If you skipped the Oscars last night, you probably weren’t alone. Film industry insiders are bracing for an even worse viewer turnout at the 93rd Academy Awards than last year’s all-time low. The Grammys and Golden Globes have also suffered sharp audience drops this year. And considering that the pandemic closed theaters for most of the past year, how many people had seen enough Oscar nominees this year to get excited enough to tune in and see who would win what?
Additionally, Hollywood’s biggest night was pushed back from its original air date of February 28 due to the pandemic. And Sunday night’s scaled-down ceremony took place between Los Angeles’ Union Station and its regular venue at the Dolby Theater, with only nominees, their guests and presenters able to attend this year’s awards show. The usual skits and live musical performances were cut off the main stream, so there was room for acceptance speeches to run … as long as they wanted, apparently. Oscar 2021: ‘Nomadland’ Wins Best Picture; Chloé Zhao makes history by winning the best director award. These changes elicited many mixed reactions from viewers who tuned in: There were, however, some moments that created buzz well into Monday morning. We’ll save you the trouble of digging around for the full three-hour stream yourself to fast-forward to the good parts. Here are six memorable moments from the Oscars 2021, which you can watch in 10 minutes or less. Best Supporting Actor winner Daniel Kaluuya thanked his parents for having sex. The actor earned his first Oscar victory for playing Black Panther Party member Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” He began by thanking his family and making a serious call to action for all viewers: “There is a lot of work to do, guys. That’s for everyone in this room. This is not a one-man job. “But first, it’s time to celebrate your victory.” I’m going back to work Tuesday morning, because tonight I’m going up. We’re going up, you know what I mean. ? he said, laughing. And then maybe he relaxed a little: “We have to celebrate life, man! We are breathing, we are walking, it’s amazing!” he said. “My mom, my dad, they had sex! It’s amazing, like, you know what I’m saying? I’m here! You know what I mean? So I’m so happy to be alive, so I’ll celebrate tonight. “His mother’s expression was priceless. See below. The Oscars weren’t so white this year. This year’s ceremony saw more women and more actors. of color nominated than ever. “Nomadland” director Chloe Zhao had a great night, becoming the second woman to win the best director award in 93 years at the Academy Awards, as well as the first woman to win. color in taking the title. His film also won the award for best picture, the jackpot of the night. “This is for anyone who has the faith and courage to hold on to the good in themselves and hold on to the goodness of the others, no matter how hard it is to do so, “she said as she accepted her award for best director. See her speech below. Kaluuya, as noted above, won the award for best supporting actor for his role in” Judas and the Black Messiah “, and Yuh-jung Youn won the award or for best supporting actress for “Minari.” And Youn kindly told everyone who mispronounced his name, including his awards presenter, Brad Pitt, that he forgives them. Additionally, 15 women won 17 Oscars this year. See the full list of winners here. Glenn Close got up and danced “Da Butt.” In a cheeky segment, comedian and actor Lil Rel Howery tested audience members on their knowledge of Oscar-nominated songs. And Glenn Close taught Howery in “Da Butt,” an Experience Unlimited (aka US) hit that appears in the 1988 Spike Lee film “School Daze.” In fact, 74-year-old Close got up and shook her butt to demonstrate the dance in a move that went viral. The new “West Side Story” movie released a trailer starring Rita Moreno. Many viewers missed the live musical performances traditionally hosted by the Oscars, with prerecorded versions of the five Best Song nominees relegated to this year’s pre-show. But Amblin Entertainment released its long-awaited first trailer for Stephen Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story” during the Oscars, which received a lot of toe bumps. And as an added bonus, Rita Moreno, who won an Academy Award for playing Anita in the 1961 film version of the beloved musical, sings a song in the trailer. Listen here: Chadwick Boseman was rejected for Best Actor, and Joaquin Phoenix was not amused. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was when Boseman, who was considered a posthumous lock for the best leading actor award for his performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” lost to Anthony Hopkins for the latter’s work in “The Father.” . Even host and Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix seemed disappointed to read the winner and then accept the award on Hopkins’ behalf. Although, to be honest, Phoenix’s delivery, even before the winner was announced, suggested that he had been dragged into the Oscars against his will. Frances McDormand howled like a wolf onstage when “Nomadland” won the Best Picture award. McDormand had already delivered a memorable acceptance speech that night when she won the Best Actress award for “Nomadland.” She told the audience that “I have no words. My voice is on my sword. We know that the sword is our job. And I like the work. “But when” Nomadland “took home the top award of the night for Best Picture, McDormand really let it all come out.” We give this to our wolf, “he said, before tilting his head back and howl into the air.While some viewers may have thought she was just being eccentric, she was in fact paying homage to the film’s sound designer, Michael Wolf Snyder, who took his own life earlier this year.