who have been married since 2010 – looked glamorous together as they both dressed to the nines.
Isla, 45, wore a beautiful black dress with a shining emerald necklace.
She completed her look with a smokey eye, red lipstick and her signature wavy red hair.
Meanwhile, Sacha, 49, looked dapper in a chocolate brown tuxedo.
He wore a white button-down shirt underneath and matched his bow-tie to his suit.
The Borat mastermind is nominated twice tonight – once for Best Adapted Screenplay for the sequel to his 2006 comedic hit.
He’s also nominated for Best Actor In A Supporting Role for his performance as Abbie Hoffman in The Trial Of The Chicago 7.
MARIA’S OSCAR DEBUT
The Borat 2 breakout star scored her first Academy Awards nomination for her role as Tutar in the film alongside Sacha Baron Cohen.
Maria looked stunning in a pearl white Louis Vuitton dress complete with Moussaieff Jewellers diamonds.
The elegant gown had a plunging neckline that she accented with a necklace and bold red lip.
She captioned the post: “I still cannot believe this is happening to me. This has been a dream come true.
“Congratulations to all of my fellow nominees. I am truly so humbled and honored to be nominated alongside such talented artists.”
Laura Dern, 54, showed off her getting ready style with a cotton swab after taking a Covid test.
“Oscars prep,” she captioned the photo as she held the swab up to the camera as she wore a face mask and orange glasses.
The Big Little Lies actress scored her first Oscars win last year for her Best Supporting Actress role in Netflix’s Marriage Story.
She had been nominated two times previously – once in 2015 for Wild and her first nom back in 1992 for Rambling Rose.
Laura is Hollywood royalty, as her father, Bruce Dern, is also an Oscar-nominee.
REST IN PRAISE
Chadwich Boseman is almost certain to be only the second actor to win the leading role award posthumously.
When she did that for her late husband at the Golden Globes, presenter Renee Zellweger was unable to stop herself weeping.
What makes Chadwick’s nominated performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom more remarkable is that he was deep in the grips of the fatal illness when he delivered it with unmatched vigour, commitment and passion.
BEST PICTURE PREDICTION
The nominees for Best Picture are:
- The Father
- Judas and the Black Messiah
- Promising Young Woman
- Sound of Metal
- The Trial of the Chicago 7
Nomadland is predicted to take home the award for Best Picture.
WHAT ARE THE OSCARS
Dating back to 1929, the Oscars or The Academy Awards is the most prestigious award within the American and international film industry. The first televised event for the awards happened in 1953 during its 25th annual award ceremony.
The awards are made up of 24 different categories within the film industry. Some of the award categories include Best Picture, Supporting Actor/Actress, makeup and hairstyles, director, editing, music, sound editing, and original screenplay.
There are different sections within the AMPAS and those individual sections cast the nominations. However, for the category of the best picture, the entire academy votes on it.
HOW TO WATCH
Watch live on TV
After a delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Oscars will air Sunday, April 25.
The Oscars will be aired live on local ABC affiliate channels this with the awards beginning at 8:00pm ET but red carpet activities starting at 6:30pm ET.
The Oscars will also be available on streaming services for viewers to watch without a cable subscription.
Some of the streaming options for the Oscars include:
While some services require a subscription, the majority of them offer free-trials that users can sign up for to tune in to the special event. ABC.com however does require you to sign in with a local cable provider.
REESE IS READY!
Reese Witherspoon might not have scored a nomination this year, but that hasn’t lowered her excitement for Hollywood’s biggest night.
The movie icon posted an energetic video on Sunday morning that showed her getting ready for the Academy Awards wearing a black Oscars sweatshirt.
She teased fans with a glimpse at the “incredibly different” award show as she got ready.
“I’m excited because I’m presenting at the Oscars tonight! Are you going to watch? You should watch because I went to rehearsals yesterday and it’s so incredibly different.
“I can’t wait to hear what you guys think. I’m also excited for the nominees to to be going somewhere in person.
“So I’ll fill you guys in as much as I can,” the blonde beauty told the camera.