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"It was like the world's most uncomfortable blind date," writer David Wild told the Ringer. Your browser does not support this video "It was like the world's most uncomfortable blind date between the cool rocker stoner kid and the adorable theater camp cheerleader," David Wild, one of the writers that year, told the Ringer about Franco and Hathaway's monologue. Wild also called that night "an incredibly dark significant comic event in my life." Franco and Hathaway had never hosted the Oscars or worked together before, but producers picked them to appeal to younger viewers.
It was clear right away that nobody knew where to look. The 93rd Academy Awards worked around the global pandemic by shooting inside Union Station on a multi-level auditorium. Guests sat four to a table, looking like awkward blind dates on a sunset cruise. A presenter appeared in the audience, and then a winner walked onstage, and then — hey, presto! The same presenter appeared across the room, freshly teleported! Behind them, people stared at the camera or away from the camera, or maybe we only saw the back of their beautiful heads. Whenwas presenting, a woman above him kept turning her body around, never quite finding a comfortable position. As the production designers went down to receive their award, you could see two seated attendees checking their phones. gave the night's best speech when she won Best Supporting Actress — "I'm luckier than you!" — and the show seemed to have every possible camera angle on her except the right one.
Is this an 'Asterisk Oscars' or a sign of things to come?
In 93 years of existence, the Oscars have been postponed by shootings — the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the attempted killing of Ronald Reagan — and by a flood, when 1938 rainstorms overwhelmed the Los Angeles River. Sunday’s ceremony will be the first Academy Awards delayed by a pandemic. After a year that erased movie titles from marquees and sent seismic shockwaves through Hollywood, the show is going on — two months later than usual, in a crowdless ceremony at Los Angeles’ Union Station and with a batch of nominees that have barely played in movie theaters.
The winners were exciting: the young and the oldest, diverse and international. Best Supporting Actorhonored the real people behind and also talked about his . Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson in their Best Makeup and Hairstyling victory and turned their speech into an exhortation to break every other glass ceiling. ended the show's first hour by becoming the win the Best Director Oscar. She was back on stage when took Best Picture, handing the mic over to star-producer , who ended the ceremony with vital commands: "Watch our movie on the largest screen possible" and "Watch every film that's represented here tonight."
These Photos From the 2001 Oscars Red Carpet Will Prove Just How Fast Time Flies
Bring on the nostalgia, because we're rewinding exactly 20 years to the 2001 Oscars. Keep scrolling for must-see photos of Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts and more A-listers.Chalk it up to the time warp that was 2020, but it's hard to believe that exactly two decades ago, Hollywood royalty like Kate Hudson, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez were just beginning to ride the wave of their big breaks.
Except, wait, hold it! It didn't end there. After the commercial break, Frances McDormand won for Nomadland. It sounded like she'd used up all her Speech Juice, but we can agree she was physically present. Thentook the stage, looking baffled as usual by his own existence, and presented the evening's final award to The Father's — who chose not to attend. Like most of the world, Sir Anthony was apparently not watching the Academy Awards.
Was thisplan all along? With all due respect to his fellow producers Jesse Collins and Stacey Sher, I experienced this very strange awards show as a pure auteurist effort from the man who made Ocean's 12, The Good German, and Mosaic. You felt his presence in the eternally off-kilter camera angles and the immediately annoying cuts to a wide-angle God's-eye view. There was a rigid commitment to a very forced casualness, and some creative decisions were just wrong right away. We did not need the presenters to give us pocket biographies of each of the nominees. We did not need Laura Dern telling the Best Supporting Actor nominees why their performances were world-changing. We did not need to hear the Best Directors explain what directing is. What we needed, more than ever, was to just see the damn movies, but old-fashioned film clips were mostly not on the menu. gave us a plot summary of 1983's The Secret of NIMH, but we didn't get one single image from the animated shorts she was celebrating onstage. told us the coolest parts of Terminator 2, but we didn't really see any of the Visual Effects nominees' work.
Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher, Halle Berry and Van Hunt and More Power Couples at 2021 Oscars
It was date night for these stunning couples.This year's previously postponed ceremony was held Sunday at Union Station, Dolby Theatre, and many other locations around the world. While Hollywood's finest impressed on the red carpet, it was the power couples who stole the spotlight. Whether it was another fun night out or making their red couple debuts, these duos brought the glitz and glamour.
And, look, I'm a sucker for Soderbergh's kooky art projects. This Oscar night looked different from any other, and the parts that worked were exciting enough to suggest a new style for blather-y awards shows. Ahmed presented the Best Sound award, and as he opened the envelope, the camera's movement was just right: From the actor's knowing smile down to the paper in his hand, the title Sound of Metal clearly visible. The medical necessity of social distancing gave the whole setting a special-dinner intimacy, and Harrison Ford looked unusually comfortable rambling through the harsh early notes on Blade Runner. ("Why do we need the third cut to the eggs?") The sunlight slowly faded outside the windows, which I guarantee interested Soderbergh more than the embarrassingly rushed.
Many of the winners offered impassioned messages, political relevance with a personal edge. When Travon Free won for Best Live Action Short Film, he reminded the audience that police in America kill an average of three people per day. Zhao dedicated her prize to "anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold onto the goodness in themselves and to hold onto the goodness in each other," which is a nice thought, though I'm still waiting for some Nomadland person to explain why David Strathairn's character wasn't crushed by medical bills. Tyler Perry won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and the audience loudly applauded when he said, "I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican, Black, or white." (There was a notable quieting of applause when he continued: "I refuse to hate someone because they are a cop.") And My Octopus Teacher taught us the most important lesson of all: Time was robbed!
Oscar moments: History, glamour ... and what a weird ending
Wait. What? If that’s what you yelled at the TV during the final moments of Sunday's Oscars, you weren’t alone. In what may have been the most abrupt ending since that closing shot of “The Sopranos,” TV audiences expecting an emotional finale crowning the late Chadwick Boseman as best actor were left to ponder a huge upset, an absent winner, and a quick “see ya” from the Oscars. It was one more unusual moment in the most unusual of all Oscar telecasts, one that defied convention in so many ways. Some of it was good: In a pandemic year when award shows faced unprecedented challenges, the Oscars brought back red-carpet glamour.
Soderbergh and his collaborators made a lot of unique decisions with this show. They were working within pandemic restrictions — and, unlike the wildly off-key, this did not feel like a night of helpless navel-gazing from an industry out-of-touch with a year of death and reckoning. But too many obvious decisions served the material poorly. The movies are the stars of the Oscars, yet we didn't get a proper look at the Best Picture nominees until the very end. The great mass of people haven't seen a lot of these films; the great mass of people were probably wondering why wasn't nominated for anything. So there was a missed chance to tantalize viewers with actual footage of actors acting, of scores soaring, of Tenet's visual effects inverting. On a normal Oscar night, a film like News of the World would become its own little subplot, with four nominations offering four distinct chances for viewers to groove onto Tom Hanks' mournful history beard. Even the worst Oscars can depend on tender moments from the In Memoriam montage, a few well-picked seconds of late greats speaking onscreen. Best Picture should come at the end for so many reasons, and now we know the main reason is that someone will always be there to pick up the trophy.
All the History-Making Moments at the 2021 Oscars
Nomadland's Chloé Zhao, Promising Young Woman's Emerald Fennel and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom's Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson all made history at the 2021 Oscars.After being postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 93rd annual Academy Awards took place at Union Station in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 25—and what a night it was. From the red carpet fashion to the star-studded ceremony (and all the viral moments in between), the event had it all.
It's painfully obvious that Best Actor was placed last because the producers assumed the latewould win. So don't blame Anthony Hopkins for the dull thud of an ending. (Also: He is amazing in The Father.) Blame the producers for their own overplanning. As cool as parts of the evening looked, I wonder if the need to line up everything just so for their swooping camera movements contributed to an odd lack of energy. You felt like everyone was being told to hit way-too-elaborate marks. It was painful, really, to see some nominees stare blankly while they received very long introductions, their eyes darting around the ceiling, wondering what Halle Berry was about to say about them. Just show the movies, man! Oh, but there was that wonderfully symphonic montage of past Oscar nominees like Moonlight, The Fellowship of the Ring, Tree of Life, and Moonlight — wait, no, those clips were for a freaking Rolex commercial."
I preferred the loopy, improvised, half-crazy energy of the evening's only real extended comedy sketch. Lil Rel Howery and Questlove hosted a musical game. Audience members had to guess: Was this song an Oscar winner, a nominee, or a snub?said something bleepable about the cultural improbability of a "Purple Rain" victory. "I don't know how much that cost you, ABC," Howery said, "But it happened!" He moved on to Kaluuya, his Get Out costar, and they had a surprisingly in-depth remembrance of Get Out's ending. , Kaluuya's tablemate, said he was too young to remember Donna Summer. Close a moment so staged and so ridiculous and so magic. Imagine: A talented comedian doing riffs with the crowd and then performing prepared dialogue with a famous movie star. What an idea! Maybe the Oscars should try more of that. Perhaps the comedian could reappear throughout the show, like some sort of master of ceremonies — or, as the French say, a "host." Howery looked stunned, clearly realizing his bit had jumped several rails. "It's dope and uncomfortable at the same time!" he exclaimed. Couldn't have summed it up better myself. Grade: B-
Zendaya's yellow Oscars dress channeled two of Cher's iconic outfits from the 1970s .
The actress paired a custom Valentino gown with $6 million worth of layered diamond necklaces, earrings, and rings.The actress, 24, paired the custom Valentino gown with $6 million worth of layered diamond necklaces, earrings, and rings from Bulgari, Insider's Amanda Krause previously reported.