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EARLIER: In 2017, Moonlight won Best Picture shortly after on-stage pandemonium (or Faye Dunaway or Warren Beatty, depending on who you ask) accidentally rewarded La La Land the win. Still, that moment was less confusing than the totality of the 2021 Oscars.
Who will win? Who will even show up? How will the ceremony fare without a host? Will anyone clap? If Nicole Kidman isn't there to clap, does anything make a sound? Everything about the 2021 Oscars is one big ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, which means things will either be incredibly boring, or incredibly chaotic. Either way, we'll be watching alongside you to enjoy(?) it all.
While you tune in starting at 8 p.m. ET, be sure to click that little green circle on this page, and chat with The Dipp President Lindsay Mannering, Executive Editor Allison Piwowarski, and me about everything that happens on screen — and anything we learn that's happening off. We'll also be updating this post as the ceremony develops, because we aim to be your Best Supporting Presence during this confusing night. (Can you believe it's only been one year since Parasite won Best Picture and not 84 years?)
So, without further ado, come talk with us about who wins, who doesn't, and so much more by clicking that green button, even if you would rather just be watching Willie Spence slay on American Idol. (Just me? If not, talk to me about Idol in the comments too. Please. I don't want to be alone.)
8 p.m.: There is no host, but Regina King is the host? She's kicked off the show, she's announced our winners, she's wearing a dress that has us channeling Courtney from The Circle. (What is that intergalactic fabulousness!)
8:10 p.m.: Emerald Fennell beats Aaron Sorkin in Best Original Screenplay, a true feat and a breath of fresh air.
8:22 p.m.: Another Round's cast and crew needs another round, since they just won Best Feature Film. "It was something I've always imagined," said Thomas Vinterberg. He talks about his teenage daughter, who died in a car crash shortly into Another Round's shoot. "We ended up making this movie for her," he says.
8:25 p.m.: Our commenters are preparing their own Oscar speeches...
8:30 p.m.: After a lengthy dedication to all the acting nominees from Laura Dern, Daniel Kaluuya deservedly won for Judas and the Black Messiah. Jury's still out on whether he'll also get a deserved Oscar for this. Or this, at the end of his speech: "My mom, my dad, they had sex, that's amazing."
8:42 p.m.: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom picked up the win for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. "Thank you to our ancestors who put the work in," says Mia Neal, who also toasts breaking the glass ceiling.
8:46 p.m.: One of our commenters, jtucks, has an idea...
8:50 p.m.: And our commenters are enjoying the Oscars the right way, while Bryan Cranston gives us an Academy history lesson.
8:55 p.m.: Maybe it's the alcohol, but our commenters are starting to embrace the new.
8:56: The Oscars gives us a surprise by announcing the Best Director category just one hour into the telecast. Typically, the award is the second-to-last award given out, just before Best Picture.
And, since Chloe Zhao from Nomandland picked up the win — making her the second woman in history to win the Best Director Oscar, and the first woman of color to get the honor — it seems like the Best Picture favorite is still the favorite.
9:07 p.m.: Riz Ahmed, from Sound Of Metal, very fittingly announces the award for sound. It's in the title, after all! And, very fittingly, Sound of Metal wins.
9:1o p.m.: One hour in, it's official: Our commenters are cool with the chiller vibe. But there is something they miss from the pre-pandemic Oscars...
9:12 p.m.: Two Distant Strangers picks up the win for Best Short Film, after Riz Ahmed asks audiences to raise their hand if they worked on a short film. Does my fifth grade adaptation of Sinbad's Houseguest count?
9:19 p.m.: Reese Witherspoon is in the house to toast the Animated Short category, and basically negs a nominee for liking Citizen Kane as a child. Which, fair. He wins, though, for If Anything Happens, I Love You. Which were the second to last words of Charles Foster Kane to Rosebud.
9:21 p.m.: Welp, we realize our new commenting system is only showing 10 comments. Like so many awards show broadcasts, we, too, have technical difficulties. But, unlike so many awards ceremonies, we've only been around for five months. So. Maybe in a few decades Warren Beatty will come on our site to reward the wrong best comment. (But sorry about that, folks! We'll work on improving it in the future!)
9:26 p.m.: Unsurprisingly, Soul picks up Best Animated Feature, yet another Pixar victory. Jazz seems to fare better in animated form than live-action, La La Land. Questlove gets a shout-out for working on the film, but not necessarily for his fashion.
9:3o p.m.: Remember when Daniel Kaluuya talked about his parents having sex? Was that just a fever dream? No? Cool.
9:34: Marlee Matlin awards Colette the award for Best Documentary Short, but, Oscars, we. Need. Clips.
9:39: And the Oscars delivers those clips for the Documentary Feature category. One appears to be about an octopus, and I immediately remember that time that a dude in Australia unknowingly picked up the most poisonous creature on the planet.
9:41: And that octopus movie, My Octopus Teacher, wins. Does it get eight little Oscars?
9:45: The Oscars follows the octopus win with a jaunty "Let's Hear It For The Boy." The choices this ceremony! The choices!
9:50: Octopus tweets continue to be more entertaining than the ceremony itself.
9:51: Steven Yeun is here to provide the Oscar for Visual Effects, but provides even more love for Terminator 2 like the good millennial he is. Tenet picks up the prize, since the only thing one could understand about the movie is that it had good visual effects.
9:53: And the award for the Only Good Moment Of 2020 goes to the Brad Pitt-Jennifer Aniston Moment heard around the world. But the award for Best Supporting Actress, delivered by Pitt, goes to Minari's Yuh-Jung Youn. Her speech starts with, "Brad Pitt, so nice to finally meet you. Where were you when we were filming?" (Pitt's Plan B, I might add, was a producer on the film.) Let's start the campaign for Yuh-Jung Young as 2022's Oscars host.
9:58: When Yuh-Jung Youn sees and opportunity, she TAKES that opportunity.
10:03: The Oscars cameras are Children Of Men-ing the Production Design category with one, dizzy track shot of the nominees. Mank picks up the award for both Production Design and Cinematography. That's nice.
10:08: Erik Messerschmidt wishes he could break the Oscar up into give pieces. C'mon Erik, Cady Heron walked so you could RUN.
10:10: Lin Manuel-Miranda holds a special place in his heart for Kramer vs. Kramer, because a) it's the first film he saw in the theaters, and b) it didn't make him cry. What a flex!
10:11: This just in from one of our own team members: "You know what it is... this whole ceremony reminds me of the Digiday Awards." If you know, you know.
10:15: Harrison Ford is the sole presenter to actually present, reading off "editorial suggestions" offered to Blade Runner before its release. He then rewards Sound Of Metal for Best Film Editing. Just five awards left.
10:21: Tyler Perry has spent the year raising voices, encouraging vaccines, and feeding the hungry, in case all you've heard about his generosity is giving Prince Harry and Meghan Markle security. And the Oscars gives him a rightful salute in its Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
10:32: Zendaya is here to present Best Original Score, and to dangerously try to convince me that I can pull off a midriff-bearing gown. Jon Baptiste wins and so does Trent Reznor, nabbing his Oscar after The Social Network for Mank.
10:35: Over in another article, Executive Editor Allison Piwowarski tries to guess what My Octopus Teacher is about, and one commenter actually gets it right.
10:38: Currently searching ASOS for a cut-out gown as Zendaya announces "Fight For You" from Judas And The Black Messiah as the Best Original Song. Save me from myself.
10:42: There's trivia. Let's not talk about it.
10:46: Update: Glenn Close dances, and provides the internet with one year of memes.
It is a gift.
10:52: Harsh transition from "Da Butt" to In Memoriam, but here we are. The Oscars, though, decide to spend more time on trivia than honoring those we lost, zipping through the segment in flip book-level speed.
11:00: It's 11pm, but the show isn't over. But you would think it was, given Rita Moreno is there to announce Best Picture... before Best Actor or Best Actress are rewarded. Choices. Were. Made. After six minutes of clips, Nomadland picks up the win, expectedly.
11:08: Frances McDormand howls. [Evergreen statement.]
11:11: Renée Zellweger delivers Frances McDormand the Best Actress statue for her role in Nomadland, and she delivers a short speech about swords and karaoke (s/o to Allison's comment). Relatable.
11:14: Joaquin Phoenix delivers a HUGE upset, naming Anthony Hopkins as the Best Actor winner versus heavy favorite Chadwick Boseman. And I guess all there is to say is...