One of the most memorable parts of this year’s 93rd Oscars was when eight-time Oscar nominee, Glenn Close, gave audiences a lesson in go-go music. Yes, there wasn’t a whole lot to be excited about this year.
Of course, Chloé Zhao, director of “Nomadland,” made history as the very first woman of color to win the best director award AND best picture award.
However, what people might remember most about the show was the unusual ending that came about after the decision to switch up the category order. Most people thought that Chadwick Boseman would take home the award for the front-runner in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which would have led to a tribute following his death last year at just 43.
Rather, Chadwick lost to Anthony Hopkins for his starring role in “The Father,” though because he did not attend the ceremony, there wasn’t anyone there to give a final speech.
From uncomfortable to heartwarming, here were the top 3 moments from the 2021 Oscars.
1. Chadwick Boseman Upset
From the “In Memoriam” segment with Angela Bassett to the NFTs of digital artwork in honor of Boseman’s career, it seemed that he would take home the big award for the night. It is also worth considering the fact that Boseman took home a number of other awards, including those from SAG and the Golden Globes.
To be fair, Hopkins had also received a number of praises and awards leading up to the 2021 Oscars as well.
Hopkins, who was sleeping at his home in Wales during the time, noted that he was grateful to the Academy for becoming the oldest actor to ever win an award, and gave a shout-out to fellow actor Boseman.
2. Nomadland Winning Big
There was no question that Zhao would take home the big prize for “Nomadland,” especially since she had been honored by so many through the Directors Guild of America earlier in the season.
Zhao became the second woman and first woman of color to ever win best director. Frances McDormand, the film’s leading star, gave a speech quoting “Macbeth,” which rang quite strong. Her ending howl in honor of the film’s production sound mixer, Michael Wolf Snyder, who died earlier this year, was quite powerful as well.
3. Yuh-Jung Youn’s Speech
Yuh-Jung Youn, the 73-year-old Korean actress, has had quite a prolific career in her native land. Of course, it wasn’t until her role in “Minari” that American audiences began taking note.
One of the greatest moments of the night was watching her accept the award from Brad Pitt, who produced the film.
“Mr. Brad Pitt, finally, nice to meet you,” Youn said. “Where were you while we were filming in Tulsa? Very honored to meet you.”
She was astounded that she beat out Glenn Close and sent love out to her two sons for making her “go out and work.” Of course, one of the funniest moments of the night was when she made fun of people throughout this season’s award shows who pronounced her name with emphasis on the wrong syllables.
“But tonight,” Youn said, “you are all forgiven.”